Posts Tagged ‘Agnes Mann’

BAY STREET AND BEAUFORT IN THE 1920’S AS I REMEMBER IT, A Speech by Mr. James G. Thomas to the Beaufort Historical Society, July 25, 1985

July 3, 2014

So I’m still thinking about Agnes Mann and Old Beaufort, and I found this paper at the Beaufort County Library in the Beaufort District Collection. The part about the bathhouse ties us to the occupation of the house by the Union forces during The War, which later became the Sea Island Hotel.  We were guessing in a previous post that Agnes Mann, hotel keeper in 1880, might have been the hotel keeper at the Sea Island Hotel.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  The home did not become a hotel until after World War I, and a Mrs. O’Dell ran it then.  Those of you with math skills and a good memory will know that Agnes Mann died in 1906.

The transcription follows the images, and would have appeared a lot sooner, except that a cat has popped the “P” key off the keyboard, and that slows me down considerably.

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A Speech by Mr. James G. Thomas to the Beaufort Historical Society

July 25, 1985

In 1920, the census for Beaufort City was 2, 831.  In 1930, the census was

2,776.  While Beaufort lost population during that decade, I still think it was exciting


At the time I went to school, occupying the eastern end of Bay Street, close

to the street, was the Beaufort Gazette office run by Niels Christensen, who was

our senator.  When I was very young, it burned to the ground, and I slept

through it all.  I thought my brothers were teasing me when they told me.  I

remember going to see the ashes, and the firemen were still there.  It was a large

fire.  Next to it the Waterhouse building was completely charred on the east.  They

had to replace the weather boarding.

Starting on the northern side of Bay Street, there was a house known as the

Verdier House, occupied by the Theus Family and owned by the Christensens.  In

those days, it seems as if the Christensens owned half of Beaufort.

Across New Street was Mrs. H. L. Waterhouse and her daughter Mary; then our

house, and next to us was Mr. J. R. Bellamy and his family, including her mother,

Mrs. McMillan, and sister, Mrs. McQueen.

Then across Carteret Street was the Christensen Hardware Company.  Then the

Christensen’s garage and a filling station operated by W. A. Murphy, who sold

Sinclair gas.  Next was Morrall’s Furniture Store and above were several offices.

Next was Alex Levin’s drygood store, which later was the first A&P store, later

Mrs. Katie Levin’s Beauty Parlor, and above this lived the Sam Levin family.

I think all of the children were born there including Junie Levin, the youngest.

Next was a building built as a drug store for Mr. Edwin Lomberg and Mr. Carter.

Later Mr. Sam Levin moved his printing business there and stayed there until

Mrs. Katie Levin moved her beauty parlor there about 1950.  Next was the Beaufort…


Another special occasion was the coming of the Amphrodite on June 15, 1926.

The Amphrodite was built on the hull of an old battleship, which was the sister

ship of the USS Maine, and had been used during the Spanish American War.  Beaufort

made a bit “to do” over this and had a big celebration with a banquet one night.

I remember my father attended this occasion with about 200 others from Beaufort.

It was anchored on the river out by Old Fort, which is now on the grounds of the

Naval Hospital.  This was a floating hotel and would swing with the tide.  Therefore,

the prevailing wind would pass it by and would make it very hot.  I remember right

after the banquet my father coming home and telling my mother that it would never

work in Beaufort.  And “sho’nuff”, it only lasted a couple of months; however, the

real reason it failed was because of the bank failing on July 10.  The Amphrodite

was truly a “ritzy” hotel with the waitresses and bell boys dressed in sailor

uniforms.  One had to go by boat to reach the Amphrodite from a dock at Old Fort

Another interesting thing to happen in Beaufort in the early 20s was the

story of my childhood neighbor, Mr. R. V. Bray.  Mr. Bray was very popular and an

Internal Revenue man insinuated that his mother-in-law was lying, and Mr Bray

proceeded to hit him.  As a result of this, he was arrested and sent to the Atlanta

Penetentiary for one year and a day.  The citizens were so incensed that they

elected Mr. Bray mayor while he was in prison; and when he was released, they met

him at the depot with a brass band and had a parade from the depot to his house.

I might add, that he made an excellent mayor and served for many years.  He was

mayor when the Palmetto trees were planted from the city limits to the National

Cemetery on Boundary Street.  They made a beautiful entrance then, but had to be

taken down in the last 30 years because of the traffic conditions.


The first swimming I remember was from the bathhouse in front of the Sea

Island Hotel.  In the bottom they had swat was known as “The Crib” which had a



[Transcription from microfilm of page 14 of Beaufort Historical Society Paper #63

Bay Street and Beaufort in the 1920’s As I Remember It by James G. Thomas.

