Town of Pelzer SC

Town of West Pelzer
Town of Pelzer
Pelzer - In the news . . .

Town of Pelzer SC

Population: 97


City Offices:
103 Courtney St.
PO Box 427
Pelzer, SC 29669
Phone: (864) 947-6231
Fax: (864) 947-6266

City Government / Elected Officials:
Non- partison. Elected officials serve two-year terms with terms expiring on alternate years. Pelzer town council meets on the first Friday of each month.

Kenneth Davis
Telephone:  (864) 947-6231

Town Council:
Donna Ide
Stephen k. McGregor
Sandra Ragsdale
Tony M. Riddle

Appointed Officials:
Clerk/Treasurer - Lyle K Watkins (864) 947-6266
Public Works - Jeff Bruce (864) 947-6266
Police - Anderson County Sheriff
Fire - West Pelzer Fire Department

State officials:

SC Senator: William H. O'Dell
SC Representative: Michael D. Thompson, Daniel T. Cooper

Brief History:

Pelzer is located along the Saluda River in eastern Anderson County. The incorporated portion of the town is

only a small  part of the two mill villages, upper and lower, that make up what is commonly known as Pelzer.

The town was founded in the 1800's along with the Pelzer Manufacturing Co. A pioneer in the use of electricity, the company bought the first power generators made by the fledgling General Electric Co., to run its two mills, one of them the largest in the United States at the time. A consolidated hydro station with two dams still generates power on the Saluda River.

The two mills have been torn down and only a few buildings and debris mark the sites of the upper and lower mills around which the town was built.

At one time, the Southern Railroad tracks separated Pelzer from West Pelzer.


Pelzer in the news . . .
(Reported from the pages of The Journal, Weekly Newspaper of Williamston, Pelzer, West Pelzer, Piedmont SC)

Town of Pelzer SC

Pelzer News 2008
Pelzer News 2007
Pelzer News 2006

Pelzer News 2008

Sewer rates increase for Pelzer residents
No identity of skeletal remains

Gator caught in Saluda River
Dedication service held for Ralph Chandler Middle School
Tragedy highlighted on Inside Edition
Pelzer reviewing streetscape plan - Sock hop planned
Filing opens for county offices, boards
Pelzer exchange student to study in Germany
Progress continues on Pelzer EMS building
Pet is semi-finalist in national contest
Pelzer EMS building continues on schedule
Leaking sewer lines lead to revised DHEC consent order
Private access road closed to traffic
Towns celebrate connected history
Shooting incident may have been racial
Pelzer approves sale of property to squad
Principal named for Pelzer Elementary
Former Governor Riley attends groundbreaking
Support EMS
Strong Communities project getting national attention
Riley Community Garden groundbreaking Saturday
Pelzer Pool getting upgrades
Pelzer Historical Society receives incorporation
Pelzer man charged in pedestrian death
Fishing with the pros
Pelzer acreage not suitable for park
Adult baseball league now being organized
Area residents arrested in Liberty cockfight raid
Temples agency holds open house
Memories by the Fireside to feature FBI speaker, topics
New festival being planned for Pelzer
Bowen case to go before grand jury
Teen's death saddens community
Area precincts combined
Mother charged in infant death
Manhunt ensues near county line
Building preservation project receives support
Towns awarded beautification grants

Pelzer News 2007
Holiday Fair to be held in Pelzer
Country Christmas Parade Dec. 15
Holiday Fair to be held in Pelzer
Country Christmas Parade Dec. 15
Pelzer area may become National Historic District
Pelzer Memories to explore “conflict”
Textile heritage still being celebrated
Textile Heritage being celebrated
Local serviceman killed in Iraq
Benefit planned to help with medical bills
Mayors proclaim Constitution Week
Palmetto Middle project to improve cemeteries
Man drowns in Saluda River
Fork Shoals Fatality
Pelzer to hold election
Pelzer park improvements completed
Tradegy avoided in river incident
Council District 7 residents denied requests
Pelzer finances in good shape
July 4th parade in South Greenville
Pelzer finishes second in contest
South Greenville Fire plans July 4th parade
Monkey park getting upgrades
Spearman Road project complete
Mayors consider road fee proposal
Salkehatchie volunteers perform extreme makeover times five
Will Pelzer get a fleet of taxis?
Ware Place plans July 4th parade
Pelzer Post Office next topicSpring Soiree to benefit Boys Home
Pelzer gym and textile sports on special program
Pelzer officials approve sewer feasibility study
Historic Pelzer gym and textile sports on special program
Tri-city officials looking at alternative sewer treatment
Some reimbursements not elilgible on Pelzer gym renovation
Motorcycle ride to raise funds Sat.
Historic Pelzer gym and textile sports on special program
Pelzer bike ride slated for Apr. 20
Benefit show April 7
Proposed Pelzer EMS building receives funding

