Glendale Merchants - From the Early 1900's
Story furnished by Clarence
(A map showing the location of most of these stores can be seen at Glendale Commercial Sites.)
The stories of the merchants
of the Glendale Community which you are about to read, are based upon
my memory, plus copies of obituaries published in the Spartanburg
Herald & Journal which I obtained through the Spartanburg County
Library micro film dept. I knew all the merchants personally and was in
most stores many times. In some few cases I have confirmed dates with
living survivors. The Glendale community being made up of honest,
stable residents and workers, most merchants extended weekly credit to
their customers when requested.
Other than the Glendale Mill Store, the oldest stores of the
community formed a cluster in the flat at the end of the bridge on the
opposite side of the river from the mill. There was a Piggler Grocery
which was in business before my day which I remember my dad and others
speaking about. It was located across the river from the mill. I
remember being in the building in which it had operated on numerous
occasions, when I was a young lad. Though some few items remained in
the building, it was being converted into a dwelling. As best I can
remember, the operator was Scott Piggler but I know so little about the
store and the man, I simply refer to it for the record. Clarence E. Crocker.
LeMaster’s Grocery was one
of the cluster of moderate size wood frame store buildings/businesses
located at the west end of the Glendale Bridge. The building and
business was owned and operated by John C. LeMaster. It was stocked
with a good variety of groceries along with a limited supply of fresh
meats. Having a storage room adjoining the building, a good variety of
feeds for animals and pets were also stocked. Limited delivery was made
when requested, Mr. LeMaster operated the store for many years before
his retirement in 1941 at which time the business was sold to Elbert C.
John had married Ila
Revels and they spent most of their lives in the Glendale community.
They were the parents of three daughters; Helen, Maude and Irene
LeMaster. Their home was a large two story frame house with wrap around
porches, located behind the store, just across the river from Glendale
Mills. They had been married 57 years at the time of John’s death. John
was a member of the Glendale Ruritan Club. Both were members of the
Glendale Methodist Church and were cousins of this writer.
John died on Tuesday,
November 10, 1853 at the age of 77.
Ila LeMaster died in a
local rest home on Friday, April 13, 1962 at the age of 84. Her
obituary listed her survivors as three daughters; Mrs. H. L.(Maude)
Gault of Mobil, Ala., Mrs. DeWitt (Helen) Murph of Spartanburg, Mrs. S.
H. (Irene) Brown of Greenville, S.C.; a half brother, Rufas Allen of
Greenwood, S. C.; four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the M.W. Bobo Funeral Chapel with
interment following in the Glendale Cemetery alongside of her late
For further info on the
LeMasters, click on Glendale Police.
LeMaster’s Grocery becomes
Hopper’s Grocery; Elbert Columbus Hopper purchased LeMaster’s
Grocery after the retirement of Mr. LeMaster in 1941 and operated the
business for a number of years under his name. Elbert C. was a native
of Spartanburg county, the son of Clayton and Mary Thompson Hopper.
“Spot” as he was known, had
been a clerk in the Glendale Mill Store for a number of years prior to
opening and operating his own store. He was a member of the Glendale
Methodist Church, the Glendale Ruritan Club, the Glendale Men’s Club,
the Glendale Masonic Lodge and treasurer of the Glendale Fire
“Spot” married Fay
Thomas, the daughter of Banks Benton and Ethel Viola Thomas of
Glendale. They became the parents of three children; Richard, Robert
and Susan Hopper. They lived in their home on the Country Club Road in
the Ben Avon area of Spartanburg County.
E.C. (Spot) Hopper died in
the Spartanburg Medical Center following a brief illness on Thursday,
October 26, 1972, at the age of 68. He was survived by his wife and
three children; a step sister, Mrs. Hydrick Brown of Glendale and five
grandchildren. His funeral was held at the Glendale Methodist Church
with interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in
Spartanburg. S. C.
Fay Hopper died on Thursday,
September 7, 1978 at the age of 72. No survivors were listed but if I
remember correctly, all three of her children were living. Funeral
services were held in the Glendale Methodist Church with interment
following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg alongside
her late husband.
