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Yesteryear - Feb. 12, 2014

45 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 10-14, 1969

Posted: February 10, 2014 2:49 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.


Bethune bank announces credit card

The Bank of Bethune has announced plans to provide Bank Americard – the all purpose credit card – to the public in the Bethune and McBee areas.

T. W. Wilson, president, said arrangements have been made for the bank to offer this revolutionary new revolving credit service through an agency agreement with the South Carolina National Bank, which is the BankAmericard licensee in South Carolina….

History of Holly Hedge

One of Camden’s most elaborate homes of its day, famed for its grounds and gardens, was Holly Hedge, still an elegant residence on Green Street.

…The three-story house is unique in that the kitchen and dining room are still in a structure separated from the main building, as was the old custom in order to guard against fire.  A covered walkway connects the structures.

…The home is a testimony to the industry of a young orphan who, according to family stories, arrived in Camden in the early 1800’s with only two dollars in his pocket and several brothers and sisters to care for.

William E. Johnson, born in 1797, was barely 20 years old when he came to Camden from Lancaster County.  A family diary reveals that he was there by 1816; “Historic Camden” dates his arrival “about 1818.)

…Family history says that Mr. Johnson was a shrewd thinker and an adept businessman.  He hired runners to make frequent trips between Camden and Charleston so that he always knew the latest prices for cotton.

Mr. Johnson’s business endeavors were so successful that he was able to purchase large tracts of land….

Subscription increase set

The cost of home subscriptions and newsstand sales for The Chronicle will increase slightly, effective March 1.

C. M. Ford, publisher of The Chronicle, said that two factors have prompted a modest rise in the cost of the paper to readers:

(1)  The need for newsboys to earn more from their routes in distributing the newspaper.

(2)  The need to meet increased newsprint costs and other costs involved in the production of The Chronicle.

…The new schedule of Chronicle prices is as follows:

Home delivery -- twenty-five cents per week (formerly twenty cents).

Newsstand sales -- ten cents per issue (formerly five cents on Monday and Friday and ten cents on Wednesday).

A year’s subscription -- $13.00 per year (formerly $10.40).

“We are striving to improve our newspaper and our service to subscribers,” said Ford, “and this price increase will permit us to do more good things for Camden and Kershaw County through The Chronicle.”

Pine Tree Science Fair winners are announced

On January 27, the Pine Tree Hill Science Fair was held at the school with an impressive and varied array of projects entered and on display.  These projects reflected a wide range of interests and subject matter ranging from the construction of a rabbit box to the working model of an electric eye.  Among other projects were an incubator, an experiment which demonstrates the conductivity of various solutions in water, a model of the lunar module, a working model of a record player, a model which illustrates how the ear transfers sound to the brain and a working electric hamper.

…The Blue Ribbon Winners are…Kathy Long, Ricky Gause, Lyn Dallas, …Ricky Dicky…Mark Blackmon, Rengy Cobb, Deborah Herrill, Tim Williams, Jimmy Cook, and Danny Price…



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