Editor's note: Because of Hurricane Florence, the Sunday, Sept. 16, edition of Yesteryear was published only online. Read it at www.theitem.com.
75 YEARS AGO - 1944
April 12 - April 21
- Cadet Francis Gregg Horne and Cadet Charles Robert …
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- Cadet Francis Gregg Horne and Cadet Charles Robert Propst have been appointed cadet supply sergeants at The Citadel, according to an announcement by Col. C. M. McMurray, professor of military science and tactics at the college. A member of the third (sophomore) class, Cadet Horne is assigned to the band, while Cadet Propst, a member of the second (junior) class, is assigned to Company A. Appointments for military rank at The Citadel are based upon possession of outstanding qualities of leadership and ability and upon academic, military and conduct records.
- Lt. Paul Feinerer of Shaw Field attended Ohio Northern University while Dr. Robert Williams, second speaker on the Sumter Rotary Club's Institute of International Understanding, was president of that institution. Lt. Feinerer says Dr. Williams is an exceptionally able, well-informed man and a fine speaker. He and Mrs. Feinerer are looking forward to renewing an old acquaintance with Dr. Williams and to hearing his address at Edmunds High School Auditorium.
- Staff Sgt. James Cromer, who was reported missing in action over Germany and later listed as a prisoner of war, has written his wife. Excerpts from his letter are as follows. "I am a prisoner of war in Germany. I am fine except for a broken leg. The doctors here in the hospital set it for me, so don't worry. I think probably that you can write me through the Red Cross. Please try anyway. The people here treat us okay. We have good food. This is about all I can say now." Sgt. Cromer was based in England and served as an aerial gunner prior to his capture.
- More than 750 persons enjoyed the square dance at Jenkins Center last night, Miss Adele Moore, city recreation head, said today. Byron Parker and his Barn Dance entertainers furnished music for the occasion. Miss Moore said that Mr. Parker stated that he had never seen as large a crowd at a square dance in his life nor a more well-behaved and orderly one. City recreation officials expressed appreciation for the way people turned out for the affair. Parker and his entertainers will play a return engagement at Jenkins in four weeks, according to Moore.
- Pfc. Joe E. Dunlop of Sumter, and another Marine, Sgt. Forrest W. Wild, were credited with knocking out a Japanese machine gun nest during the fierce battle of Bloody Point on Cape Gloucester, according to a story written by a Marine Corps correspondent. Sgt. Wild discovered the Japanese strongpoint - a series of machine gun nests cleverly hidden in the heavy jungle brush. One-gun position was manned by five of the enemy. The mission was successful, and the position was wiped out.
- It will be the job of each block leader in the city to urge housewives in her block to cooperate with the Clean-up, Paint-Up, Beautify and Salvage Critical Material drive which will be staged next week, an official of the civilian service corps said today. The objective of the campaign is not only to get much-needed scrap material for the war effort, but also to keep usable property in good repair and in doing improve the looks of the city. "Prompt action by Sumter citizens in taking a full share in this campaign for a cleaner community this spring will be a real patriotic service," a spokesman for the block leaders said.
- "The YMCA is the embodiment of those democratic and Christian ideals for which we are fighting," President Roosevelt declared in a statement sent to Carl W. Link, general secretary of the Sumter YMCA in connection with the 100th anniversary of the "Y" during 1944. The president's complete statement notes: "The observance during 1944 of the 100th anniversary of the Young Men's Christian Association should be a significant occasion, not only in the United States but elsewhere in many parts of the world. Serving without distinction of nationality, race or religion, the YMCA is the embodiment of those democratic and Christian ideals for which we are fighting. Its many contributions to the physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being of boys and young men add up to an impressive humanitarian total. I trust that this centenary year of the Young Men's Christian Association will witness an increase in good works, a renewal of dedication and a strengthening of hands for service for the years to come."
- Seven men aboard a medium bomber which disappeared during a combat training flight to Cape Lookout, North Carolina were listed as missing by the Columbia Army Air Base. The public relations office said that all airports and stations between Columbia and the New River (N.C.) Marine base had been asked to help search for the plane and other stations had been asked to keep an alert for any trace of the bomber.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Dec. 15 - 21
- The Edmunds High School cross country team added the state title to its list of wins. The local team finished ahead of 11 other groups and remained unbeaten for the season. Beechie Brooker of A.C. Flora led the 52-man field over the winding course that started behind Alice Drive Junior High School and ended on the Alice Drive track. The 2 miles carried the runners through open fields, ditches, woods and down Alice Drive.
