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

  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, February 12, 2014 1:07 pm

100 Years Ago

On or about the fifteenth of this month a big dredge of the Sanford Ross Company will get busy on the job of dredging the western channel. Before the big dredge goes to digging sand, she will go up the Sampit river near the A.C.L. mill where the old wreck of the converted barge St. Mary has rested on the bottom for a number of years, to the obstruction of navigation. The St. Mary was originally a sailing vessel. She will be dynamited, and her bones picked up and put out of the way. Plans are under discussion for the setting up of ornamental iron fences around Elmwood cemetery and the old churchyard cemetery at the corner of Highmarket and Orange Streets. The successful dinner given by the ladies recently swelled the cemetery fund of Duncan church to the point of starting the desired improvements.

75 Years Ago

The fame of Georgetown harbor as a natural base for winter operations is spreading rapidly among many wealthy owners of pleasure craft, according to local mariners. V.O. Garrison, president of the Blue Bird Ice Cream company, of Spartanburg, has registered his new deluxe Matthews cruiser with Georgetown as the home port. Also based here for the winter season is the “Aquilla,” formerly owned by Felix DuPont and built in the DuPont shipyards. One of the most modern of the pleasure craft to base here in some years is the Morning Star, 85-foot motor-sailer yacht, owned by Eugene E. DuPont of Kinloch plantation and Wilmington, Del. The Morning Star is a Mathis custom-built model. She has all the latest devices and instruments for navigation and is powered by two 120 horse Superior Diesel engines, with a cruising speed of ten and one half knots. A Chris Craft speedboat and a dory are carried aboard. She has a cruising range of 2000 miles with engine power, and an indefinite range when sails are used.

50 Years Ago

A Plantersville man was killed Saturday night when shot with a .32 caliber pistol in a ruckus at a juke joint in a rural community, Sheriff Woodrow Carter said yesterday. . . An early morning dispute over highway rights between a Mack tractor-trailer gasoline truck and a footloose, headstrong mule near Plantersville resulted in disaster for the mule and $400 damages for the truck. The accident occurred at 3 a.m. yesterday, nine miles north of Georgetown on Highway 701, when the mule dashed in front of the truck. The mule was killed in the collision and the truck ran off the road and into the woods.

25 Years Ago

The three-story farmhouse at China Grove Plantation stood for nearly 200 years. Constructed of virgin pine by slave laborers, it endured through both prosperous and lean years. Sunday morning, a part of Georgetown’s history was destroyed when fire swept through the old farmhouse, leaving nothing but half a chimney standing. The saltbox farmhouse was built no later than 1790 by either James Snow or James Snow II and had been vacant since the late 1800’s, until Bertha and Benjamin Chandler bought the 400-acre tobacco farm in 1948. In 1975, the plantation was dedicated as a Historical Site by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. In 1962, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

10 Years Ago

All indications are that Lowe’s Companies, Inc., wants to buy the land adjacent to Wal-Mart to erect its first store in Georgetown County. While it’s not an industry, and the hourly wages likely won’t approach what workers at Georgetown Steel were earning, the jobs created will be most welcome.

5 Years Ago

A bill being reviewed by the state Senate may give Georgetown County a seat on the Ports Authority’s new advisory board. That representative will most likely come from the Georgetown Maritime Association. With new measures to restructure the state’s ports authority, the purpose of this bill is to create a more stable authority in which members are more accountable. This is a reaction to the loss of the world’s largest container carrier, Maersk.

1 Year Ago

More Sinkhole Lawsuits Filed – Five additional lawsuits have now been filed in connection with the sinkholes that formed in the City of Georgetown in late 2011, damaging several buildings and homes. In the new filings, plaintiffs say their property was damaged beginning in late October 2011 by the dewatering activities associated with the drainage project that the SCDOT is still working on in the general area the sinkholes formed. At one point water was being removed from the ground at a rate of 60,000 gallons per hour.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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