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Happy Birthday! Jasper County just turned 100 years old. Jasper County, after years of petition, was carved from Beaufort and Hampton Counties on January 30, 1912 and became South Carolina's 44th of 46 counties at 1:55pm.
Here is a transcription of the Beaufort Gazette newspaper item "Jaspar [sic], New Baby County."
Jaspar, [sic] New Baby County.
Governor Signs Act Creating Forth-Fourth County.
Columbia, January 30. -- Special: There are forty-four counties in South Carolina now, for when Governor Blease, at five minutes of 2 o'clock, gave his signature to the Act establishing Jasper County, one other was added to the number.
The Act was signed be [by] the Governor, there being present Attorney R. H. Welch, of counsel for the new county; Secretary of State McCown, Mr. Rowland and Mr. Blackburn, private secretary and stenographer, respectively, to the Governor, Mr. Perry, from the new county, and others. The group reassembled in the office at 5 o'clock and were photographed.
When he had signed the Act Governor Blease expressed his hopes for the new county in these words: "May God bless Jasper County and all her people and may she live long and prosper.["] -- W.F. C.