125 Years Ago, 1894
To the Editor of The Times: I reside at Quarantine Station, South Island. No man or number of letters in newspapers can cause me to deviate an iota from the discharge of sacred duties, to protect the lives of the people and property of the towns and county alike, from an invasion of contagious diseases. I doubt that Shepherd Master Schr. Thos. J. May, the man who accuses me of impeding the shipping, has enough sense to bell a buzzard let alone dictate the duties of a Quarantine officer to the intelligent people of Georgetown. I will in the future discharge my duties conscientiously, irrregardless of murmurings if they continue. Very Respectfully, J. Wm. Folk MD.
100 Years Ago, 1919
The merchants and citizens are jubilant over the successful work of railroad detectives of the Seaboard Airline R.R. in the locating and securing of several thousand dollars’ worth of fine dress goods and other commodities as well as the perpetrators, who have been operating the many robberies from freight cars, which had been occurring day after day, at the railroad depot in this city for the past year or more. The detectives have been here for about ten days, quietly investigating. Sheriff Bruorton, on his own initiative, advised the issuing of a search warrant of a storekeeping premises on the Santee road near South Island. The search resulted in the seizure of two thousand dollars’ worth of first class tailored men’s suits, fine quality of bolted silks, groceries and many parcel post packages.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Up to this time of the present fishing season on Pawleys Island, Little Miss Virginia Wingate Holland probably holds the record. Her parents decided to try the surf fishing and rigged up a toy rod and reel so little Virginia could play in the shallow surf while they were catching the big ones. Little Virginia wasn’t satisfied with play fishing so she baited her hook, waded into the surf about eight or ten inches deep, cast her line and caught a three-and-one-fourth pound drum half as long as she. Virginia is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Wingate of Pawleys Island.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A handful of Pawleys Island young people, banded together under the name of the Pawleys Island Surfing Club for the purpose of following the fun-filled sport of riding the wild waves, have embroiled themselves in a sports-related business. Their enterprise is the Pawleys Surf Wax Company and its reason for being is the manufacture and marketing of a superior quality of wax for surf boards, much in demand everywhere there are lovers of the fast-growing sport.
25 Years Ago, 1994
This year’s Pawleys Island Parade, the 28th Annual, starts at 10 a.m. Monday on the South Causeway. The parade features floats, whimsy and colorful political slogans. Mayor Julian Kelly said anyone who wants to join the Pawleys Parade should be at the town hall before Monday with a $10 entry fee. Floats should be at the South Causeway lineup point by 9 a.m., when the South Causeway closes to traffic.
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.