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Kershaw APA-176 - History

Kershaw APA-176 - History

Kershaw

A county in South Carolina.

(APA-176 dp. 6,873 ; 1. 455'; b. 621 ; dr. 24'; s. 17 k. ; cpl. 536; a. 1 5" 12 40mm., 10 20mm.; el. Haskell; T. VC2 S-AP5)

Kershaw (APA-176) was launched 12 November 1944, by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oreg.; sponsored by Miss Helen Molloy; and commissioned 2 December 1944, Comdr. A. G. Davenport in command.

After shakedown, Kershaw cleared San Francisco 7' February 1945, with nurses and naval personnel, arriving Guam 23 February. Moving to Saipan 27 February, the transport prepared for the invasion of the Ryutyus, the last enemy stronghold before Japan itself. During March she loaded equipment and troops of the 2d Marine Division; then, following amphibious exercises off Tinian, she sailed for the assault area 27 March.

The invasion got underway as the troops hit the beach at Okinawa 1 April. After troops from Kershaw landed on the southeastern shore of the island, the transport stood by for the next 10 days. She returned Saipan 14 April, remaining there until sailing for the Solomons 5 June. Following brief stops at Tulagi, Espiritu Santo, and Eniwetok, she arrived Guam 14 July.

Following a short overhaul period at San Francisco, the transport loaded cargo and troops to replace veterans in the occupation area. She cleared San Francisco 17 August and steamed into Tackoban, Leyte, 10 September From there she ferried occupation troops to Honshu, Japan, before returning to San Pedro 19 October. On the third of four additional "Magic-Carpet" cruises to the Far East, Kershaw delivered equipment to Bikini for the atomic tests before sailing on to Samar to embark another 2,000 veterans for return to San Francisco 25 May. On her final cruise she took on units of the 2d Marines at Sasebo before transiting the Panama Canal and arriving Norfolk 8 August.

Kershaw remained at Portsmouth, Va., until she decommissioned 20 December 1946, and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Norfolk. Struck from the Navy List I October 1958, she joined the National Defense Reserve Fleet 19 December 1958 and at present is berthed in James River, Va.

Kershaw received one battle star for World War II service.


Kershaw Familia Kershaw

A couple of years ago, my wife and I saw him in Las Vegas performing in concert and he made himself available to fans afterwards, and we got his autographed photo and talked to him. His music is universal, and very popular at parties even though people may not know who he is.

I know of two other Doug Kershaws and when I have time, I will tell the stories of how I know of them. And yes, they both have to do with mixed identities, but not identity theft.

I also found an E-book on line called "The History of the Kershaw Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert about the US Civil War in South Carolina from the Confederates viewpoint. It is a first hand account from 1860 through 1865 o f the Brigade under the command of General Joseph Brevard Kershaw, McLaws' division, Longstreet's corps, Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. First Manassas was the brigade's, baptism of fire. Seven Pines, the Seven Days, Second Manassas, Harper's Ferry, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg
f ollowed .

Here is his picture from Wikipedia.




His bio: J oseph Brevard Kershaw (January 5, 1822 – April 13, 1894) was a lawyer, judge, and a Confederate general in the American Civil War . Kershaw was born at Camden, South Carolina , admitted to the bar in 1843, and was a member of the South Carolina Senate from 1852 to 1856. Kershaw saw battle during the Mexican American War, but fell dangerously sick and was permitted to return home. At the start of the Civil War Kershaw commanded the 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry regiment and took part in the First Battle of Bull Run . The 2nd South Carolina was present at Morris Island during the Fort Sumter incident. He was commissioned brigadier general on February 13, 1862, and commanded a brigade in Robert E. Lee 's Army of Northern Virginia during the Peninsula Campaign , at the close of which he continued with Lee and took part in the Northern Virginia Campaign and Maryland Campaign . Towards the end of the Battle of Fredericksburg , he succeeded Brig. Gen. T. R. R. Cobb , upon the latter's death, and repulsed the last two attacks made by the Federals on Marye's Heights.

Kershaw Civil War Service Records

There is a Kershaw County in South Carolina which was Camden County in the above where a lot of Kershaws live. I believe they are descended from very early English immigrants. I doubt I am related to any of them. Here is an interesting bit of information from a Kershaw County website.

"The area that is now in Kershaw County was originally part of the Camden district. The county itself was formed in 1791 from portions of Fairfield, Lancaster, and Richland county. Camden, the county seat, was in Lancaster county until then.

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Kershaw APA-176 - History

Sept 29 1944 - Oct 1 1945

A great part of naval history.

You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Kershaw APA 176 cruise book during World War II. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Crossing the Equator
  • Japan
  • Ship Activities
  • Crew Officer and Enlisted Men Roster (Name and Rank)
  • Cruise Chart
  • Divisional Group Photos

Over 52 Photos and the ships story told on 32 pages.

Once you view this CD you will know what life was like on this Transport during World War II.


Clayton Kershaw continues to climb the Dodgers innings leaderboard

Clayton Kershaw pitched on three days rest on Saturday for the first time in the regular season in his career, and by pitching five scoreless innings against the Angels moved up two spots on the Dodgers all-time innings list.

