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

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

100 Years Ago

During the coming spring there will be a planting of fish “fry” from the government hatcheries in Georgetown waters that are to be selected. Congressman Ragsdale has made arrangements for the supplying of a lot of “fry” to Georgetown County. It is likely the small fish for Georgetown will be supplied from the hatchery at Orangeburg. Fish are delivered to applicants free of charge at the railroad station nearest the point of deposit. . .Found adrift in Winyah Bay, a large bateau boat, painted black. Owner can recover same by calling on C.W. Rouse and paying cost.

75 Years Ago

Birthday Ball to Be Staged Friday – Funds collected in this year’s “fight Infantile Paralysis” campaign will be used by permanent and local organizations to conduct a continuous battle against this “maiming death,” it was explained this week by Luther C. Davis, chairman of the Georgetown County committee for the Celebration of the President’s Birthday. Half of all money collected will be retained in this county to be administered through a local chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The other half will go to the national foundation for research work, epidemic first aid, public education and development of better methods of after-treatment. The permanent organization will be formed in this county after the completion of the drive which concludes January 30 with the celebration of the birthday of President Roosevelt. Music will be furnished by the Rhythmeers. The price of admission is one dollar.

50 Years Ago

A final make-up clinic in the Stop Polio drive has been announced by Dr. Frances Doyle of the Georgetown County Medical Association and Ray E. Mahaffey of the Georgetown Moose Lodge. Dr. Doyle and Mr. Mahaffey said the overall polio immunization effort was a great success in reaching the many people who have received all three doses. They urge those with incomplete vaccine records to make an effort to attend the last make-up clinic Thursday.

25 Years Ago

Many motorists were seen looking back over their shoulders after passing the Moose Lodge on Fraser Street Saturday afternoon. Medieval warriors were everywhere brandishing wooden swords and shooting rubber-tipped arrows. The warriors and accompanying squires were members of the Society for Creative Anachronisms. Society members from several locales around the state converged in Georgetown to hone their fighting skills. It seems communiques have been received, warning that a Salt War is approaching.

10 Years Ago

A renowned duck-hunting retreat and former rice plantation in the Santee River delta has been permanently protected from development as part of a $9 million sale. Georgetown County native Dan J. Ray purchased the 3,400-acre Annandale Plantation on Dec. 30. The next day, the Colorado-based investment banker placed the entire tract under a conservation easement, putting to rest any concerns that the property would someday be developed. Annandale dates back to 1791 and once encompassed 5,000 acres.

5 Years Ago

An activist in the civil rights movement who was present for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech more than 45 years ago, Minnie Kennedy, 92, of Georgetown, returned home safely Wednesday evening after another memorable trip to Washington, D.C. It was a trip with her good friend and neighbor Tanya Sisk to attend the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.

1 Year Ago

The first lawsuit has been filed in connection with the sinkholes that formed in the City of Georgetown in late 2011 damaging several buildings and homes. Tony and Debbie Jordan filed suit with the 15th Circuit Court Tuesday naming Davis & Floyd Engineering, Republic Contracting, S&ME Inc. and the South Carolina Department of Transportation as defendants.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger


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