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

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

100 Years Ago

Life on the Island – Pawleys Island, August 18 – Fudge parties, motor boat rides, fishing parties and dances at the pavilion keep the young folks very busy these evenings.

There is plenty of life in the summer colony here. Mullet are beginning to run well now and there is great sport drawing Mr. Nance’s deep sea seine.

The season is extending itself into fall this year and the boarding houses have engagements far into September and new customers are coming every week.

A little respite from rain was very gratifying in the past week. It has rained just enough to keep vegetation from firing.

The open season for march hens is always looked forward to with great delight by the sportsmen, for the marshes hereabout abound in very delicious game birds.

75 Years Ago

After being tossed about in the waters of the Atlantic ocean for over seven months and covering a distance of over 1500 miles, a type-written note on an envelope contained in an airtight bottle was found about three weeks ago on Magnolia Beach, adjacent to Pawleys Island, by Mrs. Pauline F. Watson of Columbia.

Contained in the envelope was the following: “Throwed Overboard 26 November 1938 17 00 North 56 40 West from S.S. “Luna.” Mrs. Watson forwarded the envelope to the address given and she has received a letter of thanks from the Royal Netherlands Steamship company’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y.

It stated that the spot where the envelope was thrown overboard is about 500 miles east by south from Puerto Rico.

50 Years Ago

A violent electrical storm whiplashed Georgetown with heavy rains and winds up to 60 miles an hour last Wednesday, causing scattered minor damage throughout the city.

A parked automobile was struck by falling limbs in Bayview, and a boat was damaged along with a number of roofs during the twister-like wind that suddenly hammered the city.

About 150 homes were without electrical service as a result of television antennas breaking electrical lines and knocking off transformers.

25 Years Ago

At least one Murrells Inlet native feels the jobs and activity brought on by the coastal boom is good for the area, although she hates to see many of the changes.

“Jobs are great for Murrells Inlet and its people,” said Genevieve Peterkin. “Look around. There are drug stores, medical facilities, a new mall. Our economy is more than just the restaurant business and fishing business anymore.”

Peterkin grew up at what is now Wachesaw Plantation and later lived at the historic Hermitage. “Charlie White had a place called Charlie’s Place and that was the first restaurant,” recalled Peterkin.

“Oliver’s Lodge was here and served meals, but it was a boarding house that later became a restaurant.” Fishing still provides more than 500 full-time jobs in Murrells Inlet.

10 Years Ago

Former professional football player Jumpy Geathers will host his second annual Bike, Car and Truck Fest Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at his home on U.S. 521 east of Andrews.

First-and second-place prizes will be presented for the following bikes: Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Harley, Suzuki, Goldwing and the cleanest Hayabusa; cars: Lexis, Honda, BMW, truck, SUV, sports car and sedan.

Old cars and trucks will also be judged. Geathers was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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