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

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014

100 Years Ago

SCHOONER LOST? NOW LONG TIME OVERDUE – Considerable interest is felt in local shipping circles with respect to the possible, even probable, fate of Capt. A.J. Slocum and his schooner, the Levi S. Andrews, now nearly thirty days overdue from Norfolk to Savannah. From the time the Andrew left Norfolk, no report of her has been received. Local interest of a special sort is felt because Capt. Slocum sailed to this port for a number of years in the lumber schooner Warren B. Potter, and later built and sailed the big four-master City of Georgetown, principally owned in this city. The City of Georgetown, sunk off Cape Charles by a steamship on a bright moonlit night in perfectly calm weather, sunk in five minutes from the time of the impact of the iron bow of the steamship against her wooden port quarter.

75 Years Ago

A most interesting conference for recreational workers was held at Tip Top Inn, Pawleys Island, from Wednesday through Saturday noon. Mrs. R. S. Dingle of Tip Top Inn was hostess and a great deal of credit for the success of the affair is due to her. She was assisted by Miss Colie Brown, supervisor of recreation in this area. Miss Bettie Brooks, state director of Recreation, Columbia, had charge of the conference. Directors of recreation, area supervisors, playground directors and several guests from all parts of the state attended.

50 Years Ago

Students Galore Now Flocking to Pawleys Island Rendezvous – Entertainment and recreation facilities for the young people will be available at the Pawleys Island pavilion, which will be opened Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 12 o’clock, Magistrate H.G. Deer said, with music and dancing provided by coin operated machines. Sheriff W. C. Carter said that several additional deputies, highway patrolmen and two men from SLED would be on hand to oversee activities at the island and to monitor traffic to and from the island from all approaches. “Last year we had the noisiest year we’ve had yet,” he said.

25 Years Ago

Pawleys Island officials are taking steps to defuse the use of fireworks within the family-oriented resort community before the tourist season begins. In the past, this activity has left the beach cluttered with debris from exploded fireworks. Currently, Pawleys Island is one of the last remaining areas along the coast where fireworks can be exploded at any time. Some residents of the island have expressed their doubts that such an ordinance can be enforced.

10 Years Ago

Work began last week on construction of the crab dock at Morse Landing Park. The location was moved approximately 15 feet toward the point to minimize potential boat ramp conflicts. Morse Landing Park was purchased by Georgetown County in 1998. The crab dock was funded through a 2003 DHEC Coastal Access Grant, part of the Coastal Access Improvement Program, through their Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Murrells Inlet 2007 assists the county in maintaining the park.

5 Years Ago

Hurricane season is several months away, but forecasters say this summer could be much worse than before – with a possibility of 15 named storms on the horizon. . . Georgetown County’s brand new name is now the “Hammock Coast.”. . . A preliminary autopsy report showed that a pygmy sperm whale stranded on North Litchfield Beach died of heart and liver disease. The whale was about 5.5 feet and weighed about 133 pounds, according to officials at NOAA.

1 Year Ago

The 17-year dream of the Friends of the Waccamaw Library to build a new facility moved closer to reality on Friday as ground was broken at the site of The Library Center – Waccamaw. The new 17,000-square-foor library, which is scheduled to open by January 2015 on Willbrook Boulevard in Litchfield, will be bigger and have more parking than the facility on Library Lane in Pawleys Island.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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