Today in Anderson History

February 10, 1992
One of a hand full of examples of the Tudor Revival style of architecture in Anderson is the Ralph John Ramer House, located at 402 Boulevard. This 6,000-square foot home was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 10, 1992. With the exception of the Anderson College Historic District, this is the only historic property on the Boulevard listed in the National Register. 

Constructed in 1930, the home was designed by Henry Irven Gaines, an architect from Asheville, N.C. While gardens and landscaping were originally planned for the house, what is seen today was added during the 1940s and 50s when the home was purchased by Mrs. Nancy F. Stringer in 1946 from Ramer's estate. 

Ramer and his brother-in-law, Charles Ellis of Greenville, were co-owners of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Anderson. Ramer was known by most as Major Ramer, being a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He also served as U.S. Consular in Zacatecas, Mexico. After moving to Anderson in 1911, he became captain of the National Guard's Palmetto Riflemen in Anderson. He helped form the Machine Gun Company of the 118th Regiment and served on the U.S.-Mexican border during the final days of Pancho Villa's uprising. Ramer was a veteran of World War I and from 1921-1922 he served in the S.C. House of Representatives. In addition to his home, the American Legion Hut on Greenville Street is also named in his honor.

More information on the Ramer House can be seen in the following Under the Kudzu video in the Anderson History link of the Observer.

More about Historian Brian Scott here.


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Clemson and District Five Collaborate on Science Curriculum

Science educators from T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools are working together with Clemson University faculty to provide high school biology students the opportunity to learn more about advanced scientific research and its effects.

“EMRGE,” which stands for Ethics in Medical Research and Genetic Engineering, is a project supported by Clemson's SC LIFE Project and involving Clemson University faculty from The Rutland Institute for Ethics, the Center for Academic Integrity, and the SC DNA Learning Center collaborating with science educators from the two District Five high schools.

Last week over 210 District Five biology students traveled to Clemson to participate in activities such as faculty-led discussions about the impacts of advanced research, an investigation of stem cell differentiation at the South Carolina DNA Learning Center, a Bioengineering Department presentation on how tissue engineering works, as well as discussions about the Clemson experience from students in the FIRST program (first generation in their family to be in a four-year degree conferring university) and career opportunities related to the field trip.

The visit included opportunities for Clemson students to meet with the biology students. At lunchtime, the biology students had the opportunity to speak with Clemson student volunteers in various degree programs about their experiences and ask questions. Some Clemson students in the School of Education’s high school biology track volunteered in the learning center, at the information sessions, and during lunch. Later in the school year the students will conduct a genetic engineering investigation on their home campuses with their teachers. 

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