Category: Coker College

TODAY IN DARLINGTON COUNTY HISTORY: Coker College opens

The trustees of Welsh Neck High School converted their institution into a non-sectarian Baptist college. It opened September 30, 1908, as “Coker College for Women,” founded by James L. Coker. Baptist control ended in 1944, and in 1969, the college became co-educational. The Governor’s…

Spotlight On: Kalmia Gardens

Located in Hartsville, the gardens, now owned by Coker College, were developed into an arboretum prior to World War II by Mrs. David R. Coker. The old home was built by Capt. Thomas E. Hart (1796-1842) shortly after he purchased the surrounding lands in…

A Life of Purpose: Remembering Sue Flinn James, St. John’s High School, Class of 1930

John Updike, one of my favorite writers, once said, “I think I’d be gloomy without some faith that there is a purpose and there is a kind of witness to my life.” Well, let me stand witness: Sue Flinn James’s life had a purpose.

TODAY IN DARLINGTON COUNTY HISTORY

On March 20, 1890, J.L. Coker, Jr. developed one of the first methods for producing paper from native pine wood pulp.  With the assistance of his father Major James Lide Coker, J.L. Coker, Jr. formed the Carolina Fiber Company in order to manufacture and…