Belk expands and K.W. opens on Main, a Cub’s big catch, and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

The Fort Mill High School Class of 1969 is holding its 50-year reunion in September. (contributed photo)


  • The Grand opening of Fort Mill’s new public library was pushed back three weeks. This was the second delay in the library’s opening.
  • The Fort Mill swim team finished its season undefeated claiming the Leroy Springs Aquatics Championship title for the second straight year.
  • Fort Mill resident Keith Watkins was set to open K. W. Gems, a jewelry store on Main Street located between the Fort Mill Times and Cafe on Main.
  • Jerry Honeycutt, Fort Mill High School third baseman and pitcher, signed a National Letter of intent to play baseball for the Francis Marion University Patriots in Florence.


  • It was announced that Carolina Barbeque would occupy the Grandstand Restaurant building on Main Street.
  • Voters in Fort Mill and northern Rock Hill would test a punch-card system of voting in the September 11 general election.
  • Marlene Beaty of Marshall Street, Fort Mill, was named executive secretary of the Greater Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce.
  • Chris James of Cub Scout Pack 108, Fort Mill, caught the biggest fish in the York Scout District Fishing Derby.


  • Fort Mill’s Belk-Brown store, part of the Belk Department Store chain, leased the building adjacent to its Main Street store and would become one store front.
  • Heavy rains caused much damage to area farms and gardens. The rain washed out the dam that held back the waters of Nims Lake for 35 years.


  • The new York County Hospital, located in the Ebenezer section of Rock Hill, was expected to be completed and ready to open by October 1.
  • Recent movies at the Majestic included “The Return of the Cisco Kid,” “Dark Victory,” “Mexicali Rose,” “Torchy Runs for Mayor,” “Wonderful World” and the first chapter of “The Lone Ranger Rides Again.”


  • Paul Hoke, Brice D. Culp, R. J. White and Capt. F. Murray Mack were the latest servicemen to receive their military discharge and return to Fort Mill.
  • “The Warrens of Virginia” starring Blanche Sweet and an all-star cast was playing at the Majestic.

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