Category Archives: Pelzer History

Pelzer Rescue Squad has come a long way

By Stan Welch

Just a little less than fifty years ago, if you had a car wreck or a heart attack or any other significant medical emergency in northern Anderson County, you had mighty few choices about how to get to medical care.

You might call Troy Stone’s Garage in West Pelzer and hope Troy could get loose to come pick you up and take you to the hospital; usually Greenville General, which was closest. Or you could call Gray Mortuary if you didn’t mind riding to the hospital in a hearse.

But in 1967 the options began to improve, when the Palmetto CB Club began a long, remarkable transition to what is today a professional, modern and growing rescue squad. The evolution was spurred by the decision of Troy Stone, who operated Stone’s Ambulance Service in West Pelzer, to close down at the end of February of 1967.

Pelzer Tales – Salute to Veterans book on sale now

The Pelzer Heritage Commission announced the arrival of its latest book, Pelzer Tales: A Salute to Our Military Veterans. Copies may be obtained from Commission members, ERS in Williamston, and at the Holiday Fair in Pelzer on November 23rd. The book covers veterans of all US wars and conflicts.

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Pelzer Historic Society

Formed in 2008

There is for the first time in the one hundred plus years of Pelzer, South Carolina history, a historical society dedicated to preserving, restoring, and publishing when advisable its history.

Pelzer Heritage Commission

Pelzer Heritage Commission
Formed in 2010

A group of local “Pelzerites” as they call themselves, originally formed the Pelzer Pride Committee in 2010 and began planning what they called “A big reunion.” The committee became the Pelzer Heritage Commission in October 2010 and received approval of Pelzer Town Council, making their efforts official.

The commission is made up of local people, all of whom were either born in Pelzer and/or lived in Pelzer from a very young age, according to spokesperson Margaret Jamison, who serves on the committee along with eleven others.

One of their goals is to preserve the town and village, as well as to restore the pride in the town. Their first event was “Come Home to Pelzer – A Blast from the Past.” The event was planned as a big reunion. Anyone who lived in Pelzer or attended Pelzer grade school or high school at any time was invited to attend.

The event was held on Saturday, November 13 with tours of the Pelzer Auditorium, the Pelzer School and Pelzer Presbyterian Church. Tours of the church were accompanied by music played on the one hundred year old church organ by Lee Gray.

Following the tours, a large group gathered at the Pelzer Gym for food, entertainment pictures, memorabilia and fellowship. The Pelzer Heritage Commission had commemorative Christmas ornaments, T-shirts and throws for sale.

Anyone interested in purchasing a Pelzer souvenir item or wanting additional information is asked to contact Dianne Lollis at 847-5743, Linda Lee Lozano at 947-2683 or Larry Coker at 243-9120.

Founding members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission include: Pelzer Mayor Kenneth Davis; Dianne Lollis, President; Linda Lee Lozano, First Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer; Larry Coker, Second Vice President; John Kelly, Pat Kelly, Jimmy Harrision, Tina Mackey, Eunice Williams, Eckie Jordan, Margaret Jamison and Gilbert Garrett.

Pelzer Heritage Commission in the news:

Top stories in The Journal

Pelzer Heritage awarded $400,000 EPA grant
Pelzer Heritage partners with county on blight
Pelzer Heritage clearing properties

Pelzer Heritage Commission to reapply for cleanup grant
County officials meet with Pelzer Heritage
Pelzer Heritage to apply for $400,000 grant

Pelzer Heritage presents A Pelzer Mill Hill Christmas
Pelzer Heritage members visit Windy Hill Retreat
Pelzer Heritage Commission
Pelzer Heritage Commission asks community help with cemetery cleanup
Pelzer Heritage, County look for options on Pelzer Mill property
Pelzer residents hear about grant application
Pelzer Mill cleanup grant meeting Mon. Jan 13
Pelzer Mill property has new owners

Pelzer Tales Salute to Veterans Book now on sale


Pelzer – History

Town of Pelzer SC
Population: 97
Incorporated: Chartered March 17, 1952

Pelzer holds place in Textile History

Pelzer History

The Pelzer mill village was constructed in the 1880s to house employees of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company when cotton was king and the United States was the world’s leader in textile production.
At one time, the town of Pelzer was the largest cotton mill community in the South and one of the largest in the world.
At the height of production in the 1920s, the mills of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company operated 136,000 spindles and looms.
For years the textile products produced in Pelzer were sold in China, Arabia and other parts of the East and had the reputation for being of the

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