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

  • Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:11 am

100 Years Ago

Capt. J.L. LaBruce, from Pee Dee, was in the city yesterday on business. . . . . Dr. and Mrs. Isaac E. Emerson arrived in the city on Monday by special train and went at once to Dr. Emerson’s magnificent home, Arcadia, on the Wavccamaw, where they will spend some time. They have as their guests, Mrs. McAdoo, who came south with them. . . . Mr. B.M. Baruch is back at his winter home, “Hobcaw,” on Waccamaw, where he will spend a week or two resting and enjoying himself. The following friends of Mr. Baruch arrived yesterday on a special train and will be his guests for several days: Messrs. DeLancy Nicoll, Mortimer Schiff, Oakleigh Thorne, Howard Page and H.N. Baruch. The party arrived in Mr. Schiff’s private car from New York.

75 Years Ago

It is reported, but it could not be confirmed, that the highway to Pawleys Island would be considerably widened. Also slated to be improved are the roadways on Pawleys Island, including the building of several concrete bridges. . .W.W. Pearce of Pawleys Island underwent a serious eye operation on Thursday at a Columbia hospital. Last reports were that Mr. Pearce’s condition was satisfactory. Mrs. Pearce accompanied her husband to Columbia.

50 Years Ago

The Midway Fire Department’s new truck doused its second blaze last Friday night about 7:15 when it answered a call from Pawleys Island. The fire was contained to the interior of the Gaskins cottage on the south end of Pawleys Island, and was soon brought under control. The cottage, which was loaned to the occupants during the cold weekend, was thought to have caught fire from a gas heater left burning in the den.

25 Years Ago

Controversy continues to rise over efforts to rebuild the beleaguered Cassena Inn on Pawleys Island. Town council members have repeatedly blocked plans in recent months to resurrect the inn, one of only five group dwellings on the island. In November, the council denied developers a building permit because they did not have a septic tank permit as required by town ordinance. “If we were to give Cassena Inn a permit, it would make us liable to the other people we have denied,” said council member Sandy Ragin.

10 Years Ago

Mickey Spillane, the well-known writer who lives in Murrells Inlet, will be at Litchfield Books Saturday at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his latest book, “Something’s Down There.” “I have been living on the water for many years and it is about time I wrote a good sea story,” Spillane said. “People don’t read a book to get to the middle, they read to get to the end. The ending of this book really happened off the coast of England after World War II.” Living in Murrells Inlet for more than 50 years, Spillane, 86, says he was the first Yankee to move here. He was flying his P51 over the Grand Strand when he first saw the expansive beach. Spillane says he has already received offers for movie deals for his new novel. Although he looks forward to seeing his latest work on the big screen, he is taking his time considering each offer.

5 Years Ago

There are currently no condominiums on the creek separating Pawleys Island from the mainland – and that is how many island residents, as well as their elected officials, would like it to stay. Pawleys Island Town Council voted unanimously at its regular Monday meeting to pass a resolution stating they are opposed to a proposed development overlooking the creek which is in excess of zoning densities for that area.

1 Year Ago

Would you run up an A-frame and through tunnels just for a treat? A Way to Play Dog Agility Club plays host to many who would – many dogs, that is. A canine agility competition will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 11, 12 and 13 at A Dog’s Way Inn in Murrells Inlet (behind T-Bones Steak House.) The public is invited to watch at no charge.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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