'Bachelorettes' hold watermelon slicing; swamp fire contained

Posted 1/7/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Aug. 1 - Aug. 7

- Gene Moses, recent winner of the Carolina Coca-Cola Handicap tournament, and Fred Heath will meet Wednesday at the Sunset Country Club in the finals of the Leland Moore Handicap tourney. Moses advanced in …

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'Bachelorettes' hold watermelon slicing; swamp fire contained


75 YEARS AGO - 1943

Aug. 1 - Aug. 7

- Gene Moses, recent winner of the Carolina Coca-Cola Handicap tournament, and Fred Heath will meet Wednesday at the Sunset Country Club in the finals of the Leland Moore Handicap tourney. Moses advanced in the finals by defeating Frank Thorne Jr., and Heath disposed of James H. Hope Jr. The public is invited to Wednesday's finals.

- Tokyo raider Capt. Dean Davenport, of Portland, Oregon, a co-pilot in the Doolittle air raid on Tokyo, and bride, Miss Mary Lowry of Columbia, were married at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on Saturday night. Capt. Davenport, who is stationed at the Columbia Air Base, doubled for Irene Dunne in flying a plane during the filming of "A Guy Named Joe" filmed in Sumter several months ago. After the ceremony the captain said, "I was more nervous getting married than when we were flying over Tokyo."

- The Shaw Field Military Band, CWO Simpson directing, will present an outdoor benefit concert at Memorial Park. There will be no admission charge, but a collection will be taken with all the proceeds going to the Army Emergency Relief. This concert will mark the first concert appearance of the band in Sumter in some time, and it is hoped that a large crowd will be on hand to enjoy the music.

- Raymond P. Skinner, boatswains mate, second class, who survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier Wasp and has been stationed on a Pacific Island, has arrived at home to visit his mother and other members of his family. The youthful veteran of Pacific action wears five stars, indicating participation in five major battles. Seaman Skinner is now 20. He entered the Navy a little more than two years ago before he was 18. For the past year, he has been on duty with the Pacific fleet. In the Wasp sinking, he received shrapnel wounds of the hand and arms, but none were of a serious nature. He is scheduled to be in Sumter for about two weeks.

- Second Lt. John L. Hranica, Shaw Field instructor, and Aviation Cadet Robert L. White, were killed in a crash of a basic trainer near the Rembert Auxiliary air field about 10:30 o'clock, the post Public Relations office said. The accident occurred, it was stated, while the plane was on a routine training flight.

- The City National Bank building has been purchased by the City Holding Corp. of Sumter for $50,750, D.G.F. Bultman agent for building's share-holders, said today. Final negotiations on the deal were made yesterday, Mr. Bultman said. The purchase figure was released by W.E. Bynum, treasurer of the newly incorporated holding company. F.B. Creech and other officers heading the company are A.B. Boyle, vice president; and S.F. Stoudenmire, secretary. The seven-story structure, familiarly known as "the skyscraper," was built in 1912 and was used for a bank until 1929; since that time it has served as the office for Riley and Co. Mr. Bynum said that the building would be operated as it has been and that the new owners had designated Riley and Co. to handle it. Shareholders will be paid a dividend from the purchase money, Mr. Bultman declared.

- The members of the "Bachelorettes" Club were entertained last Monday night with a watermelon slicing and a peanut boiling by Miss Helen Ulmer at her home on Oswego Road. Several guests and friends from Shaw Field were present. After games and dancing, ice cold watermelons and boiled peanuts were served. The next meeting of the club will be held on Aug. 10 at 7:30.

- Diplomas have been awarded to nine employees of the service department of Courtright Chevrolet Co., signifying that they have successfully passed the 1943 annual national Chevrolet approved mechanics examinations. The examinations were held recently in Florence.

- A group of P-47 Thunderbolts, largest single-engine fighter planes in the war, will be at Shaw Field on Friday afternoon for ground inspection and flying demonstrations and all South Carolinians between the ages of 17 and 27 are invited to see this spectacular new war plane. The exhibition of the P-47's at Shaw Field is part of the routine training of aviation cadets who are getting acquainted with the several types of battle planes by seeing them at first hand.

