#Throwback Thursday

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July 9, 1915

“Water!” was the talk of the town and the top of the headlines as Hartwell’s newly constructed waterworks system neared completion.

The Sun reported the first water was pumped up from the station on Tuesday, July 6 and hydrants were tested out later that afternoon.

There was still work to do around the plant, but the majority of the work was complete.

A large tank located behind the police station at the time contained nearly 100,000 gallons of water.

“And in a few days our citizens will be enjoying the luxury of ‘plenty of water,’” The Sun reported.

Firefighting equipment had already arrived, including a water wagon for the streets.

“Hartwell’s system of waterworks and sewerage cannot be surpassed by any in the smaller cities,” The Sun wrote.


July 12, 1940

A “freak” egg brought into The Sun’s office was apparently a geographical wizard.

Joe I. Teasley brought a chicken egg to The Sun that seemed to be covered with a map outlining the United States.

The atlas-resembling egg showed the lines along both shores of the U.S. as well as the northern section of the country.

“Evidently Joe’s hen house is near a radio and the layer has been listening to war news too much here of late,” The Sun staff wrote.


July 11, 1963

Hart County continued its growth with the announcement of a new manufacturing coming to the area.

Gip’s Manufacturing Company, owned by long-time Hartwell resident and industrialist C.G. “Gip” Hardigree was set to begin operations in October of 1963 for manufacturing mens’, boys’ and ladies’ tailored slacks in a 7,500 square foot plant which was formerly a bowling alley.

The new $100,000-plus industry was said to be bringing 70 jobs immediately to the county with plans of hiring 200 employees by the end of the company’s first year.

The plant, located at the intersection of Clay Street and Randall Street, was to be expanded during the first year of operation, Hardigree, the owner, told The Sun.

The industry would begin operations with all new equipment and the “most modern methods in apparel manufacture will be employed,” The Sun reported.

Hardigree cited a spirit of cooperation in the community as to why he chose Hart County for the plant and said “with all honesty I can say that Hart County is the finest area to be found anywhere.”