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

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2014

100 Years Ago

Stranded Yacht Breaking Up - Persistent northeast winds have played hob with the prospects of floating the houseboat Lunaria, which went on the jetty one night some weeks ago. Efforts to raise the Lunaria out of the sand and get her afloat have all proved unavailing. The owners of the wreck, Mr. C.L. Ford and Mr. T.W. Brightman, have recovered sufficient valuable stuff from it to bring them out whole on investment, but not more than that. There was aboard the boat at the time she struck a quantity of china, silver flatware and glass. These articles are supposed to have fallen into the hands of beachcombers, since none of them was found by the owners or their representatives.

75 Years Ago

There will be a fish supper and oyster roast at Byrd’s store on Friday night. Friends and patrons of the school are asked to attend and make the supper a success as the proceeds will go to the school lunch fund. . . Mr. Clark Wilcox is making lots of improvements at the Hermitage. He has planted quite a bit of shrubbery, set out a number of fruit trees and is wiring the house. It is rumored that “Dan Cupid” has and interest in the Hermitage. . . Mrs. Tom Chandler has accepted work at Brookgreen Gardens and began her duties February 1. She fills the place formerly held by Mr. Rob Oliver in the office while Mr. Oliver will continue his services in another position. The paved entrance to the gardens is being widened and many new roads, walks and lanes added.

50 Years Ago

Murrells Inlet News – Old-time residents as well as new-comers have missed Mr. Bob Watts at his Pure Oil Filling Station. He has been ill at the Ocean View Hospital, but is home now. His son-in-law Ronald Rowe of Michigan runs the business now. His wife and children are living with the Watts at their home at the corner of No. 17 and 544. . . Mr. and Mrs. Hood of Marion have moved into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Chaplin Jr. off highway No. 17 next to Jordan’s Landing Rd. The Chaplins now live at the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens, where “Chappie” is employed as guard and guide of the grounds.

25 Years Ago

The theme of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce hospitality suite at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel this week in Hilton Head is “Return to Pawleys Pavilion.” “It’s a chance for us to show the rest of the state what we’re all about, and most importantly, to give them an experience that will make them think positively about us,” said Bill Oberst, executive director of the county chamber. The more than 600 legislators and tourism industry professionals attending the conference will be invited to relax and shag some, once the daily business meetings are concluded.

10 Years Ago

From a letter in the Times: Save the cottage -There is an old cottage on Pawleys Island in danger of demolition by people who may not be aware of the value it represents to those of us who may get to stay in it only one week a year. It is Chapel View cottage. This year the cottage is in trouble, this endangered example of the South Carolina tradition of humble, sturdy beach dwellings, which have captured the imagination of many throughout the country in search of a unique and unforgettable vacation experience. I’m not very sure in this case how the property . . .could be brushed aside and, as I’ve heard, replaced by a colossal, luxurious beachfront house, without some voice of advocacy for preservation being heard. - Peter Mead Jenkins, Douglasville Ga.

5 Years Ago

To find a way to protect the creek in Murrells Inlet for future generations of residents and visitors, area officials are banding together. Concern for the creek has escalated since Georgetown County leaders passed the storm water ordinance three years ago. In maps related to that ordinance, Murrells Inlet is identified as the most critical area in the county because of its high population. Murrells Inlet 2007, a group dedicated to preserving the inlet, is leading an effort to bring more awareness and support for this important cause. Already spearheading a creek monitoring program, they are now looking for ways that data from this monitoring program could be used in the future.

1 Year Ago

A landmark in Pawleys Island for almost 15 years, which has become a local epicenter for the Gullah culture, has closed. The Gullah O’oman Museum and Gallery will no longer be located on the corner of Waverly and Petigru Roads. Owners Andrew and Vermelle “Bunny” Smith Rodrigues say they hope to open again soon – in another location, yet to be determined.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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