This Week in History

May 14, 2013 


• Two youths charged in the pistol slaying of a Fort Mill boy pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter. The pair was originally facing murder charges.

• Sterling Marlin, Kenny Wallace, Bobby Labonte, Phil Parsons, Bill Elliott, Kyle Petty and Jimmy Spencer signed pregame autographs at Knights Castle.

• A man jumped in front of a van on Spratt Street in an apparent suicide attempt and later tried to grab the pistol of a highway patrolman who was checking on him.

• Fort Mill High School bands gave their Spring Concert at the high school auditorium. The bands played selections from the fall’s marching show, “Sounds of Ireland.”


• The Fort Mill City Council agreed to temporarily suspend the use of parking meters on Main Street.

• Fort Mill’s Eli Bailes Post 43, American Legion, announced that it would sponsor a marker in Unity Cemetery in memory of deceased veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

• Newly elected officers of the Fort Woman’s Club were: Mrs. Harold Smith, President; Mrs. Gerri Merritt, First Vice-President; Mrs. Terry Thackston, Secretary; and Mrs. Burdette Heemsoth, Treasurer.

• Jack Griffin and Mrs. Sandy Collins were named Boosters of the Year at Indian Land High School.


• Miss Peggy Campbell was chosen as Miss Fort Mill of 1953. Miss Jo Ann Arnold was first runner-up.

• T. W. Derrick, Fort Mill’s Police Chief of two years, resigned and returned to his previous job as Captain of the York County Rural Police.


• W.R. Bradford of Fort Mill, longtime member of the York Delegation in the General Assembly of South Carolina, resigned.

• One hundred and sixty-seven members of the Bible Class at St. John’s Methodist Church posed for a group photograph.


• J.C. McElhaney associated himself in the clothes cleaning business with H.D. Harkey of the Palace Barber Shop.

• It seemed doubtful whether the Fort Mill Camp of Confederate Veterans would be represented at the reunion to be held in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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

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