Transcribed by Grace Morris Cordial, SC Resources Librarian, April 5, 2000]

floor and a fence around it for the ladies and children so no one could drown and

no sharks could bite.  On the second floor there were bathrooms, and on the third

floor was an open pavilion with a diving board for the men and large boys.  Then

the city built a dock to the sand bar in front of where Mr. Brantley Harvey lives,

also a bathhouse over the mudbar.  This proved to be very popular because at

hightide you could swim off the dock and the children and ladies would go at low

tide to the sandbar.  This lasted until 1926 when the city put in the sewer system which

emptied into the river.  The Health Department then forbid (sic) swimming at the

sandbar.  After the bridge opened, we would swim in theriver (sic) off Burkeyer’s (sic)

Beach which was 3 miles away, but the boys preferred Pigeon Point which had a

bathhouse and a high and low diving board and a dock.  Also,it (sic) was only one mile

and a half to walk.  But we would rather walk because of the diving boards than to hitch

a ride to Burkmeyer (sic) Beach.

The novels are a story un to (sic) themselves.


The 1920s came in with high economy, flourishing in Beaufort County, but be-

ginning July 10,1 926, and by the end of the decade, there were many empty stores

on Bay Street.  No businesses being built, and the economy was at a low ebb.  The

Stock Market crashed in 1929, but the Depression started in Beaufort in 1926.  We

had 3 destructive fires:  first the River View Hotel, Lengnick’s Store, and a 3

storied building owned by Claude Ammon.  Two years later, the buildings on the

western portionof (sic) the block on the northern side of Bay Street next to Charles,

which was occupied by The Beaufort Gazette, and others, were burned, and these were

not replaced until 1960 when Mr. Harvey built his barbershop.  The third bad fire

was on a Sunday morning when Schein’s Department Store burned and it was replaced

by the present building.  The old building extended onto the sidewalk like Hisch’s

does today.

At this time, my time has run out.  I have talked long enough.  Thank You.

Ferdinand S. Mann, 1905-September 30,1966

June 30, 2014

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Ferdinand S. Mann, 61, son of

the late Caroline S. Mann and

Daniel Mann, died at his home

in Berkely Springs, W. Va.,

Sept. 30.

Survivors include his widow

Georgia Mann; one sister, Mrs.

Leon S. Carter of Beaufort; one

brother, Muse E. Mann of Col-

umbus, Ga.

Mann was retired from Civil

Service in Washington, D. C.,

and had made his home in

Berkely Springs.

Funeral services were Sun-

day, Oct. 2, in Berkely Springs.

(From the Beaufort Gazette, October 6, 1966)


Henry G. Mann, 1849-1898

June 27, 2014

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After an illness extending over some

months from Bright’s disease, Mr. Henry

G. Mann, long and favorably known and

having many friends, died at the residence

of his mother, in Beaufort, Tuesday.  The

funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.

L. Githens, in St. Helena Church, yester-

day morning, in the presence of a large

number of sympathizing friends, and the

remains were interred in the family lot.

The pall bearers were Messrs. H. T. Danner,

M. O’D. White, J. M. Baker, M. D. Boin-

eau, J. N. Wallace and D. W. Crocker.

Besides a most affectionate and aged moth-

er, deceased left two brothers and several

sisters to mourn his loss.  Mr. Mann was

about 49 years of age and had been engaged

in mercantile business all his life.


Meisher C. Mann, 1866-1898

June 26, 2014

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Death of Meisher C. Mann

For a long time the condition of health

in which Mr. Mann was precluded any hope

of his ultimate recovery, and death came to

the relief of his suffering.  Mr. Mann was

32 years of age, and was very popular with

the young people of Beaufort, his native

town.  The funeral services were held at

St. Helena Church, Thursday last, Rev. Mr.

Githens, the rector, officiating, and the re-

mains were interred in the family lot.  Mr.

Mann was a member of the order of the

Knights of Pythias, and Beaufort Lodge

had been very attentive to him during his

illness.  The following Knights acted as

pall bearers:  Messrs. W. R. Bristol, M.

Cohen, A. W. F. Alaina, J. H. Jones, J. M.

Lengnick, and S. H. Rodgers, Jr.  His

mother, brother and sisters have the sym-

pathy of the entire community.

(From the Palmetto Post, October 20, 1889)


His parents were Daniel Mann and Agnes Reis Mann.  His brother is Daniel Mann who married Caroline Sanders.  His sisters are Emily Mann, unmarried, and Louisa Mann who married E. A. Scheper.

The name “Lengnick”?  Remember that name.  There’s a post coming up soon mentioning an article about Beaufort memories written by a Lengnick.  The pallbearer J. M. Lengnick was also a pallbearer from Meisher’s mother Agnes Mann.

Daniel Mann, 1862-1930, Son of Daniel & Agnes Mann

June 25, 2014


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Obituary of Daniel Mann, Beaufort Gazette, May 1, 1930

Mr. Daniel Mann, one of Beau-

fort’s oldest citizens, died here Fri-

day morning, April 25, after a short

illness.  The funeral service was held

at Carteret Street Methodist church,

Dr. W. C. Kirkland officiating, inter-

ment following at Evergreen ceme-


Mr. Mann was born in Beaufort in

1862, having reached the age of 69

years at the time of his death.  He

had devoted 50 years of his life to

public service in the city and county

of Beaufort and State of South

Carolina, holding the office of Inspec-

tor in the South Carolina State Board

of Fisheries, chief of police at Beau-

fort, deputy sheriff and sheriff of

Beaufort county.

