One hundred forty-four manuscripts and sixty photographs, 1891-1988, relate principally to the employment of George Logan Doggette (1877-1953) as overseer in the cloth room at Piedmont Manufacturing Company (Anderson County, S.C.) and to his son, educator James Carlisle Doggette (b. 1906).
The Doggettes were actively involved in Methodist church affairs, and scattered throughout the collection are various items pertaining to churches of the South Carolina Methodist Conference, the earliest being a small 1891 minute book kept by longtime family friend A.S. Rowell (d.1922), in which are recorded details of meetings to discuss the construction of a new Methodist church at Piedmont, S.C. The history of the same congregation is further documented through a 1911 financial plan for re-roofing the church building.
Carlisle Doggette is represented by school papers from his years in the Piedmont Public School system and at the University of South Carolina, from which he graduated in 1927. Included with specimen letters the younger Doggette penned to his parents while at Carolina is that of 2 November 1925 telling them that he planned to “get my church letter and place it in the Washington Street Methodist Church here, where most of the U.S.C. students go.” Other papers document his career as a public school teacher and superintendent in the Springfield, Belton, Brunson, and York public school districts in South Carolina.
Among the laudatory messages attesting to Carlisle Doggette’s success as an educator is that of 4 December 1931 from S. Brooks Marshall, Superintendent of Belton Public School District. Writing to George L. Doggette, Marshall commends Carlisle as a “born teacher” with “the native ability which enables him to impart knowledge and...the tact and common sense so necessary in getting along with folks. His pupils and his teachers all honor and respect him and he is generally popular in town.”
A large unit of photographs, mostly representing several generations of the Doggette family, includes several other images of interest—a 4 July 1895 group photograph of members of the Piedmont Historical Society; views of buildings at Rutherford College, N.C., taken in 1903; and a 1918 group shot of the fifth and sixth grade classes at Piedmont High School.
Additional items of interest include the printed “Charter and By-Laws of the Piedmont Manufacturing Co., Piedmont, S.C., Feb. 22, 1896“; a pamphlet, “Address of Col. Jas. L. Orr to Parents and Children of the Piedmont Schools June 17th, 1904“; an undated manuscript, presumably a bit of juvenalia, “A.S. Rowell Littery Journall,” Theo Queen, editor, A.M. Doggette, assistant editor, and Miss Zela Rector, journalist; and newspaper clippings pertaining to the career of James Carlisle Doggette, Jr., as an Air Force fighter pilot and base commander at Hancock Field near Syracuse, N.Y.