Sheriff presented with memento of agency’s past

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Pictured, from left, are Pickens County Historical Society members Nancy Pace and Ken Nabors, county administrator Gerald Wilson, Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark and PCHS member Wayne Kelley during the presentation of a historical document on Tuesday.

PICKENS — As voters around the county, state and nation took to the polls Tuesday to put an end to a historic presidential campaign, members of the Pickens County Historical Society commemorated Election Day in their own special way — with a presentation exactly 124 years in the making.

Society members donated a framed copy of a document certifying the results of the Nov. 8, 1892, election in Pickens County to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. The document, from the estate of longtime local historian Julia McKenzie Alexander, who passed away in March 2014, names James Henry Grace McDaniel as sheriff of Pickens County.

According to sheriff’s office records, McDaniel served as sheriff from 1892-1904 and was the first sheriff to manage the old Pickens County Gaol, built in 1902, living with his family on the second floor of the building, which now houses the Pickens County Museum.

Ken Nabors, head of the Pickens County Historical Society, presented a framed version of the document to sheriff Rick Clark on Tuesday in front of the museum.

“Given the nature of the document, the location of the old gaol and the fact that it is Election Day, it’s the perfect time and place to remind us of the importance of voting and the richness of our local history,” said a news release issued by county officials.