View of the past: “USS Sandpiper, a 1,009 ton ship, is in port opposite Hobcaw Barony” | Community
125 years ago, 1897
The Marion’s Men of Winyah anniversary meeting was held at their parade ground last month on Wednesday the 13th instant. A full presence was requested with accoutrements. There was the practice of the sword, the election of officers and etc…Mr. Hazzard and Mr. McGowan returned from the swamp last Thursday evening, where they enjoyed themselves killing ducks and having a great time… A charter commission has been issued to the Guendalos Rice Company of Georgetown, whose share capital is of $5,000. The company plans to plant and grow rice. The corporals are L. Breslauer, M. Moses, Abe Moses, JL LaBruce and LC, FW and St. JM Lachicotte.
Santee Letters – Annandale, February 15, 1897 – The rains of the past ten days have been very heavy and excessive. We fear that a flood will soon cover the rice fields, but a better time could not have been chosen, and a rich deposit will add considerably to the yield… The flu has taken away a good part of our population and a large number are still sick. Kent Allston, caretaker at Hopewell, aged about 97, died on the 12th. Miss Florence C. Trenholm, a Good Samaritan, has for some time distributed clothing, food, medicine and gifts to the needy and sick . His recent gifts may have counted a hundred pieces.
100 years ago, 1922
The Weston House in Plantersville was consumed by fire around 10.30pm on Thursday evening and Miss Pauline Weston, who along with her sisters, Misses Nonie, Annie and Lisa, lived in the house, lost her life in the flames. The house was built of old long-leaf pine wood with a shingle roof. It will be remembered that the Westons lost their ancestral home at Hasty Point a few years ago to a fire.
Shipping News – Arrived, Schooner Alice Pendleton, January 8th. She will be loaded with rosin by the Weehaw Turpentine Company for northern markets. Arrived, Schooner Ellen Little this week, consigned to the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company and is now loading lumber.
The 1,900-ton ship USS Sandpiper sits in the harbor opposite Hobcaw Barony, en route from Hampton Roads to Miami. She is a mother ship for Torpedo Sea Planes. The chief electrician of Detyens radio is a boy from Georgetown, a brother of Mrs. Marion Doar. The crew of the Sandpiper, most of whom are on leave in Georgetown, have asked local men to get their team together for a ball game at the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company Park tomorrow afternoon.
75 years ago, 1947
The Georgetown Jewish Congregation voted to build a temple here at a Tuesday night meeting last week. The church already owns a large piece of land at the southeast corner of Highmarket and Screven Streets which is planned to be the site of the new synagogue. For many years the Jewish congregation here used the second floor of the Winyah Indigo Society Hall for services. Visiting rabbis and local lay officials lead the services. Construction of the new church will give Georgetown permanent residences for all major religious denominations.
Julian Stevenson Bolick’s latest book, Waccamaw Plantations, illustrating historic architecture in Georgetown County, has just come off the press. This is the second of Mr. Bolick’s books, the first being entirely devoted to the old houses of Georgetown. Both books contain the author’s own sketches of the subjects, their stories, and interesting secondary insights into the characters and activities of the inhabitants. The book is of great value to Georgetown. Even if it wasn’t as good as it undoubtedly is, it would be important, because so little has been done here in that direction.
Charlie Ward, 57, of the Cedar Creek section of Georgetown County, drowned Tuesday morning in Santee near Leneuds Ferry. When their boat capsized due to rising waters, the other three men managed to escape by clinging to a tree. A search party including the Charleston Coast Guard has been unable to recover the body so far.
50 years ago, 1972
A Black Studies class at Winyah High School prepares a program to be presented during Black History Week. During February, Black History is to be observed on a national scale. The focus will be on black historian Carter Goodwin Woodson (1875-1950), a leading writer of black history who is responsible for beginning recognition of black achievement.
One of Georgetown’s oldest and grandest antebellum homes, the Harold Kaminski Residence, was bequeathed to the City of Georgetown, along with $25,000 for upkeep, by the late Mrs. Julia Pyatt Kaminski at the memory of her husband, Harold Kaminski, and her mother, Mrs. Rose Kaminski, for use as a museum or historic site. Built around 1790, the elegant townhouse was first owned by Mrs. Kaminski’s great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Allston. If the City cannot keep the residence and land in the same condition as at the time of his death, the City is authorized to sell the property with the proceeds of the sale to the Seeing Eye Dog Foundation and foundations that provide dogs for the blind.
A sleek 34ft British frigate, HMS Jupiter, will visit Georgetown this weekend as part of a goodwill trip to the United States. The warship, which contains a complex of anti-submarine weapons, will dock at the State Ports Authority terminal and open to the public on Sunday. Jupiter’s visit is the first of a series of real-life adventures planned by the Chamber of Commerce in 1972.
25 years ago, 1997
Pawleys Island Mayor Julian Kelly called City Councilman Bill Otis a pseudo-mayor during Monday’s city council meeting and accused him of being behind his back. “There can only be one mayor of the town of Pawleys Island at a time, just like there can only be one governor of South Carolina at a time,” Kelly said. Otis denied trying to usurp Kelly’s powers. Stéphanie Petit, present in her capacity as president of the association of owners of the island, left the meeting with a bang. “It feels like kindergarten to me,” she said.
The Indigo Gun, a 10-foot cannon that possibly guarded Georgetown’s waterfront as early as Revolutionary or Colonial times, is being restored by the state Department of Archeology and the Winyah Indigo Society. “It’s probably a pre-Civil War British-made weapon,” said Joe Bull, who is working with the state’s deputy archaeologist on the restoration. The discovery of the cannon in 1991 drew a crowd to Front Street after workers digging a trench to bury a power line near the Rice Museum pulled the large muzzle-loading weapon out of the mud.