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

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

100 Years Ago

The run of herring of this spring is reported to be exceptionally fine. It is said in the course of casual conversation with persons from the Sampit section that the herring are almost as thick as sardines in a tin box. Travelers must pass pussy-foot over the bridge to keep from interfering with the fishing. Most of the fishing is done with bow-nets. Not a few of them are turned on shore with scoop-nets. This season, quite a number of Sampit fishermen are going to pickle the surplus of herring over and above what they can sell fresh. The price now averages about two cents a pound, and the fresh herring is quite a good fish. As compared with the sea shad, at $2, the roe herring at five cents has got its more aristocratic relative skinned forty ways.

75 Years Ago

Miss Virginia Nell Cribb celebrated her twelfth birthday Thursday afternoon, March 30, with a lovely party. After several games were played, cake, ice cream and candy were enjoyed by all. . .

Congressman John L. McMillan this week highly commended Mayor H.L. Smith for his efforts in working for a deeper channel from Georgetown to the ocean. At first it was thought that the present jetties would be rebuilt, but the army engineers found that the cost would be far excessive, and that the channel could be maintained far cheaper by dredging.

50 Years Ago

The peak of Easter season was reached on Saturday when Pawleys Island Pavilion offered entertainment to hundreds of visiting youngsters as well as some from neighboring towns. The closely packed crowds danced the “dawg” and other aesthetic dances to the music of the Chevelles. Several cases of rowdyism and one injuring of a student marred the Pawleys Island house picture this year, as officers were forced to call a halt to some traffic violations. Traffic which snaked around the island was slow and controlled, steadied by the shuttling back and forth of Patrolmen and other law enforcement officers on highway and Island. Sunday was the beginning of the end, with many out in several instances where homeowners were anxious to have the weekend behind.

25 Years Ago

The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgetown has been awarded a 1988 State Historic Preservation Grant. The grant will go toward structural stabilization and weatherization work on the centuries-old building, said state Department of Archives and History officials. Local funds will provide 60 percent of the costs in addition to grant funds. Bethel A.M.E. Church was founded in 1865 by freed slaves and established missions on several plantations after the Civil War. The present building was constructed in 1882.

10 Years Ago

Shad could hold the future of South Carolina inshore and offshore fishing. Their dramatic comeback from near-depletion has raised their value as a commercial and recreational fish and has increased the stock of prime food fish for prized sport species ranging from striped bass to tuna and marlin. “If you bring shad back, that’s what’s going to bring back our sport fishing,” said Prescott Brownell, Atlantic fishery coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

5 Years Ago

The fort that protected Winyah Bay and Georgetown during the War Between the States will now be protected in the future. During Georgetown’s 63rd annual Plantation Tours Saturday, officials of Belle Isle Yacht Club signed an agreement with the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust to preserve the last part of a local Civil War battle site called Battery White. Future development of the six-acre Battery White is not allowed. And its spectacular view of the mouth of the ocean is guaranteed. . .

Area leaders are trying to bring more cargo ships to Georgetown’s port to boost the local economy and qualify for federal dredging funding.

1 Year Ago

The Propeller Club hosted their first bluegrass Concert at the S.C. Maritime Museum in Georgetown. The concert featured live bluegrass music from Subject to Change and the Red and White Bluegrass Band. The event also included a pileau contest and a fish fry. The Propeller Club of Georgetown is a professional organization dedicated to the enhancement and promotions of all interests in the maritime community for the Port of Georgetown.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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