125 Years Ago, 1894

Pawleys Island has been crowded with visitors all summer – visitors not for a day, but for weeks. They come from Alabama, Georgia and all parts of the Carolinas. This week, in addition to the large number of regular boarders at the hotel, a large beach party from Georgetown, composed of young ladies and young men and their chaperones, are at one of the large houses and named it Camp Skinner. There everything is jolly, happy and fun galore. To add to the pleasures, the Manigault Light Dragoons are having their encampment on the island, keeping regular camp life, guard duty and the usual military requirements. Those off duty spend the nights dancing and otherwise enjoying their lady friends.

100 Years Ago, 1919

Hand grenade banks will soon be ready for distribution. Every child who would like a real souvenir of the great war can get it by calling at the bank as soon after August 20 as possible. Every one of these hand grenades was manufactured to carry destruction to the Huns, and now with the percussion cap and explosive removed, they are to serve in the campaign for thrift, made into penny-slot banks. They will be lent, one to each child under 17 years old, who calls at the bank. Then, if enough money to purchase one or more War Savings Stamps is saved in a specified time, the hand grenade becomes the property of the child.

75 Years Ago, 1944

The Pawleys Island Recreation Center, better known as “The Rek,” for the teenage group, officially opened Wednesday, August 9th under the supervision of Mrs. Kate McConnell and her two daughters. It will be open each day from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. There is a kitchen for the sale of drinks, confections and sandwiches, with proceeds expected to go toward a “Rek” in the city. On August 10th an all-day party was climaxed by a “radio program” followed by fashion show with Fanny Beck Cramer, a bride, shopping with her mother, Marceline Weatherly. The following boys were models: Ralph Ford Jr. – pink evening dress, Paul Joseph – blue net evening dress, Darnell Van Dyke – green velvet evening dress, Eddie Schultz – two-piece bathing suit, and Mack Daniels, blue evening dress. This program was followed by dancing. The members put on the program themselves and it was splendid.

50 Years Ago, 1969

A project to curb severe erosion at the southern tip of Pawleys Island is starting this week, conducted by the State Highway Department. This attack on the erosion problem was suggested by State Highway Department engineers. A new inlet was cut across Pawleys in the spring, widening in the following months and eating away sand dunes and a large area of unoccupied beach. W.B. Tiller, engineer with the Highway Department, said that Pawleys has been plagued over the years with wandering inlets and that seven feet of land was swept away in one tide this week.

25 Years Ago, 1994

Pawleys Island Town Council has decided to bite the bullet in regard to paying taxes on the proposed Georgetown County landfill. “I’m sure the residents are going to get upset about paying extra property tax, but they need to understand the county’s doing it to them – not us. We don’t’ have a property tax on the island,” Pawleys Island Mayor Julia Kelly said.

Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.