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

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

100 Years Ago

The schooner Linah C. Kaminski, Capt. Johnson, arrived in port Sunday afternoon minus her maintopmast. She lost the spar off the coast of North Carolina last week during a heavy northeast blow. The staunch vessel labored heavily, and for a time Capt. Johnson feared that serious damage would be done. The Kaminski was built at Bath, Maine, in 1882 for the Georgetown naval trade. She is a 450-tonner, with three masts, loading lumber at the docks off the Winyah Lumber Company for Baltimore.

75 Years Ago

Belle Isle Gardens opened this week and will remain open this month and through April, according to an announcement made by Frank E. Johnstone. Situated on Winyah Bay, six miles south of Georgetown, just off U.S. Highway 17, Belle Isle is one of the show places of Coastal South Carolina. Thousands of visitors from all parts of the country flock to these natural gardens annually during flowering season. Among some of the many beautiful scenes at Belle Isle are waterscapes, winding paths, rare flowers and trees from the Orient, moss covered oaks and historic points.

50 Years Ago

A sleek two-masted schooner, the “Thomas-Marie,” ran aground on Debordieu Beach early Sunday morning within a thousand yards of the remains of a porgy boat that wrecked on the sprawling Georgetown County beach 40 years ago. The schooner went aground about 4 a.m. Sunday while steering by magnetic compass, striking a sand reef that jarred the rudder aloose from the craft. An exceptionally high incoming tide carried the “Thomas-Marie” across other sand reefs. Two of the crew of four businessmen were rescued by an Air Force helicopter, and the other two were found on the Debordieu Beach by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Balding of Arcadia. The schooner, built in 1947, weighs 20 tons and draws 6.2 feet. Two Georgetown fishermen, Captain Sam Crayton and Lester Larrimore, worked the 42-foot vessel into the shallow channel of North Inlet that runs between the Atlantic Ocean and Winyah Bay.

25 Years Ago

With the charm of the Old South and the ease of a Sunday afternoon stroll, Georgetonian Nell Cribb conducts walking tours of Georgetown’s 24-block historic district like she was walking in her own back yard. . . Georgetown’s high-rise bridge over the Sampit River has been opened for several months, but it could be years before a name is attached to it. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History officially announce that the Winyah School-Auditorium Building has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places. Ella Jenkins, acclaimed composer and singer of music for children, will perform Thursday at the Howard Center for Arts and Recreation, located on Kaminski Street in Georgetown. This children’s concert is sponsored by the Committee for African American History Observances.

10 Years Ago

Theater-goers who saw “The Woman in Black” at the Strand Theatre over the last several weeks had a great time with the play, a ghost story wrapped around a mystery and set in the marshes of Great Britain. Coastal Grand-Myrtle Beach, a more than one million-square-foot regional mall, will celebrate its grand opening St. Patrick’s Day.

5 Years Ago

Walker Patterson Inman Jr. – “Skipper” to many locals who knew him – came home to be buried Saturday. Inman died in a hotel in Colorado on Feb. 24, 2010. He was just shy of his 58th birthday on March 11. Heir to the Duke fortune, Inman enjoyed his wealth but was always searching for something, Father Ron Farrell said during a funeral Mass at Greenfield Plantation. Inman’s twin children, Georgia Noel Lahl Inman and Walker Paterson Inman III, are 12 now. His current wife Daralee Inman remained in Wyoming with the children after a funeral service at Holy Family Catholic Church in Afton. The City of Georgetown now has until April 1 to prove it is no longer allowing pollution to enter the Sampit River, or fines will be levied.

1 Year Ago

Every spring, the Women of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, host a Plantation and Town Home Tour. The dates of the 66th Annual Plantation Tours are Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23. Visitors are able to go inside most of these elegant dwellings and take a step back in time. At day’s end, visitors are invited to the very popular tea, hosted by the ladies of the Prince George at the historic Winyah Indigo Society Hall.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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