#Throwback Thursday

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun

May 17, 1912

Cattle ticks seemed to stir up some trouble for local farmers in 1912.

The Sun reported that the quarantine law was raised from Hart County except for a few farms where the cattle tick had not yet been eradicated.

A letter sent to the cattle inspector, C.H.N. Brown, from the state veterinarian, Peter F. Bahnsen, was published in The Sun and said farmers couldn’t make any money with tick-infested cattle.

“No man can make money out of ticky cattle,” the letter read. “The ticks feed on the blood of the cattle exclusively, and inject a specific poison into the animals’ blood.”

The letter went on to say that it was in the best interest of farmers to get rid of these ticks and it could be done easily. 

“It has been done on hundreds of farms in your county, only a few premises infested and therefore quarantined,” the letter said.

The state veterinarian ended the letter by telling the local cattle inspector that before the existing restrictions could be lifted, the cattle and premises must be free of ticks.

May 20, 1938

A veteran newspaper man and prominent Hartwell resident died in 1938.

James Thomas Magill, who spent 40 years with The Hartwell Sun, passed away on May 14 after being ill for several months.

The 78-year-old was born in Pendleton, S.C., and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Magill, who were “pioneer citizens of the Palmetto state,” The Sun reported.

Magill moved to Hartwell as a young man to associate himself with his cousin, Hon. John H. Magill, who founded The Hartwell Sun in 1876.

He lived in Hartwell until his death and devoted nearly 50 years of his life to journalism.

May 21, 1987

Cotton farmers had a “special kind of courage” going into the new growing season after coming up empty handed the year before.

The county extension agent at the time, Carroll Moore, said Hart County cotton farmers planted 800 acres of the crop in 1986, but they never picked a single boll.

Despite a bad previous year, cotton farmers in the county were planting 1,100 acres of the crop, hoping for a change.

The extension agent said the lack of rain at the proper time hurt the farms terribly. It was also noted that while the crops appeared to look good because the stalks grew tall,  they all produced “little. scrawny bolls that could not justify the expense of picking and hauling to the gin,” Moore said.

“I think this will be a good cotton year and I’m pleased  to see that the local acreage is increased. It could well have gone to zero after last year’s crop,” Moore said.