- The Edmunds High School Gamecocks sharpened their claws and recorded their third consecutive victory of the 1968-69 cage season, beating Southside of Florence, 63-50. For the first time in several years, Edmunds could put together a four-game winning streak with a successful venture to Orangeburg.
- Two Sumter boys duck hunting in the Santee Cooper swamp were found today after a night-long search. Gene Jackson, game warden, and Lt. George Kolb, sheriff's office, found Edward Bell, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Bell, and Cordes Palmer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Cody Palmer. Jackson and Kolb found the boys' car parked at Pack's Landing and then found the boys in the Sparkleberry area of the Santee River. The boys had motor trouble but were alright physically except for being cold.
- The area High School Tournament at Lincoln High School will open with afternoon games. Seven girls' teams and eight boys' teams are scheduled to compete in the affair. Four games are to be played on Thursday, three on Friday and five on Saturday. Semifinalists will play two games on the final day. Mt. Pleasant, Ebenezer, Manchester, Dennis, Scotts Branch, Eastern, St. Jude and Lincoln are entered in the tournament.
- Luther McCutchen flipped in a 15-foot jump shot from the corner just as the final buzzer went off to send Bishopville's Dragons into the win column for the first time this season, 52-50. The non-conference win by Bishopville over Olanta was the first success of the Dragons on the hardwood this year after four contests. Bishopville's girls crushed Olanta 35-22 in the first game of the night to move their record to 2-2 on the year. Miriam Tisdall hit 11 points and Elaine Manzingo 13 to lead the Lady Dragons.
- Expansion of TARC's academic training program was realized this week with the first meeting of the Reconnaissance Staff Officers Course. The next monthly course, designed to acquaint staff officers of lieutenant colonel rank and below with the latest reconnaissance equipment, is being conducted by TARC with help from the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. The 363rd TRW, which previously conducted a similar course, is providing the instructors for this class session.
- A delegation of Sumter TEC board members appeared before the Sumter County Board of Commissioners at their monthly meeting where they requested and received $56,000 in county funds to add to $90,000 the county had already pledged to TEC for its building expansion program. Heading the delegation was TEC board chairman C. C. Goodwin, accompanied by several TEC personnel who explained plans for building a new single-story circular library, at an estimated cost of $180,000, and an administrative addition, at an estimated cost of $63,500.
- Young's Markets recently opened its most recent store in the Sumter area, No. 8 on the corner of Liberty and Alice Drive. According to general manager Kenneth Young, Young's Markets are run and operated by Sumter people. "We want the people to know that this is a local chain," he added. Young stated that eventually in a planned five-year program, Young's Markets will be found in this part of South Carolina with stores in Columbia, Camden and Florence.
- In this day of stereotypes and look-a-likes, when automobiles are designed for mass production, it is unique to have one especially made for one person. The Elisha R. Baker family, Route 4, Sumter, has such a car along with two other unique automobiles, all of which are Rolls-Royce. Not only do the Bakers have a 1921 Rolls, which was made for the Duke of Salamanca and is valued at $19,500, but also the family has a 1937 Phantom III Rolls and a 1920 Rolls "Silver Ghost."
- Terry Marinko, an outstanding lineman for the Edmunds High School Gamecocks, signed a grant-in-aid with The Citadel. Head Coach Red Parker personally inked the prospect, in the presence of Edmunds Coach Steve Satterfield and the boy's mother. Marinko was a tackle for the Gamecocks and was a standout in the line for two years.
- Hillcrest football athletes enjoyed a talk by Presbyterian College Coach Cally Gault (South Carolina Coach of the Year) and a fine meal at the school during the athletic banquet. Certificates, letters and special awards were given out at the affair, sponsored annually by the Booster Club. Coach Gus Pringels' Wildcats finished the year with a 6-3-1 ledger. Gault's talk told the players to represent the sport well and give kids something to look up to.
- An awards ceremony was held at Shaw Air Force Base to honor Air Force Maj. James Lee Shanks, who was killed while flying a combat mission in Vietnam earlier this year. Maj. Gen. Timothy O'Keefe, commander of the Ninth Air Force at Shaw, presented the widow, Mrs. Elsie G. Shank of Columbia, and her three sons, Robert, 19, Mark, 15, and Mitchell, 12, with the decorations and awards won by Maj. Shanks. Maj. Shanks served in Vietnam from Dec. 5, 1967, to May 24, 1968.
