This Week in History

This Week in Fort Mill History

April 1, 2014 


• President Clinton became the first president to visit Fort Mill since Jefferson Davis camped at the White Homestead 129 years earlier. Clinton was in town for the NCAA Final Four and spent the night at the White Homestead.

• Air Force Sgt. James Pettus of Fort mill was named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year at Hickam AFB, Honolulu.

• Fort Mill’s girls’ track team notched its 100th consecutive regular-season meet win. The string of victories under coach Steve Mullinax extended to 1990.

• Jeffery Raynor of Fort Mill received a Charleston’s Founders Scholarship for $3,000.


• Coach Bill Banks was lamenting about the number rainouts his Yellow Jacket baseball team had been forced to deal with this season.

• First Lt. Ronald B. Yarborough succeeded Capt. Murray B. White Jr. as Commanding Officer of Fort Mill’s National Guard Company.

• The Fort Mill High School band departed on its long awaited trip to Disney World. John DeLoach was band director.

• Mr. Harry L. Hallman joined the Bob Hill Agency as a sales representative.


• Army Pvt. Charles Mahaffey of Fort Mill participated in Exercise Ski Jump at Camp Hale, Colo., with the 528th Signal Company.

• The A&P had porterhouse and T-bone steaks for 79 cents a pound, American cheese for 43 cents a pound and Vienna sausage for 19 cents a can.


• The local board of school trustees elected F. M. Mack as principal of the Central Graded School and transferred L. E. Carothers to Riverview School.

• Following the sudden death of Mayor A. R. McElhaney, Luther G. Patterson, Mayor Pro Tem, was filling in as mayor.


• The Pleasant Valley School closed after a successful session taught by Prof. Marchant and assisted by Miss Lillian Fickling.

• At a meeting of the board of trustees of the Fort Mill schools, Prof. J. P. Coates was elected superintendent.

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

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