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Letter to the Editor

Writer supports statue for "Father of Edgefield"

web posted March 10, 2010
Dear Editor,
Apparently there are no limits to your negativity when it comes to the efforts of the Edgefield County Historical Society or the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society. I am proud to be a member of these organizations. Their efforts have provided financial and personal resources to our County and City. Your editor's comment in regard to the Edgefield County Historical Society's suggestion for a 225th anniversary project is unbelievable.

As was stated in our recently mailed membership invitation letter, in honor of the 225th anniversary of the birth of our County, the Society is considering an undertaking to erect a statue in the Edgefield History Park of the man who has often been referred to as “The Father of Edgefield County,” Arthur Simpkins (1742-1826). In addition to being involved in almost every facet of the development of Edgefield County and its Courthouse Village, Simkins gave the two and a quarter acres for the “Publick Lot” where the Courthouse and Town Square are now located.
While our Society is exploring the idea of this project and looking to do something positive to honor our County’s history, your comments are quite negative and almost hateful. The “usual connected groups,” as you call us, have worked hard to help, support and promote our County while you continue to do nothing but tarnish the image of our County and its people.

We have not yet made the decision to undertake this project, and before we do, we realize – as was clearly stated in our letter – that we need to be able to raise approximately $30,000 in private contributions and $20,000 in grant funds. Raising this much money is a substantial challenge, and may not be attainable in the current economic environment. However, we strongly believe the effort is honorable and will not just give up.

If we are successful in raising these private contributions and grant funds, we may ask the Town and the County to assist with contributions of $15,000 each. It will be up to our respective Councils to make the decision as to whether this merits their support, and we sincerely hope that they will not be influenced by your characteristic hateful negativity.

Ralph M. Scurry Jr.
1st VP Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society
Troy, SC

Editor's note: The writer is referring to the following Editor's post in the comment section of EdgefieldDaily.com:

Editor's post: I can’t wait to see how this pans out. A letter has gone out looking for donations for a statue of the “Father of Edgefield”. Cost? About $70,000. The Edgefield Historical Society and the usual connected groups are going to hit up the Town of Edgefield and Edgefield County for $15,000 each.

This is rich. I will have more once I obtain a copy of the letter.

It just seems to me that some people just can’t grasp that the county, state, and the country for that matter, is in the midst of the greatest budget challenge in the last 20 years and nothing matters but their own little pet projects.

web posted March 6, 2010

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