Reaves Grocery building and
business, was owned and operated by James R. Reaves Sr. This was one of
the older stores at Glendale and was one of the cluster at the west end
of the Glendale Bridge. The store was stocked with a good line of
groceries, feed and I believe they had gas and oil. A limited delivery
service was offered when requested.
James married Edna Viola
Thomas, a native of Spartanburg County, the daughter of Hilliard C. and
Corrie E. Lipscomb Thomas. They were the parents of three sons, Robert,
Claude and James R. Reaves Jr. They lived in their nice spacious home
located behind the store, just across the river from Glendale Mill, on
the Emma Cudd Road. They were long time members of the Glendale
I have not been able to get
any records of Mr. Reaves death and survivors.
Edna’s obituary appearing in
the Spartanburg Herald & Journal Friday, Nov. 25, 1955 stated that
she had died on Thursday, 24th, at the Spartanburg General Hospital at
the age of 72, following six weeks of illness. She was survived by her
sons; Robert H. Reaves of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., W. Claude Reaves of
Glendale and James R. Reaves, Jr. of Spruce Pine, N. C. Also three
sisters; Mrs. H. H. Parker of Florence, S. C., Mrs. H. B. Rainville and
Mrs. E. L. Glass of Spartanburg, S. C. ; two brothers, O. G. Thomas of
Charlotte, N. C. and E. H. Thomas of Greenwood, S.C. and three
grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Floyd’s Mortuary with
interment following in the West Oakwood Cemetery of Spartanburg, S. C.
alongside her late husband.
Reaves Grocery becomes
Coggins Grocery; Russell Coggins of Spartanburg operated the
store for a number of years after Mr. Reaves death. Russell, along with
his family, lived on the Glendale Country Club Road in the Ben Avon
area. Having never lived in Glendale, I have very little information
about him and I was unable to get any obituary records on him or his
Dillard’s Meat Market was
owned and operated by Perry Lester Dillard of Pacolet, S. C. A native
of Spartanburg County, he was the son of Charles and Lizza Dillard.
Perry married Belle Kirby of Pacolet, the daughter of Sam T. and
Louella Puckett Kirby and they became the parents of ten children. She
was a member of the Pacolet Methodist Church and the Ladies Sunday
It was one of the cluster of
four stores with LeMasters and Reaves Groceries and Walt Reaves Barber
shop. The customer could get most any cut of beef or pork they would
want at the market. If my memory serves me correctly, Perry slaughtered
most of the animals and cut the meat himself as ordered by the
customer. He also had fresh fish on certain days.
Perry died at the age of 73
on Friday, December 8, 1972, in the Spartanburg General Hospital
following a long illness. His obituary stated that he was a retired
farmer and grocer and was a member of the Pacolet Methodist Church. He
was survived by his wife Belle Dillard; three daughters, Mrs. Wallace
Hayes, Mrs. Reid McBride, Mrs. Nellene Robinson of Pacolet; five sons,
Russell, Floyd, and Leon Dillard of Pacolet, Curtis Dillard of Union,
S.C. and Sam Dillard of Charleston, S. C.; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice
Tweed of Spartanburg, S.C. and Mrs. Ola Covill of Pacolet; two
brothers, Luther Dillard of Pacolet and Leonard Dillard of Spartanburg;
21 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held
at the Pacolet Methodist Church with interment following in the Church
Belle Dillard died at the age
of 90, Monday, February 8, 1988 in the Spartanburg Medical Center. She
was survived by; five sons, Leon, Lloyd and Russell Dillard, all of
Pacolet, Curtis Dillard of Union and Sam Dillard of Charleston, S. C;
three daughters, Lizzie Dillard Hayes, Nellene Dillard Robinson and
Hazel Dillard McBride, all of Pacolet. Funeral services for Mrs.
Dillard were held at the Pacolet Methodist Church with interment
following in the Church Cemetery alongside her late husband.
