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

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

100 Years Ago

You’ve probably noticed recently several gangs of laborers patiently grinding at winches on Front Street, winding up ropes running into the ground, and apparently pulling up nothing for their pains. There are lots of things going on underground that we can’t see. The winch-grinders are pulling steel and sand-scrapers through the sewers, clearing them of any possible obstructions. Superintendent McKeithen from time to time has such house-cleanings to take preventative measures. The present clean-out is on Front and Fraser streets.

75 Years Ago

A serious epidemic of infantile paralysis is now raging in Charleston. Many families desire to move elsewhere, thinking it would be safer for their children. To protect the Georgetown children, local health authorities have ordered a two weeks period of isolation for any child under 12 years of age, coming here from Charleston or any other infected area, during which the child may be observed to discover if he has symptoms of the disease. The disease is transmitted to a person through the nerve of smell in the nose. There is no known preventative or cure, so naturally the Charleston people are excited and want to take their children out of the city.

50 Years Ago

June 6th has been set as opening date for the Southern Naval and Maritime Museum in Georgetown, according to its promoter, Jackson Jenks. Work is proceeding at a lively pace in converting the long vacant corner building at Broad and Front Streets into a presentable tourist attraction location in Georgetown. A 40-foot submarine periscope, to be used for city scanning, will be installed to project through the roof of the building.

25 Years Ago

The Port of Georgetown added a new customer Tuesday when the Happy Buccaneer docked at Pier 31 and offloaded seven giant cranes for delivery to Century II Inc. in Conway. “This will be some of the first heavy-lift type cargo we’ve had here,” said David Schronce, manager of trade development at the Port of Georgetown. Expansion of Century II’s operations in Conway will likely bring even more business to the Port of Georgetown, Schronce said.

10 Years Ago

Local shrimpers are getting their boats ready for the beginning of shrimp season. Historically, the opening date comes between May 15-20, and is sometimes even delayed until the first of June. Glennie Tarbox, owner of Independent Seafood in Georgetown, says the S.C. Department of Natural Resources opens shrimp season when a certain level of shrimp have spawned. The state of South Carolina has jurisdiction over three miles out from shore, he said. This is where the most of the shrimp are caught.

5 Years Ago

Georgetown County was thrust into the national spotlight over the weekend as search crews scoured the North Santee River looking for clues in the disappearance of a teenager from New York. The hunt for 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel of Rochester has been confined mainly to Horry County since she vanished the night of April 25. Some searching in Georgetown County began on Tuesday but that intensified Friday and Saturday. Drexel was last seen near the Blue Water Resort in Myrtle Beach.

1 Year Ago

U.S. Coast Guard Station Georgetown hosted a ceremony on Thursday to dedicate the arrival of its new Response Boat Medium. The 45-foot Response Boat Medium is one of the Coast Guard’s newest baots and is equipped with state-of-the-art marine technology which makes the RB-M a high performer. Maypr Jack Scoville said the Coast Guard is very important to Georgeotn county since there are are more boats registered to people than vehicles.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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