It happened this week: 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Former Fort Mill Town Manager James Mitchell “Mitch ” Sizemore, 48, died while running in Charlotte.
  • An effort to place Nation Ford Road in the National Register of Historic Places cleared its first hurdle.
  • Greg Thomas, Fort Mill High School head football coach the past three years, resigned to take the same position at J. H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C.
  • Riding the strong pitching and catching duo of Holly Martin and Amanda Boatwright, Indian Land defeated the previously undefeated Fort Mill Yellow Jackets 7-0.


  • D. N. “Nat’ Helms of Fort Mill was elected chairman of the newly formed York County Mental Retardation Program.
  • Teresa Fico, Norbert Delatte, Johnny McFadden and Suzi Komarek were named Furman Scholars at Fort Mill High School.
  • James Rochelle Patterson, 65, died at York General Hospital. Mr. Patterson was a former owner of the Majestic Theatre and former manager of the Center Theatre, both in Fort Mill.
  • The Indian Land Area School Board of Trustees recommended that Gerald Flack be hired as principal of Indian Land High School for the 1979-1980 term.


  • Samuel Pinckey Purcell, Fort Mill High School senior, was named one of twenty-five seniors in South Carolina to receive a James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship.
  • Recent movies at the Center included “The Perfect Furlough,”! “The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw,” “Auntie Mame,” “Fort Dobbs,” “Stranger in My Arms,” “Gun the Man Down” and “No Name on the Bullet.”


    Practically all of the Fort Mill teachers were in Columbia this past Thursday and Friday for the annual meeting of the State Teachers’ Association.
    Boykin and Hutchinson Department store on Main Street offered ladies silk hose for 39¢ and 49¢ and Dovedown full fashioned silk hose for 59¢ and 89¢.


  • The Majestic Theatre featured Miss Marguerite Clark, the Queen of the Screen, in “The Goose Girl.”
  • Chase and Chapman, auto mechanics, leased the new garage building of the Fort Mill Lumber Company and would occupy the building upon its completion.