A rare cotton boll, the bypass road plan delayed and more in 100 Years Of Fort Mill History


  • Ruth Boetsch was named Fort Mill School District Teacher of the Year.
  • After five delays and problems raising start up money, the Gold Hill YMCA finally opened.
  • The Rev. Joe Lambert accepted the call to become co-teaching pastor of Carolinas Cornerstone Church.
  • If more boys did not come out for football, the Indian Land JV season could face cancellation.


  • Plans for a bypass around Fort Mill were shelved due to cuts in the construction budget.
  • Dot Faris of Catawba was appointed officer-in-charge of the Fort Mill Post Office, temporarily replacing T. W. Derrick, who had resigned.
  • The Culp-Martin-Nunnery Clinic announced a name change to Fort Mill Family Practice.
  • The Fort Mill School Board adopted its own “open meeting” policy designed after the State’s Freedom of Information Act.


  • Pilot, the third-place team in the Fort Mill Midget League baseball standings with a 5-6 record, won the league playoff championship with a 5-1 win over first place Fort Mill Plant which had a 9-1 regular season record.
  • The foul odors which had been smelled almost daily since the the big Bowater pulp plant began operations in Catawba, prompted a law suit from Charlotte attorneys when the odor hit Charlotte.


  • The 1939-1940 session of the Fort Mill schools would begin on September 6. For the first time, a chemistry course would be available to eleventh grade-grade students.
  • Recent movies at the Majestic included “Hotel for Women”, “Silver on the Sage’ with Hopalong Cassidy, “Nancy Drew…Trouble Shooter” with Bonita Granville, “Hound of the Baskervilles”, “Charlie Chan in Rio”, “Bachelor Mother” and “Frontier Pony Express” with Roy Rogers.


  • The Rev. J. B. Black, Osmond Barber, J. P. Crowder, and C. S. Link attended the convention of the deacons of the Bethel Presbytery in Sharon.
  • Crawford Tschellier, a young farmer of the community, had the first reported open cotton boll in the township.

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


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