Kirby’s Groceries was
owned and operated by Edwin Spurgeon Kirby. He owned the building and
operated the business in the 1920s and early 30s. It was a modest size
wood frame building located on the Glendale/Clifton road about one half
mile from the Glendale mill, adjacent to the upper Glendale Cemetery.
Considered a typical rural store, it carried a reasonable variety of
groceries, a limited supply of pre-cut fresh meats and home remedy
drugs. Having a large warehouse for storage, a large variety of cattle
and pet foods were stocked.
A native of Spartanburg
County, Spurgeon was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J, H. Kirby of
Spartanburg, S.C. He was a veteran of WW1 and an active member of the
American Legion. He had married Mollie Page and they were the parents
of two daughters, Nancy and Jane Kirby. Their home was across the road
adjacent to the store and warehouse. Going to work in the Federal
Building (believed to be a postal clerk) when it was completed in
Spartanburg, Mr. Kirby sold all Glendale Property to Mr. John Taylor
Varner Sr. and moved to Spartanburg.
Spurgeon died on Wednesday,
December 14, 1932, at his home. He was 45 years of age. Survivors were
listed as his wife, Mollie Page Kirby; two daughters, Nancy and Jane
Kirby; his father, J. H. Kirby Sr.; four brothers, R. H. Kirby of
Gulfport, Miss., J. H. Kirby Jr. Leon and Estes Kirby, all of
Spartanburg, Route 2; two sisters, Mrs. A. B. Newman of Woodruff, S.C.
and Miss Lucy Kirby of Spartanburg; One brother, Albert L. Kirby had
been killed in an automobile accident the year before. Funeral services
were held at the Sloan’s Grove Baptist Church with interment following
in the Zion Hill Cemetery. I could find no record of Mrs. Kirby’s
family or her death.
The first purchase this
writer remembers making was in Kirby’s Grocery. I took a nickel and
bought a bag full of fire-cracker bombs. Returning home to shoot the
bombs, I put one under a tin can to make it sound louder. When the bomb
it blew the can through a glass window in our house. I don’t remember
buying another fire-cracker until after I was grown and working.
Kirby’s Grocery becomes Hunter’s
Grocery; Ellis Hunter, a local textile worker, rented the
building from Mr. Varner and operated the grocery business under the
name of “Hunter’s Grocery” for a number of years.
Ellis, a native of Madison County, N. C. was the son of John Holden and
Emma Sue Edwards Hunter. He was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church
and taught the Young Adult Men’s Sunday School class for a number of
Ellis had married Onita
Steadman and had built a nice home just below his father’s home on the
Pecan Drive just about 1/2 mile above the mill. Retiring from the
business due to health problems, Ellis and Onita separated and Ellis
entered a nursing home in Inman, S. C. where he remained until his
His obituary published in the
Spartanburg Herald & Journal on Thursday, Jan. 14, 1988, stated
that he had died on Wednesday, Jan. 13th, in the Spartanburg Regional
Hospital. He was 86 years of age. Funeral services were held in the
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel with interment following in the Glendale
Cemetery. He was survived by two brothers, John Hunter of Spartanburg
and George Hunter of New Ellenton, S. C.; four sisters, Louise Ussery
of Campobello, S.C., Myrtle Larson of Portland, Ore., Christine Nichols
of Spartanburg and Anne Sizemore of Glendale.
Padgett’s Grocery follows
Hunter’s Grocery. Milton Padgett, a native Spartan, operated the store
for a short while. Milton had been operating two or three other grocery
stores in surrounding areas since the early thirties and lost a lot of
money during the depression by extending credit to the unemployed. He
never regretted his lost, oft times saying that he was glad that he was
able to help the people when they were so much in need. He was known as
a kind and generous man.
He was married to Nora
Varner Padgett, the daughter of John T. and Mary Williams Varner of
Glendale. Mr. Varner was owner of the building at the time. They were
members of the Saxon Methodist Church where they were very active and
became the parents of one son, F. D. Padgett.
