Schools and churches grow, notable deaths and more: It happened this week in 100 years of Fort Mill History

This photo shows a segment of the exhibit "130 Years of Springs" at the Fort Mill History Museum, including workers in a vintage Springs textile mill.
Here’s a look back at 100 years of Fort Mill history in 20-year increments.

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Wayne McIntosh, Indian Land High School principal for four years, was hired as the new principal of York Comprehensive High School.
  • A new shopping center planned for Highway 160 East would feature a 38,000 square-foot Food Lion grocery store and several smaller shops.
  • The Tega Cay Lions Club celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Tega Cay Golf Club.
  • The Fort Mill School District planned to purchase six more portable classrooms, priced at $59,015 each, to accommodate population growth.


  • The Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene was buying the former Jones Laundry building and property on the southeast corner of Spratt and Harris Streets for a youth recreation center.
  • Dena Constanzo and Randy Impler were winners in the Zone 3 Optimist Oratorical contest and advanced to the State finals.
  • It was reported that Mrs. Bates Chapman was Fort Mill’s oldest citizen at age 94.
  • Slick’s Dinette, popular Fort Mill dining spot on Academy Street. was celebrating its 17th anniversary.


  • John Wilson Stallings, 98, Fort Mill’s oldest citizen, died at York County Hospital.
  • Fort Mill High School’s golf team was rolling along undefeated after wins over Rock Hill, twice, and Chester and Monroe once each.


  • Former two-term Mayor of Fort Mill, Dallas O. Potts, 89, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. M. Bickett, in Chester.
  • One of the first high schools organized in upper South Carolina following the Civil War was the Old Fort Mill Academy.


  • “The Virginian,” a picturization of the well known story by Owen Wister, was shown at the Majestic.
  • The drug store which was conducted for 25 years by W. B Ardrey at 14 Trade Street, was purchased by Arthur C. Lytle.

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