Orangeburg Out of the Past

First Orangeburg Assembly Debutante Ball, 1961: December is the month when many debutante balls occur where young ladies are officially introduced into society. The Orangeburg Assembly was founded in 1961 by several local ladies. Pictured here are the debutantes presented that first year. Fi…

Bowman Candlelight Christmas Parade, 2007: Members of the Orangeburg Line Dancers brought lots of Christmas cheer to those viewing the Town of Bowman's Candlelight Christmas Parade. The theme the holiday procession was "Enchanting the Holidays with the Spirit of Joy."

Farmers’ Market Site, 1971: Pictured here are several buildings at the corner of Russell and Church Streets in 1971. In recent years this has been the site of a parking lot with a mural on the side of the old Sifly Building. The new Farmers’ Market Pavilion will be built on this site next ye…

Courthouse Square, c. 1920: By this time automobiles had pretty well replaced horses and buggies in Orangeburg. The Orangeburg Hotel is on the left, the Elk’s Club building is in the center, and the Post Office is on the right.

Children's Garden Christmas in Edisto Memorial Gardens is in its 26th year. The City of Orangeburg's lights in the famous gardens continue to draw huge crowds from Thanksgiving through New Year's. Additions have been made across the years. Admission remains free. Here are photos and the T&am…

Local Militia on Parade, circa 1917: As we celebrate Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, to honor all those who have served in our country’s military to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, this photograph is an example of those who have served. This is thought to be the local militia on parade adjacent …

Fil Mabry, Orangeburg’s Hospital Administrator, 1961-1993: Fil Mabry was an acknowledged leader in the field of hospital administration. His longtime tenure at the Regional Medical Center from 1961 to 1993 propelled our hospital into the forefront of health care. Mr. Mabry was responsible fo…

Orangeburg Baseball Team, circa 1907-1910: Orangeburg had an all-star baseball team that would play against neighboring towns in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Pictured above is one of these local teams from around 1907 to 1910. First row: Cecil Culler, pitcher; LeRoy Van Orsdale, catcher; …

Orangeburg High School’s First Football Team, 1913: First Row: Duck Wannamaker, Joe Gelzer, Pot Whittaker, Dink Wannamaker, Eddie Mirmow, Johnny Scoville, Lawrence Thackston. Second Row: Gus Rich, Chesley Wise, Mike Watson, Luther Sauls, Doc Bowman, Ernest Funderburk. Third Row: Doyle Sherif…

Nikki Haley wins GOP nomination for South Carolina's gubernatorial race, June 22, 2010: Nikki Haley, center, is joined on stage by her family, and former opponent, Attorney General Henry McMaster, left, after winning the Republican nomination for governor in Columbia, S.C., June 22, 2010. U.…

Orangeburg County Fair, Judge Hughes and Mrs. Annie Fogle, c. 1950s. Judge Hughes was the Secretary of the Orangeburg County Fair from 1911 until his death in 1970. Essentially the Secretary was the general manager in charge of the entire fair. He had the reputation as the best manager aroun…

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Over the course of three days in early October 2015, parts of The T&D Region and the Midlands received more than 20 inches of rain, leading to multiple dam failures, overloaded storm drains and the worst flooding many residents have ever experienced. That’s on top of the close to $1.2 mi…

L. Bennett & Co., 1915-1920: Over the years Mr. Leonard Bennett’s local business has included gun repairs, bicycle sales and repairs, automobile sales and repairs, and an automobile parts supply business. Standing in front are the staff from around 1915 to 1920, are left to right, Richie…

Hurricane Matthew’s winds ripped through The T&D Region Friday night, Oct. 7, and Saturday morning, Oct. 8, 2016, downing power lines and trees, including this iconic one at First Baptist Church in downtown Orangeburg. A peak wind gust of 64 mph was reported Oct. 8 at the Orangeburg Muni…

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Aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, September 1989: The Old Rocks Plantation House near Rocks Pond Campground off Highway 6 in Eutawville sits amid the ruins of a forest of trees downed by Hurricane Hugo. The Rocks Pond area and subdivisions near Lake Marion looked like a war zone for months after … Read more

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Avenue of the Oaks, 1950s. The beautiful oak trees lining the main entrance to The Oaks retirement community were planted by Mr. John Francis Brailsford of Shady Grove Nursery in the late 1940s when the Edgewood Sanitarium was then located in the former Hawthorne School of Aeronautics facili… Read more

