125 Years Ago, 1894
Council has passed another amendment to the license ordinance. All vendors of sturgeon must first secure a license by the payment of $3 to the town treasurer for the privilege of selling within its incorporated limits. The notice says further that all those who sell sturgeon must do so from the confines of the town market. Now, it strikes us that if the perfume of the sturgeon is too disagreeable and cannot be sold on the streets, surely Council can perceive the inadvisability of having it in the market where all other meats will become impregnated with that perfume to such an extent that it will prove ruinous to the savory sirloin steaks and an injustice to our citizens, who are dependent upon the market for beef.
100 Years Ago, 1919
Greenfield Plantation, embracing 900 acres of land, located on Black River, has recently been purchased by Mr. Hunter Glover, of Cleveland, Ohio, for the purpose of raising high-class hogs on a large scale for commercial uses. Mr. Glover contemplates erecting a handsome residence and nice outbuildings on the bluff overlooking the river. Greenfield was last occupied by the Hon. John Julius Pringle, rice planter of note and a man of letters, and his son the Hon. Lynch Pringle, U.S. Consul to Turkey during President Cleveland’s administration.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Private James Muldrow Ethridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Ethridge, recently underwent a serious operation in England. He had an appendectomy in March. He has written his parents that he is slowly improving. Before entering the service, Private Ethridge was employed by the Southern Kraft Corporation at Georgetown.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A giant of a tug, the largest craft ever to be built in Georgetown, is nearing completion on the ways of Marine Industries at the foot of Meeting Street at a cost of $400,000. The 105-foot tug, being built for White Stack Towing Corporation of Charleston, will be the largest and most powerful on the South Atlantic Coast, Walker Rowe Jr. of Marine Industries said. The all-steel tug, to be named W. T. Coppedge Sr., will be powered by two 1,700 horsepower diesel engines and have a capacity for enough fuel to cross the ocean. The tug will be used for handling ships in Charleston and short coastal hauling. It will be capable of assisting ships in distress.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Georgetown’s Old No. 2, a 1927 American LaFrance fire engine truck credited with saving innumerable houses from fiery ends and best known for saving the Prince George Hotel in 1932, is now refurbished and looks as bright and shiny as the first day it roamed the streets of Georgetown more than 60 years ago. “We found it sitting in a field on Hazard Street near the public works shed,” said Georgetown City Councilman Claude “Mac” Daniels at Thursday’s rededication ceremony. “Derelicts were sitting in it drinking their liquor and stealing equipment off it. We wanted to save it for posterity.”
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.