This Week in History

This Week in History, April 16

April 15, 2014 

1994

• Children of Anne Springs Close decided to give $2 million to the Close Foundation.

• An umbrella organization for York County’s six Chambers of Commerce would give them added strength, according to Miller Coggins, president elect of the Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce.

• Fort Mill’s Minority Council honored four township residents as “Role Models in Excellence.” They were The Rev. Carlwell Culp, Ernest Dixon, Andre Harris and LeJuan Patton.

• Fort Mill’s girls’ track team won its fourth straight Region IV AAA championship.

1974

• Drum Major Dale Shelley and Band Director John DeLoach led the Fort Mill High School Marching Band down the main thoroughfare at Disney World.

• Voters in Fort Mill’s precinct No. 2, Caskey’s Barber Shop, were pushing for a new polling place. The current site was too small.

• Excavation work began on the widening of one block of North White Street, beginning at Main Street.

• Areas of Fort Mill heavily damaged by the April 8 tornado had undergone a quick cleanup.

1954

• W.E. Sutton of Fort Mill, a York County Rural Policeman for eight years, resigned and accepted a detective position with the Rock Hill Police Department.

• Miss Mary McCallister, rising junior at Fort Mill High School, was elected F.F.A. Sweetheart at the school.

1934

• W.H. Baker, a Fort Mill man who was in jail at York awaiting trial, escaped and was recaptured near Clover.

• With P.C. Hair on the mound, the Fort Mill High School baseball team defeated Pineville 15-10.

1914

• By a margin of 5-1, Fort Mill voters approved a bond issue for a water works system.

• John L. Ratteree, 24, principal of Gold Hill School, died at the home of Mr. W.H. Windle.

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

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