ORANGEBURG OUT OF THE PAST

Mrs. Lucile Sims’ Kindergarten Class, c. 1932: Before the advent of public school kindergartens, the only kindergarten classes were privately run. This is a circa 1932 picture of Mrs. Lucile Sims’ private kindergarten class. She was the wife of Hugo S. Sims, who was the editor of The Times and Democrat, which was owned by his family, as well as was a prominent local attorney. Mrs. Sims taught kindergarten classes here in Orangeburg in the 1930s at the height of the Great Depression. Because of her many community endeavors, she was chosen as South Carolina’s Mother of the Year in 1959. Regarding some of the others in this picture: Elayne Seignious Perry ran the popular Orangeburg gift shop, Ann Ramsey, for many years. Jean Fair Harrison is the daughter of a former mayor of Orangeburg and the wife of prominent local insurance agent, Tom Harrison. Merle Bethea Cox is the daughter of prominent Orangeburg businessman Wallace Bethea. Louise Sullins taught first grade at Mellichamp Elementary School for many years. Marcia Reynolds Dantzler is the mother of the late Judge Karen Williams from Orangeburg. 

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