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

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

100 Years Ago

Fire beginning at 11:45 Wednesday night destroyed the big lumber mill and yards of the Winyah Lumber Company, situated at the eastern end of the city. The origin of the fire is not known.

Four million feet of lumber was burned and 50,000 feet saved. The fire was the largest and most spectacular since the burning of the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company plant in April of last year.

Luckily there was only a gentle breeze from the southwest blowing , or a large portion of the western end of the town most inevitably would have been wiped out.

Several motorboats made efforts to reach the burning lighters, laden with lumber ready for shipment on the Baltimore and New York steamships, with the intention of pulling them to mid-stream.

The lighters were eventually set adrift, through the burning of their hawsers, and made striking pictures as they floated with the tide. The flames lighted up the whole waterfront, from the light-house at the point to the A.C.L mills in the bight of the Sampit.

President Doyle of the company says it is the purpose to rebuild and that a mill modern in every detail will rise on the ruins.

75 Years Ago

Times Tattles by I.D. Clare – Newt Rawlinson of the forestry department of Camp Lafayette saying that he received the fright of his life last week.

He was working at the nursery with some of the CCC boys when suddenly, without any warning, a bolt of lightning struck ten pine trees, shocking the entire crew and setting fire to the forest.

Newt said he had seen lightning strike three trees but never ten before.

50 Years Ago

The Georgetown Saddle Club will sponsor a Lancing Tournament Saturday, August 29, that will start with a parade down Front Street at 2 p.m.

A highlight of the occasion will be the appearance of Charlie Hall of Channel 5 TV Station who will ride in the parade and act as master of ceremonies for the festivities. Participants in the jousting contests will perform in Old English style, wearing silk period costumes.

25 Years Ago

Andrews residents will get a first look at their new public library when the facility opens its doors Sept. 8 following almost a year of construction. The town’s old library on Main Street will close Sept. 4-7, to prepare for the opening.

The 5,000 square foot facility is light and airy with a cathedral ceiling at the entrance. “It’s a beautiful building. The librarian there in Andrews said this will be the prettiest building in Georgetown County and I believe it,” said Ginny Niles, Georgetown County librarian.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

10 Years Ago

A Coastal Carolina University study surveying South Carolina parents on public school start dates and school term length indicates that 45.3 percent of S.C. parents believe that school should start after Labor Day.


In the wake of Hurricane Charley and the heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Bonnie just a few days earlier, the mosquito population is booming. Georgetown County spent $167,000 on the mosquito problem last year.

The weather conditions necessary for aerial spraying include: air temperature must be under 85 degrees, wind speed must be less than 10 miles per hour, and spraying cannot occur during rain.

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