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

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

100 Years Ago

Services in the church of Prince Frederick’s, Pee Dee, will be resumed tomorrow morning, after a lapse of several months during which time the building underwent thorough repair and renovation.

Some time back, it will be recalled, an attempt was made to steal the marble baptismal font from the church. The sacrilege, however, was never consummated, and the font remains in its accustomed place.

The repairs were made by contractor Ryan. The building is now in excellent condition.

75 Years Ago

Sixteen twin-motored army bombers flew over Georgetown shortly before 2:00 Wednesday afternoon, flying toward Charleston. Lieutenant Francis Hill DuRant, son of Dr. E.W. DuRant of Georgetown, who is now stationed in the Air Corps at Langley Field, Va., was the pilot of one of these huge ships.

The planes made up one of several detachments sent over cities in commemoration of the thirtieth birthday of army flying.

Quite a crowd of residents rushed to the streets to watch the powerful, low- wing monoplanes pass over.

50 Years Ago

The fate of the Southern Naval and Maritime Museum remained uncertain after a week highlighted by the suspension and later resignation of the museum’s director, Jackson Jenks.

The museum itself faces a financial dilemma that led to differences of opinion as to how best to curtail a mounting debt and yet proceed with completion of the project.

25 Years Ago

Dioxin Warning – Charlie Newell, shellfish manager for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, was in Georgetown last week replacing temporary laminated signs with bright yellow metal advisories.

The signs advise fishermen against eating fish and shellfish taken from the Sampit River because elevated levels of dioxin have been detected in some species.

Greenpeace, the international environmental agency, recently posted its own warning signs at Georgetown’s public boat landing at East Bay Park and along the Sampit.

10 Years Ago

The Winyah Auditorium’s extreme makeover took a big step forward Friday when the four restored columns were returned to the front of the building.

Georgetown cabinet maker Willie French used Spanish cedar to replace the lower, rotted portions of the original cypress columns.

The Ionic capitals and gray bases were replaced with fiberglass material that resembles the original. Renovation work on the landmark is being done by Hank Tiller’s Coastal Structures Corp.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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