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Coach Willie Jeffries, Nov. 24, 2001: South Carolina State University football players douse Coach Willie Jeffries with a cooler full of ice water on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, after the Bulldogs’ 16-10 victory over Norfolk State at Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium in Orangeburg. It was Jeffri… Read more

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Jeffords Machine Shop, 1937. The Jeffords Machine Shop was located in the back of Altman Motors on Broughton Street. It did auto body repairs, welding, and all kinds of machine work. Read more

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In 2004: Pictured are Katelyn Huff joined by her younger cousins Hayden Player and Haley Hewitt, as they played in the water at the Edisto Memorial Gardens Spray Park. The park first opened to the public on May 27, 2004. Read more

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Albert J. Thackston, 1869-1953: A.J. “Cap” Thackston was the legendary superintendent for the Orangeburg public schools for forty nine years. He literally touched the lives of thousands of students, preparing them for the future. “Cap” Thackston was born in 1869 in Laurens County to Elijah R… Read more

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Thurgood Marshall visits Orangeburg in 1955: Thurgood Marshall, then special counsel to the NAACP, visited Orangeburg in November 1955, speaking at Claflin University as an advocate for equal rights. Following the unanimous Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Marshall returned to South Ca… Read more

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Ladies’ Fountain, c. 1970: After the old Court house was torn down on the town square in 1928, City Councilman John Sifly was sent to find a suitable war memorial statue for the new landscaped town square. He returned with this statue of scantily clothed women. In 1951 when major upgrades we… Read more

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Wilkinson High Honor Society, 1952: The Wilkinson Honor Society in 1952 represented the outstanding students in that 1952 graduating class. Several of these class members went on to become successful physicians and dentists. Pictured above are these high achievers. Left to Right: First Row: … Read more

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Orangeburg Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 1941: For many years Coca-Cola products were only available in bottles. Featured here is a picture from 1941 showing the bottling process at the Orangeburg plant. The Orangeburg Coca-Cola Bottling Co. was established in 1904 by Robert Jennings, Sr., Perry M… Read more

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Orangeburg Fire Department Rescue Truck, early 1950s:  In 1951 the Orangeburg Fire Department added a rescue truck to its fleet to provide emergency care for local citizens. Pictured above are Will Stroman and Tommy Godowns with this truck and all of its equipment.  Read more

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Summertime in Orangeburg, c.1963: Three young Orangeburg boys had some fun in the summer of c. 1963 when they drove their pony cart to downtown Orangeburg. They are shown here parking on the Square. The buildings in the background are now part of the parking lot that formerly contained the m… Read more

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Dixie Library, Mae Riggs, Librarian, 1939: Orangeburg’s first library was the endeavor of a group of civic-minded ladies that was called the Dixie Club. It was started in 1896 by Mrs. Harry Wannamaker Sr. as a book club. By 1899 they had accumulated so many books that they started a library … Read more

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American Legion World Series: In 1966 Orangeburg hosted the American Legion Baseball World Series for the entire United States. These games were played at historic Mirmow Field. To increase the seating capacity, the end zone bleacher seats from the football stadium at the fairgrounds were mo… Read more

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Main Building and Offices, c. 1954.  The Methodist Home for the Aging was the brainchild of Rev. J.F. M. Hoffmeyer. Beginning in the 1940s he implored the South Carolina Methodist  Church’s governing body, the Annual Conference, to start  a retirement home for Methodist senior citizens. It a… Read more

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Baseball has always been a favorite pastime in Orangeburg. This 1907 picture shows an Orangeburg all-star team that played other city all-star teams in the South Carolina League. Front row: DeArmond, umpire; Lawford, pitcher; Rickard, right field; and Lawrence Thackston, pitcher. Second Row:… Read more

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Dr. Harlowe Caldwell, 1959:  Dr. Harlowe Caldwell, a well- known dentist in Orangeburg, is shown here receiving the first Life Membership in the South Carolina NAACP in 1959. Left to Right: Rev. Matthew McCollom, Mrs. Harry Belafonte, Dr. Caldwell, and Rev. I. DeQuincy Newman.  Read more

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Orangeburg Festival of Roses 2000: These young performers at the Orangeburg Festival of Roses in 2000 are now young adults possibly with children of their own soon to become festival performers. The show goes on. The 47th annual Festival of Roses from May 3-6 will feature a wealth of enterta… Read more

Orangeburg High School Golf Team, 1949: Pictured here are the members of the 1949 Orangeburg High School golf team. Left to Right: Bobby Boswell, Hank Mirmow, Tim Castleberry, and Ralph Irick. 

