An ace for Ervin, a new bridge opens, grenades for kids and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

Mrs. C. L. Tollison holds up the body of a large copperhead her husband killed at their home on Jackson Street in Fort Mill. (Photo by Chip Heemsoth)


  • Police and the FBI were looking for three armed men who robbed Founders Federal Credit Union at Peachtree Plaza.
  • Grady Ervin of Morgan Street, Fort Mill, recorded his first hole-in-one on the 17th hole of the Fort Mill Golf Course.
  • Leroy Springs and Co. announced plans for Springfield Golf Course, a new public 18 hole, par 72 course.
  • The Fort Mill Carolina Angels and the Indian Land Lady Warriors competed in the 1999 Youth Girls Fast Pitch World Series played in Rock Hill and Charlotte.


  • Col. F. M. Mack, esteemed Fort Mill citizen, died at the age of 91. Mack was a farmer, educator and soldier among other accomplishments.
  • Betty Anglin Smith of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Fort Mill High Class of 1964 graduate, had 28 of her paintings on display in the Springs Art Gallery in the Executive Offices of Springs Mills, Inc. in Fort Mill.
  • The Fort Mill swim team upped its record to 7-1 by easily defeating Tega Cay and Kershaw.
  • William R. Bradford, Jr., was named chairman of a committee to study the possibility of converting the old Carothers school into a community center.


  • Mr. C. L. Tollison killed a large copperhead in the yard of his Jackson Street home. The snake measured forty-four inches long and five inches in circumference. His son, Jerry, had been bitten by a copperhead a month earlier.
  • The new bridge that spanned the Catawba River at Van Wyck opened for traffic. The bridge replaced the historic Ashe Ferry.


  • Four Fort Mill National Guardsmen, Lt. Douglas Nims, Corp. Harry M. Epps, Sgt. Neal L. Caskey and Sgt Thomas L. Bennett were named to the eight-man All-State rifle team.
  • Murphy Gregg of Charlotte was now private secretary to Capt. E. W. Springs, president of Springs Cotton Mills.


  • The First National Bank of Fort Mill was giving away, with conditions, a real hand grenade to new depositors, age 17 and under. The grenades had the percussion caps and explosives removed.
  • Atniar Adcock accepted a position as salesman with the E. W. Kimbrell Company.

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


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