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

  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014

100 Years Ago

Yesterday, September 1, marked the beginning of open season for summer or wood ducks, and on the first day a brace of the birds were seen on the streets for sale at half a dollar a brace. And the ducks were as fat as butterballs.

Reports from the Waccamaw, the Pee Dee, the Black and the Santee rivers are to the effect that there are more summer ducks now than for many seasons.

One market-shooter from the Pee Dee declared than in twenty years he had not seen so many summer ducks, nor had he ever known them to be in better condition.

75 Years Ago

The speed of Sheriff H.B. Bruorton in trailing thieves last week saved Mrs. Hutto West from losing 700 pounds of tobacco which had been graded and tied and was ready to be carried to market.

Last Wednesday night Mrs. West’s packhouse was broken into and the load of tobacco carted away. Notified the next morning, the sheriff trailed the stolen goods to a tobacco warehouse in Loris where he seized it and returned it to its rightful owner.

The sheriff next arrested four men who admitted the theft when confronted with the evidence. They are now reposing in jail awaiting the fall term of court.

50 Years Ago

A lost propeller spelled the difference between a fishing trip and a near tragedy for a Georgetown man, his four-year-old son and a neighbor on a fishing trip up Santee River.

In the vicinity of Murphy’s Island in South Santee, the propeller was lost from the 45 H.P. outboard motor powering their 16-foot boat. Unable to control the boat, the party was helpless as high waves tossed their craft onto a nearby submerged tree, knocking holes in the boat bottom.

The boat remained impaled on the tree trunks, which prevented its sinking. The stranded party was located just after midnight.

25 Years Ago

514-Pound Blue Marlin - Ernie Owens of Johnsonville pulled in the state’s largest blue marlin of the year Wednesday, fishing out of Georgetown Landing Marina.

Owens hauled in the 514-pound marlin while trolling with natural squid aboard the Reel Crazy IV, owned by Charles and Michael Stone, also of Johnsonville.

10 Years Ago

Alex. Bonnie. Charley. Gaston. The Grand Strand was affected by four tropical systems in busy August, and September is starting out the same, with all eyes focused on Hurricane Frances.

Frances is a powerful category 4 hurricane. Because it will be a holiday weekend and the storm is so strong, Georgetown Preparedness Manager Lewis Dugan said if evacuations are needed, orders may come from the governor’s office.

Residents living on the coast of the Carolinas were told to pay attention to any movement of the storm. Manager Ricky Ferdon requested all people with boats at Georgetown Landing Marina to remove them immediately because of Hurricane Frances.

At the same time, a new tropical depression is being monitored which is expected to become Tropical Storm Ivan.

– Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

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