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

  • Friday, May 9, 2014

100 Years Ago

The steamer Michelle C., of the Waccamaw Line, that was sunk at her dock at Conway some weeks ago, was raised last Saturday and brought down to Waverly on Wednesday. She will go on the marine railway of the Lachicotte Company for repairs and painting. The vessel was relieved of water by the powerful centrifugal pump that was taken up to Conway from Georgetown two weeks ago. It was found that the accident was caused by the leaving open of a sea-cock. There was practically no damage to the hull.

75 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Doar and children, Amaryllis and Bill, are spending several weeks on Pawleys Island. . . .

Local Items From Murrells Inlet: Misses Virginia and Frances Sybil EsDorne of Charleston are the attractive guests of Mrs. Bill Smith.

50 Years Ago

An ailing Lafayette Bridge on Highway 17 and heavy traffic reached an immovable impasse Sunday afternoon as short-circuited wires caused another bridge failure with the bridge stuck open. Around 250 cars approaching the bridge from both directions lined the causeways for an hour and a half. The bridge, which was opened over Waccamaw in 1935, has begun to age and its wiring has begun to fail. A four-lane, fixed bridge is being built across the Waccamaw River to eventually replace the aging structure. Opening and closing the bridge posed problems during the hurricane-like weather of the past weekend.

25 Years Ago

The Rev. Tony Campbell welcomed U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond to the 72nd annual Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce banquet held Friday evening at Pawleys Plantation. Thurmond was guest speaker. Also on hand to greet Thurmond were newly installed chamber president John Graham and Bill Oberst, executive director of the Georgetown chamber.

10 Years Ago

The seventh annual Pawleys Pavilion Reunion Saturday night proved to be a great success. Music fans of all ages listened and shagged to The Embers. Those attending the Reunion milled between the food and beverage area to the grassy section on the triangle then onto the crowded dance floor. Perfect weather greeted the large crowd, and many said the Embers put on the best performance since the reunion began in 1998. While many returned to the North Causeway to relive memories from “back in the day,” others were making new memories. A favorite of teenagers generations ago, the Pawleys Pavilion burned in the early 70’s. The annual reunion is now held on the site of the old gathering place.

5 Years Ago

Search teams continuing to hunt for a missing New York teenager will combine old fashioned methods with state of the art technology as the quest continues today. Horseback riders and serial mapping will be used today and Saturday as they continue to hunt for 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel who was last seen in Myrtle Beach April 25. The search moved to southern Georgetown County last week because Drexel’s cell phone provider said the last place the phone was detected was in the North Santee area.

1 Year Ago

Mark Collins has seen first-hand the dangers that dolphins living and frolicking off Murrells Inlet are facing. That’s one of the reasons he supports the Marone Mammal Protection Act. “The biggest problem is with Jet-Skis,” Collins, who owns Blue Wave Adventure in Murrells Inlet, said. “I’ve seen them run over dolphins and calves, mainly because the riders weren’t paying attention. We – the tour operators – need to work together to protect the dolphins.”

Experience life on Pawleys Island in the mid 1960’s. The Swamp For Players of Georgetown will present “The Porch” this month at the Strand Theater. The play takes place in the summer of 1966 on the porch of a family beach house on Pawleys Island. There is a bit of history thrown on too: stories about the Grey Man and Theodosia Burr Alston. During act breaks, at intermission and at the closing of the play, 12 shaggers will take turns dancing to some of the biggest hist of the 1960’s Two of those couples are professional dancers.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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