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

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

100 Years Ago

This is court week in Georgetown. A cow-thief who cannot walk a step to get away with his booty, that is kill a cow, dress the meat and sell the hide and almost get away with it, is certainly going some. What would Jesse do if he could but walk? Sherlock Holmes would doubtless find an interesting adventure to keep up with Jesse Tanner. Jesse is the very last person in the world that the average man would suspect of rustling cattle and butchering them surreptitiously. The hide – a dark red – was sold by Jesse to Harry Fogel. Jesse is a character that might attract the attention of a master romancer. Robert Louis Stevenson would dearly have liked to study Jesse and described him, and E.W. Hornung might have found him suggestions for a rural “Raffles.” The motion for a new trial was denied Tuesday morning and Jesse was sentenced to 18 months on the chain gang.

75 Years Ago

Times Tattles by I.D. Clare – Young lady remarking that it was not safe anymore for a girl to walk, unescorted, along the beach road of Pawleys Island, with so many inebriated sots wandering around. . . John DeKay telling about some of his catfish stews, made from channel cats caught at the Lafayette bridge. . .The spy for Ye Scribe reporting that the after-dark sale of liquor has greatly decreased since the passage of the new liquor law that after the first of July the new law will be enforced to the fullest extent. . . Sheriff H.B. Bruorton reporting the loss of two of his hound dogs from the jail yard Tuesday and saying that he wanted to get them back right away.

50 Years Ago

A giant hopper dredge whose hull was ripped below the waterline in Georgetown harbor has been dry docked in Charleston for repairs. A two by four hole was knocked in the hull of the Army Engineer’s dredge Gerig by one of two suction drag heads where the Gerig was dredging an area of Winyah Bay. A drag head apparently hit a submerged object, forcing it into the side of the 5,000 ton, 351-foot ship.


The rains came – but too late for one lively young reptilian inhabitant of the marshes off Maryville – a three-foot alligator, which although caught, did not consider itself conquered. It made rushes at all and sundry of the neighborhood children, gathered to take a peek. The young gator was found last week by Leonard Williams, 14 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Williams, as it attempted to cross Cherry Street near their home. Providing accommodations for the creature will create problems because the Williams intend going on their vacation next week. “We would like to see him have a good home – maybe Brookgreen Gardens,” Leonard said, sidestepping an unfriendly swipe by the young ‘gator’s tail. “Soon, too,” Mrs. Williams agreed.

25 Years Ago

“The Bastards won!” That was the reaction from an angry citizen Tuesday when the Georgetown County Council, in a 6-1 vote, approved the first reading of the 1,900-acre development known as Prince George Properties. The approval came despite threats of a law suit from the Pawleys Island Civic Association over a 67-foot height variance granted to the resort-hotel/residential development planned for Waccamaw Neck.

10 Years Ago

Sgt. Jeff Benton and Deputy Rudy Hansen of the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office have completed a course in basic hostage negotiation and forensic psychology techniques in NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Course at the John Kay College of Criminal Justice. The two also earned certification of “hostage negotiations revisited” from the father of hostage negotiation, Dr. J.C. Schlonberg.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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