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

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

100 Years Ago

Pawleys Island, July 10 – This charming resort is now attaining the zenith of its summer popularity. Cottages have been rapidly filling up the past week and the few boarding houses are taxed to accommodate the visitors. The young folks are having a very delightful time fishing, bathing and gathering each evening at the “Pavilion,” the Social Temple of the island, where there is dancing and music and good fellowship. ***

After a number of years of silence and inactivity, the old clock in the tower of the church of Prince George, Winyah is again ticking off the minutes and tolling the hours. The dial, however, is still without hands; but these will be put on during the course of the next few days.

75 Years Ago

Times Tattles by I.D. Clare – Shep Thompson not being able to get to work Monday because of being poisoned by eating oysters. He said that his whole family, the cook and the neighbor’s cook, were all very sick. He also added that oysters taken from the creek have been condemned by the health authorities.


MALARIA – Get Relief From Chills and Fever! Don’t put up with terrible Malaria. Don’t endure the wracking chills and fever. At first sign of the dread disease, take Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. A real Malaria medicine. Made especially for the purpose. Contains quinidine and iron. Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic actually combats Malaria infection in the blood. Don’t suffer and suffer.

50 Years Ago

Swift-spreading predawn fire destroyed the beach home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Seale Friday morning on Pawleys Island and caused extensive damage to the nearby cottage of Mrs. J.L. Bull Jr., which was occupied by vacationers from Virginia. The Seale residence of 25 years was almost completely destroyed when the firefighters arrived, and efforts were concentrated upon saving the adjoining cottages. The origin of the fire was not determined. Mrs. Seale was cut off from the back steps by flames erupting from underneath the cottage and injured an ankle in a leap from the eight-foot porch.

25 Years Ago

The Port of Georgetown is about to wrap up its second consecutive record year for bulk, breakbulk, and specialty cargo, according to port officials. Final figures on fiscal year 1989 tonnage totals will not be available for a couple of weeks, but record port shipping figures are expected. Georgetown has become an important shipping port for salt following the closing of salt facilities in Brunswick, Ga., and Wilmington, N.C. International Salt Co. reportedly has outstripped its contract obligation of 75,000 tons by 30 percent and is expected to handle 125,000 tons of salt in 1989 and 200,000 in 1990. Santee Cement Co., which opened its new terminal in December, has contributed significantly to the port’s growing success. The success the Port of Georgetown has enjoyed in recent years is directly linked to a major upgrading of facilities in 1984. Sixty-eight ships made Georgetown a port of call in 1988, a dramatic increase from previous years.

10 Years Ago

A Greenville businessman angling to operate a casino boat in the Lowcountry awaits his day in court after suing two Lowcountry governments recently. Georgetown County and the town of Edisto Beach both turned down Wallace Cheves, president of Palmetto Princess LLC, when he wanted to operate a casino boat business from docks in their areas. A decision on the Georgetown lawsuit could come as early as next week. Cheves first attempted to dock the Princess at Murrells Inlet in 2002. This wasn’t the inlet’s first exposure to casino boats. About six years ago, a different casino boat company tried its luck in Murrells Inlet. But dredging problems and lack of water in the inlet kept the boat running aground. Since then, the county spent $1 million to dredge Murrells Inlet, solving its water problem and again making it attractive to boat operators.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger


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