Tuesday’s one-inning start in Chicago — the shortest start of his career — made it easier for manager Dave Roberts to start Kershaw on Saturday, which coupled with off days delays the team’s need for a bullpen game to fill in for Dustin May’s fifth-starter spot for another week or so, with Tony Gonsolin looming while he gets stretched out enough to be activated from the injured list later in the month.

Short rest, and the 13-0 lead at the time made the decision to pull Kershaw after only 71 pitches in five innings an easy call for Roberts.

“He took one for the team as far as taking the baseball on short rest in May,” Roberts said. “To go out there on short rest and give us five innings of shutout baseball, and with a 13-run lead, there’s just not a whole lot of upside, in my opinion, to have him go one more.”

“At the end of the day, this was a team decision. A lot of the reasons I wanted to stay in are more for my personal wants and things like that, and that’s not what’s the team’s about,” Kershaw said. “At that point, you can’t really argue with it, and you just go with what Doc thinks is best.”

Kershaw started on three days rest four times in the postseason from 2013-16, and pitched two other times in October after a bullpen appearance in between starts, in 2016 and 2018. But Saturday was the first time in 362 regular season starts that he pitched with less than four days rest.

Kershaw now has pitched 2,377⅔ innings in his career, good for seventh place in franchise history. On Saturday he passed Nap Rucker (2,375⅓ innings) and Adonis Terry (2,376⅓).

It’s been a long climb for Kershaw, who when he made his debut on May 25, 2008, was the 670th pitcher in Dodgers history, which dates back to 1884. By the end of his rookie year, Kershaw’s 107⅔ innings were good enough for 276th place, just behind Elmer Dessens and just ahead of Jose Peña.

Here’s how he progressed at the conclusion of every year of his career.

Kershaw’s progress up the Dodgers innings list

Year Innings Rank Surrounded by
Year Innings Rank Surrounded by
2008 107⅔ 276 Elmer Dessens, Jose Peña
2009 278⅔ 168 Tiny Osborne, Johnny Babich
2010 483 111 Vito Tamulis, Kazuhisa Ishii
2011 716⅓ 76 Jim Pastorius, Freddie Fitzsimmons
2012 944 46 Rube Marquard, Jesse Petty
2013 1,180 36 Sherry Smith, Chad Billingsley
2014 1,378⅓ 24 Ed Stein, Ralph Branca
2015 1,611 21 Watty Clark, Bob Caruthers
2016 1,760 15 Bob Welch, Jeff Pfeffer
2017 1,935 13 Johnny Podres, Burt Hooton
2018 2,096⅓ 12 Orel Hershiser, Johnny Podres
2019 2,274⅔ 11 Sandy Koufax, Orel Hershiser
2020 2,333 10 Fernando Valenzuela, Sandy Koufax
Current 2,377⅔ 7 Claude Osteen, Adonis Terry

Kershaw moved into the top 25 in 2014, and by the end of 2016 was in 15th place. But the last four years saw Kershaw move up “only” five spots, a combination of an innings gap in that section of the leaderboard, one pandemic-shortened season, and Kershaw spending five stints on the injured list over the previous four years.

But this year, Kershaw is making strides. He started the season in 10th place in innings, and passed Fernando Valenzuela (2,348⅔) on April 11. Now in seventh place, Kershaw has a reasonable chance to pass both Claude Osteen (2,397) and Burleigh Grimes (2,426) into fifth place in 2021.


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KERSHAW COUNTRY CLUB & GOLF COURSE

One of South Carolina's best kept secrets is situated right here in the heart of Kershaw, South Carolina! Enjoy a day of golf complete with driving range and pro-shop at the Golf Course. Our historical Country Club also has a gorgeous "Ball Room" that is located on the second level of our Country Club. Call Town Hall for rental rates for the "Ball Room" at 803-475-6065.

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There are lot's of things to do at Stevens Park! We have the Welsh's Station Playground that also has adult exercise equipment, beach volleyball, a skate park, a community swimming pool & a pavilion that has restrooms and a playground.

At the Community Center, we have 6 lanes of bowling, and event/party rooms available for rent, an outdoor gazebo as well as an outdoor ampitheatre.

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GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

SERVING THE KERSHAW COMMUNITY SINCE 1982

KARE is providing food assistance to families that have been affected by the COVID19 shut down. To apply for assistance, call our office at (803) 475-4173 Monday &ndash Friday 8:30am &ndash 1:00pm. KARE is continuing to serve our established Food Pantry clients as usual Monday &ndash Thursday from 8:30am &ndash 11:00am with curb service. Clients are asked to pull up to the front of the building and wait. Staff will come out to you.

Additionally, we will collect food in our donation bins at the front door of 208 E. Main Street on Fridays from 9am-12:30 pm. Meet Hungry Bin below!


Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the oldest national physician association in the country, is taking an important step in addressing racism in psychiatry. The APA is beginning the process of making amends for both the direct and indirect acts of racism in psychiatry. The APA Board of Trustees (BOT) apologizes to its members, patients, their families, and the public for enabling discriminatory and prejudicial actions within the APA and racist practices in psychiatric treatment for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). The APA is committed to identifying, understanding, and rectifying our past injustices, as well as developing anti-racist policies that promote equity in mental health for all.

