75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Feb. 6 - 12
Nearly 14,000 tin cans were brought in by city schoolchildren in their collection this week, Superintendent William Henry Shaw announced. Top collection was at the elementary school where 4,929 cans were turned in. Robert English, sixth-grade student at the Savage-Glover school, was the individual top scorer with 467 cans; of the white schoolchildren, Charles Bragg brought in the greatest number of cans, 345. The totals listed by schools were: Elementary 4,929: Junior High 2,934; Edmunds High 3,000; Savage-Glover 573; Lincoln High 2,506, making a grand total of 14,942 cans.
• Reversing Shakespeare, it will be Romeo appearing on the balcony when court of general sessions convenes Monday. Clerk of Court Raymond Blanding announced today that Romeo Davis had been selected to succeed the late Fred Wilson as court crier, and he will have his first performance in that post Monday. One courthouse official said following Wilson's death that he had been named crier by the Clerk of Court Scarborough. It has been found, however, that Wilson was crier during the term of the late clerk L.I. Parrott. He called court at the old court house before the present one was built in the early 1900s.
• Farmers of South Carolina were called upon to grow more cotton in addition to food crops this year by D.W. Watkins, director of the state extension service. The cotton is needed, he pointed out, to cope with what he described as an "alarming shortage" of edible oils, such as cotton seed oil, the serious shortage of protein feeds and the lack of surplus of superior cotton fiber.
• With Paul and Miller leading the way the Shaw Field basketball team racked up its ninth victory of the season by downing the Florence Air Base five, 57 to 20. ... Some nice guarding by Cheek and Byrnes held down the Florence score.
• Miss Priscilla Shaw has been named to head the Citizen's Service Corps of Sumter, Mayor F.B. Creech announced, succeeding William Henry Shaw, who asked to be relieved of the position because of the pressure of other duties. Mr. Shaw became principal of Sumter High School for the remainder of the year, following Lt. Hugh T. Stoddard's call to active duty, adding the duties of that office to his others as superintendent of the city schools.
• At the regular meeting of the Sumter Kiwanis Club the large attendance was thrilled by a talk and pictures in technicolor of scenes in various parts of the war areas by Captain Ed Newkirk of the RAF Ferry Command, who was in the city for the weekend. Newkirk, who has flown bombers to various parts of the United Nations battlefronts, exhibited moving pictures in color of scenes of England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Spain, etc. Kiwanian J.B. Duffie, who was originally on the program with the subject "Kiwanis Education" gladly gave his part of the program to Newkirk. Kiwanian Charlie Chewning was chairman of the program committee.
• Ten student nurses received their caps in ceremonies at the Tuomey Hospital nursing home at 8:30 tonight and will pledge themselves anew to the ideals and traditions of their profession. Candidates at the capping ceremony were Annie Mae Shaw, Jane Brown, Marjorie Hicks, Dorothy Ferrigan, Cozie Watts, Henrietta Timmons, Marjorie Arnett, Mary Burke, Mildred Hodge and Frances Reynolds. The presentation of the caps was made by Miss Ada I. Snyder, director of nurses, and the program was presided over by Charles H. Dabbs, administrator of the hospital.
• The hearts of his host of friends go out to the family of Mr. Cuttino McKnight, former secretary of the Sumter YMCA and a native of Sumter County, at the recently announced death of his son Ben from wounds received in action in New Guinea in December. The last letter received from Ben, who was a lieutenant in the infantry, was dictated by him to his chaplain on Christmas day. This letter was bright and cheery as usual, but his friends were naturally worried because it had to be written by his chaplain, and although hope was held out for his recovery, the notice received from the war department shows that he died the next day, Dec. 26, of his wounds.
• Of all the aviation cadets in Shaw Field's newly arrived Class 43-E, George W. Parker is stationed the closest to home. In fact, he is only about 12 miles from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Parker, and his wife, the former Miss Sarah Elizabeth Fowler, in Sumter. When he completed primary training recently at Arcadia, Florida, he kept his fingers crossed until his train pulled into Shaw Field. The former Sumter bookkeeper could not believe it was true that he was being sent back home for basic training.
