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1942 Uncle Bill Greenlee

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"1942 Uncle Bill Greenlee"

Reproduction of a vintage photo of "Uncle Bill" Greenlee somewhere around 1942.  In the wagon with "Uncle Bill" are Dr. D.W. Daniel, "Pop" Bradley, Pickens McCollum, Frank Anderson, "Pop"Glen, S.J.L. Couch, "Cap" Clinkscales, and "Little" Joe Hunter.

 

From "CLEMSON - There's Something in These Hills" -

Bill Greenlee was born in 1871 and grew up working for Thomas Green Clemson on the Fort Hill plantation. As a child he was a stable boy and, later, the carriage driver for Mr. Clemson. After Mr. Clemson’s death, he worked around the property and performed jobs including bringing water to the laborers as they constructed the college buildings, hauling coal, and greasing the molds to make the bricks that were used for the first campus buildings.

When the college opened, he drove his wagon to the train to pick up cadets and their trunks. He was known to everyone as “Uncle Bill” and became the campus trash collector. Eventually, he also collected trash for people in town, provided transportation for cadets and their dates, gave children rides on their birthdays, hauled coal, and gave tours for Clemson visitors.

“Uncle Bill” lived to be 104 years old and was the last person alive who had known Thomas Green Clemson. In his lifetime, he witnessed the post-Civil War South as a child, the building of a college as a young adult, the making of a town as an adult, World War I in his forties, the Depression years in his sixties, and World War II in his seventies. “Uncle Bill” lived long enough to see the college become a university and Harvey Gantt break the color barrier and graduate.


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