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

  • Friday, April 4, 2014

100 Years Ago

Information reached the local office of the Waccamaw Line yesterday of the sinking of the steamer Michelle C., at her dock at Conway on Sunday night. The steamer was left in charge of a watchman, who must have gone to sleep during the early hours of the morning, for he was discovered on the upper deck, oblivious of the foundering of the boat when early risers discovered she was sinking. The general theory is that the siphon pipes were left open and the water poured in her hull for several hours after midnight.

75 Years Ago

Not only have the Huntingtons provided in Brookgreen Gardens a magnificent museum of sculpture, their free gift – a million dollar gift – to South Carolina, open to all without admission charge; they have shown practically their faith in the people by refraining from stationing about the grounds the guards usually seen on such premises. Visitors there at Brookgreen feel, in the absence of guards, a special trusteeship for the beauties entrusted to them; the vastly predominant sentiment among them is the powerful and sufficient deterrent to the few who might otherwise abuse their privileges.

50 Years Ago

Easter Weekend Rather Mild But College Girl Hurt By Auto – An 18-year-old college girl was injured when struck by an automobile during Easter weekend at Pawleys Island. Sheriff Woodrow Carter said the incident was the most serious of the holiday weekend that saw 50 charges brought for various offenses. Sheriff Carter said that one of the most aggravating problems was that of college youth blocking highways. Charges were brought against all youth who could be caught, he said. There was no trouble at the pavilion, the Sheriff said. “On the whole we had a right good weekend,” he remarked.

25 Years Ago

Brookgreen Gardens is continuing to struggle against nature and man-made elements to preserve the great limestone sculptures within and around the majestic trees that surround the property. Brookgreen Gardens Director Gurdon L. Tarbox Jr. addressed the problems faced combating acid rain and pine beetle infestation during a meeting with Brookgreen’s Board of Trustees Saturday morning. Both acid rain and pine beetle problems could be treated chemically, but Tarbox rules out resorting to such measures. “Spraying is out of the question,” Tarbox said. “They could be controlled, but there would be so many chemicals in the air it would be extremely toxic.”

10 Years Ago

Divers for Long Bay Salvage Co. of Murrells Inlet have now recovered four cannon from a barge in waters about 40 miles off Cape Romain. Those cannon may well be connected with the crew of the Confederate submarine CSS H.L. Hunley, whose remains are to be buried Saturday, April 27, at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.

5 Years Ago

Students at Waccamaw Elementary School are helping to create a story quilt to spread the word about Michelle Obama’s connection to Georgetown County. Under the direction of Vermelle “Bunny” Rodrigues, owner of the Gullah Ooman Museum in Pawleys Island, the quilt depicts the First Lady’s family, rooted in the Gullah culture of our area. Scenes on the left-hand side of the quilt feature the slave cabin where her great-great grandfather Jim Robinson lived on Friendfield Plantatiopn. The center square shows Michelle as she graduated from Princeton University and Harvard University Law School. This story quilt will be displayed at the Gullah/Geechee Rice Festival in Pawleys Island April 11 at Parkersville Park.

1 Year Ago

Capt. Shawn Thomas and crew from Underdog Sport Fishing Charters showed off their catch from this weekend. Georgetown Landing and Marina is reporting that things have been going well for people offshore. The wahoo seem to be biting fairly consistently and sharks are out in force.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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