125 Years Ago, 1895

The Georgetown Rifle Guard held a meeting recently, where it was decided to accept the new State law as to becoming a part of the militia and to reorganize in accordance therewith. The Georgetown boys are soldiers, every inch of them, and they will keep up with the procession. Adjutant General Watts will be here shortly and will inspect the troops of this county.

The small boy and other persons having a penchant for using air guns or slingshots upon the property of their neighbors, or upon any citizens of this city, and especially upon the street lamps, had better read the marshall’s notice and take heed.

100 Years Ago, 1920

The City Council of the City of Georgetown met this day at 12 o’clock. Ordinance has been passed prohibiting the discharge of Roman candles, fire-crackers, sky-rockets or any fire-works of any kind in certain areas of the City.

Lady Astor, member of Parliament for Plymouth, England, speaking in support of United States state purchase and control of the liquor trade, declared that Prohibition was impractical. “I hate the word ‘prohibition,’” said Lady Astor, “and have just enough devil in me that if anyone prohibits anything it will becomes the one thing that I want.”

75 Years Ago, 1945

Times Tattles by I.D. Clare – Four of Governor R.J. Williams’ minions of the law paid a visit to Georgetown Monday night. They were headed by Officer Sam Pratt, who, some months ago, raided a black man who was selling a little illegal whiskey at night but refused to raid a notorious gambling and liquor joint, run by a white man who is now employed in a notorious club in Columbia.

The Chamber of Commerce received an inquiry from E. Burnham Chamberlin, curator, vertebrate zoology, of the Charleston Museum, seeking information regarding a porpoise plant that operated on North Island fifty or more years ago catching and rendering the sea dwellers. The request wanted to know how they were caught and for what purpose. J.H. Monte, Georgetown County Chamber Secretary, will welcome any information so that he may relay it to the museum curator.

50 Years Ago, 1970

Riding the tour tram recently were students from Choppee High School, Winyah High School and Winyah Academy who were dressed in Colonial, Indian and Spanish costumes for a film strip for the South Carolina Tricentennial. Plans for the Georgetown County observance of the Tricentennial will be reviewed at a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. Two officials from the state commission will be present to meet with the Georgetown County Commission.

A former lease-lend trawler owned by George Harrington of Hampton, Virginia, is presently docked on the Georgetown waterfront. The fishing vessel was loaned to France for ten years and used in scallop fishing. It is now being rigged for fishing for royal red shrimp in 100 fathoms of water off the Georgetown coast.

25 Years Ago, 1995

The Miss Esther, a Georgetown-based shrimp trawler, now sits tied to a private dock on the Sampit River behind Front Street. Local fishermen will soon be overhauling their boats for the next shrimp season, which doesn’t begin until June.. .. Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger has put a wicked shiver within the pages of Ghosts of Georgetown, her first book. Ghosts of Georgetown was published Wednesday and is due in bookstores this week.

Chicora Indian Chief Gene Martin of Andrews was among 150 tribal leaders from across the nation who met in Washington, D.C., last week to talk about federal recognition. “To be invited to the White House and sit with the presidential staff is an accomplishment itself because it’s never happened before,” he said. “I think it’s a miracle we got invited there.” The Chicoras are among six South Carolina tribes, of which only one, the Catawba, is federally recognized.

Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.