A visit by Fritz, new taxes and a bomb scare: 100 Years of Fort Mill History

Scenes from the "130 years of Springs" exhibit at the Fort Mill History Museum.

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Bayles Mack was named Citizen of the Year at the Fort Mill Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
  • Kendrick Armstrong, a Fort Mill High School ninth-grader, was honored as the Fort Mill Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year.
  • Co-owners Tammy Therrell and Margaret House cut the ribbon to their new downtown Fort Mill restaurant, Cafe on Main, located at 122 Main Street.
  • Fort Mill High School three-sport standout, Jenny Davis, signed a letter-of-intent to play softball at Augusta State University.


  • The Fort Mill High School Band received an outstanding performance award, highest award in the state, at the State Band Concert Festival in Charleston.
  • The Reverend Jim Parrish led the opening service of Bible Church on Easter Sunday.
  • Senator Fritz Hollings made history at Indian Land High School. He became the first U. S. Senator to visit the school in its history.
  • Connie Strange was elected president of the Fort Mill Jayceettes. Shirley Fain was vice-president and Terry Kissiah was secretary-treasurer.


  • A 17-year-old Fort Mill youth admitted to Fort Mill police that he called in a bomb threat to Central School. All 600 students in the school were sent to the playground.
  • Recent movies at the Center included “The Shaggy Dog” with Annette Funicello, “Gidget,” “Bell, Book and Candle,” “The Mating Game,” “The Hard Man,” “Some Came Running” and “Queen of Outer Space.”


  • The streets in the settlement of Springs Mills on Highway 21 were named. They included Cantrell, Thomas, Elm and Pine Avenues. The highway itself was names Charlotte Avenue.
  • Movies at the Majestic included “St. Louis Blues,” “Adventures of Robin Hood,” “West of Cheyenne” with Charles Starrett, “Made for Each Other” and “Paris Honeymoon.”


  • After May 1st, there would be a tax of one cent on every soft drink that cost five cents and two cents on ten cent drinks.
  • The Majestic Theatre presented “The Price of Peace,” the story of the American “Doughboy” from the time he left home until his victorious return from the war.

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