1975 was the start of exciting things for East Cooper

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Today, taxpayers enjoy low fire insurance rates in Mount Pleasant due to a celebrated Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of three.

ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).

They then assign a Public Protection Classification from one to 10. Class one generally represents superior property fire protection, and class 10 indicates that the area’s fire-suppression program doesn’t meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

In 1975, it was reported in the Moultrie News that fire insurance rates in town were going down. The Insurance Services Office of South Carolina said insurance rates were being changed from a class seven to a class six.

Improved fire defense was given as the reason for reduction.

During that year, Fire Chief Cyrus Pye added a full-time trainer and more fire inspectors as well as new equipment.

Also that year, shrimpers had the best dollar year. The Marine Advisory Board to the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission announced a record year in catch and sales in 1975.

Raymond Rhodes, Commercial Fisheries Section Leader for the department’s Marine Resources Division, reported that through the end of September, some 5.8 million pounds of shrimp (heads on) had been harvested in South Carolina with a dockside value of nearly $7.3 million.

Sullivan’s Island artist Marilyn Varn designed a town seal for the island but became furious after it was redesigned. She disclaimed the work saying, “Whoever redrew the design made Sgt. Jasper look like a flat-chested pregnant woman.”

East Cooper was still made up of small mom-and-pop stores such as Parker’s TV Center which joined the microwave revolution in 1975, offering free demonstrations.

The Lamp Shoppe was located on the Common and One Hour Martinizing offered the most in drycleaning. Their slogan: “Be wise – martinize.” It was located at 811 Coleman Blvd. and owned by Lon Whitfield.

The Taylor Oil Company would “keep you in full service” and AAA Auto Salvage, Inc. sold used parts, offered free teletype service and hauled old junk cars for free.

It was a small-town feel east of the Cooper in 1975.

Read the Moultrie News each week for a look back at our community’s history and don’t forget to visit our online archives at www.moultrienews.com to see more classic stories.

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