- The Sumter School of Practical Nursing is making plans for next year's class which will begin April 1, 1969, in the Tuomey Hospital Educational Building (The Neil O'Donnell Home for Nurses). Upon successful completion of this one-year program, the graduates will be recommended to write the State Board of Nursing Examinations to become Licensed Practical Nurses.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Sept. 17 - 23
- A new poultry barn and a midway that set a world record will help make this year's Sumter County Fair the best ever, said fair manager Carlisle White. "We had 47,000 people last year, and this year we hope to go over 50,000," White said. The Sumter County Fair was first held in 1916 by a group of citizens wanting to promote agriculture and livestock. The fair was held on West Oakland Avenue until it was moved to the present location in 1920, when members of the newly formed Post 15 started helping with the event.
- School District 17's Literacy Center has merged with District 2's Literacy program to form a countywide literacy program. The program will be housed in Room 222 of the District 17 Instructional Center at 220 Hasell St. District 17 Literacy Director Katy Hopkins and District 2 Literacy Director Dr. Sandra Daniel will serve as coordinators for the county-wide program.
- Students at Manning High School may have longer class periods beginning next year. School Principal John Bassard told Clarendon School District 2 board members he is researching the possibility of having 1 -hour class periods next year rather than the 57-minute ones the school now has. Under the plan, students would attend four classes one day and an additional four classes the following day. The alternating of class meeting days is similar to how college schedules are designed.
- After being interrupted last week by Summerville, the Sumter High Gamecocks' quest to hand Tom Lewis his 100th career win as a head football coach came to an end with a 23-14 win over visiting Aiken. "It feels good to get the (100th) win and get it out of the way, but I'll tell you, it didn't come easily," Lewis said following the hard-fought victory over the defending 4A Division II state champions.
- Most observers expected Laurence Manning and Robert E. Lee to lock up in a fiercely competitive conference contest. It just didn't happen. The Swampcats had an easy time defeating the Cavaliers 35-7. "We finally put it together tonight," said Laurence Manning coach Mike Prochaska. "Our defense really did a great job."
- Sumter Police Department is hot to trot on the trail of criminals with its newest member, a big guy who is something of a maverick right down to his macho name. "Bandit," a brown-and-white horse owned by police officer Cpt. Roger Baker, went on duty Friday at Memorial Park. Only 10 years old, Bandit constitutes the bigger half of the department's new horse patrol, which is aimed at cutting down crime in the city's historic district. Bandit's partner in crime fighting is his owner.
- Sumter School District 2 doesn't appear to have sold the district's 10 biggest taxpayers on its $28.5 million bond referendum. At least not yet. Six of those taxpayers - four manufacturing plants and two electric utilities - are taking no official position on the referendum, which would allow the district to build two new high schools and put new roofs on 10 existing schools. That six of the major taxpayers aren't taking a stance is perhaps not surprising, despite some of the companies' frequent calls for improved education and support of efforts to create a better workforce.
- September is probably better known to Sumterites for the beginning of school, dove season and the pigskin flying in the air. For cotton farmers in the multi-county area, it is the beginning of the end of the growing season for this year's crop. The growing season generally terminates when the farmer applies a defoliant to remove leaves. This stops vegetation growth, causes bolls to open and enables an earlier harvest.
- Sumter School District 17 trustees will review both test results from the 1992-93 school year and school improvement reports designed for long-term planning. Trustees will meet at the district office on North Pike West. Standardized test scores in the district traditionally have fallen behind state and national averages.
- Scott Dabbs grabbed his first win of the season in the Hobby feature at the Sumter Rebel Speedway. Dabbs took the lead on the last lap as Donnie Austin and Ronnie Brown were hooked up between turns three and four. Joey Anderson was second, Todd Touchberry third, Troy Sisson fourth and Brown fifth. Brown and Wayne Jennings won heat races.
- The Manning chapter of the national Alzheimer's Association will sponsor a 5-mile walk-a-thon to raise money for the association. Money raised by participants in the Memory Walk will benefit the Lake Marion Support Group and the S.C. Mid-State Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. State Sen. John Land, D-Manning, is honorary chairman of the walk and will participate.
- Ground was broken in downtown Sumter today for Washington Place, a home for mentally disabled adults able to live independently. Four units with four apartments each, which will house a total of 16 residents, will be built at 14 South Washington St. just south of Liberty Street.
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