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

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

100 Years Ago

End of Duck Season — After February 16th the fine is $90, and maybe prison — James Henry Rice Jr., U.S. Inspector of Birds. . .The Georgetown and Western railroad shop at Andrews is cold and silent. No fire burns on any forge or under any boiler. The men are out on strike. Even the water boy has quit his job. When the men will go back, if they go back, is an open question. It all depends. Recently there was a wreck on the railroad. The shop force at Andrews was called out to assist. The job necessitated the men working on Sunday and into the night. The men were informed that time-and-a-half would not be paid. The strike was inaugurated and every man and boy of the shop went out with the exception of General Foreman Fred Hanks.

75 Years Ago

Alwyn Goldstein of Alwyn’s has just returned from a buying trip in the northern markets, with a beautiful line of personally selected merchandise for spring. . .Mr. N. Rasheed has returned from Baker sanitarium in Charleston where he underwent a serous operation. His many friends are glad to know he is getting along nicely. . .Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kaminski are at home again after several weeks spent in Charleston where Mr. Kaminski underwent an appendectomy at St. Francis Xavier hospital. . .The regular meeting of the Plowden C. J. Weston Chapter, Children of the Confederacy, was held on Friday afternoon, February 17, at the home of Sarah Elizabeth Smith. Letters were read from three Girls of the Sixties living in the Confederate Home, Columbia, thanking the girls for their Christmas contributions.

50 Years Ago

The Reverend Edward Winkley, of Natal, South Africa, will lead a spiritual healing mission at Prince George, Winyah Episcopal Church in Georgetown tonight and tomorrow night. A native of India, Mr. Winkley was raised in England and is warden of three healing homes in South Africa for natives and Europeans, who receive spiritual, mental and physical treatment from doctors, nurses and church people.

25 Years Ago

Construction work on the new Georgetown County Memorial Library is moving along, with the scheduled grand opening set for October. The new Andrews Library, under construction beside Town Hall, is slated to open in June. . . A small 40-pound shark was caught in a shad net yesterday in Winyah Bay. The shark was later freed and swam off into the bay. . .Ron and Natalie Daise will perform their “Sea Island Montage” – a celebration of Gullah culture of the Sea Islands – in Georgetown Thursday at Howard High School Auditorium. The husband-and-wife team sing spirituals and folk songs a capella, dramatize folk tales, and recount old beliefs.

10 Years Ago

Georgetown is featured in the February edition of Soundings magazine and the March Edition of Southern Living magazine. Soundings, a monthly publication for boaters, says Georgetown is “an oft-overlooked seaport that offers a slice of pre-Revolutionary War times and maybe a few ghosts. Southern Living called Georgetown “the South Carolina coast’s best-kept secret.” “Don’t be dismayed by the clutter you see along U.S. 17,” the Southern Living article says. “There’s a cute little town tucked in here if you look for it.”

5 Years Ago

There is a $50,000 reward being offered for evidence leading officials to a live ivory-billed Woodpecker. Scientists are eager to find these birds that were once thought to be extinct but have been sighted recently in South Carolina. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is often mistaken for the Pileated Woodpecker, which is also a black-and-white bird. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker is only found in deep woods and swamp areas, while the Pileated Woodpecker is a common backyard bird.

1 Year Ago

Hopsewee Plantation and Frameworks present “Stories from the Big Book of Gullah,” on March 1 with original stories based on Gullah traditions presented by storytellers Zenobia Washington and Sophia Jackson. Special guests Joseph McGill with the National Trust will kick off his 2013 Slave Dwelling Project with Tony Horowitz, author of Confederates in the Attic, and Terry James. Enjoy a traditional buffet featuring traditional Gullah food, shrimp and grits, purleau, and other Hopsewee favorites.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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