This Week in History

August 27, 2013 


• Pinckney Purcell, a 1959 Fort Mill High School graduate, established the H. M. McCallum and Phoebe McCallum scholarship fund at Fort Mill High School. Shannon Giles was the first recipient.

• Fort Mill’s Scholastic Aptitude Test scores beat overall state and national averages. Fort Mill ranked second in the state.

• Tam’s Tavern, Village Pizza, Olive Garden at Carolina Place Mall and Hayden’s Restaurant in Pineville were winners in the Fort Mill Times’ fourth annual Reader’s Favorite Restaurant poll.

• An Indian Land woman was charged after 89 animals were confiscated from her doublewide home. Forty of the animals were later put to sleep.


• Opening day for Fort Mill schools went smoothly, according to Superintendent J. H. Nesbitt. An opening day record 2,298 students reported to school.

• Richard Carter of Fort Mill was elected president of the Fort Mill United Way. W. O. Stroup was elected vice-president.

• Mr. Sherill Williams of Kinston, N.C., became the one-millionth guest to visit Carowinds since the park opened on April 1.

• A volunteer fire department was organized at Tega Cay with Gordon Weeks as chief and Bo Johnson as assistant chief.


• Pfc. Jesse L. (Buddy) Long of Fort Mill, a POW in Korea since April 23, 1951, had been released and was on his way home.

• The search for the body of Dr. Herbert G. Settle, Fort Mill physician who disappeared on a flight from Charlotte to Charleston, was abandoned. His plane had been found in Lake Moultrie earlier.


• F. M. Mack, superintendent of the Fort Mill schools, announced that school would start on Sept. 7 and was expected to run eight or nine months, depending on the district’s finances.

• Lt. T. B. Spratt Jr., U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Moultrie in Charleston, spent a few days at his Fort Mill home.


• Complementary to a number of young ladies, the young men of the town gave a delightful dance in town hall.

• The Gold Hill School opened its 1913-14 session with one of the largest enrollments in years. John L. Ratterree was in charge with Miss Inez Smith assisting.

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

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