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A View From The PastEvents of past years as chronicled through the county newspapers

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:12 am

100 Years Ago

Our colored citizens had a big time on Thursday, celebrating Emancipation Day. Quite a large crowd came from the surrounding country for their street parade. . . Jerry Wynn, a well- known colored man in the city, was drowned a short distance up the Sampit River on Wednesday last. His body was found late Thursday afternoon and Coroner Mercer held an inquest yesterday morning. It was clearly a case of accidental drowning. . . Governor Blease was in the city on Wednesday last as the guest of Capt. W. H. Andrews. The governor was en route to the town of Andrews, where he had been invited to deliver an address Wednesday night. About eight o’clock , a special train was made up, consisting of three coaches, and the governor and quite a few of his friends left for the town of Andrews, at which place he was to be tendered to a banquet and was to address the citizens of the town. . . On Wednesday morning last, two half drunken men made a murderous attack on two of the prisoners working on the chain gang, while the prisoners were at work on the Pringle’s Ferry Road, and while the guard was some distance up the road. One of the guards gave chase when he heard of the drunken action of the two drunken brutes a few minutes after the attack and soon overhauled them. He at once arrested them and brought them to Georgetown and had them placed in jail. It is more than likely they will be soon be on the gang working side by side with the men they tried to kill.

75 Years Ago

Shad Season Will Open Monday; Fish Catch Much Lower – Winyah bay and Black river are the principal shad fishing grounds in this section. Because of the recent mild weather, it is probable the run will be late and the fishermen in most cases will not begin intensive operations until the weather is colder. . . During the last week four young people in McClellanville met with painful accidents. Marvette Carrigg, thirteen, fell from a tree and landed on a root. His left arm was broken near the shoulder and he was taken to Roper hospital in Charleston. Anne Morrison, four, fell from the handlebars of a bicycle at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. J.Y. DuPre, and four front teeth were knocked out. Booker Geiger was cut in the head by a hatchet. Jim Leland, fourteen, attempted to make a fire in the kitchen stove with the aid of kerosene. The explosion which resulted scorched his face and singed his hair and eyebrows.

50 Years Ago

Three Men Arrested At Still – The new year opened with a grand haul for the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office and ATU agents. Three men were arrested at the site of a very large still near Black River early Friday by county and Federal officers who confiscated a 1957 automobile and 30 cases. Some 1,400 gallons of mash were also destroyed, Sheriff Woodrow Carter said.

25 Years Ago

Georgetown’s Harborwalk was opened with much fanfare this summer. The only drawback was that access to the 1,000-foot long walkway beside the Sampit River was limited to entry points at three riverfront parks. Potential patrons of merchants on the water had no access to the shops. That will change this spring with pilings for waterfront merchants to erect Harborwalk connectors and finger piers. Pilings will enable to city to add a T-shaped floating dock at Francis Marion Park. Another city dock at Lafayette Park behind the Rice Museum is also under construction.

10 Years Ago

Dredging in the access channels at Murrells Inlet is still not complete. Black & Veatch, the dredging contractor based in Overland, Kansas, pulled out of Georgetown County several weeks ago, leaving behind a small amount of pluff mud and spoils material in the discharge area for the dredge. The amount of mud is about 100 to 150 cubic yards, but the county’s engineers say the work is not complete until that is removed. Georgetown County Council approved a motion to obtain a contractor to complete the work and withhold the payment of $440,000 to Black and Veatch until the work is done.

5 Years Ago

Whale Sighting Off Georgetown Coast – Eric Heiden of Pawleys Island, who has fished off the shores of South Carolina for 50 years, had a day to remember last Monday when he and the crew of a 30-foot Triton, The Critter Gitter from the Florence Blue Water Fish Club, spent more than an hour in the company of a 60-foot right whale. Fewer than 400 right whales are known to exist. Whalers nearly eradicated the species in the 19th century. The fishing trip, targeting sea bass and snapper, was already memorable for Heiden. He landed his first lemon shark, a 200-pounder about 8 feet long, on a 30-pound monofilament line.

1 Year Ago

January 8 Hundred gathered in the Oatland Community of northwestern Georgetown County for the annual New Year’s Day Parade. The parade featured church groups, marching bands, floats, motorcycle clubs, antique cars, horseback riders and a host of various other groups. The parade was started in 1999 by Jeff Holmes and the late Roscoe Holmes. . . The first local showing of “The Bay” which was filmed in Georgetown and featured many local residents and familiar places was shown Saturday at The Strand Cinema.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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