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

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014

100 Years Ago

Eight hundred tons of steel rails are being unloaded at the Georgetown and Western Railway wharf from the schooner Salisbury, Capt. Foxwell, from Baltimore Sunday. . .Georgetown may or may not have a whale on her hands during the next few days. The chances are that the marine monster will be in evidence off the bar some time shortly. Three days ago a big whale was sighted off Port Royal, headed north and going easily, traveling ten to twelve miles an hour. Capt. W.H. Rogerson, of the Savannah tug W. F. McCauley saw the whale three times in one day and got within a hundred yards of it before it sounded. Its direction and rate of progress should bring it off Georgetown shortly.

75 Years Ago

Mrs. Julian Bolick and little daughter returned home Sunday from Goldville where they visited Mrs. Bolick’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Moorhead. Mrs. Moorhead has returned with her daughter for a short stay. . . Air-minded citizens of Georgetown will be given the opportunity to fly in a giant tri-motored airliner Saturday and Sunday March 11 and 12, according to Captain B.P. Parrish, owner of the ship. Flights will be made between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., at the local airport. Assisting Captain Parrish in the flying will be Captain W.M. McConnell, formerly with American Airlines. Both men are veteran pilots.

50 Years Ago

The town house of Mrs. Harold Kaminski will be among the historic places of interest visited by Georgetonians and other visitors when the Women of Prince George Episcopal Church sponsor the annual Plantation Tours. The house, built by Mrs. Kaminski’s great-great-grandfather Benjamin Allston, is one of the oldest in Georgetown. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Sampit River, the house is furnished with many heirloom pieces of matchless beauty. Also included on the tour are Friendfield and Arcadia Plantations, Litchfield, Brookgreeen Gardens, All Saints Church, The Hammock Shop and The Little Red Barn.

25 Years Ago

It did not take Georgetown County grocers long to respond to the news late Monday that U.S. Food and Drug Administration Inspectors had discovered cyanide-tainted grapes in fruit shipments from Chile. Most managers had pulled their stocks of all varieties of grapes, plums, peaches and nectarines from the produce bins before receiving directives from company headquarters. . . Officials at International Paper’s Georgetown mill have agreed to revise its bleached papermaking process to reduce dioxin output by 50 percent within 15 months. Process changes will be made to control and lessen the formation of dioxin in the bleached papermaking process.

10 Years Ago

Sheriff Lane Cribb will be seeking his fourth term in office this year, less than two years after he switched political parties and became a Republican. “I just want to be sheriff,” Cribb said in October 2002 when he announced he was making the jump from the Democrats to the Republican Party. “I am the same person, with the same philosophy, that I was when I was a Democrat.” Last week, two of Cribb’s former employees – Zach Grate of Plantersville and Darryl Carr of Pawleys Island – announced their intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for the office.

5 Years Ago

Angry local groups are planning protests and preparing election challenges in response to the new controversial health care law. Meanwhile, the local Democratic officials say they are pleased with the passage of health care reform and will be getting information out through their local meetings. A few of the efforts bought by local residents to show their unhappiness with health care reform include a Tea Party gathering for April and a trip to Washington on July Fourth. The Tea Party, which welcomes people from all parties who are concerned about the present administration, is planning a rally on Front Street in Georgetown and is inviting state candidates who are running for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

1 Year Ago

Two new water towers are expected to grace the skyline of the City of Georgetown in the near future. One of the new tanks will replace the one at City Hall, which is too low and sits on top of unsafe ground. As reported in January, there are voids underneath the ground below the City Hall tank. Geotechnical testing shows the cavities are about 35-40 feet beneath the surface. The tank, erected in the 1950’s, was drained in late 2011 because of the sinkholes that formed in the area.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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