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

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014

100 Years Ago

Mrs. J.J. Pringle of “Chicora Wood” plantation, near Georgetown, is here on a short visit to her niece, Mrs. William Weston. Mrs. Pringle,, who is known in the literary world under the nom de plume of “Patience Pennington,” has recently published a book. “The Woman Rice Planter,” which is in the main a chronicle of her own experiences in successfully managing her plantations. Her sketches of the unique life on an old-fashioned low-country plantation in South Carolina have been appearing for years in the New York Sun. . . Mr. B.M. Baruch who came down to spend a few weeks at his winter home “Hobcaw” on Waccamaw, is now making preparations, and fitting up his handsome yacht, to spend the balance of the winter in Florida. Mr. Baruch expects to make the trip by water.

75 Years Ago

Local Items From Murrells Inlet – Mrs. Frank Tarbox entertained the junior class of the Methodist Sunday school with a party at her home in Brookgreen Friday afternoon. . . Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Hunter and family of Marion were Sunday visitors on the Inlet.

50 Years Ago

Murky River Waters Hinder Underwater Search For Ship – A 100-foot area of the muddy Waccamaw waters was explored here Sunday by a four-member Scuba diving group in an effort to find conclusive evidence regarding the reported finding of a sunken Civil War gunboat. The divers reported dangerous working conditions to both men and equipment in the presence of large, scraggy cypress stumps on the river bottom. “The conditions down there are so unfavorable,” said Jackson Jenks, who plans to establish a Naval and Maritime Museum in Georgetown.

25 Years Ago

The annual report of the Georgetown County Building Department confirms that the Waccamaw Neck is the hottest market in the county for new construction. Total values of new construction from Murrells Inlet south to the Georgetown city limits was a record $50.8 million during 1988. Total value of new construction in the county was put at nearly $70.5 million.

10 Years Ago

On Friday, January 30, at the Moveable Feast Literary Luncheon, Will Moredock presents his controversial book “Banana Republic: A Year in the Heart of Myrtle Beach” at Louis’s at Pawleys where Chef Louis Osteen plans Veal and Spinach Meatballs with Penne Rigate and Lemon Cheesecake.

5 Years Ago

Participants will be invited to walk the southern two miles of DeBordieu, part of Hobcaw Barony’s 17,500-acre reserve on Friday Jan. 23. when the area’s use as a lookout post for WW II German spies and saboteurs is examined in a tour led by historian Lee Brockington. Hobcaw will also host a class, South Carolina History: The 20th Century, on Thursday, January 22-February 26, co-sponsored by Coastal Carolina University. Using Dr. Walter Edgar’s book, South Carolina, a History, Lee Brockington teaches a six-week course on the modern era of South Carolina’s history 1900-2000.

1 Year Ago

Brookgreen Gardens to host slave ship talk – “Faces of Clay, Echoes of Africa” - At 1 p.m. on January 26, a day that will also mark the opening of two new exhibits in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, Mark Newell and April Hynes will present information documenting the research about the descendants of “The Wanderer,” the last slave ship to journey to America with 400 enslaved captives from Congo who began producing face jug pottery. This cultural bond connects Gulah Geechee and West African communities.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger


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