One hundred years ago today, on Nov. 2, 1912, the Georgetown Times advertised some interesting items for sale.
H. Kaminski & Co. – Texas Red Rust Proof Seed Oats
Mrs. A. Harvey, Fraser St. – Strawberry plants and fruit trees
Easton Novelty Store, 720 Front St. – Barclay Corsets
D.J. Crowley – Lager Beer, Sarsaparilla, Cigars, Game, and Poultry
Carolina Hardware Co., Phone 84 – Mowing Machines and Hay Presses
W.M. Carpenter – A small flock of healthy pigeons
James J. Scurry – For Sale Cheap, two horses and three mules
S.S. Fraser – Reduction in Price on Tungsten Lamps
J.I. Hazard, Phone 627 – Anthracite and Bituminous Coal
The New Store – Regals Shoes, $4.00
For Sale – Two lighters of medium size, apply at Times office
Okay, this last one I had to look up because I knew that ‘lighter’ had something to do with watercraft, but I didn’t know exactly what kind.
I learned that a ‘lighter’ is a large flat-bottom barge, used to deliver or unload goods to or from a cargo ship.
The newspaper also ran ‘For Sale’ ads from other places: Buff Orpington Ducks (small eaters and great layers) from Lakeland, Florida; Holstein bull calves from Newport News, Virginia; and cypress doors, sash and blinds from L. Weatherhorn & Son, Charleston, S.C.
The big story of the day, of course, was the presidential election.
Most of the articles in this issue were about the four candidates running.
Yes, I said four. The incumbent was President William Howard Taft, the Republican nominee.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt, not being chosen by the Republican Party as their nominee, formed the Progressive Party.
The Democratic nominee was Woodrow Wilson and the Socialist Party of America ran Eugene V. Debs.
The following week, after the votes were tallied, the clear winner was Wilson, with Roosevelt coming in second, Taft third, and Debs last.
Next week, we’ll get our results from television, radio, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other online media sources.
In 1912, our newspaper posted the following: “We are endeavoring to perfect arrangements by which we hope to furnish the readers of The Times and the public generally with the election returns next Tuesday night. We hope to have a bulletin board at The Times office on which will be displayed all information as fast as possible.”
I can imagine all of the people gathered around the bulletin board, waiting for results, and then jumping in their ‘horse and buggies’ to spread the word around the county.
There were other pressing matters to be dealt with in Georgetown, however, such as how to keep people from shooting, hunting, and fishing on their land.
Several trespass notices were posted in this issue. H. C. Smith, Agent, warned people away from “Retreat” on the Black River. The Kinlock Gun Club threatened trespassers away from lands formally of S.M. Ward & Co. on the Santee River, and H.T. McDonald, Agent, threatened prosecution of trespassers on Weehaw Plantation.
Teachers, do you think you have it bad today? According to a story published in this issue, a “rich farmer” of Saluda County was convicted in March, 2011 on a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
His victim was a young school teacher ... seems she whipped the farmer’s child in class.
The farmer took his shotgun and his wife and tried to run over the teacher with his horse and buggy as she walked down a public highway.
She survived; he got five years, but was paroled after serving only nineteen months.
To the Georgetown Times ... thanks for the memories.
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