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Garner - A brief history

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Garner got its start with the coming of the railroad through the area beginning in 1847. “Garner's Station” was established with the construction of a post office in 1878 and the Town of Garner's Station, incorporated in 1883. Garner is situated in the St. Mary's Township, which got its name from a Church of England parish. It is known that there were settlers in the area before the Revolutionary War. Garner experienced actual combat in the closing days of the Civil War. Some skirmishes occurred in the area, as witnessed by the carefully preserved bullet holes in New Bethel Church and the Garner house, which is said to have been used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Farming was the chief source of income for the early settlers of Garner and nearby areas, with cotton as the principal crop. Before the turn of the century, some small businesses were beginning to be developed. The first business in Garner is said to have been a wood shop owned by Henry Fort who was a fine cabinetmaker and carpenter, making wardrobes, bureaus and other pieces of wood furniture still being used by some Garner residents today. Businesses such as blacksmith, repair shops, barber shops, livery stables and boarding houses existed. The first bank was established in Garner in 1910.

The business and residential life of Garner continued to grow steadily throughout the years, with more rapid growth in recent times.

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