I have been told Saluda was one time called Paces
Ridge. There were five Pace brothers who came to this
country from England. One settled in Virginia; one went
to Alabama; one to Georgia; one to South Carolina and one
came to Saluda, NC, and built a house on the ridge near
where the bridge is now that goes over the railroad. The
water on the east side of the bridge goes into Pacolet River
and the water on the west side goes into Green River. That
is why it was called Paces Ridge.
You will find Paces all over the United States. The
Paces settled on the south side of Saluda and the Thompsons
on the other side. I have heard it said when you met a
man on the street in Saluda - call him Pace, if he did not
answer, call him Thompson.
Columbus "Lum" Pace was Clerk of Court for forty
years in Henderson County. He was called judge Pace.
He could give you advice about the law as good as any
lawyer. He was elected to the office of Clerk of Court for
a few terms - then no one would run against him. He held
the office as long as he lived. He has a grandson, Charles M.
Pace, who is a judge in Spartanburg, SC.
The Paces are talented musicians - there were some
good fiddlers too. John C. Pace, who left here and went to
Alabama, was a good singer. He had a son, R. W. I. Pace,
who is a music teacher. Adger M. Pace of Lawrenceburg,
Tenn. is one of the best Harmony teachers in the south.