The first Masters: In 2001, then-Clemson President Dr. Jim Barker, left, presented Orangeburg Department of Public Utilities Director Emeritus Alan McC. Johnstone with a photograph of Clemson’s first golf team, of which Johnstone was a member. Johnstone, who died in 2006 at age 95, also held…

Edisto Memorial Gardens, 1950s:  The beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens have graced Orangeburg for the last 90 years. The graceful splendor as seen here in the azalea garden in the 1950s has soothed the emotions of many visitors all through the years. Back in the 1950s the number of visitors …

1967: Claflin President Dr. Hubert V. Manning, first on right, played host to Benjamin F. Hooks (center), NAACP executive director, and Dr. M. Maceo Nance, left, president of South Carolina State College, at a special Founders’ Day program held at Claflin. This photo by Cecil Williams is fro…

Aerial View of Downtown Orangeburg, Mid to Late 1960s:  Downtown Orangeburg was a vibrant hub of activity when this aerial photograph was taken in the mid to late 1960s. The Square, officially known as Memorial Plaza, is in the upper left center area. Russell Street with the blocks on either…

Girls dorm at Claflin burns in 1955: The Mary E. Dunton Hall at Claflin was gutted by an early morning fire of suspicious origin on Feb. 6, 1955. Of this photo from his book “Freedom & Justice,” Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams writes: “I was awakened about 4 a.m. by sirens and an …

Howards and Nances, 1968: Pictured above at a black tie social function in 1968 are the Robert Howards and the Maceo Nances. Dr. Howard was the legendary principal of Wilkinson High School as well as the Assistant Superintendent of School District Five for many years. Dr. Nance was the renow…

Aerial view of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and Orangeburg Mall, circa 1972: Pictured is an aerial view of the Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School campus and the Orangeburg Mall area from around 1972. O-W was formed with the merger of the old Orangeburg High School and the Wilkinson High Sc…

Orangeburg School Board, 1939: The local school board in Orangeburg oversaw all the school operations and finances for the school district. Pictured here is the 1939 Orangeburg City School Board: Front row: James M. Green, Wallace C. Bethea(Chairman), Mrs. Harry(Lilla) Wannamaker, Sr. Back r…

Cleveland Sellers and his son Bakari were in the national spotlight this past week amid the observance of the 50th anniversary of the Orangeburg Massacre. Beyond 1968, Dr. Cleveland Sellers went on to a career culminating in the presidency of Voorhees College in Denmark. Bakari Sellers becam…

National Honor Society, Orangeburg High School, 1939: The charter for the first National Honor Society at Orangeburg High School was issued in 1939. Members were elected on four major characteristics: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Here is the inaugural membership group in …

New River Pavilion Construction, 1950: A new river pavilion was constructed at the swimming area at the Edisto River back in 1950. This facility replaced the outdated original pavilion that was constructed around 1930. This new pavilion was designed by City Engineer Alec Brown, who also supe…

Mid-1960s: Shelly Thomas, first on left, and Ulysses Jarvis, far right, entertained the Orangeburg community with their special brand of jazz and popular music. This photo is from “Orangeburg 1968: A Place And Time Remembered,” a book by noted civil rights photographer Cecil Williams.

Orangeburg High School Girls’ Basketball Team, 1947: Pictured above is the 1947 girls’ basketball team at Orangeburg High School. This team was coached by Miss Lois Shuler. Left to Right: Front Row: Joan Bryant, Frances Ann Cox, Harriet Whisenhunt, Joyce Jackson, Kathleen Tyler. Second Row: …

1968: S.C. State President Dr. and Mrs. M. Maceo Nance, right, enjoy a Christmas formal in the student center accompanied by Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Howard. The event was sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The photo by Cecil Williams is from his book, “Orangeburg 1968: A Place and Time Re…

Sunshine Pre-School Christmas Party with Santa Claus, December, 1951: In the days before public kindergarten existed there were several private pre-schools or kindergartens around Orangeburg. Shown here are the Sunshine Pre-School students at their Christmas Party with Santa Claus in Decembe…

1968: A group of men at Trinity United Methodist Church represents many of the most influential movers and shakers in the Orangeburg community. Trinity, located across from South Carolina State and Claflin universities, was the headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement in Orangeburg. The ph…