Early psychiatric practices laid the groundwork for the inequities in clinical treatment that have historically limited quality access to psychiatric care for BIPOC. These actions sadly connect with larger social issues, such as race-based discrimination and racial injustice, that have furthered poverty along with other adverse outcomes. Since the APA's inception, practitioners have at times subjected persons of African descent and Indigenous people who suffered from mental illness to abusive treatment, experimentation, victimization in the name of "scientific evidence," along with racialized theories that attempted to confirm their deficit status. Similar race-based discrepancies in care also exist in medical practice today as evidenced by the variations in schizophrenia diagnosis between white and BIPOC patients, for instance. These appalling past actions, as well as their harmful effects, are ingrained in the structure of psychiatric practice and continue to harm BIPOC psychological well-being even today. Unfortunately, the APA has historically remained silent on these issues. As the leading American organization in psychiatric care, the APA recognizes that this inaction has contributed to perpetuation of structural racism that has adversely impacted not just its own BIPOC members, but also psychiatric patients across America.

Events in 2020 have clearly highlighted the need for action by the APA to reverse the persistent tone of privilege built upon the inhumanity of past events. Inequities in access to quality psychiatric care, research opportunities, education/training, and representation in leadership can no longer be tolerated. The APA apologizes for our contributions to the structural racism in our nation and pledges to enact corresponding anti-racist practices. We commit to working together with members and patients in order to achieve the social equality, health equity, and fairness that all human beings deserve. We hope this apology will be a turning point as we strive to make the future of psychiatry more equitable for all.


Debate: Is Kershaw a playoff ‘choker’?

Clayton Kershaw had another uneven postseason start in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night, in a career full of them. He allowed one run through five innings (a Marcell Ozuna homer in the fourth), but things unraveled in the sixth as the Braves tagged him for three additional runs as part of a six-run rally. The Dodgers went on to lose, 10-2, bringing the Braves' advantage in the series to 3-1.

MLB.com gathered a roundtable to discuss Kershaw’s October legacy, the one major blip on his Hall of Fame résumé.

Matt Meyers (@mtmeyers): It seems like the "Is Kershaw a playoff choker" discussion won't ever go away. After tonight, where do you think it stands?

Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter): As much as I hate to say it, I think the discussion continues, and not in Kershaw's favor. Full disclosure, I haven't agreed with a lot of the criticism in the past, and I remember one postseason specifically when then-Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had to keep him out there, not because he was dealing, but because the bullpen was pretty weak. And Kershaw gave up a couple of runs after being really strong through five or six, and everyone blamed him for the loss. That made me mad. However, 2020 was a short season. In real time, we'd be in June-ish. Kershaw should be strong. And he's just not getting it done.

Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince): The guy is a legend. Nothing that happened in Game 4 was going to change my opinion of him . Wait . we're talking about Bryse Wilson, right?

Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello): I remember that one postseason Alyson is referring to, and also like three other postseasons, including last year when Dave Roberts left him in to face Juan Soto and . look. His postseason rep is never, ever going to change at this point. If he threw a perfect game to win Game 7 of the World Series, maybe, but tonight's mess was the same as literally every single mess: He was put in a position he had no business being in. As soon as he gave up that go-ahead hit to Freddie Freeman, Roberts should have been walking out to the mound. Marcell Ozuna slugged .636 this year.

Footer: At some point you have to wonder if Dave Roberts is deferring too much to the "He's a future Hall of Famer" and letting him go too long out of respect and not out of reality and what's actually happening on the field. Maybe you need to lift him after five, Dave. It's OK.

Castrovince: Over-reliance on Kershaw is a huge part of the creation of this narrative. As are inherited runners he left behind that wound up scoring (as was the case again tonight).

Petriello: Kershaw, don't forget, pitched reasonably well tonight, after being pushed back due to a back injury. As usual, his manager left him in too long, thinking he's still Peak MVP Kershaw -- he's not -- and as usual, his bullpen let him down, and, let's not forget, the Dodgers scored one run for him off a guy with a career ERA of 5.91.

It's not like he was limiting Ozuna before, anyway:

Marcell Ozuna has 3 batted balls tonight:

That is literally why Brusdar Graterol exists, to come in and throw bowling ball sinkers and keep Ozuna on the ground. Say what you will about Kershaw: Roberts biffed this one. The bats didn't score. This was a team effort.

Meyers: The bullpen definitely did him no favors tonight (allowing the inherited runner to score), which has definitely hurt him in the past. So you think there is no chance he can ever redeem his reputation? Barry Bonds did it in 2002 after a career of playoff failures.

Castrovince: Nah, it's too much of A Thing at this point. It's not going away. And to be clear, he's done his share to influence that. Twenty-seven home runs is, you know, a lot of home runs.

Petriello: I agree with Castrovince, much as I hate to admit it. His October story is going to be his story, no matter what, and much of that is on him.

Meyers: His overall line this October is actually pretty good! He has 23 K’s, two walks in 19 innings pitched (3.32 ERA).

