Beaufort History Museum is taking a deep dive into headlines from Beaufort newspapers from the late 1800s to the early twentieth century. These weekly postings will highlight the stories Beaufortonians were buzzing about in yesteryear.

July 23, 1903

Let's go back to 1903 and revisit this Beaufort Gazette reporter's account of a live-fire target practice conducted from Fort Fremont on Saint Helena Island.  The reporter describes the exercise and its results in detail of what would have been an example of state-of-the-art, turn-of-the-20th century coastal artillery technology.

Our followers should note that the new Fort Fremont History Center is planned to open on November 9, 2021 and will tell the story of this unique example of a Spanish American War Era fortification listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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July 23, 1903

Places that sold illegal, untaxed alcoholic beverages were known as Blind Tigers. The tigers may have been blind, but law enforcement wasn’t, as shown by this July 23, 1903 Beaufort Gazette headline.

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August 6, 1903

For all the changes in the newspaper business, some things remain constant, like the cardinal rule that "if it bleeds it leads." This story appeared on Page 1 of the August 6, 1903 Beaufort Gazette.

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January 24, 1907

Fire was a constant threat in twentieth century Beaufort, as shown in this Beaufort Gazette headline from January 24, 1907. Portions of the story are not as legible as we would like, but copies made from microfilm of a paper printed 114 years ago have their limitations.

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February 22, 1906

One of the most celebrated personalities in Washington was Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt. News of her wedding was carried around the world, including Beaufort, as this February 22, 1906 Beaufort Gazette headline confirms. Because of limitations in photography, several photos referenced in the article could not be reproduced on microfilm.

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October 25, 1906

This front-page story from October 25, 1906 reminds us of the hazards of crossing the Beaufort River before the Woods Bridge was constructed.

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December 17, 1903,

It must have been a slow news day in Beaufort, because the Gazette’s front page lacked any headline and this piece reprinted from the Florence Times, “Troubles of an Editor,” made the front page. Niels Christensen, Jr., the Gazette’s editor, must have known those troubles, but he had no way of knowing that a few hundred miles to the north, in Kitty Hawk, N.C., one of the most important news stories in history was unfolding as Orville Wright flew 120 feet in the first powered flight in history.

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December 23, 1910

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let's see how Santa did it in the Beaufort County Democrat over a century ago. Not a flat screen TV nor cell phone in sight. Ho-ho-ho! And Merry Christmas from the Beaufort History Museum.

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February 24, 1911

Today, Beaufort's iconic Arsenal is home to the Beaufort History Museum, but at one time it hosted boxing matches, as shown by this February 24, 1911 headline from the County Democrat.

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February 17, 1911

Who needs I-95 when a shell road is good enough for automobiles? This February 17, 1911, article from the County Democrat crows about Beaufort's superior roads, built at a cost that today probably wouldn't fund a single guard rail on the interstate.

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