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Attendees of the Wings of Freedom tour view the B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” similar to one that crashed at Arcadia Plantation in 1943.

125 Years Ago, 1893

The County Jail is sadly in need of white washing for the general health and comfort of the inmates. The place is filthy, with tobacco spit, etc., all over the walls and ceiling. We would suggest that the County Commissioners furnish the Sheriff with lime and other necessary material and have that officer see to it that his prisoners keep the place in a cleanly and decent manner, as the filth is caused by their own acts. We would also suggest that the Commissioners try and settle upon some other plan of managing the sink at the jail. Together with the city authorities, it might be possible to conduct the waste and refuse from the jail directly to the river by means of terra cotta piping.

100 Years Ago, 1918

Mr. Power Wilson, for a long number of years, the faithful ferryman at Brown’s Ferry on Black River, died at his home on Sunday last from an attack of influenza. The funeral services and burial were held at Brown’s Ferry graveyard on Monday morning at 11 o’clock... Cases of influenza, both among the white and black people, are being looked up by Rev. L.L. Bedenbaugh, pastor of Duncan Methodist Church. A diet kitchen has been organized at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall, where ladies are constantly preparing food which is taken out to patients who are prostrated by the influenza and are unable to help themselves. Cars with Red Cross banners, driven by young women of the city, can be seen traveling through the streets of the city and along the roads leading out of the town, carrying relief and help to the needy.

75 Years Ago, 1943

A B-24 four-engined Liberator bomber from Charleston crashed Sunday on Arcadia Planation, killing two members of the crew while eight others parachuted to earth. The bomber was on a routine training flight. According to witnesses the big plane exploded in the air at about ten thousand feet and its blazing wreckage scattered over two square miles, setting fire to the woods on George Vanderbilt’s plantation.

50 Years Ago, 1968

Laurie Altman, a Pawleys Island resident, was a surprised angler recently when he pulled in a seahorse – rare in these local waters – that measured around eight inches long. Although Altman was using a fly rod, he caught the seahorse with his anchor rope. The little creature was clutching the rope tightly with his prehensile tail as it cleared the water. Seahorses are usually found in tropical waters. Altman said that seasoned trawlers and fishermen with whom he had talked said they had never noted such a catch in their nets.

25 Years Ago, 1993

A jubilant Pawleys Island Mayor Julian Kelly, who wore green for the occasion, celebrated his third term in office Tuesday night, toasting friends and supporters during a post-election party at his house. Kelly said he distributed invitations for his party before the election. He was going to celebrate win, lose or draw. Kelly, who did not campaign, said, “What you see is what you get. I’m doing the right thing. The people wouldn’t have voted for me if I wasn’t.” Kelly said his plans were to stay alive during his next term.

— Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the archives of The Georgetown Times