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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BW: S.C. Sales Tax Exemptions Revision Heads to House

A pared-down bill eliminating less than one-third of South Carolina's sales tax exemptions is heading to the House floor, while bills reducing property taxes on businesses appear stuck in committee.

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a bill eliminating 22 exemptions, after putting about a dozen back on the exemption list. The bill initially eliminated exemptions worth more than $250 million. The amended bill reduces that to roughly $15 million.

Legislators said the amended bill may not be the reform many expected, but the purpose was to evaluate the hodge-podge of exemptions. They said the bill accomplishes that by making those affected by each exemption defend its purpose.

Items put back on the exemption list Wednesday included lottery tickets, gold and silver, motion picture companies' supplies, and the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax discount for residents 85 and older.

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