City hall clock gets a facelift; church's organ is from 1851

Army passengers aboard a flying freight car on the India-China run over the Himalayas doze off atop some
rifle cases as they soar through the sky at 18,000 feet in 1943. Only crew members get oxygen, and these
so-called “deadheaders” must stow themselves in with the China-bound cargo wherever there’s room.
Army passengers aboard a flying freight car on the India-China run over the Himalayas doze off atop some rifle cases as they soar through the sky at 18,000 feet in 1943. Only crew members get oxygen, and these so-called “deadheaders” must stow themselves in with the China-bound cargo wherever there’s room.

75 Years Ago - 1943

March 6 - March 12

  • A large Red Cross poster has been placed on the side of McLellan's store, corner of Main and Liberty Streets, by Kermit Ward's advertising and sign committee. The chairman was seen yesterday directing the work and carrying a brush with paste and the necessary lumber for border material.
  •  Bill Bradham, eighth-grade pupil at Junior High School, was high collector of tin cans the past week. He brought in 755 cans to top the list for the first collection of the month. Prizes will be awarded at the end of March. In second place was King Joyner, third-grader of the Savage-Glover School, who brought in a total of 610 cans.
  •  An 11-pound package the American Red Cross plans to send every American war prisoner in enemy camps throughout the world each week will contain: whole powdered milk, one pound; processed American cheese, nine ounces; olegargine with vitamin A, one pound; pork luncheon meat, 12 ounces; corned beef, 12 ounces; liver paste, six ounces; salmon, eight ounces; dried prunes, one pound; orange concentrate, four ounces; white sugar, eight ounces; biscuits, seven ounces; soluble coffee, four ounces; two chocolate bars; two soap bars; and four packages of cigarettes.
  •  Col. Robert L. Scott Jr., the Georgian who recently shot down 19 Japanese planes and is on Gen. Chennault's staff in China, stopped off at Shaw Field for a brief visit with Col. Burton H. Hovey, commanding officer of the Army's basic flying school. Col. Scott was Col. Hovey's supply officer when the two were with the 78th Pursuit Squadron in Panama. Another member of the 78th, Brig. Gen Frank Armstrong Jr., is now in England. Col. Scott has received nine decorations for his aerial exploits against the Japanese.
  •  Shaw Field authorities investigated the crash of a training plane in which Aviation Cadet Benjamin F. Crawford of Los Angeles, California, was killed. The plane was on a routine flight and was about 14 miles northeast of Sumter when it failed to come out of a spin that started at an altitude of about 3,000 feet. Mrs. Ada Lou Crawford of Los Angeles was listed by Shaw Field as Cadet Crawford's next of kin.
  •  A complete revision of the Army aviation cadet program, extending the training for cadets to 15-and-a-half months instead of the present eight-and-a-half-months period, and including five months of study in leading colleges and universities, has been announced by Headquarters of the Fourth Service Command. The plan includes a new enlistment possibility for 17-year olds who may enlist, with the added attraction that they may choose their own month for induction, at the time from the date of their 18th birthday till six months thereafter. The new schedule for aviation cadet training, which went into effect on March 5, was described in the following manner. The first two months aviation cadet candidates will be processed and given basic training in an Air Force basic training center. The next five months candidates will study at a university or college where, in addition to pre-aviation cadet training, they will be given five academic courses.
  •  Wearing a new face soon, and some new inside arrangements, too, will be the clock in the city hall, which has been ticking off the minutes in Sumter for nearly 50 years. City council recommended the face-lifting job at its last session. Gears will be replaced, new hands installed, the surface painted and the mechanism made to run "as good as new."

