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

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

100 Years Ago

Georgetown Lady in French Capitol, May go Forward With Red Cross Nurses - Mr. Lewis W. Haskell, American consul at Belgrade, Servia, has arrived in Buda Pest, Hungary, and is unable to proceed from there to Belgrade because of the war between Austro-Hungary and Servia. Mr. Haskell is a Columbian and has relatives and friends in Georgetown. Mrs. Haskell is in Paris with Miss May Parker, of Georgetown, a sister of Capt. Francis Parker, United States Cavalry. She is anxious to join Mr. Haskell, but afraid she will be held for a long time in France unless she is able to go forward with the Red Cross Nurses. Mr. and Mrs. Haskell are able to communicate by telegraph but not by letter. Their friends in South Carolina have been worried because of lack of news from them since the outbreak of the titanic war in Europe.

75 Years Ago

A.T. Heath Jr., Sumter sportsman, caught a 75-pound sailfish while trolling 18 miles off the Georgetown bar last Sunday. The spot where the large fish was taken is known locally as the 20 fathom curve, off the Cape Romain buoy. Another specimen was hooked, but this one got away. Mr. Heath landed a number of bonitos, barracuda, dolphin and amberjack. The trip was made from the summer home of the Heaths at Murrells Inlet. It will be recalled that another member of the Heath family caught a 67-pound sailfish during the summer of 1936, while trolling in the same vicinity.

50 Years Ago

When asked how the newest edition of the Winyah Gators’ football team was shaping up, head coach J.C. Hudson replied, “Green, green, green.” Coach Hudson, who doubles as Winyah High Athletic Director, was talking about the biggest percentage of his squad which is, in fact, young and inexperienced, but among those group are some young giants who give the future a rosy hue. At fullback, the wild bull of the campus, Billy Gaultney, holds court. Gaultney could shatter enemy defenses on desire alone, but the 5’10” 190 pounder combines desire with ability and size, to give the Gators advantage in the short yardage department, and he is only a sophomore.

25 Years Ago

Property values in the resort-oriented Waccamaw Neck section of Georgetown County have risen sharply during the last 20 years, and with a new assessment already started, tax notices coming out July 1990 might not be too popular with some landowners. Obviously, all oceanfront property is the most expensive, but all property on the Neck is on the rise. A 100-foot by 170-foot oceanfront lot in Garden City was worth $400 a front foot in 1968, but was valued at $1,500 a front foot in 1985. Next year’s assessment will bump it even higher.

10 Years Ago

Georgetown Mayor Lynn Wood Wilson pulled no punches Thursday as City Council tried to settle a brewing dispute between the operators of the three tram tours that take visitors through the Historic District. The owners of two of the operations addressed council about the problems they were having sharing the loading zone in front of the Chamber of Commerce. The owner of the third company did not attend. “The tour operators need to grow up and abide by the ordinance,” Wilson said.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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