Jasper County Turns 100

Happy Birthday! Jasper County just turned 100 years old. Jasper County, after years of petition, was carved from Beaufort and Hampton Counties on January 30, 1912 and became South Carolina's 44th of 46 counties at 1:55pm.

Here is a transcription of the Beaufort Gazette newspaper item "Jaspar [sic], New Baby County."

Jaspar, [sic] New Baby County.

Governor Signs Act Creating Forth-Fourth County.

Columbia, January 30. -- Special: There are forty-four counties in South Carolina now, for when Governor Blease, at five minutes of 2 o'clock, gave his signature to the Act establishing Jasper County, one other was added to the number.

The Act was signed be [by] the Governor, there being present Attorney R. H. Welch, of counsel for the new county; Secretary of State McCown, Mr. Rowland and Mr. Blackburn, private secretary and stenographer, respectively, to the Governor, Mr. Perry, from the new county, and others. The group reassembled in the office at 5 o'clock and were photographed.

When he had signed the Act Governor Blease expressed his hopes for the new county in these words: "May God bless Jasper County and all her people and may she live long and prosper.["] -- W.F. C.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.