A royal visit to Springs and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History


  • Six residents submitted a petition to town council asking the town to revoke Simply Sandwiches’ video poker license. Simply Sandwiches was a Tom Hall Street restaurant.
  • A seven-unit shopping center across the street from Baxter Village and next door to Burger King, was slated to open in the fall.
  • Fort Mill’s Post 43 American Legion baseball team ended the regular season with an 18-2 record.
  • Fort Mill American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 43 installed Minnie Stegall as president and Susie Weston as 1st vice-president.


  • Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco visited Fort Mill as part of a day-long visit to Springs Mills facilities.
  • T. W. Derrick, Fort Mill’s Postmaster for 11 years, announced that he would retire August 1.
  • Donald Pittman was named director of the Harris Street Park and Carlos Potts was named to the same position at Steele Street Park.
  • Joe Mikulak was named commander of Jacky Bayne Post 9138 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Fort Mill.


  • Pilot won its third consecutive game to tighten up the midget baseball league standings and in the process, handed Fort Mill Plant its first loss of the season.
  • Hinson Motor Company, Fort Mill’s Ford dealer, was the winner in its group in the “Sweep The Market’ sales program staged by the Ford Motor Company.


  • The softball championship of Fort Mill was decided when 20th Century Billiards defeated Mills Hardware 8-7 in a hard fought game.
  • Work was underway on the old Majestic Theatre building on Main Street. It was thought that a hardware store would fill the vacancy.


  • Announcement was made that Philadelphia Methodist Church, one of the nicest country churches in the area, was free of debt.
  • The building committee of the Fort Mill Presbyterian Church decided on a site for the new manse. The manse would be located just north of the church and not in front of the church as previously planned.

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


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