125 Years Ago, 1894
The State Press Association expects to hold its annual meeting this month at Pawleys Island. What more could the editors of the press of South Carolina want or wish for? A seaside resort completely surrounded by salt water at all times, no mosquitoes, magnificent beach and fine bathing. How happy should the editors be to reach, after a few hours on the rail, the great South Carolina depository for crabs, oysters, clams and shrimp in the greatest abundance. The Georgetown cooter soup is said to be fit for the gods, and it is whispered that the exhilarating effects of the Sampit water are never forgotten. The Association acted wisely in its selection of Pawleys Island for the place of meeting.
100 Years Ago, 1919
An airship left Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday morning last bound for Wrightsville Beach, and got slightly off its course. The supply of gasoline was running low and the driver was forced to make a landing in an old field on the Pee Dee Road, near St. Frederick’s Parish Church. Georgetown was called over the phone and a supply of gasoline was taken up to the flyers in the afternoon when the men made a start for their destination.
75 Years Ago, 1944
There are a number of house parties, made up of the college crowd, spending some time at Pawleys Island, A group of Converse girls spent last week at the Lynwood cottage chaperoned by Miss Louise Gamble of Kingstree. Among them were Jane Woodcock, Joy Morgan and Sarah Parker of Georgetown. Among a group of Limestone college girls staying at “Steve’s Place” this week are Dorothy Silliman, Jane McWhite, Lynn Knight and Mackie Brown of Georgetown.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A 50-foot diesel powered yacht ran aground and sank on a sand bar just outside the Intracoastal Waterway near where another plush yacht went down two weeks before. The yacht, named the Sand Bar, owned by Sid Perlman of Rivertown, New Jersey, was raised by Marine Industries. Workmen pumped the craft and plugged holes in the craft to refloat her. A shaft of the yacht had been yanked out by the impact of running aground and the rudder was pushed through the bottom of the hull. The yacht was brought to Georgetown last Wednesday and has been placed on the ways of R.Y. Cathou and Sons for repairs.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Pawleys Island Town Council does not plan to change street names in compliance with Georgetown County’s new E-911 system. The county requested the change so there would be no duplication of street names when the 911 system becomes operational. An example would be Atlantic Avenue in Pawleys Island and Atlantic Avenue in Garden City. An even bigger concern for Pawleys Island Mayor Julian Kelly and council members is the duplication of the town’s name on the island and the mainland. Council is hoping to get the mainland Pawleys Island name changed because it is confusing to many tourists who come to the area, Kelly said.
— Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.