75 YEARS AGO - 1943
March 27 - April 2
Funeral services for Perry Moses Sr., president of the general agency of Perry Moses and Son, who died unexpectedly at the Tuomey Hospital, were held at 5 o'clock at the residence on Church Street. Services were conducted by Rabbi Samuel R. Shillman. Interment was in the Jewish Cemetery. A large crowd attended the final rites, and floral offerings were both large and beautiful.
• Woodrow Way, missing in action in North Africa and reported from Holly Hill in the recent war department casualty list, was born Nov. 16, 1916, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlton C. Way of Pinewood. He attended Panola School in Clarendon County, and his wife is from Holly Hill. He went overseas in August 1942 and was reported missing in action Feb. 14. He was a former employee at John Evans in Sumter.
• A "supper" will be featured at the YWCA at 7:30. Persons were encouraged to write letters recommending outstanding women leaders of the community, and they will be recognized during the program, which will be broadcast. Letters for Monday's program should be in the hands of Mrs. Shattuck, YW executive secretary, by Monday morning.
• Familiar names in this community will ring out over the air waves in a nationwide broadcast from New York next Sunday afternoon when Sumter is the guest city on the "Wake Up America" program. The program, a weekly feature of the Blue network, lasts from 3:15 until 4. Featured on it Sunday will be Dr. Eveline M. Burns, research director of the National Resources Planning Board, and Rose Wilder Lane, frequent contributor to the "Saturday Evening Post" and author of the book, "Discovery of Freedom." They will answer questions from Sumter residents, telephoned in from local radio station WFIG by its manager, Doug Youngblood. A brief description of Sumter also will be given over the program.
• Plans are complete, City Manager Raffield said today, for the second test blackout to be held under the new signal system which will be staged Thursday night from 8 until 8:45 o'clock. The last blackout, Mr. Raffield said, went off smoothly and he predicted that this one would be handled by civilians and defense workers in the same manner.
• The H.J. Commins grocery store and meat market, after operating under a great hardship since the Masonic building fire on Jan. 8, has now reentered the business life of the city on a full scale, with a completely remodeled and modernized store, which has been acclaimed by all who have inspected it as one of the most modern and complete in the state. The entire interior of the store has been rebuilt and a number of new fixtures added for the attractive display of merchandise. Located at 12 W. Liberty St. in the Masonic building, with another entrance in the rear on the O'Donnell lot, the H.J. Commins store for many years has been one of the leading and most successful food stores in Sumter.
• Behind a handsome brick wall and with little fanfare work is going on in the city park across from Swan Lake Gardens, which may make it a match of the latter famous beauty spot within not so many years. H.C. Bland, creator of Swan Lake, is helping the city with the planning and setting out the garden. Sumter residents have a treat to look forward to when it is full grown and complete.
• Shaw Field's 13th class of aviation cadets graduated from basic flying school here this week and moved on to advanced schools at Moody Field, Turner Field and Spence Field in Georgia. George W. Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Parker of Sumter, was among the cadets assigned to advanced school at Moody Field, Valdosta, Georgia.
• Cadet Vivian Moses of Clemson College was appointed regimental sergeant major, which is one of the highest offices that can be held in the junior class. At the first of the season he was appointed supply sergeant, and his twin brother, Herbert A. Moses, was made first sergeant. The two brothers are in their third year of electrical engineering and are members of the Enlisted Reserve Corps. They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Moses of Sumter.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Nov. 26 - Dec. 2
Thomas Henry Siddall Jr., 74, died at Tuomey Hospital after a long illness. He was associated with Sumter Machinery Co. for over 50 years, where he was treasurer and general manager for several years. At the time of his death, he was chairman of the board of directors.
• Players and coaches have been spending endless hours each afternoon preparing for the high school basketball season. Charlie Hodgin, in his 11th year as head coach at Sumter's Edmunds High, has several standouts from last year's squad, but the lack of a top-notch big man may be very costly to the Gamecocks. Sharp-shooting Al Towery, along with Jimmy Trembley, Dwayne Windham and Sydney Brown, are the four returnees.
• City council voted to proceed with the widening of Sumter Street between Calhoun and Bartlette Streets, despite earlier opposition to the widening from both the Downtown Sumter Improvement Association and the City Planning Commission. Councilman Morris D. Mazursky specified in his motion that if right of way land could not be acquired at appraised value or less, it should be subjected to condemnation proceedings.
• Gene Wells starts his first year as head basketball coach at Furman High this season, something that's really not so startling. But it is unusual when you consider Gene Wells wasn't on a high school staff last year and he's never coached anywhere before. "I've always wanted to take a crack at coaching basketball, says the tall and youthful Indian mentor. So when the opportunity came, I took it."
• When a coach loses his ace scorer and top rebounder via graduation you don't exactly expect to find him over-joyed about the approaching basketball season. But as much as Hillcrest's Richard Bradham might have hated to see aces Greg Sampson and Dale Faulk depart he's not crying over his prospects for the 1967-68 campaign. Three of the five starters from last season's fine 17-5 team will be back along with several standout reserves.
