Rhinehart's Garage
Glendale, South Carolina

  Story furnished by Clarence Crocker

Located about 2 miles from the mill on the Glendale-Country Club road, Rhinehart’s Garage was for many years, the major source of help for owners of ailing cars, motorcycles, motor boats, tractors and any other equipment powered by combustion engines. It was owned and operated by Howard Rhinehart, the chief mechanic. “Rhiney” as he was known and called, being competent and dependable, was trusted by everyone who had dealings with him. Though others worked there from time to time, J. B. Crossley was his regular assistant. Starting in a small one bay building, the shop had grown to a three bay building before the illness and death of Mr. Rhinehart.

Howard was the son of Venson and Mary Rhinehart. According to the 1920 Glendale census, Howard had four siblings; Ethel 12., Maggie 7, Maybelle 4 and James 10 mos. Howard married a Glendale lady, Miss Edna Murray, the daughter of Herman Sr. and Ferrol Murray and she had four siblings; George, Herman Jr., Jean and Helen Murray.

They became the proud parents of two daughters, Connie and Donna Rhinehart and were a wonderful family, loved and respected by all. They were most active in the community activities and were a real asset to the area. They were faithful members of the Glendale Methodist Church. Howard was a charter member of the Glendale Ruritan Club. Edna was a charter member of the thriving Glendale Women’s Club.

Thomas Howard Rhinehart died at the age of 72, July 1981.

Edna Murray Rhinehart died at the age of 71, December 1982.

Federal census and Spartanburg Herald Journal obituaries, courtesy of Spartanburg County Library.

By Clarence E. Crocker, June 2012

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