Teen charged with armed robberies, a new library opens in Baxter and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

The Fort Mill High School Class of 1969


  • A 15-year-old Link Street resident was arrested for two armed robberies in Fort Mill. He brandished a sawed-off shotgun during the crimes.
  • The new Fort Mill Public Library, located in Baxter Village, opened its doors.
  • The Fort Mill Lions Club collected 160 pairs of eyeglasses and 225 lenses to be recycled and used in third world countries.
  • Indian Land posted a 14-7 win over Andrew Jackson and Fort Mill lost 17-0 to Rock Hill in the 29th annual Herald Football Jamboree.


  • John A (Jack) DesPortes, retired Air Force General, was named judge of Fort Mill City Recorder’s Court, succeeding Lary Grant.
  • Dr. Ralph E. Lattimore, pastor of Fort Mill’s First Baptist Church for the past 15 years, resigned for health reasons.
  • For the first time ever, men’s names would be tagged to half the hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.. Protests from women’s groups prompted the change.
  • Both local football teams would open the 1979 season on the road. Fort Mill would travel to Northwestern and Chesterfield would host Indian Land.


  • Recent movies at the Center included an Elvis Presley double-feature, “Loving You” and “King Creole,” a Fred Kirby Little Rascals Theatre Party, “Darby O’Gill and the Little People, “Island of Lost Women” and Sleeping Beauty.”
  • A 15-year-old Fort Mill township boy was arrested and lodged in the county jail for criminally assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Both lived on Rt. 2, Fort Mill.


  • Springs Cotton Mills was comtemplating a large two-story addition to local mill No. 1. The addition would be 100-330 feet with a basement.
  • Work was begun by the Rock Hill Lumber Co. on a residence for Miss Mary Jo Drakeford on Hill Street.


  • Bruce H. Stribling, who would have charge of the agricultural department of the local graded school, arrived in Fort Mill.
  • The local baseball team met defeat at the hands of the Maysworth (N.C.) team by a 5-2 score.

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


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