Conservative and conscientious in

all of his dealings, he was loved

throughout this section, and has num-

erous friends and business acquaint-

ances throughout the state.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs.

Carrie Sanders Mann, formerly of

Charleston, three children, Mr. M. E.

Mann, of New York; Mrs. Robert M.

Neighbors, Naval Hospital, Charles-

ton; Mr. F. S. Mann, of Beaufort; one

granddaughter, Miss Roberta Neigh-

bors, Charleston, and two sisters,

Mrs. L. C. Scheper and Miss Emily

Mann, of Beaufort.

The active all bearers, all of whom

were associated with him in the

court house, were:  Messrs. J. G.

Black, J. E. McGill. E. B. Rodgers, J. E.

McTeer, R. L. Varn and Gerald Mc-

Teer.  The honorary pallbearers, old

boyfriend friends, were Messrs. H. T.

Danner, Sr., W. F. Marscher, M. L.

Rowell, Frank P. Colcock, G. Sanders,

Dr. Hal Stuart, Dr. William Stein-

meyer, W. J. Thomas, W. R. Bristol

and Dr. Van Smith.

The floral offerings were very beau-

tiful, the entire grave being covered

with wreaths and pot plants.

The death of Mr. Mann removes

one of Beaufort’s oldest and most be-

loved citizens and the sympathy of

the people of the entire community

are extended to the bereaved family.

Because I Can’t Stop Thinking About Agnes Mann

June 24, 2014

(This is the ninth part of a series.  If you would like to start at the first part, click here.)

I’ve got Agnes Mann on my mind.

If she was a hotel keeper in 1880, perhaps I can find which hotel.  Perhaps I can’t.  Regardless, I’m curious to know more.

I found the Beaufort County Library has a collection called the Beaufort District Collection.  When I went online, I found they had an obituary index online.  Here’s the link: CLICK HERE.

I found Agnes, and some of her children.  So it seemed reasonable to send the nice librarians an email to inquire of such a thing.

The website said that the librarians can take your request, copy the desired obituary, and mail it  you, all for the low, low price of $5.00.  However, the email I received in return from the nice librarian said that they recognized my email address as a local one, and if I wanted to pop in, I could copy it myself for ten cents.

I just happened to have ten cents burning a hole in my pocket.

Sugar was at work, and I called him to warn him that I might need to go to Beaufort.  He said great, we can go next Tuesday.  I said maybe no, I might not get next Tuesday off, and I need to go now.  Without him.


It was so simple.  Someone has created an obituary card file using 3×5 index cards and the actual obituary.  I found Agnes, and some of her children, and her grandchildren.

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Death of a Good Woman and De-
voted Mother.
After a long period of suffering, Mrs.
Agnes Mann, relict of the late Daniel
Mann, and a very old resident of Beaufort,
departed this life Saturday, at the resi-
dence of her daughter, Mrs. L. C. Scheper,
in the 78th year of her age. Mrs. Mann
was the fond mother of a large family, and
had much sorrow in her journey of life,
having seen pass from her nine children,
the most of whom had reached manhood
and womanhood. She bore her cross with
Christian fortitude, and was an example to
all who knew her. She left surviving her
two daughters, Mrs. L. C. Scheper and
Miss Emily Mann, and one son, Mr. Daniel
Mann, besides many grand and greatgrand
children. The funeral services were held in
St. Helena Church, Sunday evening in the
presence of many friends. Rev. J. B. Camp-
bell, of the Carteret Street Church, con-
ducting the ceremonies. The remains were
laid to rest in the family lot in the
same church yard. The floral offerings
were very beautiful. The following
gentlemen were pallbearers: W. J. Thomas,
R. R. Legare, H. M. Stuart, Jr., J. M.
Lengnick, W. R. Bristol and W. F. Mar-

(Obituary comes from the Palmetto Post, July 19, 1906.)

Now this was confusing to me.  If Agnes Mann was “laid to rest in the family lot”, where was she?  We didn’t see her marker, and I know that her husband Daniel Mann had a marker, although we didn’t actual find him.  Don’t tell me that this is another plot with no markers.

I told the librarian that we looked for Agnes’s house, which, according to the 1900 census, should be at 117 Craven Street, but the numbers were off. She suggested that we look at the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and gave me the web address.


When I got home, I used the web address that she gave me, but you can use this handy link to look at all your choices:

If you want to jump right into the action, go HERE, which should be Beaufort, South Carolina, in 1899, for sheet 4.  Zoom way in, perhaps 4 left-clicks, and you’ll see at the bottom of the page,  Craven Street, with the  building numbers next to them.  If you can find the Tabernacle Baptist Church, look at the building to the right, 117 Craven Street.  That’s where Agnes lived the following year in 1900.

Below is a download of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for 1905 for the same neighborhood.  If you enlarge this map, it fragments too much to be legible, but you get the idea of what you are looking for.

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And if you go to a google map, you’ll find that the house is still standing.

You know what this means, don’t you?

We have to go back to Beaufort.