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

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014

100 Years Ago

Crowds attended the opening of the new Princess Theatre, on Front Street near Screven, last night. The 304 opera chairs were all filled and many persons stood in the aisles. . .

Nature designed Georgetown to be THE port of South Carolina, and also of a rich and desirable part of North Carolina. Eight considerable rivers converge here, with more than 1,800 miles of navigable waters leading into the heart of the state. . .

The Times is shocked and pained to find The News and Courier referring to the Mexican Constitutionalists as “rebels.” We were under the impression that our contemporary’s linotype machines would quit and walk out of the office before they’d spell that word against anybody fighting for constitutional liberty.

75 Years Ago

Georgetown schools, both white and colored, closed their session Wednesday, about two weeks earlier than was planned, as a precautionary measure against the invasion of infantile paralysis. The schools closing are Winyah and Howard in Georgetown, and Waverly Mills, Murrells Inlet and Plantersville, all of this high school district. Andrews, Pleasant Hill Consolidated and Oak Grove ended their terms today. All commencement exercises, class plays, receptions and other school affairs were cancelled. To further the precautionary measures, the Sunday schools of the city are suspending meeting until the situation clears up. All other public gatherings have been called off or postponed. W.H. Thomas, secretary of the Winyah school district trustees, said, “We hope that the public will support us in this action. The best support they can give us is to control their children, keep them off the streets and away from all public gatherings.”

50 Years Ago

The Street and Fire Departments were both on hand to cope with an unusual situation growing out of the crashing of a large, vine-entangled tree on Screven Street during recent high winds. When the Street Department appeared for clearing the street, it was found that the hollow tree was filled with a large swarm of bees and a quantity of honey. Unable to clear the area, the Foreman returned at night and set fire to the tree, which had been doused with kerosene. He estimated that around 30 pounds of honey was destroyed.

25 Years Ago

A touch of vaudeville is being added to this year’s 2nd Annual Georgetown Harborwalk Celebration scheduled for July 1. The Harborwalk Celebration will again feature a turn-of-the-century theme. As they did last year, participants in this year’s festival will wear costumes of the era. A highlight of the festival, scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to midnight, will be a vaudeville show complete with a barker selling old-fashioned home remedies. Also performing for the afternoon vaudeville show will be banjo players, magicians, jugglers and singers. Henry Smith of Georgetown, a former dock worker along the city’s wharves, who sings river songs, is expected to return to this year’s Harborwalk Festival.

10 Years Ago

A bright yellow airplane diving toward the earth between the bridges over the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Black rivers stopped traffic on U.S. 17 north of Georgetown Thursday afternoon. Though onlookers were afraid he was going to crash, it turns out the pilot knew what he was doing all along. He was spraying larvicide in an effort to control mosquito populations.

5 Years Ago

After a decade of planning, construction of the county’s giant $6 million marine complex in Maryville will be completed by summer’s end. The 20-acre complex will include at least six boat ramps with aluminum docks, 200 parking spaces, restroom facilities and an observation deck for weigh-ins for fishing tournaments. The Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex was originally supposed to be complete by the end of 2008, but then a new target of June was set.

1 Year Ago

Georgetown County officials will soon know how much damage sink holes caused to two county buildings in the City of Georgetown. County Council gave the OK at its meeting Tuesday for GS2 Engineering and Environmental Consulting Services to assess the damage to the Judicial Center Complex and the Georgetown Library. Sinkholes began appearing in the city in late 2011. At the time, about 60,000 gallons of water per hour were being removed from the ground as part of a South Carolina Department of Transportation drainage project.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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