This Week In History

September 6, 2013 

1993

• Ernest Dixon, former Fort Mill football star, made history at the University of South Carolina. Dixon was selected co-captain of the Gamecocks for the second year running. In 1992, he was the first non-senior to captain the Gamecocks since World War II.

• Clarence Wilson, senior member on Fort Mill Town Council, passed away at the age of 75. Wilson had served on council since 1970.

• Springs Industries signed a 49-year lease on a tract of land on White Street. The property, owned by Max Hinson, included Patterson’s filling station, the Little Oak Restaurant and the Depot, a bar.

• The Charlotte Knights, Fort Mill’s minor league baseball team, clinched the Western Division Championship of the International League. This was the Knights’ first season of Triple-A ball.

1973

• The Gus Allen era of Fort Mill Yellow Jacket football kicked off with a 33-0 win over Indian Land. Fullback Tony Dixon rushed for 150 yards.

• The American Insurance Agency began construction on a new office building at the corner of White and Skipper streets.

• The second annual Ramblin’ Raft Race attracted a large group of rafters. The race was from the Wylie Dam to the I-77 bridges.

• J. B. Mills, Fort Mill’s well-known snow prophet, predicted eight snows for the coming winter, four big ones and four little ones.

1953

• It seemed almost a certainty that installation of the lights at Fort Mill’s new War Memorial Stadium would be completed in time for the first game of the season.

• Dr. Alvin, DeWitt Rogers, 52, prominent Fort Mill druggist, died at St. Phillip’s Hospital in Rock Hill.

1933

• The Majestic Theatre on Main Street, managed by Rochelle Patterson, reopened after extensive renovations. “Shanghai Madness” with Spencer Tracy was playing.

• The 1933-34 session of the Fort Mill schools opened with a large enrollment. F. M. Mack was superintendent and A. O. Jones was principal of the high school.

1913

• Mr. Ben Price, local farmer, raised the biggest watermelon in the area, 88 pounds, for which he received $3.

• The Fort Mill graded and high school, located on Confederate Street, opened with a record enrollment which necessitated the hiring of another teacher, Mrs. J. N. Atwater.

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

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