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to the Editor
Writer supports statue for "Father of Edgefield"
posted March 10, 2010
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
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
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
Ralph M. Scurry Jr.
1st VP Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society
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.
posted March 6, 2010
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