This Week In History

July 2, 2013 


• Fort Mill celebrated the Fourth of July with the annual Independence Day firing of the cannon in Confederate Park.

• Fort Mill had not recorded any significant rainfall in six weeks, and three consecutive days of 100-degree temperatures roasted the township.

• New South Carolina Tax Commission regulations shut down seven video poker parlors in the Carousel Center on Hwy. 21 North.

• Levi R. Martin of Fort Mill recorded the first hole-in-one of his golfing career on hole No. 5 at the Cheraw State Park course.


• Miss Nancy Harriett Oliver was crowned Miss Fort Mill. Miss Cindy Wolfe was first runner-up and Miss Teresa Cook was second runner-up.

• A freak accident on Fairway Drive seriously injured the Rev. R. E. Watkins, pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church. Three other persons suffered lesser injuries.

• Fort Mill’s Centennial Celebration Week wrapped up with a historical pageant at A. O. Jones School and a dance in the R&D parking lot.


• Miss Betty Campbell of Fort Mill was named Miss South Carolina American Legion at the annual convention of the American Legion held in Charleston.

• The two drive-in theatres between Fort Mill and Rock Hill, the Ft.-Roc and the Auto, merged. A new firm, Nellej Inc., would operate the theatres.


• Major George W. Potts of Fort Mill was in Spartanburg attending the annual convention of the South Carolina Division of the American Legion.

• Mayor A. R. McElhaney had been in communication with the Southeastern Tariff Association in an effort to secure lower fire insurance for Fort Mill residents.


• About 450 teachers were attending summer school at Winthrop College. The teachers represented 42 of the South Carolina’s 44 counties.

• H. D. Tolbert of Greensboro, N.C., accepted the position of overseer of carding at Mill No. 2 of the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company.

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

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