A Local Icon Passes
On August 20, 2013, Saluda lost one of its beloved icons, Horace Pace. We are saddened by his passing. Members of the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee sat down with Horace in April of 2012 for a delightful interview. The full interview, in 6 parts, has now been uploaded to YouTube.
You can find all six parts here:
Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six.
Horace, one of twenty-nine children, shared with us his hardships and delights growing up in Saluda. Horace was an avid hunter and loved spending time hiking and fishing along the Green River. He shared many interesting stories with us including tales about the “devil’s footprint” and the “narrows” found along his favorite river. Horace will be greatly missed!
The Night “Mountain House” Burned Down
Mountain House was one of the first hotels in Saluda and was built by Andrew Tanner, a railroad contractor and the first mayor of the town. One snowy night in the 1920s, the building burned to the ground.
Reverend William “Bill” Ed Andrews, who spent most of his adult life as a missionary in Brazil, lived in Saluda for a few years when he was a child. He was one of eight children of Robert Franklin Andrews and Susie Meaders Andrews, who lived on Andrews Street.
Bill Andrews witnessed the burning of Mountain House, and he tells the story in this recording made shortly before his death in 2002:
(This recording was graciously donated to the city of Saluda by the Andrews family.)
”La Faye Russell Chandler”
La Faye Russell Chandler, who goes by Faye, tells the Historic Saluda Committee about growing up in Saluda. Her two big brothers would often get stuck babysitting her and that got in the way of their fun, especially when they wanted to go coon hunting. Listen to Faye describe how her brothers solved the babysitting dilemma, which collided with bootlegging one night long ago.
Horace Pace of Saluda tells members of the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee how to cook a possum.
”HOME, HEARTH, & HISTORY: STORIES OF OLD SALUDA” DVD
A one-hour-plus DVD featuring the reminisces of ten of Saluda’s elders with over one hundred vintage photographs, many from the interviewees’ private collections. Interviews are woven together to tell the story of Saluda’s history, memorable people, and everyday life in “the good old days”. Seven bonus features are also included. Here is the opening sequence:
Available from many downtown Saluda merchants. _______________________________________________________________