This week in print – rafting trip earns boy record-breaking title

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014



Today we have paddleboards and state-of-the-art kayaks and canoes, but in 1969, it was a state-of-the-art inflated raft that Micheal A. Rumph of the Isle of Palms took off in.

In the summer of 1969, he and three Anderson, S.C. boys paddled down the Savannah River from the Clarks Hill Dam to the Atlantic Ocean at Savannah Beach in an attempt to break the 1964 record of 11 days. The boys made the 280-mile trip in nine days.

Over the course of the trip, one of the one-man-rudder rafts the boys were using to carry supplies was badly ripped.

It resulted in wet supplies, but they paddled on.

In September of 1969, the recently constructed Sullivan's Island Post Office earned the monthly Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award.

Postmaster E.S. Blanchard accepted the award.

In October of 1969, the headline read, “Architects plan new high school.”

The wheels of progress continued to roll forward when the school board named Simons, Lapham, Mitchell and Small architects for the new Mount Pleasant high school.

Of course that is what we now call the old Wando, located on Mathis Ferry and Whipple Roads.

At the time, there were two high schools in Mount Pleasant, Laing High School and General William Moultrie High School.

Both were considered overcrowded to the point of having to use portable classrooms and having some classes in the auditorium.

On the Isle of Palms, citizens became irate during a town council meeting at which they complained about the dog problem on the island.

One woman said that her husband had been badly hurt while riding a motorbike and trying to ward off a dog.

She wanted to know why leash laws were not being enforced.

Another woman was bitten by a dog and said the dogs were running loose across the island.

“Not satisfied with the official response, the complainants left grumbling,” the story said.

Town council later ran an ad looking for a full-time dog catcher but claimed they could not find anyone to do the job for the $2 an hour offered.

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