Dirleton on Pee Dee, Viewpast photo

Photographed circa 1960, the plantation house at Dirleton on the Pee Dee River was built circa 1850 by Dr. James Sparkman. Dirleton Plantation received its name from Dirleton Castle in Scotland.

125 Years Ago, 1893

Mr. John Ford tells us that almost all of the Pee Dee Rice is under water. It looks bad for the planters in that section. From all accounts there is going to be suffering among small farmers in our county. If reports be true, there is going to be trouble on account of the loss of the provisions crop... A great many of the farmers on Sampit will lose their little all and how they are going to get through the winter is more than we can tell. We heard of a white man being arrested on Sampit for stealing turpentine, and as he disliked going to jail and preferred thirty-nine lashes, it was given him with a will.

100 Years Ago, 1918

An elderly couple, man and wife, are conducting religious services under canvas at Friendfield Avenue, on the Sampit Road, about three miles from the city. Numbers of citizens from town, besides those living nearby, attend each night’s services.

75 Years Ago, 1943

Word was received here Wednesday of the death of Maximilian Foster at his summer home in Rangeley, Maine. Mr. Foster was the author of a number of novels and movies scenarios and was at one time a feature writer for the Saturday Evening Post. In World War I he served as official correspondent for the U.S. Government with the A.E.F. in France, and was with President Wilson at the Versailles Peace Conference. In recent years he spent his winters in Georgetown where as a devoted sportsman he hunted and fished, and here he is remembered with affection by his many friends.

50 Years Ago, 1968

The nation’s third highest military decoration, the Silver Star, has been presented to Marine Lieutenant Clebe McClary, of Georgetown, for services rendered men on his reconnaissance patrol in Viet Nam who were attacked by a Communist suicide squad. McClary led an outfit of 40 Marines through some of the most intense fighting of the Viet Nam War. The young officer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. P.C. McClary Jr. of Friendfield Plantation. He is married to the former Deanna Fowler of Florence.

25 Years Ago, 1993

“The Tidelands of Georgetown, A Natural Attraction” is the new theme that was introduced to Georgetown Chamber Chamber of Commerce members Thursday evening at an unveiling ceremony. “The Tideland theme fits in with a current trend toward environmental awareness,” said Chamber Linda Mock. “One-on-one with nature is really gaining popularity throughout the world.”

- compiled from the Georgetown Times archives by Elizabeth Huntsinger