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

  • Friday, July 4, 2014

100 Years Ago

Jealousy – that world-moving passion – was the key-note of a near-tragedy that was aired in Magistrate J.M. Butler’s court yesterday morning. The principals were Ambrose and Ned, while the leading lady was Mrs. Ambrose, all of Santee. While Ned and Ambrose were the principals, Mrs. Ambrose got the bullet. It entered her left side, about east by south, and hasn’t come out yet. She was, however, able to be in court. The seductive charms of Mrs. Ambrose had melted Ned’s heart. Ambrose didn’t like that, so when he found Ned visiting his house he batted him on the head with a club. Seeing that the two men were not on friendly terms, Mrs. Ambrose jumped between them – just in time to catch in her side the bullet that Ned had intended for her husband. She fell and Ned ran. He was arrested and brought to town. Judge Butler bound Ned over to appear at the next term of the courts of sessions. Ned gave bond.

75 Years Ago

The scare of the infantile paralysis has played havoc with the crowds at Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach. Nothing like the usual number of persons have visited the beaches this summer and the Ocean Forest Hotel at Myrtle Beach was forced to close Tuesday for the summer on account of such poor business. Although there is nothing to worry about in Georgetown concerning the disease, Dr. Peeples is still keeping in effect the ban on public gatherings of children as a precautionary measure.

50 Years Ago

The disappearance of the reefs of old bus and automobile bodies planted off the coast by a group of Murrells Inlet businessmen to foster finer fishing nearby became one of the major marine mysteries to occur here. The disappearance of the reefs was solved Thursday in a search coordinated by Lt. Cdr. Roberts of the Georgetown Naval Reserve. A mine-sweeper, the USS Bittern, a sonar-equipped tracker plane and divers from the Underwater Demolition Disposal Unit in Charleston and Myrtle Beach AFB personnel turned up the missing reefs. The reefs were not swept away by rough waters, but buoys marking the reefs were torn away or destroyed. Sgt. Roger Rudd of the Myrtle Beach AFB was one of the first divers to locate the first reef, which was found four miles off Murrells Inlet, with a second reef being located roughly 10 miles out. Sgt. Rudd stated that the reefs were doing their job, and fish were so thick around the man-made fish motels that he could hardly see through the schools.

25 Years Ago

Georgetown’s second annual Harborwalk Celebration had something for everyone Saturday. Spectators filled Francis Marion Park at the foot of Broad Street to hear 77-year-old Georgetown native Henry Smith sing river songs during a vaudeville show. Smith picked up on the distinctive black American river songs while unloading lumber shipped to the Sampit River on barges from the Ezekiel and Darrell Lumber Mill. He began unloading schooners visiting the Port of Georgetown more than six decades ago. Smith began singing at the age of 14. “We sang while we were working on the docks,” he said. From skateboarding to face painting to fireworks, Harborwalk Celebration activities were plentiful and well-attended. Festival organizer and performer Don Thomas estimated this year’s turnout at between 12,000 and 15,000.

10 Years Ago

Georgetown County went all out for Independence Day on Sunday with parades, concerts and fireworks. In the Murrells Inlet parade, Genevieve “Sister” Peterkin was grand marshal and led the parade in a large boat.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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