A new Food Lion and jewelry shop opens, student awards and honoring war dead: 100 Years of Fort Mill History

This photo shows a typical day in a Springs textile mill in the early 20thy century, including workers at a loom.

By Chip Heemsoth

1999

  • After weeks of debate, Fort Mill Town Council annexed property along Highway 160 East that would be the site of a new shopping center. A Food Lion grocery store would be the anchor tenant.
  • “The Loudspeaker,” Fort Mill High School student newspaper, claimed three awards at the South Carolina Scholastic Press Conference Spring meeting.
  • The Fort Mill High School baseball team was set to play the Riverside High School Patriots in the Upper Sate championship series. The Yellow Jackets advanced in the playoffs after defeating the Eastside Eagles twice.
  • Fest-i-Fun, Fort Mill’s Ode to Spring, attracted a throng of people to downtown Fort Mill.

1979

  • Fort Mill’s first public school, last known as Carothers Elementary School, was up for sale. The Confederate Street school was built in 1910 with many additions added over the years.
  • Fort Mill High School’s FFA soil judging team won fifth place in the national judging contest held in Oklahoma City.
  • Leroy Springs and Co. announced an extensive modernization project at its Springmaid Beach facility in Myrtle Beach.
  • Norbert Delatte, Fort Mill High School junior, tied for third place in the 30th annual South Carolina mathematics examination.

1959

  • Fort Mill School Superintendent A. O. Jones, Jr., announced that Keebler Mills of Pageland had been elected band director of Fort Mill schools, succeeding J. G. Womble.
  • A head on crash in a curve on U. S. 21, one-half mile south of Fort Mill, claimed the life of James T. Huntley and injured nine others.

1939

  • A jewelry store was being opened on Main Street in Fort Mill by Raleigh Z. Bailes and Harvey Crouch. The business would be known as Bailes and Crouch Jewelers.
  • A district field day was held on the Fort Mill High School athletic grounds on Tom Hall Street with pupils from Riverview School and Fort Mill Grammar School taking part.

1919

  • The annual Memorial exercises were held at the Presbyterian Church. After the service, the crowd marched to New Unity Cemetery where the graves of Confederate dead were decorated.
  • An election was scheduled to determine whether the school tax levy for the Massey School district in lower Fort Mill should be increased to six mills.

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

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