Tag Archives: Greenville SC

‘Miss Jim’ blazed new trail for women in upstate SC

For a gently reared Greenville girl, preparing for a career as a teacher or as a “typewriter” (a secretary) was questionable. Becoming an attorney was unthinkable. One of Miss Jim’s classmates said that after graduation she returned home because “In those days a girl didn’t take a job out of the home unless her father couldn’t support her.”

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Flow Chart — a look at how Greenville, SC’s Reedy River shaped that city

The Reedy River put Greenville on the map—and, like its meandering currents and rushing falls, is the centerpiece for its rise, fall, and triumphant rise again. It has humble beginnings. Greenville’s Reedy River starts with a few springs seeping out of the ground just north in Travelers Rest off Ebenezer Church Road. It gathers strength, breadth, and force as it flows—touching thousands of lives by the time it reaches its most prominent feature in the heart of the city. It meanders for 16 miles to Lake Conestee, ultimately continuing for another 57 miles to Lake Greenwood.

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How the poinsettia got its name

His public service was legendary. In 1821, South Carolinian Joel Roberts Poinsett had founded the Academy of Fine Arts in Charleston. In 1838, when he was the Secretary of War under Martin Van Buren, he had a northeast county of Arkansas named after him by that state’s governor. At that point in his career, he’d […]

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All the adornments that taste and money can afford

The Gassaway Mansion in Greenville, SC is still the largest house in the Upstate at 22,000 square feet. Here’s a profile of its owners, Walter & Minnie Gassaway, taken from  “History of South Carolina, Volume 4,” from 1920: “Walter L. Gassaway is one of the very well known bankers and financiers of Upper South Carolina, […]

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Baseball icon Shoeless Joe Jackson

Please welcome guest author Arlene Marcley. Marcley is the founder and president of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library in Greenville, SC, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to honoring Shoeless Joe Jackson’s life and professional career. The great Ted Williams once remarked, “When I was younger, the Red Sox used to stop in […]

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