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

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

100 Years Ago

Members of the U.D.C. and other patriotic and religious associations are working devotedly in preparation for the observance of Memorial Day, May 10th. Each Daughter is requested by the executive committee to make as many wreathes as possible and send them to the Confederate monument on Saturday afternoon. . . There hasn’t been anything much doing with the fishing fleet during the current week. There was too much wind outside and it was blowing from the wrong quarter. During the better part of three days, wind came strong from the northeast and kicked up so much sea and current that the fish all went into hiding – or somewhere else. Hardly anything but blackfish is coming in now, except for a few sea bass and jacks. The smackmen are not looking for blue fish, because of low prices.

75 Years Ago

The three day search for Robert Benjamin Tucker, who had been missing since Sunday, ended about six-o’clock Wednesday afternoon when his body was found in Black River about 500 yards above the Lafayette bridge. A son of the Rev. R.R. Tucker, Methodist minister of McColl, and the late Bessie Cannon Tucker, the twenty-two year old youth left home Sunday morning to row up Black River. When he did not return by evening, relatives became alarmed and instituted a widespread search. . .

The sale of Kensington plantation, about two miles from Georgetown, on Black River, to Mrs. Jean T. Thompson of Pittsburgh, Pa., was revealed here this week when the deed was filed in the clerk of court’s office. The price was not revealed but it is understood to be in excess of $12,000. The plantation contains 287.13 acres of rice and swamp lands and 218.90 acres of pasture and provision lands.

50 Years Ago

One item for the Southern Naval and Maritime Museum arrived in Georgetown Friday amid a flurry of interest and curiosity at how it will be placed in the building being renovated for the museum. A 3,500 pound periscope from a World War II submarine has been loaned to the proposed museum by the U.S. Navy. Plans call for erecting the 46-foot periscope through the roof of the museum at Front and Broad Street. . .

A man wanted in Wichita, Kansas was arrested by the FBI in Andrews Monday.

25 Years Ago

The 9th Annual South Carolina Crawfish Festival and Aquaculture Fair is being held Friday and Saturday at the Waccamaw House in U.S. 17 at Litchfield. Visitors to this year’s Crawfish Festival will have plenty of activities to fill their day. There are continuous performances by Grand Strand bands; game for children; 35 arts and crafts exhibitors; more than a dozen aquaculture educational boots; and 17 food booths. . . .

The Haunted and the Mysterious” will be the theme of a guided tour through the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Garden today.

10 Years Ago

Motorists driving by the Georgetown Steel Mill’s Front Street entrance may have noticed a bright yellow sign recently. It’s an indicator of a million dollars being spent to help alleviate stormwater problems in the area from Front and Wood Streets towards Fraser Street/U.S. Highway 17 South. This part of the project is designed to repair existing pipes and put in new pipes.

5 Years Ago

April 30 The Archibald Rutledge Academy will hold its 33rd Annual Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet in McClellanville this Saturday. . .

“No outdoor burning” is still the rule in the city of Georgetown. . .

Shaggers in Georgetown County and surrounding areas will soon put on their dancing shoes for a good cause. The Georgetown Lunch Rotary will present its fourth annual Shag Festival on King Street downtown on Saturday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Anyone who would like a shag refresher course is invited to free lessons at 6 p.m.

1 Year Ago

The Georgetown Times office was evacuated and a portion of Front Street was blocked to traffic for about 45 minutes Thursday after a bomb threat was received about 11:45 a.m. Times Editor Tommy Howard said the newspaper is grateful to Georgetown police and fire departments for their quick response, adding “these professionals handled the call thoroughly and efficiently.”

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger


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