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

  • Friday, August 22, 2014

100 Years Ago

Dr. Olin Sawyer, a member of the county Democratic executive committee, was arrested at the court house Thursday by Sheriff H.H. Ward on a charge of carrying a concealed deadly weapon – namely a pistol.

The warrant of arrest was sworn out by Mr. C.L. Scurry before Magistrate Butler. When Sheriff Ward made the arrest he searched his prisoner.

No pistol was found on his person. The arrest was effected in the court room, where the executive committee was meeting, during an intermission of the proceedings.

A hearing relative to the matter will come up before Magistrate Butler next Wednesday morning.

75 Years Ago

Rita Rio and her all girl orchestra have been booked to play for a ball to be sponsored by the Exchange Club of Columbia for the benefit of underprivileged children.

The dance, to be held August 26 in the Township Auditorium, Columbia, will be of special interest to the younger set of Georgetown, since a special Jitterbug contest will be held.

Rita Rio herself will be the sole judge and will award a prize to each of the two best dancers. Miss Rio will be requested to take into consideration not only the dancer’s ability but the appropriateness of the costume, and contestants are requested to wear “Pawleys Island” costumes. Dressing rooms will be available for those wishing to change costumes.

50 Years Ago

Jackson Jenks’ offer to assume financial responsibility for completing and operating the Southern Naval and Maritime Museum was unanimously accepted at a stockholders’ meeting Tuesday. Mr. Jenks’ offer was made last week, following his resignation as museum director after financial problems arose.

Mr. Jenks will have full control of the museum and responsibility for its completion on condition that he reimburse all stockholders who after one year present their stock for payment, pay all present creditors, and assume financial responsibility for completion of the museum.

In turn, all receipts from admission would go to the museum director.

25 Years Ago

Catch of the Day – The shrimp boat Nite Train pulled an anchor, estimated to be about 150 years old, into Georgetown Port Monday. Richard Rybolt, captain of the Nite Train, said the anchor, which was caught in his shrimp net near the south jetties in Winyah Bay, could be from an old schooner that once sailed in the area.

Covered with the remnants of other ruined nets and years of barnacles, the anchor was about nine feet in length and seven feet across the blades.

Rybolt and Nite Train owner Dean Dawson said they weren’t sure what they would do with the artifact.

10 Years Ago

Hurricane Charley left behind more than $5 million in damage along the Grand Strand.

The storm will cost Georgetown County taxpayers about $1.5 million in cleanup and personnel overtime.

On Friday the storm exited off the east corner of Florida near Daytona with 85 mph winds and headed north. It made a second landfall just south of Georgetown at Cape Romain with sustained wind estimated near 75 mph.

No beach erosion was reported in Georgetown County and damage consisted of downed trees, roof damage and flooding along the coast.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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