Nora Varner Padgett died at
her home on Williams Street, Saturday, October 6, 1962 following a long
illness. Her obituary stated that she was survived by her husband,
Milton Padgett; son, F. D. Padgett of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters,
Mrs. Vivian Covington, Spartanburg, S.C. and Mrs. Idellas Guthrie, Old
Fort, N.C.; one brother, John T. Varner Jr. of Glendale and one
Milton Padgett moved to
Florida where his son had lived and his granddaughter was living
sometime in the late 1970s. Unfortunately I have no further record
except that he died somewhere about 1980.
Thomas Grocery was
operated in the building for a short while by Andrew Thomas. He had
worked as a clerk in the Glendale Mill store for many years. Andrew was
the son of Henry Edgar and Eliza Wood Thomas and lived a stone’s throw
behind the store on Pecan Drive. Andrew never married and was living
with his sister in the low state at the time of his death.
Unfortunately I have been unable to get any further information on
Quinn’s Grocery; John Quinn
operated the store for a short time following Andrew Thomas under the
name of “Quinn’s Grocery”. John, a native of Spartanburg county, was
the son of James and Frances Pruitt Quinn. He had come to Glendale from
Woodruff, S. C. and had retired from Glendale Mills where he had worked
for many years.
John had married Hattie Byars
and they were the parents of two children, The Reverend Clyde A. Quinn
and Mrs. J. T. (Sara) Varner. They had built a home at the intersection
of the Glendale-Fernwood road about one mile above the mill. He was a
member of the Glendale Baptist Church where he was a faithful member of
the Senior Men’s Bible Class.
Mrs. Hattie Byars Quinn died
on January 14, 1969 at the age of 79 She was the daughter of Andrew and
Sarah Melissa Crowe Byars and a member of the Glendale Baptist Church.
Her obituary published Wednesday, January 15, 1969 stated that she had
died on Tuesday at the Spartanburg General Hospital following a brief
illness. Survivors were listed as; a daughter, Mrs. J. T. Varner of
Glendale and a son, Rev. Clyde Quinn of Canaday, S. C. Also a brother,
J. A. Byars of Glendale and a sister, Mrs. Ellhu Caldwell of
Spartanburg, S.C. Funeral services were held in the Glendale Baptist
Church with interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in
John died in the
Spartanburg General Hospital on Tuesday, January 7, 1975. Both were
survived by their children and a number of grandchildren and great
grandchildren. Services were held in the Glendale Baptist Church with
interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg,
Crock’s Grocery; Renting
the building from John T. Varner Jr., this writer, (Clarence E.
Crocker) owned and operated the business under the name of “Crocks”
Grocery” for a couple of years after leaving Glendale Mills while
waiting the opening of a new plant in which I became Purchasing
Agent/Materials Control Manager. The property was later sold, the store
building was demolished, the warehouse was moved and remodeled to
become a fellowship building for the Glendale Pentecostal Church.
Bagwell Groceries was
operated by James (Jim) Bagwell in the 1930s & 40s. The building
was owned by Mr. Bagwell and was located off the Glendale-Clifton road,
joining Glendale Mill property just below the Glendale Baptist Church.
It was a small rough lumber frame building. Having a very limited
stock, the store had a very small business and was open only a few
years. His home was located just to the left and slightly behind the
store. He was a life long resident of the Glendale community.
“Jim” as he was known,
died suddenly at his home on Tuesday night, January 4, 1944. He was 64
years of age. His obituary stated that his funeral service was to be
held at the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the
Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Survivors were listed as; two
sisters, Mrs. Laula Thomas of Glendale and Mrs. W. B. Hammett of
Spartanburg, S.C.; two nieces, Mrs. Walter Nichols and Mrs. V. A.
Blackwell, both of Glendale.
Thompson Grocery was owned
and operated in the 1930s and 40s, jointly by John Henry Thompson and
his son, J. Calvin Thompson. Calvin, as he was known, had bought the
E.E. Crocker farm and home place into which the Thompson family moved.
He had built a small wood frame store building located at the corner of
Glendale/Clifton and Lewis Chapel roads about one mile from Glendale
“John” as he was called,
operated the store on the daily basis. Being a small community store,
it stocked only a modest line of groceries and feeds along with gas and
oils. No drayage service was available.