Castrovince: Try telling that to the wolves! The Kershaw October story is one with a lot of nuance, a lot of explanation, a lot of, "Yeah, but . " None of that makes its way to the masses, I'm afraid. If people want to call Kershaw a choker, they have ammunition, unfortunately.

Footer: So if he's just another guy, and not Kershaw, wouldn't they be strategizing a little more? It seems like as many moves as they make because that's what the data is telling them to do, they're not necessarily applying the same when it comes to Kershaw. Are their expectations too unrealistic/elevated?

Petriello: I think you're absolutely right. They defer to him because of who he is. Or was.

Footer: And that's the dangerous part of the postseason. Kershaw is 32 and has thrown more than 2,300 innings. That's the Kershaw you need to manage. Not the 22-year-old that dazzled a decade ago.

Petriello: I think that's right. And when this same plan -- keep him in too long -- keeps not working every single year, the odds that it's going to work when he's 33, 34, etc. . are not getting better.

Castrovince: I think the Dave Roberts October narrative is growing.

Petriello: I honestly wondered if, after the Soto incident last year, Roberts would be back for 2020. It's weird to say after a 43-17 season, but I'm at least wondering it again for 2021.

Castrovince: To be fair, the lack of off-days (and the many questions in this bullpen) have to influence the decision-making this week.

Petriello: Ultimately, the bullpen has been lousy, and the bats haven't done much. "What did Kershaw do" is something like 11th on my list of issues if the Dodgers do go ahead and lose this NLCS. But because of the narrative, that's what we'll always talk about.

Footer: Also, something to consider -- with no off-days (and yes, I realize we're beating this topic to death), managers have to manage differently. And when you have your ace on the mound, you may need to ride him a little longer, just to ensure the relievers' arms don't all fall off by Sunday. So it's not unreasonable to ask for six or seven strong innings. Kershaw's struggle to do that is part of the issue, obviously.

And can we give a little credit to the Braves' offense? They're good, y'all

Meyers: Let's say the Dodgers come back and win this series, and then Kershaw has a dominant World Series start and they win it all. How might that change the conversation?

Footer: Yes, I believe that would at least soften the narrative. We'd all be salivating that the future Hall of Famer dug deep, rallied and finally led his team to their first title in 32 years.

Castrovince: I thought that's where we were headed in 2017. Then it all went to trash .

Petriello: It'd help. A little. Not enough. The #narrative always wins.

Footer: But you know, that 2017 World Series is a good example -- the Dodgers gave Kershaw a nice lead and it was gone pretty quickly in that crazy Game 5.

Castrovince: I was genuinely curious whether this trend would hold in 2020, given that, as Alyson said, we are in the equivalent of June. But on the whole, Kershaw has gotten worse the deeper the Dodgers go. If you look at his October ERA, it rises by the round. I didn't think that would be the case this year, but, well, here we are.

Footer: The more the Dodgers roll to a ridiculously good regular-season record and don't win the World Series, this will follow Kershaw. They had a better than .700 winning percentage in the regular season and are on the brink of elimination. There's plenty of blame to go around, but Kershaw is part of that. He just is.

Meyers: Last question: When all is said and done, Kershaw's career postseason ERA (4.31) is nearly 2 runs higher than his career regular-season ERA (2.43). Even accounting for tougher offenses in the postseason, he just hasn't been as good. Is the "choker" label -- for lack of a better term -- fair or unfair?

Footer: A little unfair. You don't play bad teams in October. Let's give some credit to the fact that most postseason teams can hit well (with the exception of the possible AL champ this year, of course). Then again, Nate Eovaldi crushed that narrative a couple years ago, so what do I know.

Castrovince: I won't call him a choker. That's rude. I will call him a tortured soul in whom all humble people can recognize a piece of themselves and their Sisyphean pursuit of greatness.

Footer: I need a dictionary.

Petriello: Yes. Maybe it's semantics, but choking implies some sort of weakness or inability to pitch in the postseason, and obviously that isn't true he's had several outstanding October starts. (Don't forget, for example, Game 1 of the 2017 World Series -- 11 K’s, zero walks, seven shutout innings. It was dominant, and it was against . that team.) He's had plenty of good moments, more bad ones, some of which blame was shared with others . look, he's going to be a first-ballot, inner-circle Hall of Famer. His postseason resume isn't what's going to push him there.


Camden and Kershaw History

Camden is the oldest inland city and fourth oldest city in South Carolina. It is near the center of the Cofitachequi chiefdom that existed in the 1500s. [5] In 1730, Camden became part of a township plan ordered by King George II.

Kershaw County’s official web site states, “Originally laid out in 1732 as the town of Fredericksburg in the Wateree River swamp (south of the present town) when King George III ordered eleven inland townships established along South Carolina’s rivers, few of the area settlers chose to take lots surveyed in the town, choosing the higher ground to the north. The township soon disappeared.” In 1758, Joseph Kershaw, from Yorkshire, England came into the township, established a store and renamed the town Pine Tree Hill.

NATIONAL REGISTER – IMAGE(S) “BATTLE OF CAMDEN”

Camden became the inland trade center in the colony. Kershaw suggested that the town be renamed Camden, in honor of Lord Camden, the champion of colonial rights. May 1780 brought the American Revolution to Charleston, South Carolina, and Charleston fell. Lord Charles Cornwallis and 2,500 of his troops marched to Camden and established there the main British supply post for the Southern campaign.

