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

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100 Years Ago

There are some persons who think it is great sport to purloin watermelons.

Two young white men of this town probably have undergone a change of thought with respect to this matter since Saturday evening.

And they are going to be sore as a consequence of their awakening to the fact that watermelons are property, just as hogs and cattle are property.

They entered a watermelon patch near town Saturday evening with a crocus bag. The owner of the patch discovered them in the act of plucking fruit.

Forthwith he got his gun and fired two barrels at the marauders. Both discharges, it is believed, took effect, and the melon-raiders carried away with them loads of small shot in the broad parts of their anatomies.

75 Years Ago

Georgetown faces a bright future. The dredging of the channel to 27 feet will assure that. But to secure the dredging, it is essential that the citizens cooperate in agreeing to the establishment of new harbor lines. If you are interested in the future of Georgetown and interested in your own future, now is the time to show it – by cooperation.


TRESPASS NOTICE – Notice is hereby given that all persons are forbidden to enter, hunt, shoot, fish or in any way trespass upon the lands known as Greenfield Plantation in Georgetown County, S.C., which have been duly posted according to law.

All trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Walker P. Inman, Owner. Henry A. Cooper, Agent. Georgetown, S.C. July 18, 1939.

50 Years Ago

Francis M. Searson, a 51-year-old Charleston man, was drowned near the Winyah Bay Jetties off Georgetown Sunday. Mr. Searson and companion were fishing near the jetties from an anchored 14-foot outboard motor boat, which they had put overboard at South Island Ferry about 9 A.M., according to Sheriff Woodrow Carter. Rough water tossed the boat into the jetties, damaging its bow.

Mr. Searson got from the boat onto the rocks to take the anchor and fell into deep water, Sheriff Carter said.

The drowning was investigated by the Sheriff’s office when it was notified of the accident about 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

A second drowning occurred Sunday about 5 p.m. when a Conway youth was swimming in the Pee Dee River near Nightingale Planation.

Seventeen-year old James Earle Jordan drowned as he and a younger brother were attempting to swim a distance of 100 yards from one dock to another.

25 Years Ago

There are signs everywhere that alarming traces of dioxin have been found in fish taken from the Sampit River. In fact, four signs are displayed prominently at Georgetown’s public boat landing at East Bay Park.

Agents for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DEHEC) posted more than a dozen white laminated warning signs at public landings and in the Sampit earlier this week.

In addition to posting the signs, DEHEC agents warned any fisherman they saw on the Sampit River about the advisory.

“They have been patrolling the river warning fishermen,” said DEHEC spokesman Thom Berry. “If a person wants to fish, we’re not going to arrest them. That’s an individual personal preference.”

10 Years Ago

Sammy McIntosh faces two new charges in relation to art and other property he reported as missing from Hobcaw Barony a year ago.

The Georgetown County Grand Jury last week handed down two indictments: filing a false police report, and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Almost a year ago, on his last day at Hobcaw House, McIntosh told Baruch Foundation Manager George Chastain that art was missing from Bellefield House where McIntosh lived.

McIntosh reported that 11 pieces of art were stolen from Bellefield House on July 31. The items had belonged to Belle W. Baruch and her father Barnard Baruch.

Local investigators subpoenaed records from Christie’s auction house of New York, related to an October 2000 sale of $8.5 million worth of jewelry, books, and other items on McIntosh’s behalf.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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