Orangeburg High School Music Teachers, 1963: C. Frederic Ulmer and Pop Gentry were the legendary music teachers at Orangeburg High School for a number of years. They educated hundreds of students during their high school music careers. Mr. Ulmer, the voice teacher, was famous for the annual …

“When It Rains It Snores,” 1964: So read the headline above this picture on June 26, 1964 in The Times and Democrat. There was a heavy rainfall in Orangeburg just before this picture was taken, thus no one was brave enough to go out and be rained upon. So at the Brickle and Wiles Barbershop,…

Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. In this photo from Jan. 3, 1963, civil rights leaders prepare to take part in the inauguration of South Carolina Gov. Donald S. Russell. From …

Moss Heights Neighborhood Playground King and Queen, c. 1939: In the past the Moss Heights neighborhood would have a king and queen of their neighborhood playground. In this c.1939 photograph, the king and queen and their court are pictured. The king and queen on the back row are Marion Shul…

Punt, Pass, and Kick Winners, 1968: Ford Motor Company sponsored a youth football program entitled “Punt, Pass, and Kick” in the 1960s. It entailed age brackets for ages 8 through 13 years old, where each contestant received so many points for the length of each of their punts, passes, and k…

Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. This photo from 1964 shows Kenneth Kaunda, left, president of Zambia, with the Rev. Matthew D. McCollom, a central figure in the Orangeburg ci…

Coach Geb Runager, Orangeburg High Football State Champions, 1960: Pictured above is Orangeburg High School Football coach Geb Runager hoisted on his players’ shoulders after winning the South Carolina AA Football Championship in 1960. Orangeburg High played Easley High on a cold day in Easl…

S.C. State law school: Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. This photo is titled “South Carolina State College of Law/1947-1966. Williams writes: “The South Carolina State College…

Orangeburg County Fair Midway Scene, 1913. The Orangeburg  County Fair Association was formed in 1911, with the first fair held in November of that year. Prior to that, similar festivities were held as the Orangeburg Agricultural and Mechanical Fair in the late 1800s and then the annual Fall…

Orangeburg High School Band, late 1940s: The Orangeburg High School Band is shown here during a parade on Russell Street in the late 1940s. Horne Motors and the Orangeburg Auto Exchange in the background, both large car dealerships in Orangeburg in that era, are in today's location of Palmet…

Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. Of this July 1955 photo, Williams writes: “Sulton Esso Gas Station on East Russell Street was located in the heart of the Black community. Own…

Football at Wilkinson High: Acclaimed Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. Of this photo from 1954, Williams writes: “Sports are big with high schools and Wilkinson High School always devel…

Back to School, c. 1951: This is the time of the year when schools start their new academic year. Pictured above is Miss Louise Sullins’ first grade class at Mellichamp Elementary School around 1951. The students can be seen here busily at work. 

Orangeburg High School Football Team, 1946:  Pictured above is the 1946 Orangeburg High School football team. At that time Orangeburg High School was located on Sellers Avenue, and their football games were played at the football stadium at the fairgrounds. The players are identified in the …

Orangeburg is an area with a rich history. Each Sunday, photographs complete with that information appear in print on our “Advice Plus” page in the feature "Orangeburg Out Of The Past." Now, The Times and Democrat brings you these photographs weekly in an online format. Look for them here.

Orangeburg High School Mascots, 1960: For many years the senior class at Orangeburg High School chose a young boy and a young girl to be their class mascots. In 1960 they chose Max Runager and Cathy Morgan to be their mascots. Max died recently after a storied career in football. He was cons…

Count Basie Orchestra, circa 1972: The world famous Count Basie Orchestra was formed in 1935 in Kansas City by William “Count” Basie. Since then it has travelled the world many times over. Considered one of the best jazz bands ever, it has played before Kings, Queens, and at U.S. presidentia…

Orangeburg photographer Cecil Williams has a new book, “Unforgettable: A Time of Life Hope Bravery,” featuring images from 1950 and beyond. Orangeburg and events approaching 40th and 50th anniversaries are prominently featured in the book illustrating African-American history, heritage and c…

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 a…

Orangeburg Fire Department Rescue Truck, early 1950s:  In 1951 the Orangeburg Fire Department added a rescue truck to its fleet to provide emergency care for local citizens. Pictured above are Will Stroman and Tommy Godowns with this truck and all of its equipment. 

