Fountain Inn in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The First Woman
Erected 1925 by Robert Quillen.
Location. 34° 41.683′ N, 82° 12.033′ W. Marker is in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on North Main Street (South Carolina Route 14) near East Fairview Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Main Street, Fountain Inn SC 29644, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Snow Campaign Chapter Marker (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Emmie Fulmer (within shouting distance of this marker); Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Inn Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fountain Inn High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fountain Inn Rosenwald School (approx. half a mile away); Old Fountain Inn (approx. one mile away); Charles G. Garrett Interchange (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1767) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cannon Memorial Park Veterans Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fountain Inn.
More about this marker. The small obelisk was erected by noted humorist and cartoonist Robert Quillen. The grounds shown were once Quillen's garden. Fountain Inn City Hall (not shown) sits on the site of Quillen's home. In 2009, Quillen was inducted into the South Carolina Press Association Hall of Fame.
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1. Robert Quillen. Verni Robert Quillen (March 25, 1887 - December 9, 1948) was an American journalist and humorist who for more than a quarter century was "one of the leading purveyors of village nostalgia" from his home in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.
2. Robert Quillen's Obituary. Robert Quillen turned in his last work to the Publisher yesterday.
1. Quotes from Robert Quillen
"Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion."
"As we grow older, our bodies get shorter and our anecdotes longer."
"Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; an argument an exchange of ignorance."
"Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort."
"If there be anything that can be called genius, it consists chiefly in ability to give that attention to a subject which keeps it steadily in the mind, till we have surveyed it accurately on all sides."
"If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos."
"There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves." (Source: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/r/robert_quillen.html.)
2. More Quotes from Robert Quillen
"Sunday is still a day of rest, if you don't count the coroner."
"Another objection to murder is that it shows such poor discrimination."
"College doesn't really make men able, but usually the able men go to college."
"If he no longer yearns to go back and impress the old home town, he has arrived."
"The police dog isn't the only one that came from Germany to America. There's the hot dog."
"One difference between modern dances and wrestling is that wrestlers use a mat." (Source: The Voice of Small-Town America: The Selected Writings of Robert Quillen, 1920-948 by Robert Quillen, edited by John Hammond Moore (2007) pg 8.)
3. "Concerning Eve" by Robert Quillen, December 17, 1925
I never get to have any fun. All my little jokes go awry. Good intentions serve only to get me into trouble.
There's the matter of Eve. Eve was a distant relative of mine, on my mother's side. The family has always been proud of her. She was the first lady of the land, and the reigning beauty
So far as I know, the family never has done anything to honor her. A few weeks ago I determined to make amends for this unpardonable neglect, and commissioned Mr. Gillespie of Greenville to fashion a monument of marble and to carve upon it this legend:
The First Woman
Beneath the inscription is a nicely carved apple, with a twig and one leaf.
The marble is a delicate shaft or obelisk, similar in design to Cleopatra's Needle, and I am sure its simple dignity would appeal to Eve's taste, for she was not addicted to useless ornamentation.
Last week the obelisk was erected in my yard, and I had the complacency feeling of one who has done his duty well.
But one never knows. My neighbors stated at the marble with incredulous horror; they prophesied plagues upon me; they accused me of an unbecoming levity toward things that are sacred; they glared at the marble by day and scurried by with many a backward glance at night.
I am sorry, I never intentionally hurt anybody's feelings or offend against anybody's pet superstitions. (Source: The Voice of Small-Town America: The Selected Writings of Robert Quillen, 1920-948 by Robert Quillen, edited by John Hammond Moore (2007) pg 8.)
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