‘Aunt Laura’ passes, the Potts celebrate 62 years and more in 100 Years of Fort Mill History

1999

  • The Fort Mill High School Marching Band finished third in a Bands of America competition in Johnson City, TN. The band’s show was “Miss Saigon.”
  • Fort Mill defeated Clover 28-23 behind the 243 all-purpose yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return, performance of Jason Therrell. Great Falls defeated Indian Land 32-0.
  • Shae Rogers was crowned Fort Mill High School Homecoming Queen. Jennifer Mullis was runner-up.
  • Otis and Ella Mae White Potts celebrated their 62nd anniversary. They were honored by their children and grandchildren at a dinner in Fort Mill.

1979

  • Jim Phillips won the Fort Mill Toastmasters International Area 6 Humorous Speaking contest in Rock Hill.
  • The Fort Mill High School Marching Band took first place in Class A competition at the Wake Forest Band Festival in Winston-Salem.
  • Fort Mill’s Yellow Jackets bounced back from their first loss of the season to claim a 35-6 win over the Lugoff-Elgin Demons. Indian Land lost to the Whitmire Wolverines 17-0 after a fourth quarter brawl left neither team with enough players to finish the game.
  • Fort Mill City Council was told that prospects of turning the old Carothers Elementary School into a community center did not appear bright.

1959

  • L.A. Barnes, Jr. of the Fort Mill Telephone Company announced that subscribers voted in favor of eliminating toll charges between Fort Mill and Rock Hill.
  • The senior class of Fort Mill High School elected Janice Powell and Davy Blackwelder to serve as class mascots.

1939

  • The Parks Grocery, operated for many years by E. S. Parks on upper Main Street, was recently closed and its stock sold at auction.
  • W. R. Bradford was made a Life Member of Catawba Masonic Lodge. He became a member in April, 1914.

1919

  • “Aunt” Laura Sulledge, one of the few remaining slave-time residents in this section, died at her home.
  • Playing at the Majestic was “Wolves of the Rail” with William S. Hart, the Western King, in one of his best plays.

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

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