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

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

100 Years Ago

The sooner Georgetown quits standing on her foot the sooner she’ll catch her stride. There is only one thing between Georgetown and the pinnacle of prosperity, and that is Georgetown – think it over. . .

Lemuel, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Bourne, of Sampit, who has been very ill with typhoid fever, is slowly convalescing and is on the road to recovery.

75 Years Ago

The opening of the Black River Garden, one-and-one-half miles from Andrews, has been announced for Friday, May 26, by the manager, George Considine. The opening will be featured with a big dance with music by a well-known orchestra. The pavilion will be open day and night for dancing, swimming and all other forms of recreation. Dressing rooms for ladies and gentlemen are provided for the bathers. . .

Time Tattles by I.D. Clare – Ralph Ford being very proud of his newly acquired yacht which has been thoroughly overhauled and generally spruced up, and taking several friends on the dock to look her over. John Vereen remarking that Ralph crowed so much over his old craft that he wondered what he would do over the new one.

50 Years Ago

The old ‘pocketbook’ game, longtime favorite of most flim-flam artists, cropped up in Georgetown this week when a local woman was relieved of nearly a thousand dollars in life’s savings. She was accompanied to the bank by a flashy female wearing a flowered frock and a picture hat, one of a pair who promised her a share in the money they had “found” in a pocketbook – provided she would produce a similar amount of ‘good faith’ money.

25 Years Ago

The Bubba and angler Mark McCall claimed the first place boat and angler awards at the 22nd annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament, which concluded Saturday at Georgetown Landing. McCall landed a 283-pound Blue Marlin Saturday to win the tournament and edge Eric Martin and the Xiphias Hunter, who brought in a 240-pound Marlin. The two Blue Marlin were the only big fish caught during the two-day event. More than 120 anglers on 35 boats took part in the tournament.

10 Years Ago

Coastal South Carolina has lost a treasure that northwestern Wyoming is gaining. Robert Mitchell retired in mid-April from the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism as the resident ranger in charge of Hampton Plantation. The state historic site, home to Archibald Rutledge, the late poet laureate of South Carolina, has been Mitchell’s home since 1982. He’s moving to Cody, Wyoming, where he plans to continue giving to that community.

5 Years Ago

The first YMCA facility in Georgetown will also be our first environmentally friendly commercial building. It will be located on 20 acres of land and is set to open by the end of August. The facility will feature a six-lane swimming pool, an aerobics and fitness room, a childcare area, office space for YMCA officials and ball fields outside.

1 Year Ago

Georgetown County officials have to decide if the county’s largest public beach access, located on the south end of Pawleys Island is worth protecting. That is what PI Mayor Bill Otis said before speaking to Georgetown County Council Tues. night about a proposed groin on the south end of the public parking lot. Since 2009 the proposed groin has been approved and permitted. However, environmental groups who oppose the groin have kept it from being built.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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