The Battle of Camden, the worst American defeat of the Revolution, was fought on August 16, 1780 in Camden, and the Battle of Hobkirk Hill was fought between around 1,400 American troops led by General Nathanael Greene and 950 British soldiers led by Lord Francis Rawdon on April 25, 1781. The latter battle was a costly win for the British, and forced them to leave Camden.

Camden, although not involved directly with the Civil War, did send a few generals. Hero of the American Civil War Richard Rowland Kirkland – ‘The Angel of Marye’s Heights’ – is interred in the Old Quaker Cemetery. Camden moved on from the war, and in 1885 it became a place where rich Northern families would spend the winter.

The town became associated with many equestrian activities, and is now the home of the third oldest active polo field in America. In the winter, more than 1,500 thoroughbreds call the field home. According to Kershaw County’s web site, “Horse related activities became very popular. That interest in equine activities has continued and today the horse industry is a major part of the county economy. For that reason, the county is known as the ‘Steeplechase Capital of the World’.” [Courtesy of Wikipedia – History of Camden, SC]

Camden, the City on the Wateree

After paying homage to Camden’s historic past, its role in the Revolutionary War, and the famed visit of Lafayette, reporter John I. Green turned his attention to the community as it appeared to him in December of 1889* Although still an agricultural-commercial center, the state’s oldest inland town was fast becoming something of a health resort. In this instance, we are told, a unique gravel and sand soil produced a remarkably dry climate, and this same sand also filtered the drinking water, making it extremely pure. In any case, inns and hotels were developing to cater to winter tourists from the North, none of them more unusual, it would seem, than Uphton Court.

Postcard view of how rural farm hands once came into Camden to shop. Courtesy of the AFLLC Collection – 2017

Camden stands on a well-drained plateau about two hundred and fifty feet above the sea and seventy-five feet above the Wateree River. It is beautifully laid out. The streets are unusually broad and run north and south. There are several public squares and parks,
which are well shaded and well kept. The surrounding country produces a great variety of crops, the forests along the river furnish all sorts of hard woods, and the pinelands are a boundless field to the enterprising lumberman and distiller. While cotton and rice are the commercial staples, they are by no means the only crops which flourish here. All sorts of grains are cultivated to perfection, and any kind of vegetable which can be grown in the South thrives in the fields of Kershaw. Both the soil and the climate—particularly the latter—are especially adapted to grape culture, and a little enterprise in the matter of vineyards will give proof of the capabilities of the land. It will not be long before canning factories will be erected, for there are exceptional inducements for such enterprises. And soon flourishing vineyards will dot the county, and streams of abundance will pour from their presses.

The beautiful Kirkwood Inn. Postcard image courtesy of the AFLLC Collection – 2017

Camden stands at the head of navigation on the Wateree, and there is no reason why a line of steamboats on this stream would not pay. One would have been built long ago but for the lack of capital. The distance by rail to Charleston is 137 miles, Columbia 60 and Rock Hill 60 miles.

Give a place a score of railroads and a soil as fertile as the lands of the Nile, and it is a failure if it is not healthy. The climate of this place is its greatest drawing card. In these days, when every village with a little spring is advertising itself as a wonderful health resort, statistics are of more interest than all-healing claims. Here are a few figures which speak more eloquently than the most gorgeous superlatives: Camden is in latitude 34 deg 17 min and 80 deg 83 min west longitude. The mean temperature for thirty-two years was as follows—spring 61.90°, summer 79.32° autumn 62.26°, winter 45.16° annual 62.16°. The average rainfall for twenty years was 4.2222 inches* The average death rate was 12V2 per thousand. These data were furnished the Smithsonian Institution by Mr. Colin McRae, the observer at this place for the national signal service. In summer pleasant breezes moderate the warmest weather, and the nights are usually cool. A light snow falls about every alternate year. But read what another has to say. Dr. Willard Parker, Jr., writing in the Medical Record, says of Camden: Owing to the peculiar nature of the soil, all moisture is almost immediately absorbed, so that the air is remarkably dry. While there are a few cold days, we find none of penetrating cold nor, on the other hand, do we have any of that enervating heat met with in places farther south. The pine trees and turpentine stills in the vicinity give the air a terebinthine odor, which is very soothing to those harassed by a cough. My two children, neither of whom had ever before passed a winter free from croup, showed not a symptom of it, though exposed in all weathers.

Dr. S. Baruch of 44 East 60th Street, New York, writing to the proprietor of Uphton Court, says: “You may refer to me as regards the climate of Camden for consumption, rheumatism, and kidney troubles.” One of the commissioners of the New York State Board of Health writes: “I know Camden well and can truly testify to its high hygienic character. I cannot conceive an epidemic prospering there.”

