125 Years Ago, 1894
The case attracting the most attention in the recent term of court was the murder case, in which five men were defendants. A large crowd of people listened at the evidence given by the witnesses, but especially to that of Dick Holmes, one of the defendants, who turned State’s witness and detailed in all its horrible cruelty the murder of Mrs. Drake on Black River last summer. Dick charged Abram Read with the crime and told a very straight tale, to which the entire audience listened with breathless interest. All testimony points to the guilt of Abram Read and we presume he will stretch hemp. The other defendants will be discharged from custody, we hear. When we went to press yesterday evening the court was still engaged in the hearing of the case.
The court adjourned on Monday afternoon after transacting a lot of business, but not before Judge Townsend had imposed the following sentences: John Green, sealed sentence; Seabrook Evans, new trial granted; Seabrook Richardson, ten dollars or two months confinement in the county jail; Sam Great, one year hard labor in the penitentiary and the fine of one dollar; Elijah Sheppard, three months in the penitentiary; Abram Read, to be hung by the neck on the 21st December next between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
100 Years Ago, 1919
The Brown and Dyer Show will come to Georgetown for a week’s engagement starting Monday, November 10th for Armistice Week, when Georgetown will celebrate the signing of the Peace Treaty. The show travels on its own special train of 24 cars, five of which are Pullman sleepers, where 250 people carried with the show rest their weary heads. Prominent with the show are Miss Mable Mack with her trained Australian mule circus and Miss Margaret Gast, the champion motorcycle rider of the world. The show train will arrive sometime early Sunday morning.
Among the new residents of Georgetown is Mr. Wm. E. Kennedy. He comes to the city as linotype operator for The Georgetown Times. He worked for the Augusta Chronicle for 14 years and, on his coming to Georgetown, was operator for the Augusta Herald. We feel sure that the river city will extend to him their cordial hospitality. Mr. Kennedy was a member of the Country Club of Augusta.
75 Years Ago, 1944
Sheriff Garris Cribb arrested Tula Deas, of the Sampit section, last Saturday night for cutting another man, Oscar Darby. Deas is now in jail. While not critically injured Darby was really carved up, according to the sheriff.
Additional work on the Georgetown airport, three miles south of here, which the Marines occupy, is beginning to get underway. It is expected that air corps squadrons of the Marine Corps will be sent here for gunnery training. Two squadrons at a time will be sent here. This will be approximately 700 men and an undetermined number of planes. Gunnery practice will be over the ocean. The Navy has a lease on the airport. When they decide to give it up, it will be returned to the county.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A rainstorm packing winds up to 55 miles an hour dropped a deluge of water on Georgetown County Saturday night. Traditional low street areas in Georgetown flooded, with water entering nearby homes and business firms. Highmarket Street near Elmwood Cemetery was all but impassable. Telephone poles and lines were knocked down by falling limbs and trees. Marinas on the Georgetown waterfront were jammed to overflowing with yachts and small craft from the inland waterway. Using four pontoons, planks, chains, homemade winches, piling, cable and a hand-operated come-along, Ed Cherry and his 12-year-old son this week raised the oldest shrimp boat in the southeast from its watery berth 15 feet under the Sampit River. The Skipper, built about 1908, sank behind Fogel’s during a spell of bad weather in September. Originally owned by Capt. Billy Magwood of Mt. Pleasant, became the property of A.I. Fogel in 1966. Cherry, known in these parts to be a thrifty personality and dauntless when it comes to working on various projects, plans to put the boat to some remunerative purpose.
25 Years Ago, 1994
Six archaeologists were on the third floor of the Rice Museum Gallery building Wednesday and Thursday to continue the tedious process of reassembling the 150 pieces of the historic Browns Ferry Vessel. The finished product will be a four-ton skeleton artifact of the vessel that plied local rivers more than 200 years ago.
Pawleys Island residents attending a controversial town meeting Friday night were angered that they were left out of the annexation of the Prince George Tract, 10 miles south of the island. But the sentiments of the people went unheard, as the second reading to bring the tract into the town passed 4-0, with one councilmember abstaining. The councilmember held his head in his hands during the meeting and made a motion that the second reading be tabled until a later time. Pleas to give the matter more time were ignored by Pawleys Island Mayor Julian Kelly. “I think it’s deplorable that only the town council knew about it,” said one island resident.
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.