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

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

100 Years Ago

The Wave, Mr. Dantzler’s sprightly and good-looking little boat, is on the ways for the purpose of receiving a new motor. It is now being put in. The engine is the high speed type and will increase the speed and ease of handling the craft. Meanwhile, the approach of spring and the recent balmy days have caused yachtsmen and launch owners to turn attention to their boats, in anticipation of the forthcoming season. It is likely that a meeting of the Georgetown Yacht Club’s executive committee will be held next week, for the purpose of planning for the summer and the regatta next Fourth of July. . .Rail magnates Mr. S. Davies Warfield of the Seaboard Air Line and Mr. W.R. Bonsal, president of the North and South Carolina and Charleston and Northern Railroads, came in by special train to spend two days at South Island, guest of Mr. J.L. Wheeler. They were met at the depot by the automobile of President Cliffords of the Georgetown and Western and were driven at once to Ford’s wharf, where they went aboard Mr. Wheeler’s yacht and were taken to South Island. Neither gentleman could be reached for an interview. There has been considerable speculation as to the purpose of the visit of these important railroad men to South Island, as they carried no guns down with them and brought back no game.

75 Years Ago

A recital by Allen University’s music department, consisting of solos, quartettes, ensemble singing, etc, will be held at Bethel A.M. E. church at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27. President E.H. McGill will accompany the singers and deliver an address. Admission is ten and fifteen cents. . . Continuing his war on sellers of white, untaxed corn whiskey, Sheriff H.B. Bruorton arrested four persons for violating the liquor law. They are now either lodged in jail or out on bond, awaiting the spring term of criminal court. . . Andrews – A hot box caused the derailing of ten cars, some of them loaded with coal and others with pulp wood, early Monday morning about two miles north of Andrews. Wrecker trains from Savannah and Hamlet were called out at once to clear the tracks. All freight traffic was detoured through Columbia.

50 Years Ago

Jackson Jenks returned to Georgetown Monday from a week’s coral and shell-collecting trip to Jamaica, expressing hope about establishment of a naval and maritime museum here. He said he hopes a general meeting can soon be held to better explain the project to civic leaders and the public. A large selection of naval photographs and relics were shipped to Mr. Jenks by the U.S. Navy to be loaned to the proposed museum. Among the relics loaned by the Navy to Mr. Jenks are: a half section of Admiral Farragut’s flagship, the USS Hartford; a piece of the deck of the famed World War II carrier, the Enterprise; a nameplate from the submarine USS Steelhead; two cutlasses and scabbards; relics from such ships as the Augusta, Tennessee and Hoe, and an American flag flown on a ship in the Normandy invasion.

25 Years Ago

Ghostbusting Tour lands top award – The Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce was awarded a plaque for last fall’s Ghostbusting Tour, which was named South Carolina’s top privately-supported attraction or event of the year. The presentation was made at the South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel last week at Hilton Head. Chamber Executive Director Bill Oberst, who accepted the plaque on behalf of Georgetown County, said the award not only came from the number of people attending the tour but also from the newspaper, radio and television coverage the tour generated for the county during the fall months. Approximately 800 people attended the tour, doubling the 400 participants of last year, he said. . . Georgetown’s mayor wants city police to crack down on the reported violence in local bars that is tarnishing the city’s image.

10 Years Ago

Members of the Georgetown Planning Commission unanimously recommended Tuesday that City Council reject a rezoning plan for a 25-acre tract of land for a proposed Lowe’s home improvement center near the Kensington community, if it is annexed. One Kensington resident told planners they would be “insensitive” to allow the rezoning and put a superstore next to a community filled with children and elderly people.

5 Years Ago

Thomas Ford, one of the first blacks hired for the City of Georgetown Police Department, will be grand marshal for the Dream Keepers Parade this Saturday. The 28th annual parade sponsored by The Committee for African American Observance begins at 1 p.m. Saturday. On October 1, 1955 when he started his work, Ford was paid $225 per month. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Police Department was located in the Town Clock on Front Street.

1 Year Ago

The event was so much fun we can only hope it will prove to be Georgetown’s inaugural Mardi Gras parade. The Fat Tuesday procession hit Front Street sidewalks at 12:30 sharp. Mardi Gras King Kevin Jayroe and Queen Rachel Wildes led the first procession. Mardi Gras royalty was followed by the S.C. Maritime Museum’s Krewe of Chevre, an homage to the Museum’s four-legged mascot, a goat, as well as a group of friends and supporters decked out to the nines in appropriate attire.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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