The following from a descriptive pamphlet on Uphton Court is of interest: The healthfulness for which Camden is so justly famed is largely due to the soil, which to a great depth is composed entirely of sand and gravel. This insures the maximum degree of dryness, both of the soil able purity of the drinking water is largely due to the great depth of sand through which it filters. So unusual were the climatic advantages of this place that many sought them even when many inconveniences had to be borne before they were reached. Seven years ago the Hobkirk Inn was opened. It stands on the outskirts of the town near the site of the battle of Hobkirk’s Hill. Capt. E.H. Eldridge, a Northern gentleman, is the proprietor, and from an old-time Southern mansion he has made one of the most comfortable and home-like hostelries in the South. He succeeded from the beginning, and among his guests were many of the wealthiest people of the North and West, some of whom came in their private cars and spent many weeks. The inn has about forty rooms and is luxurious and cosy throughout. The management caters only to tourists who desire to spend several weeks, at least, of the season here. The first question which one who has been to Camden asks anyone whom he chances to meet is: “Have you been to Uphton Court?” This is a hotel which is not a hotel. I cannot better explain the paradox than by a bit of sketching. A grand old Southern mansion that seems to be sleeping in the sunshine. On three sides broad piazzas. In front a garden filled with choice shrubs and flowers which seem to woo one to stray among the inviting walks and bowers. A little distance to the southeast a grove of towering pines, with a band stand and a profusion of seats and swings.

Not all of Camden’s tourist stayed in the grand hotels. Courtesy of the AFLLC Collection – 2017

And then you meet your hostess. Her manner is grace itself and a warm welcome beams from her eyes. You feel at home in a moment. Yes, those are the words, “at home.” Eaces from brushes of the old masters smile upon you from the walls. Exquisite bric-a-brac is scattered about in profusion, rare and curious volumes fill the bookcases, and the reading table is covered with periodicals and magazines from both continents. The chairs and lounges are of the past generation and recall the days when there was no hurry and bustle, and everyone took his ease at leisure. In the dining room it is the same picture in a different light. The antique silver, the rare china, are all in keeping with what you have already seen. To complete the effect, the waiters are all negroes, who almost anticipate your every wish. This is Uphton Court. It is the result of an elegant woman’s whim. Mrs. Perkins, the “proprietor,” as she styles herself, is a descendant of the old aristocracy, but is


Postcard image of the PO courtesy of the AFLLC Collection – 2017
Early postcard view of the street, ca. 1910s. Courtesy of the AFLLC Collection – 2017

something of a cosmopolitan in taste. She has spent many years at the North and in Europe, and those who visit her charming “hotel” will find every luxury of today amidst surroundings of the past. Her descriptive circular is a little volume from her own graceful pen and is a gem of the bookmakers’ art. There are other hotels here where the traveler of modest means may get the worth of his money. The Latham House, under the management of Mr. S.B. Latham, has an enjoyable patronage and the Blanton House does a good business.

Now that this place is easily reached from every quarter of the nation, the enterprising hotel men of the country would do well to investigate its claims as an all-the-year-round resort. The tourist can find no better drives in the country, and the hunting and fishing are excellent. Every kind of game found in the South abounds in the fields and forests, from the pheasant and duck to the wild turkey and deer of the river swamps. A mammoth hotel will soon be a necessity.

The population of Camden, including Kirkwood, a suburb which is but a continuation of the town proper, is about 2,500. Despite the many obstacles which existed heretofore, the trade of Camden is thriving, and she makes as good a showing as many of her more fortunately located sisters. About 20,000 bales of cotton are shipped annually, and the rice crop runs up into the tens of thousands. The turpentine business is a large industry in itself and centres here. From the most conservative estimates it is safe to say that over a million and a quarter dollars of business is done annually. The merchants are progressive and conduct their business on modern lines. The old-time stores have been replaced by modern ones, and the till in the counters has given way to the most improved cash registers.

For the information of any who desire to engage in business here, the following directory of the business houses is given, showing how the trade is distributed: General merchandise—N.T. Purdy & Co., P.T. Villepigue, A.D. Kennedy, Baum Bros. & Stein, J.C. Man, P. Tobias, S.M. Wilson, John R. Goodale & Son, M.S. Bambeig, D. Wolfe, E.H. Dibble, T.M. Shannon, and Isadore Wolfe.
Wholesale grocers—Springs, Heath & Co. and H.G. Carrison.
Dry goods—W.E. Johnson, Jr., Hirsch Bros., and B. Rich.
Drugs, paints, and oils—A. A. Moore, F.L. Zemp and EM. Zemp.
Retail grocers—V.E. Deepass, Henry Man, Smyrie & Halsell, W.J. Jones, J.E Arthur, J.W. Blakeney, J.S. Rhame, J.E. Vaughn, J.J. Watkins, J.T. Nettles, and M. Lollis.
Furniture—Baum Bros. & Stein, D. Wolfe, and M.S. Bamberg.
Buggies, wagons, etc.—Smith & Hall, S.B. Latham, and Baum Bros. & Stein. Hardware—A.D. Kennedy, H.G. Carrison, and John R. Goodale & Son. Shoes, hats, and clothing—Zemp Bros.
Shoes—E.B. Capers.
Millinery—Mrs. T.B. Walker, Miss Kate Meredith, and Mrs. S. Tweed. Books, jewelry, cutlery, sewing machines, and fancy goods—G.G. Young. Jewelry—J.M. LeGrand.
Liquors, tobacco, etc.—A.M. Rosenbeiger (also restaurant and billiard parlor), W. Geisenheimer, S.B. Latham, B.F. Hate, and Smyrie & Halsell.
Bakery—Robert Singleton.
Saddlery and harness—W.M. Hinson and Henry Wilson.
Undertakers—R.J. McCreight & Son and Smith & Hale.
Sewing machines—J.C. Reville and T.J. Rodgers.
Gunsmith—A.J. Freitag.
Livery and sale stables—S.R. Latham, W. A. Armstrong, and J.C. Cottrell. Cotton buyers—Springs, Heath & Co. and J.B. Stedman.
Auctioneer—J.S. Meroney.
Insurance—Williams & Williams (fire) and Coutey & DeSaussure (life).
The Bank of Camden has made a record which, its officers say, surpasses that of any other in the State. This institution began business on August 1,1888, with a capital of $25,000. For six months it did business on a paid in capital of $6,250. The first year it paid a dividend of 10 per cent and placed 6 per cent to its surplus account. The estimated average deposits are $50,000. The officers are H.G. Carrison, president S.C. Clyburn, vice president C.H. Yates, cashier directors, H. G. Carrison, S.C. Clyburn, P.T. Villepigue, A.D. Kennedy, N.T. Purdy, W.M. Shannon, and John C. Man.

