Fort Mill Times

This Week in History

1999: Buster, an 8 year-old black lab, took a break with Randy Smith at Smith's Paint and Body Shop. Buster would make his round of several businesses on Hwy. 160 West every day, staying at the body shop until closing time then return to his home.
1999: Buster, an 8 year-old black lab, took a break with Randy Smith at Smith's Paint and Body Shop. Buster would make his round of several businesses on Hwy. 160 West every day, staying at the body shop until closing time then return to his home.

Do you remember?

1989

• The worst case of vandalism in the history of Fort Mill High School resulted in seven state championship trophies and 75 other awards won by the Fort Mill High School Marching Band being destroyed.

• Six Fort Mill residents had their property auctioned off for failure to pay taxes.

• Boyce Langley of Fort Mill was elected president of the South Carolina Fire Inspectors Association.

• Fort Mill businessmen Michael Chase and Bayles Mack purchased four long, vacant store fronts on Main Street and two buildings and a parking lot on Confederate Street.

1969

• The Rev. Bernard Smith Drennan was appointed to succeed Dr. John M. Stapleton as minister at St. John's United Methodist Church.

• Fran Tarkington, New York Giants quarterback, and Gussie Moran, formerly one of the nation's top tennis players, participated in a tennis exhibition in Fort Mill.

• Bruce Melton, former Fort Mill and Gardner-Webb baseball star, signed with the Washington Senators.

• The Fort Mill School Board of Trustees voted to erect a new school complex at an undetermined date to replace some of the district's ancient buildings.

1949

• Fort Mill voters approved a $475,000 school bond for additions to local schools, including an auditorium at the high school on Tom Hall Street.

• The Fort Mill Lions Club announced that 15 Fort Mill boys would be permitted to attend the Charlotte Observer's Fresh Air Camp. The summer camp was located near the Buster Boyd Bridge.

1929

• Two rail cars loaded with cloth derailed at a side track near the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company's mill No. 1.

• The first public concert of the newly reorganized Fort Mill Concert Band, under the direction W.R. Roberts, was given at Confederate Park.

1909

• Mae Smythe was employed as a bookkeeper at the store of A.O. Jones.

• The Southern Railway advertised round trip tickets from Fort Mill to Seattle for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition for $98.35.

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