Merchants
  • Akins Brothers Begin Business in Spartansburg (7/9/1831) - This is a mill similar to what Akins might have built. In the 1830's The Akins brothers, Andrew and Aaron,…
  • Platt’s (Akins, Jude, Eldred and Thompson, Davis and Hyde, Platt & Steadman) Mill (1/10/1832) - Platt's Mill on Mill Street beside the dam is the longest operating business site in Spartansburg.  It was the original…
  • Early Hardware Stores (Alsdorf / Burt / Thompson / Hilliker) (3/3/1855) - Hardware stores have served an important role in all small communities by providing those items that could not easily be…
  • Winans / Morris / Beal / Bates Hardware (3/5/1860) - AV Winans came to Spartansburg in about 1865 and established a butcher shop with his brother, SA Winans.  Two years…
  • Goldsteins’ Mercantile (1/18/1868) - With the mottos "Live and Let Live" and "A Satisfied Customer is the Best Advertisement" Goldstein's Mercantile operated in Spartansburg…
  • Gustav Schmelzer Shoes and Boots (2/3/1890) - With thanks to Gustav's Great Grandson, Robert for sharing information and photos of Gustav and some of his tools and…
  • Evert Frost-Watches and Jewelry (5/8/1900) - In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Everett (Evert) Frost and wife, Edna, lived in Spartansburg where he owned a…
  • BL (Bert) Miller-Druggist (12/30/1900) - From the June 30, 1905 Spartansburg Sentinel BL Miller came to Spartansburg from Williamsport in Summer, 1905 having purchased the…
  • Rexford Drug Store (8/25/1910) - On the southwest corner of Main Street and Mechanic Street, a large brick building was erected after the 1878 fire…
  • Dooher Hardware and Grocery (3/7/1921) - Peter Joseph Dooher (PJ) and his wife Flora (Whaley) came to Spartansburg before 1910.  He served as a depot operator…
  • Hardware: Most’s to Bova’s (3/17/1968) - In 1968, the hardware that had been owned and run by Fern Beale and the Bates, was purchased by Herbert…
  • Piggly Wiggly (4/4/2021) - Grocery stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s, usually had clerks who would get the groceries for customers and…
  • Photographer~JP Hearn (1/7/2022) - James P Hearn served the photographic needs of Spartansburg, Waterford and Union City for several years starting in about 1875.…
Tradesmen
  • 1820’s Saw Mills (1/1/1820) - In the 1820's William Sterling and Akins started the first lumber businesses in Sparta Township.  The mills were on tract…
  • Akins Brothers Begin Business in Spartansburg (7/9/1831) - This is a mill similar to what Akins might have built. In the 1830's The Akins brothers, Andrew and Aaron,…
  • Platt’s (Akins, Jude, Eldred and Thompson, Davis and Hyde, Platt & Steadman) Mill (1/10/1832) - Platt's Mill on Mill Street beside the dam is the longest operating business site in Spartansburg.  It was the original…
  • The Tauber Woolen Mill (Previously Lamb) (8/9/1837) - Woolen manufacturing was among the earliest and longest lasting businesses in Spartansburg.  As early as 1837, nearly 20 years before…
  • Early Hardware Stores (Alsdorf / Burt / Thompson / Hilliker) (3/3/1855) - Hardware stores have served an important role in all small communities by providing those items that could not easily be…
  • Blacksmith Shops (8/25/1860) - At one time, Spartansburg hosted 4 blacksmith shops in the village.  Luther and George Day, Charles Thompson, John McDannel, Charles…
  • Tyler Tannery to Western Union Tannery (4/11/1869) - On the south side of Main Street, east of Oil Creek, John Willard Williams, then burgess of Spartansburg, built a…
  • The Edwards Family (3/9/1873) - The Edwards Family came to the United States from Forfar, Scotland to Corry around 1871 and moved to Spartansburg about…
  • Gustav Schmelzer Shoes and Boots (2/3/1890) - With thanks to Gustav's Great Grandson, Robert for sharing information and photos of Gustav and some of his tools and…
  • The Taubers (11/19/1895) - The Tauber family held a prominent place in the Spartansburg community.  As owners and managers of the Tauber Woolen Mill,…
  • The Edwards Woolen Mill (8/9/1896) - The Edwards Brothers (James and WIlliam), with the help of the town, constructed and operated a woolen mill.  Two acres…
  • Evert Frost-Watches and Jewelry (5/8/1900) - In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Everett (Evert) Frost and wife, Edna, lived in Spartansburg where he owned a…
  • OSMO Tannery (1933-1989) (1/15/1931) - As a part of his duties at the Tauber Woolen Mill, Walter Pfeiffer traveled and visited many businesses that were…
  • Photographer~JP Hearn (1/7/2022) - James P Hearn served the photographic needs of Spartansburg, Waterford and Union City for several years starting in about 1875.…
  • Shreve Chair Factory at Spartansburg (1/22/2022) - The Shreve Chair Factory in Spartansburg was located on the site of the early saw mill (started by the Akins…
Notable
  • Patrick Run-Early Settlers and Murder (8/2/1814) - PLEASE NOTE: This post is a brief overview of the lives of Patrick and Hugh Fitzpatrick.  For a more detailed…
  • Ray Harroun (1/12/1879) - Picture as taken following his win at Indy in 1911 The winner of the 1st Indianapolis 500 was born and…
Public Figures

Inventors and Patent Holders
  • Inventors and Patent Holders (3/1/2015) - Spartansburg has had its share of creative, inventive folks.  Several patents have been received and inventions, ranging from the extremely…
Organizations
  • The Lamb House (8/2/1891) - The land was first purchased by Harvey (Major) Lamb from John Emerson in 1852.  Lamb built the house circa 1870.…
  • Jay C Huff American Legion Post (3/19/2015) - Spartansburg organized an American Legion Post in 1920.  The post was named after Jay C Huff who died in World…
  • Presbyterian Church (1/1/1849) - The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1844.  The church was built in 1849 on the South side of Main Street. …
  • Firemen’s Carnivals and Dances (4/22/1900) - Spartansburg Firemen sponsored many events, often for fund-raising for the VFD and other organizations. One event was the Firemen's Carnival. …
  • Spartansburg Fair (10/20/1921) - Spartansburg folks enjoy celebrating.  Parades, carnivals, dances, dinners, picnics and gatherings of all sorts have been reported since the late…
  • Clear Lake Band (3/29/2020) - In 1904, a band, under the direction of Gustave Schmelzer was formed. Over the years, the membership changed, but concerts…