East Cooper had a small town feel in 1969

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014



In the late 1960s, it seems that Senator Strom Thurmond was all over the news. In 1968, he was named South Carolinian of the Year and had announced his engagement to Nancy Moore.

Interestingly, a local gift shop offered to help Mount Pleasant housewives find just what to do with themselves when their kids got older and went off to college.

Bruce Howe, Liz Simmons and Dot Fry opened Pleasant Things gift shop at 201 Coleman Blvd. They called it not just a business, but an enjoyable hobby.

They each worked two days a week, “enabling themselves to devote most of their time to their families.

Also in 1968, Donna Poulnot was chosen as Mount Pleasant Jaycee-ette Young Woman of the Year.

And in the April 3, 1969 edition, a personal mention was made that Danny Hartley of 410 Church St. and a senior at Presbyterian College had been accepted to the South Carolina Medical College School of Dentistry for the following year.

It was customary to make brief notes like that throughout the paper.

A look at the advertisements in the paper show that Mount Pleasant Chiropractic office offered free examinations and x-rays and Shem Creek Seafood and Supplies, located at the foot of Mill Street, was a wholesale and retail business offering fresh shrimp, fish, clams and oysters in season.

Tony's Beauty Shop, located on Hwy. 703, was run by Tony Berry, Nancy McCants and Kay Coleman.

And you could find brushed tricot sleepwear by MerryLine at Sportswear LTD in Sea Island Shopping Center. They accepted all bank cards.

Lastly, when your house got a chill, the people to call were the Taylor Oil Company who had automatic delivery of ESSO heating oil.

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