Coroner’s inquest leads to homicide charge, a new subdivision approved and new ZIP code born: It’s 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Fort Mill was getting a new ZIP code, its third. The 29708 ZIP code would take effect on July 1.
  • Jason Nathaniel Kohut, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Xavier Kohut, was promoted to the rank of corporal at Camden Military Academy.
  • Fort Mill American Legion Post 43’s baseball team took a pair of games from Lancaster Post 31, improving its record to 4-0.
  • Fort Mill Town Council approved the annexation of the Stirling subdivision of Doby’s Bridge Road.


  • Back issues of the Fort Mill Times, through 1920, were loaned to Winthrop College archives for microfilming.
  • Representing Fort Mill High School at Boy’s State were Robert Blackwell, Jeff Bradley, David Moore and Brad Smith.
  • Fort Mill was one of eleven stops on the Summer Tour of the South Carolina National Guard’s 246th Army Band. The band played at the bandstand in Confederate Park.
  • The Rev. Van B. Thomas, Jr., was assigned as pastor of Philadelphis United Methodist Church.


  • A coroner’s inquest into the May 9th automobile death of James W. Huntley resulted in a reckless homicide charge against J. C. Gaston of Rock Hill.
  • A junior college, staffed and supported by the University of South Carolina, was scheduled to open in Lancaster on September 21.


  • A short street, at the end of which a new swimming pool would be built, was being opened off White Street, at the lower end of Mill No. 1.
  • Miss Susie White returned to Fort Mill from Alaska to spend her summer vacation with her siblings. Miss White was a teacher in the Government Indian schools in Alaska.


  • A Congressional Medal of Honor had been received at the Southeastern Headquarters to be presented to the father of Thomas Lee Hall of Company G, Fort Mill.
  • County Treasurer Neil gave notice that the commutation tax was due and payable by July 1.

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


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