100 Years of Fort Mill History: Land for a new school donated, a pastor retires and more


  • Clear Springs Development Co. offered to give the Fort Mill School District a chunk of land valued at over $2 million for a new school site.
  • Fort Mill remembered Monk Benfield, who passed away at the age of 79. Benfield was a 57-year member of the Fort Mill Volunteer Fire Department and spent 25 years as Chief or Assistant Chief.
  • Fort Mill’s Yellow Jackets defeated the Lancaster Bruins 23-20. The Indian Land Warriors won their third game in a row, defeating the McBee Panthers 37-0.
  • The Rev. Roland Dry, Sr., of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church announced his retirement. Dry served as the church’s pastor for 25 years.


  • The Fort Mill Rescue Squad received $1,500 as part of the proceeds from a jamboree sponsored by the Milltown Outreach CB Club.
  • The Pineville Dinner Theatre opened the most successful of all Cole Porter musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” for a three-week run.
  • Fort Mill defeated Chester 35-0 at Memorial Stadium. Mike Boxberger and Robert Blackwell played well for the Jackets. Indian Land, behind the play of Eric Stikeleather and Otis McClure, beat McBee 28-14.
  • Mrs. Connie Strange of Fort Mill was appointed chairperson for the annual “Wheels of Life” Bike-A-Thon in Fort Mill.


  • Janet Clark, a very pretty and popular senior, was chosen to represent Fort Mill High School in the Carolina Carrousel Parade on Thanksgiving Day in Charlotte.
  • Fort Mill Police were investigating a break-in at the Fort Mill Bowling Alley. Chief Adkins said a few candy bars were the only items taken.


  • Barron Hardware opened on Main Street in the former Majestic Theatre site.
  • Movies at the New Majestic Theatre included “Naughty but Nice,” “Way Down South,” “Susannah of the Mounties,” “Sunset Trail,” “Mr. Moto’s Last Warning,” “Honolulu,” “Three Texas Steers” and “Mutiny on the Bounty.”


  • Miss Weece Wingate arrived from Baltimore to have charge of the millinery department of Patterson’s Dry Goods during the fall and winter seasons.
  • Work began on a building on Railroad Street to be occupied by Fort Mill Wholesale Co.

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


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