- Shaw Field scored a 1-0 victory over the Congaree Air Base at Municipal Park. The game was one of the best of the season. Lindsay, former hurler for Chattanooga in the Southern Association, struck out 17 Shaw Field batters while Najjar hurled shut-out ball and whiffed 11. The winning run was scored in the eight by Farrell on a freak play. With Farrell on third and another runner on second Lindsay started to pitch to the batter, but his cap came off and he stopped his motion long enough for a balk to be called, advancing both runners.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

March 31 - April 6

- Sumter residents had an opportunity to view a historical collection of currency dating back to the Colonial Revolutionary period. Six panels of various issues and series of U. S. currency were displayed at the Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina at 670 W. Liberty St. through Friday according D. A. Bramlett, vice president. The exhibit, obtained from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, includes on the first panel currency issued by the Continental Congress and the Colonial Revolutionary States.

- Fire turned a quiet Sunday afternoon along Second Mill into an inferno of blazing trees and grass with fearful homeowners and apprehensive firemen. The blaze, reported at 2:50 p.m., destroyed some 30 acres of grass and woodlands in the Second Mill Swamp, but left untouched some of Sumter's loveliest homes. Three tractor units from the Sumter County division of the South Carolina Commission of Forestry, two trucks from Shaw Air Force Base and three pumpers from the Sumter Fire Department confined the blaze in the swamp.

- Sumter's Stonehill Pre-Primary School was one of three early childhood educational programs featured in 90-minute-long five television broadcasts, to be aired during April from Boston to Washington, D.C. Robert S. Jones, project director, will narrate the Sumter portion and participate in the concluding question-and-answer session as a member of a distinguished panel of educators, including Prof. Edgar Zigler of Yale University and Prof. John Blessington of the Whitby School in Greenwich, Connecticut.

- The South Carolina State Board of Health has allocated $140,000 to Sumter County for construction of an addition to the health center. Notification of the approval was received by W. M. Hodge, chairman of the Sumter County Board of commissioners, along with an outline of steps to be taken now to secure approval of the physical facility from the U.S. Public Health Service. The Sumter County Delegation and Commissioners had agreed earlier to provide $70,000 in matching funds to be used in conjunction with the $140,000 in Hill-Burton federal monies for the addition.

- W. S. Jimmy Jackson, 46, principal of Edmunds High School for eight years, died at South Carolina Baptist Hospital in Columbia following a heart attack three hours earlier at a Columbia motel. The popular educator was in Columbia to take an oral examination for the doctor's degree. He was a native of Manning; he graduated from Manning High School in 1939 and from Clemson in 1943 with a B.S. degree. In 1950, he received a master's degree at the University of South Carolina. During World War II, he served with the Third Armored Division in the European Theatre. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the ETO ribbon with five campaign stars.

- Sumter Speedway admission prices will remain the same this season according to track promoter Clinnie Hyatt, dispelling rumors to the contrary. Tickets to the regular weekly show will be the same $2 with children ages 6-12 being admitted for 50 cents.

- William M. Spinelli, a senior at Edmunds High School, has been named recipient of a $4,400 King Teen Scholarship to Wofford College. Spinelli was selected from among 200 outstanding high school seniors in South Carolina. Four King Teen Scholarships are awarded annually by Wofford College to students who show qualities of character, scholarship and leadership. Each of the four winners receives a $1,000 scholarship for his four years at Wofford.

- Down 3-1, Hillcrest exploded for 14 runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to grab its first win of the season by mauling Kingstree 15-3 on Tuesday afternoon. Third baseman Mike Cox led the way for the Wildcats as he belted two doubles and knocked in four runs. Gene Rowell relieved in the second inning and went the distance to record his initial triumph of the spring.

- A1C Billy L. Feig of the 728th type Tactical Control Squadron has been named "Base Airman of the Month." He is a ground radio operator with the 728th's communications operations section. Airman Feig's job is to help provide high-frequency voice and teletype communications for elements of the Tactical Air Control System. Airman Feig is a native of Collinsville High School in 1964 and attended Southern Illinois University and McKrendee College. Entering the Air Force in March 1966, Airman Feig completed Basic Training at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas, and the Apprentice Ground Radio Operator Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He came to Shaw in July 1966.