Pelzer News 2006

State championship race held in Fork Shoals
Duke Endowment helps fund local programs
Bi-Lo now Super Bi-Lo
South Greenville FD adds new wing
Holiday Fair Friday in Pelzer
Pelzer plans Holiday Fair
Pelzer rescue squad to relocate facilities
Reward offered in hit and run
Shriners Hospital receives $10,000 donation
Pelzer receives grant
Pelzer improvements underway
Pelzer residents concerned with crime
Pelzer voters chose Ide
Pelzer election Tuesday
Pelzer officials discuss projects, facing decisions
Pelzer receives grant for mill gym
Local influences contribute to brothers’ writing, performing
Gilstrap seeking reelection to Greenville County Council
Syringes found in garbage can
Transports Lt. Governor from crash
Update on the condition of Lt. Governor Andre Bauer
Event to help pay medical expenses for 8-year-old transplant patient
Pelzer streets to be renamed, renumbered
Pelzer residents hear information on annexation
Skate Park Ride a success
Spring Break Bash Sat. at Pelzer Sk8 Park
Community wide service
Play and Learn program encourages children, parents
Ride for Pelzer Sk8 park
Pelzer officials drop fees for “town residents”
Motor cyclists to help with skate park event
Area officials looking into forming special sewer district
Pelzer to drop police service, approves match for grant
Joint wastewater treatment options to be discussed
Skateboard meeting moves to Pelzer park
South Greenville Fire gets new pumper
New grocery stores coming to area
District One Kindergarten registration March 1
Register Feb. 10 for Kindergarten in Greenville County
Three area projects receive SCDOT grant funding
Hudson named SC Principal of the Year
Miss Woodmont named
Local officials attend government workshop
Surefire ways to wreck your town’s finances
Pelzer to offer skate park facility
Pelzer leadership changes hands
Henderson updates Pelzer Council on projects
Pelzer voters choose Davis
Pelzer voters to decide on mayor
Displaced family receiving local help
SGFD Emergency Response Team help with search and recovery
Residents turn out for Strong Community forum
Clemson celebrates Strong Communities
Town officials discuss alternative sewer plan
Pelzer seeking grant for mill gym
Duke to upgrade Lee Steam plant
Officials reexamining costs of joint sewer project
Pelzer officials consent to police agreement
Pelzer officials restructure billing on delinquent accounts
Ragsdale elected to Pelzer Council



Clubs & Organizations

Pelzer Historic Society

There is for the first time in the one hundred plus years of Pelzer, South Carolina history, a historical society dedicated to preserving, restoring, and publishing when advisable its history. From the Pelzer Manufacturing Company’s inception in the minds of those honorable men from Charleston, South Carolina to this present day of March 17, 2008, the Pelzer SC area was and still is a unique point of history in the use of electricity. It was the first place in the world to ever have electricity generated at a distance specifically for manufacturing purposes. It was this history that inspired us to initiate the beginning of a National Historic District for the Pelzer, South Carolina area in November of 2007, thanks to the assistance of the Town of Pelzer and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

We also initiated a preservation project of preserving sports photographs in the Historic Pelzer Gym. The product we recommended and proceeded to implement included none other than the best frames from our preservation company resource Light Impressions. We also initiated a continuous oral history project for our archives. We participated in the Pelzer Christmas Holiday Fair of 2007 among other celebrations and historic functions. Our latest preservation building project includes the Historic Pelzer Library on Courtney (Courtenay) ST Pelzer, SC.

Research on Pelzer history was initiated since before our beginning and continues to unfold to this day. We understand, just like fellow history buffs or preservationists understand, the magnitude of work involved in preserving history and the importance of milestones in those efforts. We take this moment, this day, to recognize and celebrate the reason for this letter.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Community of Pelzer Historical Society as officially incorporated.

We received special assistance from Nick Gambrell, Curator, of the Oconee Heritage Center, Jackie Reynolds, the President of the Pendleton Historic Commission, Brad Sauls of the Department of Archives and History and those of the Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston, SC. I personally thank one who inspired our early efforts and provided words of encouragement: Mr. Ben Hornsby Jr. Thank you. I also personally thank those who have been a continuous source of inspiration: the Smyth descendants of Captain Ellison Adger Smyth, the listed President and Treasurer of the Pelzer Manufacturing Company.

For More Information contact:

Beth Rostron
Community of Pelzer Historical Society
Pelzer, SC 29669




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