John retired from the
business and returned to his old home place, leaving the store to be
operated by his daughter in-law. John Thompson died on Friday, March
Myrtle Johnson Thompson, the
wife of J. Calvin operated the store after the retirement of her father
in-law, John Henry, until the 1960s.
The wood frame building had
been replaced by a two story concrete block building. The second story
was developed for a dwelling apartment. The building being much larger,
the variety of groceries and feeds were increased. Myrtle retired in
the late 60s after which the store was closed. At the time of this
writing, the building had been demolished and the ground cleared.
Myrtle died November 29,
1996. To read more about the Thompsons click on the Thompson Family Story.
Sams Shoe Shop was first
owned and operated by Charlie Sams who was also serving as Glendale
Postmaster. The shop was located in the room joining the Post Office.
After Mr. Sams death, the shop was operated by his son, F. V. Sams.
After the Mill Store was closed and the property was sold to the
Glendale Masonic Lodge, the shoe shop was moved into the side portion
of the old store building. Farold maintained the shoe mending shop and
added a section of new shoes. He also special ordered shoes from
catalogs which he had when requested by his customers. The shop/store
was closed due to Farold’s illness and death.
Farold Vaden Sams, a native
of Grapevine, N.C., was the son of Charles and Atlas Tweed Sams. He was
a member and former Deacon of the Glendale Baptist Church. He was a
life member and Past Master of the Glendale Masonic Lodge. He was twice
married. Unfortunately I have no records of his first marriage except
her name was Nell and they had one son (John Robert Sams) born to
Farold’s second marriage was
to Eula Mae Zimmerman. She was the daughter of Charlie Barsett and
Mamie Ethel Wright Zimmerman of Cedar Springs, S. C. She was a member
of the Cedar Springs Baptist Church but attended the Glendale Baptist
Church regularly with her husband. She was a retired textile worker.
She and Farold, had no children. They lived in their home on the Union
Highway near the junction with the Whitestone road.
Farold Sams died Wednesday,
June 3, 1987 in the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center at the age of
81. Survivors were listed as; his wife, Eula Mae Sams; his son,John
Robert (Bob) Sams of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, Neal Sams of
Bristol Va.;one sister, Alice Sams Padgett of Savannah, Ga.; four
grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held
in the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the
Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, S.C. Eula Mae Sams died
September 22, 2001 in the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was
89 years of age. Survivors were listed as; three sisters, Ellen Conrad
of Inman, S.C., Jessie Hudson of Dallas, Tex. and Frances Turner of
Duncan, S.C.; one stepson, John Robert (Bob) Sams of Greenville, S.C.
Graveside services were held in the Greenlawn Memorial Garden with
interment following along side her husband.
McKinnish Grocery was owned
and operated by Jeremiah Phil McKinnish and his wife Edna Cochran
McKinnish. “Phil“ as he was known, was the son of Jerry and Grace
After retiring as a textile
worker from Glendale Mills, Phil and his wife purchased a parcel of
land at the intersection of the Glendale/Fernwood road on which they
built their home and a building in which to operate a small grocery
store. He operated the store until his death at which time his wife
took over the operation. The store was later converted to a small
engine store in which lawn mowers, blowers, weed eaters, etc were sold
Phil had married Edna
Cochran, a native of Swain County, N.C. and was the daughter of Harley
and Una B. Cochran. She was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church and
it’s Sunday School. She had worked at Glendale Mills for a number of
years. They had lived on the village for many years before building
their home on the outskirts of the village. Phil and Edna were the
parents of three children; Betty, Bobby P, and Fred V. McKinnish.
Phil died in the Spartanburg
General Hospital on Tuesday, August 30, 1966 following a long illness.
