City Directories and History: Hoodtown was one of the centers of community culture in Western York County, S.C. This page is a compilation of many of the images displayed on R&R from western York County.
HOODTOWN BRASS BAND
In December of the same year, 1883, western York saw another band formed—the Hoodtown Silver Cornet Band under Capt. S. S. Plexico. The band had 10 members, two of them just boys. Robert Lee Hood, 6, played the drum and Henry Hood, 12, played first E flat cornet. The Hoodtown’s first concert involved a parade from Black’s Station to the top of Whitaker’s Mountain where a newly-built observatory was unveiled. This was before the Blacksburg area was cut away (1897) from York county to become a part of newly-created Cherokee county. Article written by L. Pettus on Bands from Post-Reconstruction…Courtesy of the Pettus Collection
The Yorkville Enquirer for Jan. 14, 1891 stated, “The Hoodtown Academy opened this morning with Ms. Kate Ratchford as principal.”
The Yorkville Enquirer reported July 18, 1896 – The Hoodtown School reopened Monday with Ms. I. May Crosby at the helm.
The Rock Hill Herald on Nov. 22, 1902 reported from the Gaffney Ledger that – “John Turner of Hoodtown in York County, a colored man, fell to his death at the Gaffney Manuf. Co., finishing house. He was hauling materials on a wheel barrow and fell from the second floor.”
The Hoodtown Brass Band, assisted by Prof. R. J. Herndon, discoursed some fine music from the verandah of Withers’ Hotel last Monday. The band recently ordered a set of new brass instruments, which arrived in Yorkville a few days ago, and the members came to give them a test trial. The opinion prevails that the old-fashioned brass instrument gave a finer, richer tone than the nickel plated, so-called silver instruments which have been very popular for a number of years; and the test trial given these brass instruments last Monday certainly sustains that theory. Mr. S. S. Plexico is captain of the Hoodtown Band, and the leader, who plays “E” flat comet, is Master Henry Hood, only thirteen years of age, who performs on that instrument with remarkable proficiency. The band is a credible institution to the county. (Information courtesy of and from: YCGHS – The Quarterly Magazine)
Open the MORE INFORMATION link (found under the primary picture), to view an enlargeable, 1896 Postal Map of York County, S.C.
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