The Georgia Salzburgers will celebrate their history at the Heritage Day Festival on Labor Day, Sept. 1, where their ancestors built their homes on the Savannah River near Rincon. Two-hundred eighty years ago, they built their place of worship, Jerusalem Lutheran Church.
According to Betty Renfro in "River to River," in April 1836, John Charlton was named postmaster in Springfield, a rapidly growing town. Since he was the clerk of Inferior Court, it is guessed that the post office was located around the old courthouse, which preceded the courthouse built about 1910 on the courthouse square.
In May 1962, H.N. Ramsey Sr. retired from the business he established in 1921. Under the name H.N. Ramsey Motor Company, Inc., three new stockholders were added to the business. The three who joined in four equal partnerships with Jack E. Ramsey Sr. were J. Hilton Kight, C. Murray Kight and Eustace Ford.
George M. Brinson came into Springfield, building his railroad about 1905, buying large tracts of land and selling lots, creating a big building boom in town. Brinson built his business offices on Laurel Street in 1907. This building is still standing in operation now as city hall in Springfield.
Springfield Baptist Church sat at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets. The building in the accompanying photograph was the third in the history of the church founded in 1848. The building shown was constructed in 1909 and sat at the northwest corner of the lot.
The block between Second and Third streets facing Laurel Street now houses the Windstream Telephone Company service headquarters on the south side and a three-story former bank building and parking lot. The bank was built for C&S Bank. It operated later as Nations Bank, Bank of America and lastly as First Effingham Bank.
Effingham County United Methodists will convene Friday, July 18 for the 224th annual camp meeting. This traditional gathering's spirit has not been hindered by the fires of General Sherman, war, weather nor struggles of the faithful. It will meet under the tabernacle on South Laurel Street in Springfield, its home since about 1907 when the Brinson Railroad relocated the campground to its present location. The faithful gather in family tents around the campground, forgoing modern-day air conditioning, television and many of the comforts of home for a time of fellowship and renewal.
Just north of the Calhoun Tractor Company on the west side of Laurel Street in Springfield, a set of gas tanks was located beside the railroad. Coastal Gas, owned by Howard Haupt Sr., used these tanks for storage for butane and propane gas for their business.
In 1948, Calhoun Tractor Company opened for business in the building just north of BB&T Bank at the corner of Laurel Street and the original Stillwell Road. The business was owned by Lewis Calhoun and my grandfather J. Bruce Hinely. Bruce did not stay with the business very long.
In 1951 and 1952, Frank Arnsdorff and the Allen brothers (George and Albert Allen) bought the Springfield Lumber Company across from the Methodist Campground in Springfield. George Allman of Oliver had previously operated the mill. They also had a planing mill there in a building nearer the railroad on the back of the lot where they dressed lumber. Remnants of that building still exist in a thicket of underbrush.
The more this project unfolds, more and more is being shared about Springfield in the 1940s and 1950s. Note the additional information on Springfield Farm Supply. If you have any information on any of the old businesses, please share it soon.
A few more businesses in Springfield during the years of the Mars Theatre not located on Laurel Street have come to my attention, so I dedicate this week to their story.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I am going to attempt to tell the story of Springfield's businesses, especially those during the years of the original Mars Theatre's operation.
The following is a first-hand account written by the late Maj. (ret.) Horace Berry in 2000, 50 years after he was called up with the National Guard in Springfield.
The 30th Military Police Company was mobilized for active duty Sept. 16, 1940. This was the National Guard unit at Springfield.
During research on the new microfilm reader at Effingham Museum, I stumbled upon an article entitled "To Have A Fair" in the Feb. 14, 1918 copy of the Springfield Herald. Since the county fair begins next week I share this with you. A few things are not legible and are noted. It reads as follows:
I would like to apologize for an error and untrue statement at the end of last week's story. Springfield Building Supply is still in business at 828 South Laurel St. in Springfield, south of Heritage Bank of the South, providing building supplies for our residents in Springfield.
W.R. Lee and Ralph Rahn had the feed and seed business behind the warehouse on Laurel Street just north of the old theatre building discussed last week. A large rolling back door allowed farmers to deliver produce. Many remember unloading potatoes there.
In 1946, Ijon Tigleth Webb and his two sons, Ijon Thomas and George Henry, got a permit and built a building to manufacture concrete block. See accompanying photo of the permit. The brothers were known as Tom and Henry. Ijon Tigleth died in 1951. The building was located behind what is now City Hall in Springfield, adjacent to the railroad siding track from which they received the materials to manufacture concrete blocks.
The building at 125 South Laurel St. that is currently empty has a long and colorful history. It was built about 1904 by Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Hodges as a store. His family operated it for years.
This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her at 754-6681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society.
The congregation of Jerusalem Lutheran Church will celebrate its 280th anniversary Aug. 31. The church is its people. The congregation was organized in 1733 at St. Anna's Church in Augsburg, Germany, and continues to this day.
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