Lamar Campbell Le Compte came to Asheville around 1910. He moved to the area with his family who sought a healthful environment for his ailing brother. His father was Charles O. Le Compte, a traveling salesman and his mother was Gertrude (Asheville Times article, n.d.). Through 1917 the Asheville City Directory lists Le Compte as employed by Smith's Drug Store. Le Compte does not appear in the directory again until the appearance of the Asheville Postcard Company in 1921. Le Compte explained in a newspaper interview in early 1977 that he began his company by traveling by train throughout the south to sell his stock. When the company is finally listed with an address in the Asheville City Directory, Le Compte has a partner, J.L. Widman. Allen Hall also worked by Le Compte as a salesman beginning in 1922 and continued with Le Compte for some 55 years. Widman's name disappears as co-owner by 1922 andLe Compte became the sole owner from that time until his death in 1977. In the later years of the company Ruth Thurmond was the manager and the company also sold pennants, pillow covers and a variety of other souvenirs and novelties. Even at the age of eighty-sevenLe Compte continued to go to his office six days a week. He died in Asheville in 1977 after a brief illness. In 1977 the inventory is reported to have been several million cards and folders.
Sources: *Revised History of Dorchester County, Elias Jones, 1925 *UNC Web Site cited above *Maryland LeCompte Family Genealogical Project, Dennis Stanley, 1999-2001