Posses search for a murder suspect, senior class records set and Tony’s on hiatus: 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Ousted Gold Hill Elementary School Principal, Nancy Guzman, would plead her case to the Fort Mill School Board in a closed meeting. Guzman had requested an open hearing.
  • The Indian Land boys took second place in the Class A Invitational State Soccer Championship, losing 1-2 to the Williston-Elko Blue Devils.
  • The State DOT closed and would replace the bridge on Williams Road. The bridge would be closed for three months.
  • Tony’s Pizza, 211 Main Street, Fort Mill, was closed and would remain closed until owner Jim Randazzo could find a suitable combination manager and pizza maker.


  • The Rev. James H. McGill received a Doctor of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.
  • Wayne Greene, formerly animal officer in Chester, was appointed to the same position in Fort Mill.
  • Mike Williams, formerly band director at Parker High School in Greenville, was named associate director of bands for the Fort Mill schools.
  • One hundred and one members of the Fort Mill Senior Citizens Club departed from the Leroy Springs Recreational Complex for their annual trip to Springmaid Beach.


  • More than 70 Fort Mill High School seniors received diplomas in graduation exercises held in the Central School auditorium. The Class of 1959 was the largest graduating class at Fort Mill High School to date.
  • Movies at the Center included “Rio Bravo” with John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson, “Up Periscope,” and a Martin and Lewis double feature, “Jumping Jacks” and “Scared Stiff.”


  • Receiving awards at Fort Mill High School graduation were Oscar Jones 3rd, the American Legion award; Dorothy Nims, the American Legion Auxiliary award and Virginia Smith, the Winthrop Daughters Scholarship award.
  • The graduating Class of 1939, 39 in all, was the largest class in Fort Mill High School history to date.


  • Several posses from Lancaster were searching in Fort Mill Township for Moore Witherspoon for the shotgun ambush murder of Luther Horton on the Horton Plantation.
  • The second game of baseball played on the local diamond this season saw the Aragon Mill team from Rock Hill defeat the local nine by a 7-5 score.

Chip Heemsoth is a lifelong resident of Fort Mill.


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