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

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014

100 Years Ago

Chasing the Tigers – Officers Round Up Tom Baker – Policeman Crane was engaged in a little sleuthing, in company with a state dispensary constable, and nobody in the whole world would have recognized Crane, notwithstanding he is one of the most widely known men in town. The trail led the two officers to Taylor and Congdon Streets. There they placed Thomas J. Baker under arrest, charged with violation of the dispensary law, in that he had been running a blind tiger. Two years ago he paid a fine of $50 for tigering. Last Christmas he paid a fine of $75. This time he was taken before the recorder and his fine was assessed at $100, which he paid.

75 Years Ago

Georgetown is to get a new federal post office which will house the post office and customs department, according to news dispatches from Washington last Friday morning. . . Times Tattles by I.D. Clare - An out of state car containing several occupants driving up in front of the Episcopal church last Sunday and inquiring of B.P. Fraser if it was the Presbyterian church. Upon being answered in the negative one of the lady passengers spoke up, “I really did not think it was the Presbyterian church after seeing so many cars parked in front.” . . . Lady from out Sampit way coming to town this week and upon being asked how slippery and rough were the roads in her community, she replied, “Well, they are a whole lot better than those in town.”

50 Years Ago

Officers and directors of the proposed Southern Naval and Maritime Museum were elected at a stockholder’s meeting Monday. Mason Nesmith was chosen president with Leon Hardee, vice president, Cecil W. Schneider, secretary, and Henry P. Ward, treasurer. . . A fire at the International Paper Mill dock was kept at a minimum by the Georgetown Fire Department on Monday to top off a week of considerable activity by the fire department. Damages to the paper mill dock were estimated at around $300 in the fire which was thought to have started from a discarded cigarette.

25 Years Ago

Tides in the Sampit River rose to nearly street level in the wake of a wintery storm that covered Georgetown County. . . GTE officials seem to think the installation of a 911 Emergency Service in Georgetown County is feasible, according to reports following a meeting last week between GTE officials, County Administrator Dan Guffey, and Sheriff Michael Carter. . . In January, Georgetown Postmaster Donald Long sought the support of city officials for a U.S. Postal Service directive requesting curbside mailboxes in the city’s historic district. However, the city’s Architectural Review Board balked, claiming freestanding mailboxes would not be compatible in the historic area.

10 Years Ago

The Times news staff members won 13 awards Friday in the South Carolina Press Association’s annual contest among newspapers published two or three times weekly. . .Andrews High’s girls basketball team won the Class AA Lower State championship Saturday night with a 58-49 victory over Burke. The Yellow Jackets play for the state title Saturday in Columbia. . .Free Offshore Fishing Seminar – Tailwalker Marine’s “Let’s Talk Tuna” Dolphin and Wahoo – March 13 at Tailwalker Mariner – Call for Reservations – National and Regional Guest Speakers- Dr. Mitch Roffer: President, Roffers Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service; Captain Reid Bost of the “Aut-Top-Sea, Charleston SC; Captain Ralph Griffin of the “Boss Lady” Cape Hatteras NC; Don Hammond: Fisheries Biologist with SC DNR; Captain Frank Beckham, Local Guide and Chef – Door Prizes, Special Tackle Prizes – PreSeason Truck Load Bait Sale!!!

5 Years Ago

Walker P. Inman Jr. died in Denver Colo., on February 24, 2010. The heir of Doris Duke owned Greenfield Plantation at Georgetown. The trusts for Inman and in behalf of his twin children are valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Inman – called Skipper by many people - was orphaned when he was ten years old. He lived with his aunt and uncle and his sister Susan in Brunson and in Hampton County. He also spent time with his aunt Doris Duke, who was heir to the Duke fortune. For several years, Inman had been dealing with health issues.

1 Year Ago

Hundreds visited the Bobby Alford recreation center at East Bay Park during the Sixth Annual Winyah Heritage Festival this weekend in a celebration of the South Carolina Low country hunting and fishing legacy. The primary goal for the festival is to provide financial assistance to the Georgetown County Historical Society and Museum. . . A taste of Pawleys Island will soon be making its home in downtown Georgetown. Roz’s Rice Mill Café, which has been part of the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops since 1997, is relocating to Screven Street on a vacant lot behind the Strand Theatre. The location of Roz’s in the Hammock Shops is not staying vacant. It has already been purchased by the owners of Quigley’s Pint and Plate in Pawleys Island.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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