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

  • Friday, March 7, 2014

100 Years Ago

By the narrowest margin Mr. W.D. Morgan and his chauffeur, Campbell, escaped death in a horrible form, on Wednesday. Only his presence of mind and quick action saved him from being smashed by the locomotive of a log train, with which the gentleman’s automobile collided at the Sampit crossing. The gentleman himself was at the wheel of his car. On the same seat was his chauffeur. Seeing the peril of the situation, Mr. Morgan called to the chauffeur to jump. Mr. Morgan sprang over the man’s knees and jumped to the ground. The machine kept on, with the chauffeur in it. The forepart of the auto got across, but the pilot of the locomotive struck the rear wheel of the car and threw it about twenty-five feet. The chauffeur landed on his head in a ditch. He was severely bruised. No bones were broken.

75 Years Ago

An automatic photo-electric counter has been installed in U.S. Route 17 between Georgetown and Myrtle Beach, near the county road leading to Murrells Inlet, by the Highway Planning Survey to tabulate traffic 24 hours a day. . . Local Items From Murrells Inlet – Little Miss Maxine Oliver has returned to school after being kept at home three weeks with the whooping cough. . . Misses Virginia Whaley and Dorothy Oliver were confined to their beds with cold last week but both are up and out again.

50 Years Ago

Pawleys Island is beginning to stir for another resort season as home owners come down to appraise winter damages and estimate the amount of work necessary to keep beach property up to par. Ordinary paint and nails and hammer will deal with most situations on the island, but some homes on the south end may require a bit of specialized attention. A number of houses on the south end have been the target of vandals recently, according to Linwood Altman, president of the Pawleys Island Civic Association. Four out of some six or seven houses involved have been entered by unknown persons, with damages amounting to three of four hundred dollars being incurred. Broken windows, light bulbs and dishes accounted for most of the vandalism inflicted on locally owned homes and out-of-county owners.

25 Years Ago

The Town of Litchfield Incorporation Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss incorporation of the Litchfield Beaches area on Saturday, March 18. . . With the buildout of Debordieu Colony nearing completion, developer Dan Avant’s Columbia-based firm, Prince George Joint Venture, is working on a proposal to build another planned unit development up the coast a few miles on the Waccamaw Neck. The development is planned for a 1,000-acre tract of land that was once part of Cornelius Vanderbuilt’s Arcadia Plantation. The 2,700-acre Debordieu Colony project also was constructed on land that was once part of Arcadia Plantation.

10 Years Ago

Jason Loudermilk of the Divine Fish House won two second place awards in the annual Taste of the Tidelands competition Wednesday at Crown Reef Resort in Myrtle Beach. Loudermilk took second in the entrée competition for S.C. black grouper with inlet blue crab stuffing, fresh daikion, radish confit and soy butter. Julien Lancerot won the Murrells Inlet Seafood Award for his roulade of black grouper with basil infused fricassees of baby vegetables and sweet corn broth. That award is given for the best use of Inlet seafood. . . Murrells Inlet shellfish beds reopen after rain – The Conditionally Approved shellfish areas of Murrells Inlet in Georgetown County reopened Saturday morning, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The beds were closed earlier this month after heavy rainfall and the potential for contamination.

5 Years Ago

Marine mammal experts came to Georgetown County Saturday after a 9-foot long, 750-pound pygmy sperm whale became stranded on North Litchfield Beach. Officials say the whale was alive when it made its way to shore around 7 a.m. Saturday, but by noon no heartbeat could be detected. Associate Professor Robert F. Young, chair of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University, assisted staff from the Marine Mammals Strandings and Life History Program at the National Ocean Service Laboratory in Charleston. The whale was taken to the laboratory in Charleston.

1 Year Ago

A pair of Murrells Inlet dancers, Bill and Brenda Barber, will try and defend their senior title this weekend during the National Shag Dance Championships in North Myrtle Beach. . . More than 40 firefighters battled the fire at James Smith Real Estate, which was reported between 2:30 and 2:45 a.m. on Sunday. Firefighters returned to the office of James Smith Real Estate Co. on Monday, a day after fire destroyed the building. The investigation into the blaze continues. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has joined the investigation into Sunday’s fire that destroyed the office that has been in business in Litchfield since 1989.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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