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The Spartanburg and Union Railroad reached the location in the early 1850’s and named their new depot Strother, probably in honor of Gen. William Strother (1765-1834), a prominent and highly respected resident of Fairfield District. General Strother served three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives and a single term in the South Carolina Senate and acquired huge property holdings in the areas of Little Cedar Creek and Mill Creek. His father, also named William Strother, moved from Virginia to South Carolina prior to the Revolution, serving in the General Assembly from 1776 to 1778 as a representative from The District Between the Broad and Catawba Rivers and was a signer of the petition to incorporate the Mount Zion Society in 1777. General Strother’s brother, Richard Strother, operated Strother’s Ferry. Strother soon replaced Ashford’s Ferry as the local post office, and after the Civil War experienced a short-lived commercial boom, having six stores in 1883, the largest number at the time of any community in western Fairfield. However, by 1891 the local correspondent for the 3 .News and Herald reported the town had only one “dry goods and grocery store, the other burnt down some weeks ago.” Today nothing remains in Strother.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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