He was 58 years of age. Survivors were listed as; his wife, Edna
McKinnish; sons, Fred McKinnish of Spartanburg, Bobby McKinnish of
Jacksonville, Fla,; his daughter, Betty McKinnish Burrell; sisters,
Mrs. Minnie Bledsoe of Charlotte, N. C, Mrs. Meg Messer of Belmont,
N.C.; brother, Boyd McKinnish of Charlotte; half sisters, Mrs. Cora
Martin, Spartanburg, Mrs. Belle Grant, Gastonia, N.C.; eight
grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Glendale Baptist
Church with interment following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Edna Cochran McKinnish died
Friday, May 23, 1986. Survivors were listed as; daughter, Betty M.
Phillips; sons, Fred V. McKinnish of Spartanburg and Bobby McKinnish of
Goose Greek, S. C.; sisters, Mrs. Clydell Dehar of Goldendale, Wash.,
Maude Justice, Helen Mubs, and Addie Roak of Parkdale, Ore.; brothers,
Clarence Cochran of Brevard, N. C., Ray Cochran of White Salmon, Wash.,
George and Floyd Cochran of Parkdale and Bill Cochran of Atlanta, Ga.;
fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Services were
held at the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following along side
of her husband in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Edna was a very faithful
Christian lady. Her children followed her example and became very
active in their church.
Following the death of Mr.
and Mrs. Mckinnish, the home and store were sold and Fred McKinnish
moved to the Goldmine area where he and his son opened and operated a
auto repair shop
Fred McKinnish died at his
home on the Goldmine Road in May of 2001 at the age of 59. He had
married Julia Case the daughter of Theron L. Sr. and Neta Case of the
Goldmine community. Fred and Julia were the parents of two children;
Jan and Jeff McKinnish.
Banks Benton Thomas Sr., to
my knowledge, never owned or operated a place of business but he was
the very epitome of a successful merchant and should be recorded in the
history of Glendale. For thirty one years, he served as a clerk in the
D. E. Converse Company Mill Store in Glendale. I do not believe that
any one would deny me in saying that he was known, loved and
appreciated by all Glendale. I believe every child knew “Mr. Banks”.
He made a lasting impression
on me the very first time I remember meeting him as a young lad of
about six. Dad was working in the mill and my brother and I had carried
lunch to him. We sat on the outside stair steps leading to the top
floor of the store while dad ate his lunch. After he had finished
eating, he carried us into the store where we were greeted by “Mr.
Banks” as he was called. We were greeted with a warm smile, some kind
words and a small piece of candy.
“Mr. Banks” was the son of W.
M. and Ann Hale Thomas, a lifelong resident of Glendale. He was a
member of the Glendale Baptist Church were he served as a Deacon and
Sunday School Teacher.
He married Ethel Viola Thomas, the daughter of James and Martha Hames
Thomas. They lived in their home on the Glendale/Whitestone highway and
became the parents of a wonderful family.
Mr Banks died at his home on
Saturday August 29, 1959, at the age of 83. His obituary listed his
survivors as; his wife,Mrs. Viola Thomas; six daughters, Mrs.
E.G.(Ruth) Ammons and Mrs. E.C. (Faye) Hopper of Spartanburg, Mrs.
Clyde (Dorthy) Martin, Mrs. B.F. (Mary) Reaves, Mrs. Lowell (Ann) Allen
and Miss Hattie Thomas, all of Glendale; three sons, J. Rhett, B.B.
Thomas Jr. and James W. Thomas of Spartanburg; fourteen grandchildren
and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at
the Glendale Baptist Church with interment following in the Greenlawn
Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg. Fellow Deacons of the Church and
members of the Senior Men’s Bible Class served as Honorary
Ethel Thomas died Sunday
February 7, 1965 in the Spartanburg General Hospital following a long
illness. She was survived by; six daughters, Mrs. E.G. Ammons and Mrs.
E. C. Hopper of Spartanburg, Mrs. B. F. Reaves, Mrs. Clyde Martin, Mrs.
Lowell Allen and Miss Hattie Thomas, all of Glendale; three sons, J.
Rhett, B. B. Jr. and James W. Thomas, all of Spartanburg; one brother,
Edgar Thomas of Glendale; fourteen grandchildren and nine great
Funeral services for Mrs.
Thomas were held at the Glendale Baptist Church with interment
following in the Greenlawn Memorial Gardens alongside her late
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