This Week In History

July 9, 2013 

1993

• Lighting was the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Olde Williamsburg in Fort Mill Township.

• The heat wave and drought continued with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees and no rain.

• Girls’ volleyball was added to Fort Mill Middle School athletics. Up to now, basketball and cheerleading were the only athletic options for girls.

• Gary Odell Atkins, a graduate of Fort Mill High School and a 14-year Navy man, was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

1973

• The firing of one of the cannons in Confederate Park on the Fourth of July was believed to be the first firing of either cannon in the park’s history.

• A delegation appeared before Fort Mill City Council protesting the demotion of Fort Mill Police Officer Jack McKinney from Sergeant to Patrolman.

• Fort Mill now had its own song. “The Centennial Song” was written by Patti Barron with music by Ann Cantrell Harris and sung by The Marshall Street Singers.

• The new monument in Unity Cemetery honoring Fort Mill servicemen who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam was dedicated with an address by Retired Army General William C. Westmoreland.

1953

• Fort Mill High School’s handsome new gymnasium was opened to the public for the first time. The first use of the gym was for public roller skating.

• Jasper R. Taylor, principal of Central School for the past year, resigned and accepted a position in the Jackson School in Lancaster County.

1933

• Evangelistic services were being held at St. John’s Methodist Church with the Rev. J. F. Lupo delivering the sermons.

• W. D. Mossor of Parkersburg, WV was now the proprietor of the restaurant in the Jones building on Main Street.

1913

• The Fourth of July passed very quietly in Fort Mill with all business houses and the local cotton mills being closed.

• A near ice famine in Fort Mill was averted when a railcar load of ice was delivered from Spencer, N.C. The local ice plant was inoperable due to a parts malfunction.

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

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