Fort Mill Times

This Week in Fort Mill History: Oct. 1


• A tree on Confederate Street, estimated to be a sapling at the time of the Civil War, was brought down and hauled away.

• Two Fort Mill Police officers were promoted: Lt. Terry Vinesett to captain and Sgt. J. D. Friday to lieutenant.

• Mary Baumgardner of East Gregg Street was recognized for 45 years of service to the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

• The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets football team snapped a three game losing streak by defeating the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 35-28 in two overtimes.


• Robberies, considered by Chief of Police Floyd Foss “as bold as he had ever encountered,” continued to plague Fort Mill.

• Fort Mill’s Yellow Jackets won its initial conference football game of the season, 28-0 over Cowpens. Donald Pittman, Randy Smith and Jerry Sorrow led the Jackets. Indian Land lost to Mt. Pisgah, 26-0.

• Fort Mill City Council voted to accept a compromise offer made by Springs Mills on property tax paid under protest in 1973.

• Eagles 5 and 10 cent store at 221 Main St. celebrated its 43rd anniversary with a sale. Stereo tapes, eight-track, sold for 99 cents and queen sized panty hose, 2 for $1.


• Coach Pete Reynolds announced the formation of a midget football team for Central School and a B team for Fort Mill High School.

• J.C. Saville, the last Confederate veteran living in Fort Mill, passed away at his granddaughter’s home in Whiteville Park.


• The Fort Mill National Guard returned to Fort Mill from Greenville and Belton, where they had been on police duty associated with the widespread textile strike. It was reported that the men enjoyed themselves while away.

• The Jones Wild West Show performed two shows daily in the field opposite the home of Mrs. J. F. Lee on the Lancaster road.


• The trustees of the Massey school in lower Fort Mill Township elected Miss Flossie Davis of Orangeburg as teacher for the next term.

• The management of the Majestic Theatre announced upcoming improvements which would include having the seats elevated for a better view of the screen.

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