Band camp, a suspicious fire, golfer honored and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

1999

  • A n 81-year-old Indian Land man was shot and killed in an apparent robbery at his Henry Harris Road home.
  • County fire investigators were trying to to determine what caused an abandoned condominium complex in the Regent Park area to catch fire.
  • Former Fort Mill High School golfer Charlie Rymer would be inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in November.
  • Ruthie Davis of Berry Street, Fort Mill, was honored as a Hometown Hero by the York County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

1979

  • Mrs. Virginia Kearney Pettus officially retired after 25 years of as a registered nurse at the Culp-Martin-Nunnery Clinic.
  • The Fort Mill High School Marching Band, the largest ever at the school, was attending music camp at Erskine College in Due West. Ernie Thigpen and Mike Williams were band directors.
  • The Pineville Dinner Theatre was bringing James Drury, star of television’s “The Virginian,” to its stage for a five-week run of “Once More with Feeling.”
  • Butch Windell was hired by Indian Land High School as an assistant football coach and head junior varsity basketball coach.

1959

  • Fort Mill’s first natural gas explosion occurred in a Main Street firm, Fort Mill Auto Parts. No injuries were reported.
  • Calvin Price, Fort Mill running back and defensive back, was the star of the North-South All-Star Shrine game played in Carolina Stadium in Columbia. Price excelled on both sides of the ball.

1939

  • U. S. Senator James F. Byrnes, S.C., acquired funds for the improvement of Kings Mountain National Park in York County.
  • The Fort Mill Community Cannery was in full operation and had been very busy.

1919

  • Home raised watermelons and cantaloupes were plentiful on the local market but the prices were high. The melons sold for between 15¢ and 50¢.
  • The annual “Fork” picnic took place at the home of Fred Nims and was quite an enjoyable occasion.

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

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