Faulkner Collection – 2018

The Building and Loan Association was organized in 1883 with 400 shares. This number has been increased to 700. It has loaned $40,000, and its first series of shares have an accrued value of about 55 per cent. The second series has been running about two-and-half years. The outlook is bright, and the shares are increasing in value. The officers of the Association are: P.T. Villepigue, president A. D. Kennedy, vice president directors, P.T. Villepigue, A.D. Kennedy, S.M. Rosenberger, F.M. Zemp, C.J. Shannon, J.C. Man, and G. Geisenheimer. The Association has never lost anything.

The Board of Trade is an organization on which the town must largely depend for its advancement. The officers are: A.D. Kennedy, president H. Baum, vice president N.T. Purdy, treasurer and John W. Corbett, secretary.

Receipts for the Clyburn Co., and John Roper of Camden, S.C. from the Faulkner Collection – 2018

A fine opera house was built in 1885. It has a frontage of 60 feet, a depth of 70 feet, and is three stories high. It is one of the handsomest theatres in the State. The scenery is very fine, and the auditorium is fitted with very comfortable folding chairs. The building and fittings cost $21,000, $15,000 of which is the only bonded debt that the town has. The fire department consists of one steamer, two hand engines, and a hook and ladder company. An abundant water supply is furnished by capacious fire wells. The total levy of taxes is only three mills, which pays all current expenses and the interest on the town’s debt. The average rate of insurance is 1% per cent.

There is a fine graded school which was established about two years ago. The attendance numbers 175. A large and competent corps of teachers are in charge. The following is a list of the faculty: A.L. Moore, superintendent teachers, Mrs. Mary C. Thomason, Mrs. M. A. Shannon, Mrs. N.S. Withers, Miss Lizzie Stoney, and Miss Anna Davis. There is a negro graded school of which W.W. Carter is principal. There are also several private schools which are well patronized.

Nearly all of the religious denominations have churches. The Presbyterian Church is the oldest house of worship in the town. It has a large membership. The pastor is the Rev. WW. Wells. The Methodist Church is a handsome brick building. The pastor is the eloquent E.J. Meynardie. The Episcopal Church, which has been completed recently, is a beautiful Gothic structure. The rector is the Rev. J.M. Stoney. The Baptist Church has a very large membership. The pastor is the Rev. Paul V. Bomar. The Bible Society is doing a good work. The depository is at the store of P.T. Villepigue, who is secretary and treasurer. Judge J.B. Kershaw is the president.

The Camden Bar has produced an unusual amount of talent and has sent forth many men to fill high places. The following is the personnel as it stands today: Gen. John D. Kennedy (late consul general at Shanghai), J. Thomwell Hay, Capt. W.M. Shannon, Col. P.H. Nelson (solicitor for the 5th district), W.D. Trantham, E.D. Blakeney, C.L. Winkler, J.D. Dunlap, T.H. Clarke, B.B. Clarke, TJ. Kirkland, and L.A. Wittkowskey.

The physicians are: A.W. Burnett, A.A. Moore, John W. Corbett, D.L. DeSaussure, and EL. Zemp dentist, T.H. Alexander.
If other evidence were wanting, the mere fact that Camden has three newspapers would be a guarantee that there was a large amount of culture in town and country.

The Wateree Messenger was founded in 1885 by Mr. C.W. Birchmore, an energetic journalist and active citizen, and has grown steadily in circulation and influence. The Camden Journal, established in 1827, has a rather amusing incident connected with the history of its management. Mr. G.G. Alexander was its proprietor when Harrison was elected and was appointed postmaster to supersede Mr. D.C. Kirkley, the Democratic incumbent. These two gentlemen made a happy exchange of places, reversing the politics of both, and it puzzles the people here to ascertain whether the town has lost or gained by the change, or is “about even.” The Camden Chronicle has recently come under the management of Mr. B.B. Clarke, a young lawyer of exceptionable ability. The Chronicle’s editorials display unusual journalistic talent and are full of promises.

