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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A new webpage - Round and About

Looking for something to keep you busy? Check out the new webpage by clicking on the heading to this notice. 

An Evening with Former South Carolina Governor James F Byrnes

Last evening, at the regular second Tuesday of the month meeting of the Lee County Historical Society, I was transported back in time to the early 1900’s by Dr. Joseph Taylor Stukes. Dr Stukes mesmerized me as he realistically portrayed James Francis Byrnes, one of the most powerful men in American domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s.

Only a few words into his performance, Dr. Stukes dressed in period costume, deftly transitioned me to a time and place where I found myself in the presence of former Governor Jimmy Byrnes who greeted me as if I were at his home by asking, “Have you met Maude?” Of course he was referring to his wife Maude Perkins Busch of Aiken whom he married in 1906.


Mr. Byrnes informed me that he had never advanced beyond the third grade, that he never attended college or law school, but that he became a lawyer by apprenticing and was admitted to the bar in 1903. He convinced me that he and many of his colleague’s were enthusiastic believers and participants of Bullbat time.


I was surprised to hear him say that he converted from Catholicism, becoming an Episcopalian when he married Maude in addition to his leaving the Democratic Party to become a Republican. The latter change occurred late in his political career.


What a history lesson! I’m finding it hard to end here because of my need to tell you everything I learned from the talented and knowledgeable Dr. Joseph Stukes. I strongly urge you to attend one of his ‘Impersonations’… you will not regret the opportunity.


The Lee County Historical Society and the Humanities Council of SC, sponsored Dr. Joseph Stukes but we must give the abundance of credit to the officers and members of our local Historical Society who made it happen.  Marion Messier, President; Linda Sutherland, Vice-president; Willene Smith, Secretary; Davis Kirkpatrick, Treasurer; Rev. Phillip Mixon, Chaplain; Jewell Tindall, Parliamentarian; Ralph DesChamps, Historian, Bobbie Adams and Betty Truesdale, both LCHS members, are to be commended for their tireless efforts and dedication to the preservation of our history. 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Historical Impersonation of James F. Byrnes

Historical Impersonation of James F. Byrnes

April 14, 2009
7:00 pm 

Presented by Dr. Joe Stukes
Sponsored by the Lee County Historical Society and the Humanities Council of SC, whose mission is "To enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians"

South Carolina Cotton Museum, 121 W. Cedar Lane, Bishopville, SC 29010
Free and open to the public
Info: 803-484-6146

Editor's note: Your attendance is requested to show your support of the tireless efforts of the Lee County Historical Society members whose dedication and hard work enable us to keep history alive.  We strongly encourage everyone to attend this factual performance by Dr. Joseph Stukes. 

Joseph Stukes

Dr. Joseph Taylor Stukes, a native of Manning, taught American and European history at both high school and college levels. At Erskine College (1966-74), he was Professor and Academic Dean. At Francis Marion University (1974-90), he was Professor and Head of Department. He won academic awards at each institution. He also filled Visiting Professorships in four academic locations, including one in Lugano, Switzerland. Since retirement, he has led study tours to Europe and has presented portrayals of historical figures in costume. He and his wife live in Florence, SC.

The Genius of the American Constitution
A lively explanation of the circumstances of the creation of the Constitution, its compromises among delegates, its efforts to grant both powers and controls, and its care to be acceptable and workable. The presentation is set in historical context with emphasis on the document's uniqueness and the skepticism of contemporaries. 
From V-E Day to the Cold War
A step-by-step recital of US-European relations following the defeat of the Axis powers and the military and ideological face-off between the great superpowers, USA and USSR. The presentation considers domestic problems in each nation as well as major international confrontations.

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Historical Impersonation of James F. Byrnes

Historical Impersonation of Sam Houston

Historical Impersonation of Theodore Roosevelt

Historical Impersonation of Adolf Hitler

Historical Impersonation of General Douglas MacArthur

Friday, April 10, 2009

Main Street Bishopville South Carolina

Notice the traffic and the full parking spaces 
c. 1956
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Stokes Steadman

Okay who ordered the Cherry Smash?

BHS 1958 Class members at the Dairi-O

Guys, left to right: John Gentry, Jimmy Severance, Larry McKenzie, Darrel Snipes, and Mickey McCaskill

Okay, I can name the guys ... who can name the girls? 

Vivian Christine Boykin - April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

William Green DesChamps, Jr. August 29, 1917 – April 8, 2009

Clemson University mourns the loss Wednesday of Trustee Emeritus William Green DesChamps

Clemson University Trustee Emeritus William Green DesChamps dies

CLEMSON — Clemson University mourns the loss Wednesday of Trustee Emeritus William Green DesChamps.

DesChamps was elected to the
Clemson University board of trustees in 1975 and served until 1995 as a life trustee.  

“William Green DesChamps served his alma mater with distinction. As a member of the board of trustees for 20 years and Trustee Emeritus to his death, he attended every board meeting until recently because of failing health. He served on the IPTAY board and as IPTAY president. He was respected and loved by the Clemson family. His wisdom and guidance will be deeply missed,” said Leon J. (Bill) Hendrix Jr., chairman of the board.

DesChamps received several awards in recognition of his service to
Clemson University, including the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1962 and Clemson’s highest public honor, the Clemson Medallion, in 1990. He also was a recipient of South Carolina’s highest honor for service and leadership, the Order of the Palmetto, in 1992.

Professionally, DesChamps was president of Bishopville Petroleum Co. Inc. He also served on the Bishopville Town Council for 11 years before being elected the town’s mayor in 1958. DesChamps served in the South Carolina State Senate from 1962 to 1967 and in the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1979.  

DesChamps earned a degree in agricultural economics from Clemson in 1938.

WRITER: Robin Denny, 864-656-2061

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Mr. William Green DesChamps, Jr. April 8, 2009

'Willie Green' DesChamps, Jr. passed away this morning. We will post the service arrangements as soon as we have them.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Tommy Thrasher

Bishopville, SC

Tommy Thrasher, husband of Susan O'Kelley Jones passed away this morning in Florence, SC. Arrangements are incomplete presently but will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

OBITUARIES - April 3, 2009

April 1, 2009 - Gene Ray Mozingo - Hartsville, SC

March 30, 2009 - Lila Berry Stokes - Bishopville, SC

March 25, 2009 - Lola Kelly McCoy - Bishopville, SC

March 25, 2009 - Alvin David Dubose - Bishopville, SC

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