Saluda Page 1: Introduction
Saluda Page 2: Foreward
Saluda Page 3: Dark Corner 50 Years Ago
Saluda Page 4: Log Homes 50 Years Ago
Saluda Page 5: Champion Father
Saluda Page 6: The Garden Spot of Polk County
Saluda Page 7: 50 Years Ago
Saluda Page 8: Ricks Haven
Saluda Page 9: 50 Years Ago Around Saluda
Saluda Page 10: Saluda Gossip of Long Ago
Saluda Page 11: Hotel Romance in Asheville
Saluda Page 12: The Ox Brought Music to Our Home
Saluda Page 13: Two Men Killed in Church
Saluda Page 14: Fox Races Were Big Events Here
Saluda Page 15: In Holbert's Cove 50 Years Ago
Saluda Page 16: Old Time Water Grist Mills 50 Years Ago
Saluda Page 17: Boy Scout Camp Near Saluda
Saluda Page 18: Closing
Mr. Herbert E. Pace was born and raised in
Greenville County, South Carolina near where the
Greenville reservoir is at the present. There was
quite a large settlement in the area where the lake is now,
and many people were moved out to other areas when
the Greenville Water Works bought their property in the
Herbert married Maude Pace, a native of the Green
River Cove community of Saluda, NC. Sometime after their
marriage, they moved to Saluda and lived in a big house
on the end of Main Street. In the mid 20's; he built
a house on Greenville Street near the Henderson County
Mr. Pace was in the business with Mr. W.E.
in one of the stores on Main Street. Then he worked
with the engineers of Blue Ridge Electric Company on
the Green River (Lake Summit) Project. He was also in
business with Mr. M.A. Pace for 8 years. In later years,
he was fireman and watchman for Adam
Company of NC, retiring in 1957.
Herbert also had a large dairy and farm at his home.
His children helped in this work and could be seen “all
town” twice a day, morning and night, delivering
milk. They used a pony and buggy (see page 81 of
Volume I of Saluda Centennial History for photo).
Later a small delivery truck, driven by son was
used with the hopping out to fill milk orders.
Mr. Pace loved gospel music. At night you would see
him sitting in his favorite chair with the latest copy
of Vaughn Music Company's book, flipping through the
pages while daughter Ruby played the organ or piano.
From the time the girls were old enough to sing, he
began to teach them music. Ruby, Betty Jo and Ruth
were a much requested group at singings around the
area. Many churches in this area conducted singing
schools each year where the old "do-ray-me" shape note
method was taught. Herbert E. Pace, Mr. Bud Rhodes,
Roy Johnson and others were among the teachers in
these schools. The high spot of each year was
Homecoming Day at Mountain Page Church near
Saluda, held the second Sunday in August.
Mr. Adger Pace, well known for his song writings for
Vaughn Music of Lynchburg, Tennessee, would come
and spend a two week vacation each August to attend
this event. He visited his kinfolk, often tracing family
roots to the homeplace of his grandparents born and
raised in Saluda. He did much of the Pace and Staton
history for the Pace Society of America. Mr. Adger Pacc
wrote hundreds of gospel hymns and Christmas songs
among which is Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, Glad
Reunion Day, I Can Tell You the Time, and more.
There is a tombstone at the Mountain Page Church
Cemetery for Mr. Roy Staton, made of rock, with an
engraved brass plaque set in the stone with the words
and music of Glad Reunion Day.
While working in Tryon, Herbert began to write a
weekly column called “50 years ago around Saluda”,
published in the Tryon Daily Bulletin newspaper. This
created much historical interest and folks began to ask
him to combine the articles into a book. He finally did in
1957, financing the printing himself, and selling them for
a dollar each. In 1977, he granted permission for a
reprint to the volunteer group of the Saluda Nursing
Much interest had been expressed for more historical
information from Saluda newcomers that has led to the
reprinting of this 1998 edition. “50 Years Ago Around
Saluda” will pass the 90 year anniversary mark soon.
Making available this reprint will help others learn about
the area nearly a century past. Settlers came into the
area in the late 1790's and early 1800's. The Pace's
came to Mountain Page around 1800. The town was
chartered February 1, 1881 with two houses within what
was the city limits, one of which belonged to a Pace.
It is our hope you will enjoy the little book with much
Herbert E. Pace