City Directories and History: “The Cedar Shoals School was first known as Mrs. Gaston’s School or Fishing Creek Academy, and was of the old field variety. Daniel Green Stinson was among the earlier teachers in this school. After the Cedar Shoals Church was organized, about 1854, the Reverend Cyrus Johnson, the pastor, opened a classical school and taught there for a short time, then moved to York County where he established the Bethesda High School and preached at Bethesda Church. The Reverend Johnson was succeeded at Cedar Shoals by Matthew Elder, a native of Cornwell community, and a graduate of the University of Indiana. Mr. Elder taught very successfully here until about 1855, when he accepted a professorship at the Yorkville Female College, Yorkville, South Carolina. Mr. Elder was succeeded by Misses Ann and Melissa Webster, who ran Cedar Shoals School principally as a girl’s high school.”
(Information in part from: Chester County Heritage Book, Vol. I, Edt. by Collins – Knox, Published by the Chester Co Hist. Society – Jostens Printing, 1982)
The Rock Hill Record reported July 23, 1908 – “One of the oldest landmarks in Chester Co., was swept away by fire Friday afternoon when the old Dr. D.G. Anderson home near the Cedar Shoals Mill site, two miles from Fort Lawn was destroyed by fire. The house was occupied by Ms. Maggie Anderson and was one of the oldest in the county.”
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