McCormick the Place 

Bob Edmonds, long-time writer and author of local history, has released McCormick the Place, 502 pages (now in softcover). Using a wealth of archival resources, the author details in down-to-earth terms the everyday life of people living in a small South Carolina county now called McCormick -- from antebellum through the Post World War II era.

In the preface of McCormick the Place, Edmonds describes his early life among the Greatest Generation People of his neighborhood during the Great Depression. Embedded in the dialogue of the book are valuable elements of social, cultural, and economic history, folk music, photographs of old schools and scholars, the founding of the town of McCormick and McCormick County, as well as the must-read story of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposed socialist experiment in McCormick County.

One chapter contains 100 pages of interesting and colorful newspaper excerpts, which depict events that shaped the community.

A full chapter is devoted to the town’s benefactor, Cyrus Hall McCormick that mirrors the ambitious spirit of the young American republic. McCormick’s invention of the reaper for harvesting grain and his creation of a gigantic farm equipment manufacturing conglomerate in Chicago during the Industrial Revolution produced a worldwide transformation of agriculture. LIFE magazine named the invention in “One Hundred Events That Shaped America.” Cyrus McCormick’s investment and ultimate purchase of the Dorn Gold Mine and his influence in the acquisition of a railroad terminal at the mine site clinched the founding of the town of McCormick. Cyrus McCormick and his wife Nettie were early supporters of world-renown evangelist Dwight L. Moody and played a key role in the founding of the Moody Bible Institute and the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. The McCormicks liberally contributed to many colleges and schools in several states. After Cyrus’s death, Nettie McCormick donated a considerable sum of money for constructing seven homes and a school at Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, S. C., during the institution’s difficult early years.

The inclusion of a collection of 500 photographs in the book transcends time in a way that words could never. Photographs create a visual record of history and heritage, and offer honest records of people as they lived, and as they wanted to be seen.

McCormick the Place - $25

Softcover, 502 pages, 6"x9", over 500 photographs and illustrations, bibliography, index, ISBN 978-0-9749976-8-1