There are two cornet bands in the place, one white and one colored, a flourishing cavalry company, an infantry company, and a flourishing Base Ball Association owning a park where the best amateur games of the State are played. The town will soon issue $10,000 worth of bonds for internal improvements. The Knights of Honor, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the American Legion of Honor, the Knights of the Golden Rule, and the Freemasons have lodges here. The Kirkwood Reading Club, composed of old and young of both sexes of Camden and Kirkwood, is giving its members valuable literature and literary entertainments.

Efforts are being made to establish a $100,000 cotton factory. If half of this amount is raised by local capitalists the remainder will be furnished by Northerners. All but a few thousand dollars of the requisite amount has been subscribed, and it is to be hoped, for the benefit of the whole town, that some enterprising citizen will not let such an important enterprise collapse for the want of two or three thousand dollars. The slightest retrograde movement at this time would be a great misfortune. The eyes of all are on Camden now, and the manner in which she deals with her opportunities will have much to do in making or destroying confidence in her people. If one factory is established, others will soon follow, but the first step is always the most difficult. These people should always remember that confidence in the resources of a place must begin at home. It would be awkward to ask others to invest without first taking the initial step.

With the fruits and grapes and vegetables which cover the fields on every hand and the grand treasures of the surrounding forests, factories will surely come—if a beginning is made. One of the many great natural advantages possessed by Camden is the valuable water-powers almost at her door. The great Wateree Canal, built by the State before the war, is only about seven miles distant and will furnish unlimited power.

Reprinted from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer by J.H. Moore, Sandlapper Publishing Company – 1989

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June 2, 2021 - Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle School Math Interventionist Courtney Robinson has been selected to serve as an assistant principal at Camden Middle School (CMS) to replace Eunice Stukes who is retiring. Lugoff Elementary School (LES) Fifth Grade Teacher Aleece Hardy will be the new assistant administrator at Blaney Elementary School, filling the position vacated when Nicole Kirkley was named the school's principal.

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Kershaw History

The Town of Kershaw, barely inside thesouthern boundary of Lancaster County, did not come into existence until 1887.That year, the Charleston, Cincinnati, and Chicago Railway (popularly known asthe 𔄛Cs”) made a deal to locate a depot on some cut-over timber landowned by Capt. James Vergil Welsh in exchange for every other lot in the town’sbusiness section.

The first building in town wasthe railroad depot which served not only lumber, turpentine and farming tradebut also the nearby Haile Gold Mine, the largest gold mine in the easternUnited States.

Business boomed. People movedin faster than houses could be built.

By 1900, there were 1,500inhabitants, 27 stores, 2 banks, 5 churches, a large planing mill and numerousshops. The citizens regularly brought in clay “packing it down securelyand nicely till they have made them [streets and sidewalks] as good asmacadamized streets.”

The town’s all wood storebuildings went up in flames on the night of November 14, 1917. A majority ofthe buildings in a 4-block area burned to the ground.

The 1917 fire was not thefirst disaster faced by the town of Kershaw. In 1908 there was a boilerexplosion at Haile Gold Mine, followed by a series of disasters that caused theclosing of the mine in 1912. By that time, most of the timber had been cut. Thetown cast around for a replacement industry.

Kershaw’s leading citizensdecided to build a cotton mill, but couldn’t finance it on their own. LeroySprings of Lancaster already had a large cotton mill and was a long-time partnerof Kershaw’s John T. Stevens in a number of business interests. They owned thelarge Stevens-Springs Mercantile Company, one of the banks, and a cotton oilmill together. Colonel Springs bought a large amount of stock in the newcompany and became the Kershaw Cotton Mills’ president, with Stevens becomingthe vice-president.

The Kershaw Cotton Millemployed around 800 people who lived both in company housing and on nearbyfarms. The mill prospered until the Great Agricultural Depression began in1921. In spite of the long depression era, the mill never closed and boomedagain when World War II created a demand for its products.

The town was named for a CivilWar general, Joseph B. Kershaw, and straddled the boundary line of LancasterCounty and Kershaw County (named for an earlier Joseph Kershaw who was aRevolutionary War hero).

When Kershaw and LancasterCounty were created in 1785, the boundary line between the two was aconsiderable distance to the south of its placement in 1791 when thelegislature enacted a law stating the boundaries of Kershaw’s county court.

In 1905 some Kershaw citizens,unhappy with Lancaster County’s higher taxes, contended that the boundary linewas inaccurately surveyed and the town of Kershaw should all be inside KershawCounty. After several years of fighting among the legislative delegations, acompromise was made. In 1907 each county got about one-half of the businesssection.

Over the years more business(including cotton mill properties) and the schools were built on the Lancasterside of the line. Starting in 1954, Lancaster County began a drive to annex allof the town.

In 1977, 90 years afterColonel Welsh made his deal with the 3Cs railroad, the state legislatureenacted a law changing the boundary line which gave Lancaster County 66additional square miles and placed all of the town of Kershaw in LancasterCounty.

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