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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

100 Years Ago

The government yacht Dawhoo has been in the harbor during the last few days. The purpose of the visit is the examination and check-up of the dredging that has been done on the river and harbor improvements during the past few months. . . Quick consumption made short shrift of the Santee youth who was last week convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to two years on the chain gang. While robin hunting, he carelessly handled his gun and shot another youth to death. He was charged with murder and was convicted of manslaughter with a recommendation to mercy. Thursday, following his conviction Tuesday, he was taken to the county camp. He appeared to be bothered with a slight cough but otherwise seemed to be in good physical condition. Saturday, when it was discovered he was seriously sick, he was attended by Dr. Bruorton, of Carver’s Bay. Sunday morning he died in a severe hemorrhage from the lungs. This, it is said, is the first death from consumption in the convict camps for many months.

75 Years Ago

Principal J.B. Beck of Howard School was recently elected by the laymen of Electoral College of the Palmetto Conference as a delegate to the general conference of the A.M. E. church, which meets in Detroit in May 1940. The two other delegates besides Prof. Beck are Fred Greene of Andrews and W. GH. Simmons of Charleston. . . The regular meeting of the Arthur Manigault Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, was held on Friday afternoon, March 3, at the home of Mrs. F.A. Bell. The meeting was conducted by Miss Rouquie, chapter president.

50 Years Ago

A proposed waterfront development in the old portion of the Sampit River behind Front Street’s business district produced a variety of comments, mostly favorable, in a random poll of opinion. A number of downtown businessmen and property owners were asked for their thoughts on the idea of bulkheading off the Sampit River and filling in between King and Queen Streets. Opinions varied from “no comment” to “man, I like it.” Buster Jenrette – J & J Laundry: “Wonderful idea.” Ralph Ford – Grocer: “No Comment.” Ronald Forehand – Darden’s: “It’s a great idea! I’ve already figured how to make a double entrance into the store.” A.I. Fogel – Fogel’s Dept. Store: “I am in favor of putting a bulkhead down the middle of the river and filling in that for parking spaces.” Dan Cannon – Tomlinson’s: “Excellent idea!” Hoyt Martin- Georgetown Electric Motor Company: “It would be nice for the town. But it might make it hard for boats to get supplies.”

25 Years Ago

Georgetown city officials reacted to last week’s seizure of the Rattlesnake by U.S. marshals, calling the incident “unfortunate” for owners David and Barbara May. The Rattlesnake was seized by federal marshals in St. Augustine, Fla., last week and transported to Jacksonville. The Mays sailed their replica of an 18th century privateer into Georgetown last July for the dedication of the city’s 1,000-foot Harborwalk. They remained moored at the Francis Marion Park floating dock until November, serving as a tourist attraction for the historic port. “I feel sorry for the Mays,” said Mayor H.E. “Tez” Bonnoitt. I felt they made a nice centerpiece for the city.” Bonnoitt indicated Georgetown officials will likely consider bringing in another ship as the city develops as a tourist mecca. “I think there will be some investigation in the next few years of getting another ship like that in here,” he said.

10 Years Ago

Prince George Episcopal Church is included in the 57th Annual Plantation Tours, sponsored by the Women of the church, today and Saturday, Only cars and vans are allowed on tour because of the many low-hanging oak limbs and soft roadbeds . . .Fish now have a new habitat in the waters of Winyah Bay, and many are likely to soon make it their home. Personnel of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Thursday directed the deployment of 120 “inshore reef habitat modules” at a location near the North Island Lighthouse. The modules were loaded onto a barge at Charleston and brought to Georgetown Wednesday. Plans also called for another deployment a little closer to the city of Georgetown.

5 Years Ago

The county is progressing with library building projects expected to cost around $7.3 million over the next five years. The biggest expansion taking place right now is at the Andrews Library, although additions are taking place in Georgetown and repairs are planned for Waccamaw, where a whole new library will be built in about four years.

1 Year Ago

The South Carolina Department of Transportation says if human error is to blame for the sinkholes that formed in Georgetown in 2011, the fault is not with them but with others working on the city’s drainage project. The SCDOT is one of the defendants in lawsuits filed by some impacted by the sinkholes.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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