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HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM B. GARRIS AND MINNIE DODD GARRIS hOUSE AT ROUND O, SC

In -- Rebecca Hoffman Fox 1829-1911, -- Thomas Miles Dodd 1826-1880, 1-Adeline (Addie) Kizer Dodd 1855-1937, 1-Joseph Hoffman Dodd 1852-1937, 1-Lizzie Dodd, 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, Round O, S.C., S.C. on July 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

My great grandparents used to live on this property and they were Thomas Miles Dodd and Rebecca Hoffman Fox Dodd. Rebecca Fox was from the descendant of William Fox who came to America during the American Revolution and changed sides and fought with the Americans. He said that the English were fighting for money and the Americans were fighting for liberty so he wanted to fight with them. Their house consisted of the present dining room , kitchen, the post office, carrier office, kitchen used later as a convenience behind the post office. We believe the smoke house where all the meat was hanging was their kitchen. Thomas Miles Dodd was a Baptist pastor and served as a chaplain during the Civil War in the Confederate army. After my great grandfather’s death in 1880, my great grandmother and my great Aunt Lizzie lived together away a short distance from there. My great grand mother died in 1811.

My mother Minnie Anna Dodd Garris bought the same lot that you have from her mother (Adeline Delilia Kizer Dodd) on the 2nd of August , 1912. I have the original deed. It was a part of the property that she and my grandfather (Joseph Hoffman Dodd) owned, and they lived on the corner lot with another house in between. My grandfather was born in 1852 and was a boy but my mother was born in 1874 and always lived there . I am sure this would be on the books at the court house This land could easily been in our family for over 125 years. You see I do not know when Thomas Miles bought the property. I do know that my grandfather even though his name was Joseph Hoffman Dodd he used grandmothers name A.D. Dodd in business transactions.

So it was soon after 1912 that my parents built the store. It started as a Milliner shop where my mother sold hats, ribbons, flowers, birds and ornaments, and would fix anyone’s hat exactly how they wanted. It grew from that until when I was growing up she sold almost anything in a country store. She had groceries, shoes, hats, ready made dresses, cloth by the yard and all sewing necessities. My mother had been a school teacher but wanted to do something so that she could be at home with her children. During this time until the new house was built in 1920., my parents lived in the Miles Dodd house that I have described above.

The house was built in 1920 and then the home of Rev. Miles Dodd was moved around and we used the two rooms for our kitchen and dining room . Three rooms were moved over behind the store to made room for the post office and the carrier offices (My father was postmaster at Round O). The third room was used for storage until later my mother made a kitchen out of it for convenience.

The original house had six bed rooms, large halls upstairs and down, a parlor, one bath room and three lavatories in two of the bedrooms and in the upstairs hall. There were porches all around the house and also around the dining room and kitchen. The Kitchen and dining room being not connected to the main house was very popular in those days. It kept the odor of food and the grease from being in the main house and was considered much safer in case of fire. There is a very deep artesian well with wonderful water. It worked by a motor that My father had in the little room added on the back on the store. The water flowed into the house, in the bathroom , into the three lavatories, into the kitchen, room behind post office and there was a pump on the side porch

We had carbine lighting until possibly about 1935, we got electricity. My father mixed the carbine out in the same house that the water pump was in and that gave you a nice bright light with the carbide gas. There was a fire place in every room except the back bed room up stairs that we called the sleeping porch.

In the kitchen we had a wood stove, a kerosene stove the sink with running water , fire place, and several tables. On the side was a large pantry that was almost the length of the kitchen. In this was jars of canned vegetables, fruits, syrup, lard, meat fro the smoke house, coffee mill, dried beans, peas, etc.

There was a big utility pot in the back yard but that was stolen. It had a roof over it and was set in a concrete furnace and fed by fire in the opening. This pot was used for making soap from sugar cane, lye soap from grease and lye, cleaning clothes, scolding hog, cows, deer, when in the cleaning process. There is a big safe in the post office. It would have been stolen also but was not on account of its weight. My father  William Benjamin Garris was post master  until his death in 1949

The house was built in 1920 and the store and post office about 1912. The Round O area has a rich history and is older that Walterboro and the other towns around. The house was pictured in the Colleton County Pictorial History Book on page 21.

— From “The Way It Was” addendum. Written at 110 Gangplank Road, New Bern, NC, 28562. May 1, 1999.

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In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, STORIES on October 4, 2015 at 6:30 am

I usually got up of a morning , got dressed and went down and ate breakfast.  Daddy used to fix the breakfast and he would have  grits, country ham, eggs, fried sweet potatoes, and sliced tomatoes in season.  Then I would feed the chickens and go out and open the store up.  That and the Post office were the only things  on the place locked; the house and barns were never  locked.  The back door had a key but the front door and all the  windows had iron bars that went across them. Next I would sweep out the entire store and post office and the front steps and in front of the store.  Mamma would usually be milking the cows while I did this.  Then she would have the milk all strained and ready to be put away.  I would take a couple quarts up to our preacher at that  time.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Twelve: “THE STORE,” 1999

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In "The Way It Was", 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, STORIES on October 4, 2015 at 5:30 am

When I returned it all depended what was going in the store. I may have been waiting on someone or just watching. The mail arrived and when ever there was a break, I would have lessons.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter Twelve: “THE STORE,” 1999