125 Years Ago, 1894
David Laylock, a black man, was drowned while crossing Sampit River on Saturday afternoon in a small boat. David and several of his companions were pulling across the river and got in the wake of the tug Congdon, the waves from which swamped the boat. His body was found on Monday.
100 Years Ago, 1919
To The Times – I have noticed in some of our newspapers the names of some who have raised and sold tobacco this year for high prices. I live in Georgetown County and would like to state that I raised four acres (my individual crop) this year, 4832 pounds, which I sold at the Big Brick Warehouse in Hemingway for $2877.00 gross. I think raising good tobacco pays. Yours truly, J.E.T. Cribb
75 Years Ago, 1944
Georgetown residents were incensed Tuesday after reading a statement by a Charleston County health officer Dr. Leon Banov, that a case of polio from Charleston was a child from near Georgetown. The case in point was a child from McClellanville, in Charleston County, who was brought to Dr. John Assey here in Georgetown last Thursday. Dr. Assey immediately diagnosed the case as polio and sent the child to Roper Hospital and reported the diagnosis to Dr. Banov. Georgetown citizens cannot conceive of Dr. Banov not knowing enough geography to know that McClellanville is in Charleston County and are puzzled as to what motivated him to try to mislead people by inferring that the case came from near Georgetown.
50 Years Ago, 1969
The U.S. Senate’s Public Works Committee has passed a resolution calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to make another economic feasibility study for correcting silting in Georgetown harbor. A 1962 study when there was no industrial growth related to deep water concluded that solving Georgetown’s silting problem would not be economically justified. Since then, Georgetown Steel has constructed a $20 million steel mill this year on the Sampit River.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Approximately 90 members and guests were in attendance recently to hear Senator Glenn McConnell of Charleston speak at the annual Battery White Sons of Confederate Veterans Ladies Night Banquet. Named after the Confederate fortification in Belle Isle Gardens, the Battery White camp is one of 24 camps in South Carolina. The sons of Confederate Veterans is an historical organization of descendants, black and white, of those who served honorably in the Confederate Army, Navy or Marines.
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.