This Week in History

April 16, 2013 

1993

• Tom Thomasson, business manager of the Fort Mill Telephone Company, was named Citizen of the Year by the Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce.

• Two teens charged with the murder of a 12-year-old Fort Mill boy were transferred to youth detention center in Columbia.

• Fort Mill’s girls’ track team, led by Jenna Bates, won its fourth Region 4-AAA title in the last five years by winning meets with York and Clover.

• Army National Guard Private Michael Cochran of Fort Mill completed basic training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

1973

• Fort Mill’s famed peach crop suffered a severe blow when 75 percent of the crop was lost due to a severe freeze.

• Rick Cloniger, Fort Mill High School sophomore, pitched a no-hitter in the Yellow Jackets 8-0 win over Chesnee. The Jackets record for the season stood at 3-7.

• Philadelphia United Methodist Church acquired a parsonage for its first full-time minister, the Rev. Robert Hall. Lucille Grant was chairman of the parsonage committee.

• Rick Furr and David Melton, star players on Indian Land’s state runner-up basketball team, signed grants-in-aid with USC Lancaster.

1953

• Two young Fort Mill men were bound over to General Sessions Court on charges of auto theft and the theft of other items in a recent crime spree in Fort Mill.

• Capt. W. F. Duncan, Fort Mill dentist serving in Korea, was spending a 30-day leave with his family in Pageland. Capt. Duncan’s leave was occasioned by the death of his mother.

1933

• Lawrence Railey, 20, pleaded guilty to the robbery of two filling stations and a store in Fort Mill and was given three years in prison.

• The enactment of the bill legalizing the sale of beer in South Carolina brought many North Carolina residents to Fort Mill to quench their beer thirst.

1913

• Announcement was made that Col. Leroy Springs of Lancaster had acquired all the stock of the two Fort Mill cotton mills as well as one in Chester.

• A fire that raged for nearly four hours in Columbia destroyed the Columbia Hotel and the large hardware and grocery store of Lorick and Lowrance.

Compiled by Chip Heemsoth, a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.

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