• Thirty Sumter County ASCS-associated farm community committeemen gathered in Sumter County Courthouse for orientation into the major concepts put forward in the farm programs affecting this area for 1968. Participating in the program were Joe C. Heriot, ASCS office manager; T.O. Bowen, county agent; and Rogers Reynolds, manager of the Sumter County Production Credit Assn.
• The Sumter Lions Club has begun forming a new service club in Sumter. They are sponsoring the Sumter Gamecock Lions Club, which will be the second Lions Club in Sumter and the only service organization with a noon club and a night club. The following have been elected officers for the new club: president, J.B. "Red" Baker; first vice president, Arthur Harper; second vice president, Everett H. Alsbrook; third vice president, George W. Steele; secretary and treasurer, James P. Nettles Jr.; Lion Tamer, J. Foster Smiley; and Tail Twister, Frank Graybeal.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Aug. 28 - Sept. 3
South Carolina's hospitals sued the state, joining educators in challenging budget cuts that hospital officials said could end subsidized medical care for the poor. "If we were to lose our Medicaid program, out poorest, our sickest citizens - both young and old - will have nowhere to turn for help with their health care needs," Bill Prince, vice president of the South Carolina Hospital Association said. "I'll tell you what a lot of us are going to do if they cut this money. A lot of us are going to die," Elizabeth Harmon, 64, a Medicaid recipient, said.
• With all-everything quarterback Wally Richardson now toiling for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Sumter High head football coach Tom Lewis knew that the signal-caller slot would be a critical position for the Gamecocks this season. And, the position has proven to be a problem, but a happy one. Lewis finds himself trying to distinguish a front runner among four talented prospects. All four played in the Gamecocks' season opener, and all four impressed their head coach as Sumter rolled to a 38-6 win over Battery Creek.
• Sumter High School has built a winning tradition in boys' soccer. Now it's time to move over and let the girls do their thing. For the first time ever, Sumter High will field a girl's soccer team and first year Coach Heather Mead is excited. "Girls' soccer is just starting to develop as a high school sport," she said. "Irmo, Spring Valley, Richland Northeast and schools like that have girls teams already."
• Pam Andrews thinks that Parent Teacher Associations are schools for adults. The PTA-convert and parent of two children in Sumter School District 17 schools says she's learned quite a bit about a lot of different topics. "I've been to workshops on AIDS, learning disabilities and a lot of issues concerning children's health and education that have been sponsored by the PTAs in my children's schools," Andrews said. "I learned a lot about how a school operates, too. I'm always encouraging more parents to get involved. When everyone works together as a team, there are a lot of things that a PTA school can do."
• Dennis Brunson has been named assistant sports editor of The Item and Kevin McLendon has been promoted to senior sportswriter. As assistant sports editor, Brunson will handle story assignments within the sports department. Brunson, 31, is a Sumter High School graduate who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from USC. McLendon, 31, is an Airport High School honor graduate who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at USC.
• George Rikard will tell you he's always been into physical fitness, finding ways to keep his body fit. In searching for ways to tone his body, Rikard lifted weights seriously for the first time 12 years ago. It has become a part of his daily routine ever since. He has earned trophies in several weightlifting and powerlifting competitions. However, none compare to the two silver medals Rikard won in the International Law Enforcement Games in Washington.
• Responding to its increased enrollment, USC Sumter has welcomed seven new educators to its faculty. The faculty newcomers include Dr. Kwame Dawes, assistant professor of English; Joe T. Felan III, instructor of management science; Dr. Susan G. Hendley, assistant professor of education; Dr. Joanne Klein, assistant professor of history; Dr. Louis J. Pantuosco Jr., assistant professor of economics and finance; Dr. Maitland A. Roses, assistant professor of mathematics; and Cheryl Van Deusen, instructor of management.
• Mary L. Cooke was named the recipient of the 1992 Outstanding Service Award at the annual faculty/staff general meeting held in August at Central Carolina Technical College. The award is presented annually by the Central Carolina Technical College Foundation to recognize an educational support employee of the college for their outstanding performance and achievement during the year.
• Go west, young man. Horace Greeley's classic piece of advice, if translated for modern-day Sumter city and county, would read: Go west, development and progress, just as planned. Statistics from utilities and school districts as well as a keen eye for new construction, easily point out that Sumter is stretching west. City-County Planning Department Director John Stockbridge said signs of the westward travel are new shopping centers on Alice Drive and Wesmark Boulevard, the renovation of Walmart and Kmart on Broad Street, new motels near Shaw Air Force Base and new subdivisions on Loring Mill and Keels roads.
• Ronnie Johnson claimed the win in the Super Stock division at Sumter Rebel Speedway. Johnson stayed near the front of the pack to take the lead just after the halfway mark of the race. Behind Johnson were Arthur Winn, Ronnie Anderson, Alvin Davis and Ruby McCoy. Wayne Jennings held the lead to win the Hobby main event.
• Hillcrest quarterback Deandre James and Sumter High linebacker George Kurzenberger have been chosen as the Sumter Touchdown Club High School Football Players of the Week. The players of the week are chosen by the Item sports staff from nominations submitted by high school coaches in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties.
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