- Providing sewer service to the highly populated portion of South Sumter would cost over $1 million, according to a preliminary report submitted to city council by Palmer & Mallard and Associates, engineers. For an estimated $1,216,015, sewage could be collected and treated from the area bounded by the Seaboard Coastline Railroad on the east, East Red Bay Road on the south, Guignard Drive on the west and the existing city limits on the north.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

Jan. 1 - 7

- For Shaw Air Force Base, 1992 was not as memorable as '91, when thousands of airmen were in the Middle East helping to win the Persian Gulf War. But it was still a year marked by service to the community, command changes and efforts to preserve peace around the world. And while trying to preserve peace in the Middle East, one Shaw pilot made Air Force history. Two of the top stories were Shaw got a new commander with Brig. Gen. John B. Hall being the first general to command Shaw, and the 507th Air Control Wing was deactivated.

- Sumter was among a dozen areas in North Carolina and South Carolina that were added to the nation's list of metropolitan statistical areas. The classification, which is based largely on population, is widely used by people searching for lucrative business markets, and the government publishes a list of social and economic statistics for metro areas - including reports on consumer prices, income and employment.

- The deaths of respected superintendents in Sumter school districts 2 and 17 and the appointment of Sumter natives to take their places head the list of 1992's top local education stories. District 17 Superintendent Dr. Lawrence G. Derthick Jr., 63, died after a bout with liver cancer. Dr. Andrena Ray, the district's assistant superintendent for instruction, was tapped as acting and then interim superintendent. With the loss of Superintendent Joe Lefft in an automobile accident, District 2 faced a similar tragedy. Dr. Frank Baker, District 2's deputy superintendent for administration and personnel, was appointed interim superintendent following Lefft's death and later named superintendent.

- Both districts struggled with tight budgets in 1992 after the state Budget and Control Board made mid-year funding cuts at the state education department. District 2 also unexpectedly enrolled about 89 additional students when children moved to Sumter with their Air Force families after Florida's Homestead Air Force Base was devastated by Hurricane Andrew.

- Happy New Year! We have a change in the calendar but no change in the problems, opportunities and challenges facing agriculture. The problems facing the agro-industry are not unique. Increased competition in a world market, high costs of production and rapidly changing technology could easily describe any industry. However, the basic differences between agriculture and other industries is the weather and our lack of ability to set prices.

- Just how bad did Bishopville High School shoot from the field in its 66-55 loss to Cheraw in the third-place game of the Lee County Invitational Christmas Tournament? Well, the Dragons only trailed Cheraw, 21-20, at the end of the first period. But they hit a dry spell at the start of the second quarter and did manage to pull within four points at 34-30 at the end of the first half. They hit another dry spell in the third quarter and were not able to recover.

- Gregory's playground was once a place where shadowy drug dealers made sales in darkened corners and where angry young men controlled an indigent empire by intimidating women and children. The sound of gunfire would roll like thunder through the long nights. The Gamecock Apartments at one time were considered one of the worst areas, but with the help of the police, management and tenants, the complex is now a better place to live.

- The Sumter area is making a comeback, even as the nation's economy struggles to escape the clutches of a global recession. After two years of plant closings and layoffs, industries began hiring again in 1992, and the results can be seen everywhere from unemployment offices to retail outlets. Local manufacturing employment is back up to its 1990 level.

- They are child care attendants, auto mechanics, nurses' aides, clerical workers, construction workers and warehouse supervisors. They are electricians, computer technicians and welders. Some are students. They are all former Campbell Soup Co. employees. When the Campbell Soup Co. - at one time the county's largest employer with 1,200 workers - closed its Sumter plant, many observers feared an economic disaster was awaiting Sumter County. Fortunately, Carolina Golden Products Inc. soon purchased the plant. Some workers were hired, and others were transferred to other plants, and others found that other doors of opportunity have opened for them.

- The Sumter Gallery of Art foyer exhibit will feature a retrospective of photographs from Sumter High School's Signature magazine. The award-winning magazine has been presenting excellent photographic examples for 25 years. In recognition of its presentation of Sumter and its surrounding communities, the gallery and the students of Sumter High School are presenting this "Signature Retrospect."

- Bishopville City Council gave first reading approval to a change in its zoning law that could lead to the location of a used car lot in the downtown core commercial area. Also, council gave first reading approval to another zoning measure that might lead to the reclassification of a 2.5-acre tract from a developmental district to general residential.