A new name for ‘Booth Street,’ no beer for Sunday games and a church opens: It’s 100 Years of Fort Mill History

By Chip Heemsoth


  • Another tentative opening date came and went, but YMCA officials were confident that the Gold Hill YMCA would open by August 1.
  • The South Carolina State Department of Revenue turned down the Charlotte Knights request to sell beer on Sundays at Knights Castle.
  • The High School Sports Report named Fort Mill High School’s Jerry Honeycutt as Class AAA Athlete of the Year.
  • Sam White of Founders Federal Credit Union was promoted to chief operating officer/administration.


  • Mark Wyndham was elected president of the State Association of Future Farmers of America.
  • Fort Mill Police Officers arrested two Joe Louis Street men in the snatching of Mrs. Sara Blair’s purse as she walked along Springs Street.
  • Miss Johnnie M. Jennings, 14, of 208 Smith Street, was chosen as Miss Mt. Zion Church of God. The church was located on Steele Street.
  • Tommy Helms, patrolman with the Fort Mill Police Department, resigned.


  • The first services in Fort Mill newest church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, were held with the Rev. W. W. Lumpkin in charge.
  • Fort Mill observed its 4000th consecutive day without a traffic fatality.


  • A genuine case of infantile paralysis was discovered in a three-year-old girl on the farm of Rupert Kimbrell in lower Fort Mill.
  • Recent movies at the Majestic included: “The Arizona Wildcat”, “Starlight Over Texas”, “The Hardys Ride High”, “Calling Doctor Kildare”, “Lucky Night”, and Hopalong Cassidy in “The Frontiersmen.”


  • In honor of Sgt. Thomas Lee Hall, young Fort Mill man who lost his life on the battlefields of France on October 8, 1918 and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Town Council approved changing the name of Booth Street to Tom Hall Street.
  • Mr. D. G. Culp accepted the position of assistant postmaster for Fort Mill.

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


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