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50 Years Ago in Saluda, NC by Herbert E. Pace

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 early 50's.

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 line.

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 Center.

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 historical information.

-Charlene Pace

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