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, 1969: The Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College began operations in 1967, and the campus was dedicated in May 1969. The first president was Charles P. Weber. Through the years it has provided technical education, industrial training, academic courses and …

South Carolina State University Graduation, 1942: Recently it has been graduation time for many colleges. Pictured above is the Class of 1942 that received their diplomas at the graduation ceremonies at South Carolina State University.

Shuler and Smoak, 1928: For many years Shuler and Smoak supplied Orangeburg area farmers and gardeners with their feeds, seeds and fertilizers. They were located on St. John Street between the Orangeburg County Jail and Middleton Street. Pictured above are several employees in front of the s…

Student Nursing Class of 1928: This past week has been National Nurses Week. From 1919 to 1988 the Regional Medical Center conducted a school of nursing. It was the last three-year nursing diploma program in South Carolina when it closed in 1988. Pictured above is the 1928 class at their gra…

Peoples Baking Co., 1937: The Peoples Baking Company started out as the Ayers Bakery in the 1920s on Broughton Street. When it was acquired by Robert H. Jennings, Sr. and Perry Smoak in the 1930s, it became the People’s Bakery. Later it was known as Palmetto Baking Co., and its main products…

Sheridan School, c. 1940: The Sheridan School, known originally as the “New Graded School,” was built on Ellis Avenue in 1905 for the students in the northern area of town. Unfortunately it was destroyed by fire on a very cold night on January 15, 1946. Today the administrative building for …

Library Bookmobile circa 1956: Recently National Library Week was celebrated. The Orangeburg County Library has had a bookmobile service for many years serving the citizens of Orangeburg County. Here is a picture from circa 1956 when the bookmobile was making a stop at one of the local eleme…

Orangeburg’s First Hospital: In this 1924 photograph, the nursing staff and nursing students pose in front of Orangeburg’s first hospital on Glover Street near the intersection with Broughton Street. This building was built around 1890 as a dormitory for the Orangeburg Collegiate Institute, …

Dr. Maceo Nance, circa 1980: Dr. Maceo Nance was the legendary president of South Carolina State University from 1967 to 1986. Facing many challenges, his leadership, wisdom, and diplomatic skills propelled him to being one of the most outstanding presidents that S.C State has ever experienc…

The Methodist Home for the Aging, circa 1954: he Methodist Home for the Aging was the brainchild of Rev. J.F.M. Hoffmeyer. Beginning in the 1940s he implored the South Carolina Methodist Church’s governing body, the South Carolina Annual Conference, to start a retirement home for Methodist s…

Orangeburg Firemen, circa 1954: The City of Orangeburg has provided the fire service for Orangeburg since 1920, when it took over the local fire service from all the volunteer fire departments. This picture shows the members of the Orangeburg Fire Department around 1954. From left to right a…

First Baptist Church, 1909: A rare Orangeburg snowfall graces the grounds of the First Baptist Church in 1909. The church parsonage is the building on the right. 

Dr. Henry Frierson, 1960: Pictured here is Dr. Henry Frierson baking the sausages at the first Rotary Club Pancake Supper fundraiser in 1960. Sadly Dr. Frierson died recently after a lifetime of serving others. For many years Dr. Henry Frierson has served many needs in Orangeburg. As a surge…

Dean Livingston, Publisher, The Times and Democrat, circa 1966: From the time he was a small boy, Dean Livingston always wanted to be a newspaperman. He became the Publisher of The Times and Democrat in 1962 and held that position for 37 years until his retirement in 1999. One of the greates…

Belk Hudson Employees, circa 1966: The Belk Hudson chain of stores began with the opening of the Orangeburg department store in 1931 by Mr. E.O. Hudson. Over the years this department store business grew to 22 stores located in several states. Pictured above are the Orangeburg store employee…

Wilkinson Girls’ Basketball Team, 1952: Pictured is the girls’ basketball team from Wilkinson High School in 1952. Among the players are: Forwards: Albertha Sistrunk, Rebecca Mack, Yevola Smith, Rosaland Tillie, Geneva Glover, Oneathea Glover, Francena Dickson, Elease Hampton, Martha Howard.…

Orangeburg County Officials, 1915: The elected officials of Orangeburg County are pictured here in January of 1915. Left to Right: Absalom D. Fair, the County Treasurer; G. Lawrence Salley, the Clerk of Court; A. McQueen Salley, the Sheriff; and Andrew C. Dibble, the Judge of Probate. Most o…

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