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

Nov. 5 - 11

  • District 17 city schools are taking part in this week's observance of "American Education Week." Theme for the annual recognition is "How Good Are Your Schools?" Each school will have a parent visitation night with some campuses having daily programs.
  •  Sumter County schools are educating 21,922 young people this year, an increase of 309 over a year ago, according to Mrs. Jean Reames, county school attendance supervisor. The figures, based on the state-required school census and applicable as of Oct. 13, are comprised of students from first through 12th grades registered in both school districts within the county.
  •  A 16-year-old Edmunds High School junior is the new "Miss Buddy Poppy 1967." Cindy Alpert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maxey L. Alpert, was selected from a group of 14 girls in the "Miss Buddy Poppy" Beauty pageant. First runner-up was Miss Jeannie Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Brown; second runner-up was Miss Eileen Hunt Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Marshall.
  •  The South Carolina Amateur Seniors golf title has been won by Luther B. Wimberly of Sumter. He shot a 70 in the final round to go with a first round 72. A stroke back in second place at 152 was Harvey C. Hamann. There were also class winners by age. The low gross scorers were Steen Looper for those over 70 with a 166; David Cooper for those 65-69 with a 165; Sol Steinberg with a 160 to lead those 60-64; and George Wrigley topping the 55-59 age group with a 157.
  •  Ashley Kennedy, manager of the Jewel Box at 34 S. Main St., recently won a $200 cash award for a suggestion submitted through Jewel Box Stores Corp.'s suggestion program. His suggestion, concerning store procedures, will soon be adopted throughout the corporation's 96 stores.
  •  All eight berths have been filled for the second-annual Sumter Holiday Invitational Tournament set for the Edmunds High School gym, Sumter basketball coach Charlie Hodgin announced. Four new teams plus four which participated last year make up the field. Those entering for the first time are Lancaster's Blue Hurricane, Lower Richland's Diamond Hornets, Cardinal Newman's Cardinals and St. George's Eagles. Returnees are Bishopville's Dragons, Summerton's Blue Streaks, Hillcrest's Wildcats and Sumter's Gamecocks, host of the event.
  •  Winners of the Fall Championship Tournament were announced at a steak cookout held at the Golf Lounge. Congratulations went to Doris Brooker, the new WAGs Champion with a three-round gross score of 252, Johnna Howard posted a net score of 202 to win second place, and Fran Taylor won low putts.
  •  Jimmy Trembley, a regular at end for Sumter's Gamecocks for nearly three years, saw a dream that every high school football player has in this state come true when he was chosen as a member of the 1967 South Carolina All-Star team that will meet the North Carolina Stars at the Charlotte Shrine Bowl game. There was no one any happier about Trembley's selection than his coach Steve Satterfield.

25 Years Ago - 1992

Aug. 6 - 12

  • Dr. John C. Monnig has been named principal of St. Jude's Central High School in Sumter. A former assistant superintendent for curriculum in two large Pennsylvania school districts, Monnig has been self-employed since 1980. Monnig was also principal for three years of De La Salle High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Catholic High School with a 1,700-member student body.
  •  The Sumter P-15's, as they've done all through the 1992 American Legion baseball state playoffs, knew they had a team down and refused to give it a chance to get back up. Sumter, after rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning with seven runs Saturday to take a 3-1 lead over Irmo in the state final series, jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead Sunday and cruised to an 8-2 victory at Riley Park for its second-straight state title.
  •  The University of South Carolina's main campus absorbed more than $1 million in the cost of services provided to its nine branch campuses and medical school in fiscal 1992, a report says. But USC officials said that does not mean the Columbia campus is subsidizing the other campuses. The report said that branch campuses did not reimburse Columbia for $1.03 million in system costs. The main campus also absorbed $236,830 of the costs allocated to the USC medical school.
  •  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are as American as apple pie. For nearly a century, youngsters across the country have pledged their allegiance to these organizations that promise to make responsible adults out of boys and girls. Widely sponsored by schools, churches and civic organizations and chartered by Congress, the Scouts are seen by many as the saving grace of young America - teaching moral responsibility and building character.
  •  Improving discipline in schools will be a major emphasis in District 17 during the 1992-93 school year. Parents are asked to look for the district's statement on improving discipline in a brochure being sent home by students during the first week of school. The philosophy of District 17 concerning discipline is that it is everyone's business. District 17 is committed to providing the best education possible in classrooms conducive to learning, free of disruptive behavior, violence and threats.
  •  "Good early childhood programs can benefit children, families and the communities if the facility and program are designed to meet a variety of needs," said Sara Thomas, Early Child Development specialist who heads the Early Childhood Development program at Central Carolina Technical College. "There are several indicators of a good early childhood program. Individuals who care for young children should enjoy and understand how young children learn and grow. Staff members should view themselves positively and continually foster children's emotional and social development."
  •  As in most churches, the organ at The Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg is considered an appanage of divine worship. The organ at this historic church has an unusually special association for church members. The church owns one of a few instruments made by Henry Erben, a world-famous organ maker of the 19th century, that is still in use in the United States today. It was installed in 1851.
  •  The repair of Sumter's Second Mill Pond dam has been held up again, this time because the lowest-bidding construction firm was found unqualified to do the work. This marked the second time bids on the project have been rejected by Sumter County Council. The delay will push the renovation of the dam back several months. It was originally expected the work would be completed by early in 1993, but residents near the pond may now have to wait until spring to see water in the pond again.

Reach Sumter Item Archivist Sammy Way at or (803) 774-1294.