Do you remember? 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth

1999

  • Christie Ross, an eight-year member of the YMCA team, was named director of the Gold Hill YMCA team.
  • The Fort Mill boys’ basketball team, winners of their last nine games, were headed to the playoffs. The Jackets 17 wins were the most since 1990.
  • Work began on restoring the Miller pipe organ in the sanctuary of Unity Presbyterian Church. The restoration project would take two months to complete.
  • A house fire at 142 Banks Street caused $25,000 in damages. No one was injured in the fire.

1979

  • Fort Mill had its heaviest snowfall in 10-15 years. Snow measured 10-12 inches on flat surfaces with drifts of 2-3 feet. Temperatures hovered around 17° for most of the day.
  • Loses to the York Blue Devils, the Clover Blue Eagles and the St. John’s Blue Devils dropped the Fort Mill Lady Yellow Jackets record to 0-15.
  • The City of Fort Mill was looking at three possible annexation sites. The Charlotte Highway, Doby’s Bridge and U.S. 21 at Harris Street areas were under consideration.
  • The Fort Mill School Board decided to continue the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Project for another year.

1959

  • B. C. Moore and Sons opened a beautiful new and spacious department store at 214 Main Street. The store was number 50 the B. C. Moore chain.
  • Recent movies at the Center included “Torpodo Run”, “The Voyage of Sinbad,”
  • “Escort West,” “These Thousand Hills,” “Kings Go Forth,” “Bullwhip,” “The Last Blitzkrieg” and “The Defiant Ones.”

1939

  • The opening of the new Majestic Theatre on Confederate Street was delayed due to last-minute problems with the building. The opening attraction was to have been “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” with Mickey Rooney.
  • As part of the nation-wide celebration of Baseball’s Centennial, a game would be played in Cooperstown, N.Y. between teams composed of players from every Minor League team.

1919

  • Mr. James H. Potts, one of Fort Mill’s oldest and best-known citizens, died at the home of his daughter. Mr. Potts served in the Confederate States Army from 1861-1865.
  • A car carrying five people ran down an embankment near Bailes Bridge killing a 45-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy.

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

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