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View from the Past: April 22, 2020

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125 Years Ago, 1895

An entire bundle of paper belonging to us was shipped from New York in time to reach us for this and subsequent issues, but unfortunately the steamship Croatan, on which it was shipped, went ashore on the North Carolina Coast, and all of our paper was thrown overboard, and is now floating around somewhere on the bosom of the Atlantic. Fifty dollars worth of paper gone, thrown overboard to the fish. We ordered another supply of paper but it did not reach Georgetown in time; hence our reduced size. We had some small paper on hand. Our large paper will be here next week.

Prof. A. McPherson Hamby, Christian, scholar and gentleman, has gone to his heavenly rest. He died in this city on Monday night last, aged 58 years. He was only sick for a short time, but his decline seemed to be rapid. From the first he was an ill man and his friends despaired of his recovery. Born in North Carolina in 1837, he came to Georgetown somewhere about 1872, and settled here, where he married, lived and breathed his last. He taught at the Indigo School for years until it was merged into the graded schools.

100 Years Ago, 1920

Georgetown property values are rapidly increasing due to the demand for property here and within the next few months still more demand will exist. What proved to be one of the greatest estate transactions in sometime was witnessed on Wednesday: the corner of Prince and King Street was sold to E.J. Glans; the Brickman property at the corner of Front and St. James Streets was sold to T.W. Higgins; the old Co-Operative building on Front Street was sold to J.B. Steele; five brick stores on Front Street were sold to the occupants; and several lots in various parts of the city were sold but owners would not comment on the sales.

The county of Georgetown will later this year be under the general stock law of South Carolina and on November 1, 1920, the free range of cattle will be only a memory. This means that more land will be put under cultivation, and the agricultural interests must be advanced. The workers for the general stock law have made a great start toward bring Georgetown County into a true realization of progressive farming.

75 Years Ago, 1945

Chief Fred Nobles and the Police Department had an officer at the scene of the airplane crash Sunday in less than 60 seconds after the accident. Patrolman T.C. Ard was just pulling out from the bus station when the crash occurred and he covered the short block quickly in a patrol car.

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Times Tattles by I.D. Clare — A coast Guard observation blimp with its communications system out of commission was lost over the city of on Tuesday night. After circling several times it swooped down low and cut its engines and one of the crew yelled down, “Is this Georgetown?” When answered that it was, the ship proceeded to the Naval airport and received its bearing from there to its home base.

50 Years Ago, 1970

The historic Town Clock where the Rice Museum is being developed has been conveyed to the Georgetown County Historical Commission by the City of Georgetown. City Council agreed to give the commission title of the building, which also houses the Police Department, so that the museum would be eligible for federal grants. The city is seeking ways to finance construction of a new police station.

An ocean-going barge left Georgetown Tuesday for Florida, marking the first shipment of steel by barge from Georgetown Steel Corporation. The craft was loaded with some 2,000 tons of reinforcing bars. The barge shipment, the first of several, is destined for fabricators and warehouses in Florida.

25 Years Ago, 1995

Georgetown County Council is considering a change to the ordinance that allows horses to be ridden on beaches between Labor Day and Easter. Conflicts have arisen between horse riders and those who live on the beach. A member of the North Litchfield Beach Property Owners Association says their POA has a covenant that no livestock are allowed on the beach and if he sees another horse he’ll get the name of the rider and sue.

Traffic on Fraser Street on most Friday afternoons is usually bumper-to-bumper as local motorists make their way to restaurants, stores and banks. Now imagine that traffic swelled by literally thousands more motorists making their way for a weekend stay at Myrtle Beach to attend the new Isle of America theme park and other attractions. “With everyone coming down Fraser and Highmarket Streets, we are headed for some serious bottleneck problems unless we plan for a change now,” said Eugene Lawrimore, local attorney and member of the S.C. Development Commission.

Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the archives of The Georgetown Times.

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