125 Years Ago, 1894
The tug W.P. Congdon picked up off the Georgetown bar this afternoon Capt. F.T. Pennington and twelve men of the steamship Ozama, bound from Philadelphia to Charleston. Capt. Pennington reports that at 7:30 p.m. November 21 his steamer struck on Cape Romain Shoals and stove a hole in the engine compartment. The water, quickly filling the fire rooms, rendered the engines useless. The steamer floated off the shoals and at 2 a.m. sank in six and a half fathoms of water. The crew all took to the boats. The steamer will be a total loss. The captain and twelve men will go the Charleston tomorrow by the steamer Planter.
We are glad to note that Mr. D.J. Crowley is going to put in an ice factory and the machinery is already underway. Dan is nothing if not progressive, and don’t talk much, but he is keeping his end of the city in touch with the rest of us. As soon as we can learn further particulars, we will publish them. In the meantime, the ice factory is a certainty.
100 Years Ago, 1919
Miss Trax, of Maryland, suffrage organizer for the National Equal Suffrage League, addressed the ladies of Georgetown on the burning question of woman suffrage Tuesday afternoon last, at the Country Club. About sixty ladies were present, and a few men. Dr. Olin Sawyer introduced Miss Trax in a graceful speech in which he aligned himself warmly as an advocate of woman suffrage.
Capt. and Mrs. S.B. Treakle and little son from Baltimore are spending some time in Georgetown. Capt. Treacle is in command of the fishing boat Seminole. He lost about fifteen hundred barrels of fish a few days ago when a net broke. He came into port at Georgetown for repairs. For the lack of coal for his ship, he will leave soon for Fernandina, Florida, in the hope of returning to engage in fishing off Georgetown.
75 Years Ago, 1944
A 15-year sentence was meted out to Gaspern Lambert, 22-year-old white man charged with murder, by Judge M.M. Mann, during the court of general sessions this week. The jury found him guilty of manslaughter. Lambert was charged with shooting to death Raymond Mitchell, a black man. While on the stand testifying, Lambert was seized with spell of hysteria, which caused a flurry of commotion in the courtroom. A physician had to be called and two shots of morphine had to be administered before the trial could be resumed.
Times Tattles by I.D. Clare – Arthur LaBruce was plugging for winter trout at Murrells Inlet one day last week and had the misfortune of hanging his apparatus on an oyster rock. After several minutes of trying to unhook his tackle the fisherman finally jerked it loose and to his amazement when he reeled in he found two plugs, lost by other unfortunate anglers, entangled in his outfit.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A dredge of the Norfolk Dredging Company is being rigged for a $410, 154 dredging project in upper Winyah Bay and the Sampit River to maintain the shipping channel at 27 feet. The project calls for dredging to maintain the authorized 27-foot channel for ocean going vessels calling at the Port of Georgetown.
This is the time for sticky fingers, flim-flam artists and the sleight of hand, Chief of Police Fred Nobles warned. During the busy Christmas shopping season thefts from automobiles and pick pockets abound, the police chief noted. He advised motorists to lock all packages in trunks of their cars and never leave keys in cars or motors running. “Do not leave small children alone in a car for any length of time. Accidents can happen quickly,” he remarked. “Also beware of strangers coming to your door.”
25 Years Ago, 1994
Georgetown County Council and eight Pawleys Island residents filed suit against the Town of Pawleys Island Wednesday, saying the annexation of the Prince Georgetown tract is burdensome and illegal. County Administrator Gordon Hartwig said the suit is a result of concerns by island residents over a number of issues – primarily beach access. “We regret the County Council has to bring this action,” Hartqig said, but we feel the issue of beach access is an issue forever for this piece of property.”
This week has been declared Chicora Indian Tribe Week in Georgetown County. Chicora Chief Gene Martin talked about American Indian heritage to fifth graders in Andrews Primary School. Tony Clark, a Lumbee-Cheraw representing the American Indian culture, talked to students at Brown Ferry Elementary. In response to students’ questions about Indian wars and scalping, Clark said, “If we’d been a mean, hateful people we would’ve killed European settlers as they came. They would’ve never never gotten off that boat.”
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.