Do you remember? 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • A group of Charlotte developers purchased land along both sides of I-77 north of Sutton Road for a large new development.
  • After a quarter century of fixing flats, C&S Tire closed its doors. Owner Wayne Smith sold the Highway 160 West property to Clear Springs.
  • The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets closed out the 1989-1999 season with an 85-65 loss to the number 1 seed J.L. Mann Patriots. The boys finished with a 19-9 record.
  • Fort Mill Primary School second-grade teacher Joyce Kimbrell was chosen to take part in the 1999 Science P.L.U.S. Institute at Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville County.


  • In a Change of Command ceremony, Capt. Ron Yarborough of Fort Mill was succeeded by Capt. John Roberts of Chester as Commander of Fort Mill’s National Guard unit.
  • Britt Helms, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Helms of Route 2, Fort Mill, received the Eagle Scout Award at St. John’s United Methodist Church, home of Troop 108.
  • Roy Lee was elected president of the 1999 Fort Mill United Way Campaign.
  • Debra Osborne, former Fort Mill Yellow Jacket, hit a 30-foot shot as time expired giving the Erskine Flying Fleet a 61-60 win over Augusta College. Osborne finished with 23 points.


  • Work began on an Episcopal Church (Parrish House) in Fort Mill. The building would be erected on Pine Street, between West Lockman and West Summersby streets.
  • Esther Ackerman, Fort Mill High School Latin Scholar, was chosen as State Treasurer of the Junior Classical League at the State JCL meeting held at Winthrop College.


  • Work was underway by the State Highway Department to widen White Street from the intersection with Highway 21 to the town limits, a distance of about 500 yards.
  • Seventh-graders making the Fort Mill High School Honor Roll included Robert Bradford, William Mack, Lillie Belk McAlhaney, Dorothy Nims and Martha Lee Farris.


  • With the opening of The Candy Kitchen by Harry Carras and a restaurant by James J. Porter, all available space in town was filled.
  • Fort Mill Grammar school Honor Roll students included Martha Dyches, Elizabeth Mills, Elizabeth Ardrey, George Garrison, Robert Wolfe and Parks Bradford.

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