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Richter Herman Moore Papers, 1873-1972
One and one-quarter linear feet of material, 1873-1972, pertain chiefly to the life of Cowpens native Richter Herman Moore (1897?-1953), who from 1920 until his death operated a general store at Mayo in northeast Spartanburg County. Six bound volumes (business ledgers, account and receipt books) covering the period from 1921 to 1972, provide something of a record of his personal business and farming affairs as well as of his operation of R.H. Moore General Merchandise, which specialized in country produce, fertilizers, and feeds. As late as 1949 he also advertised his services as a ginner and cotton and cotton seed buyer. One ledger, 1954-1972, contains a careful record of personal financial matters (including detailed information on mortgage payments, returns on investments, and farm and rental income) for almost another twenty years following Moore's death, perhaps continued by his widow, Hettie Jackson Moore. Of special interest in the collection are two specimen cards, 1873 and 1876, sent to Edwin Richter, Spartanburg, billing him for subscriptions to the New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung; a three-year diary (contained in one of the business ledgers), 1926-1928, kept by Hettie's mother, Rosa Pruitt (Mrs. James L.) Jackson (1863?-1932), of the Starr community in Anderson County; and a certificate, 20 January 1944, testifying to R.H. Moore's "loyal and faithful volunteer service" as a member of the Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service and making him a member of the outfit's Reserve. Also included here is a small file of material on Richter H. Moore, Jr., including an undated printed facsimile of a handwritten campaign letter from Donald Russell soliciting support for his South Carolina gubernatorial bid and a printed invitation from Governor and Mrs. Strom Thurmond to a 25 January [1950] reception at the Executive Mansion for clerks and attaches of the General Assembly. In addition, the collection contains fifty pictorial images. Several of these, including two tintypes, represent W.A. Moore, R.H. Moore's father, and at least one of them documents the work of Spartanburg photographer S.C. Mouzon. The major pictorial component, however, is comprised of forty student photographs, mainly portraits and most of them inscribed, of various classmates, teammates, friends and fraternity brothers (Pi Kappa Phi) of Richter H. Moore, a 1917 graduate of Wofford College. Among these photographs, in addition to one of Moore himself, are portraits of John Kenley Montgomery and Walter G. Ramseur (both Class of 1916). Chiefly made by the Bernhardt Studio, the Wofford unit constitutes an important sample of the work of Henry Bernhardt, who, starting in the 1890s, established himself over the course of a thirty-year career as one of Spartanburg's premier photographers.

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