Category: Major James Lide Coker

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…

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…