• R.M. Barwick's filling station on Manning Avenue Extension will close for the first time Sunday since the establishment was opened June 10, 1922. The station will be closed hereafter from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday. Barwick said today that he felt it was his duty to close his business on Sunday so that his employees could have the day off and attend church services. The station has been operating on an around-the-clock schedule since 1922, and the front door has never been locked.
• O.J. Knight announced that the (prize for the) new name for the Service Creamery would be divided into war stamps between Mrs. W.D. Boykin, Shirley Green and Mrs. F.M. Cain. The judges decided that "Blue Ribbon Dairies" was the best name submitted. All three winners submitted this name.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
Oct. 8 - 14
Ramon Schwartz Jr., chairman of the Sumter Housing Authority, accepted a check for $572,163 from Davis Collins, of Atlanta, Site Coordinator of the Urban Renewal Administration. The check represented a temporary loan from the federal government for the acquisition of property in the Civic Center Area. The group working closely with Chairman Schwartz were S.L Roddey Jr., J. Clarke Hughes, F.B. Creech Jr., B.L. Williams and H.D. Osteen.
• City council is scheduled to consider the results of a recent survey of the downtown merchants on their opinion of the present parking system at its regular session at 10 a.m. in City Hall. Council requested that the Merchants Association undertake a poll of merchants north of Liberty Street to determine how they viewed the increased parking meter rates and the free parking in municipal lots. Council's request came after Warner T. Warner, a North Main Street merchant, expressed dissatisfaction with the system.
• Julian (Jack) W. Culler has been appointed supervising sanitarian of the Sumter-Kershaw District Health Department. He succeeds Robert E. Muldrow who is transferring to the State Board of Health in Columbia. Before receiving his appointment, he served as regional food sanitation supervisor. Culler began his career in public health with the U.S. Public Health Service. He joined the Sumter County Health Department in 1954 as a sanitarian. In 1956, he was promoted to assistant supervising sanitarian of Sumter-Kershaw District Health Department.
• Five instructors, with one serving as a division chief and two as department heads, have been added to Sumter Area Technical Education Center's day facility staff. The additions bring TEC's instructional staff to 16 persons, teaching 175 full time students and some 900 extension school pupils. New teachers were Zuillon Curtis Lee Jr., physics; Raymond S. Rollings, civil engineering technology; H. Lawrence Dennis, business administration; Jack H. Wise, business administration; and Earl Elmore, math.
• The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects will hold its fall meeting Oct. 13 and 14 in Sumter, according to Charles McCreight of Sumter, general chairman. Between 95 and 100 architects and their wives are expected to attend the quarterly meeting, to be conducted by state president Phelps Bultman, formerly of Sumter, now residing in Columbia.
• J.B. Large, after 48 years of service for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Co., was honored on his 65th birthday with retirement gifts from his fellow employees last week. Large a local railroad ticket salesman in Sumter since 1952, began his career first as a clerk in Bishopville. He later transferred to Robbins, where he served as freight agent for 29 years before coming to Sumter. A native of Bishopville, the son of the late Hattie and Josey Large, he attended the Bishopville schools and graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New Jersey.
• Mrs. Ethel Durden Turbeville, widow of Daniel Eugene Turbeville, was named Sumter's Career Woman of the Year at a Civic Night meeting of the Sumter Business and Professional Women's Club. Mrs. George Grumbles, second vice president of the local B&PW and program chairman, presented an engraved silver tray to Mrs. Turbeville after outlining the recipient's various accomplishments. The presentation took place at the Elks Club and shared the spotlight with a talk by Sumter County Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell.
• Wofford College has announced the nomination of two Sumter area students to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Honored for important contributions to the life of their college were John Phillip Booth 4th of Sumter and Harry Cooper Wilson of Mayesville. The award is based on "character, scholarship, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for future usefulness in the business world and society."
• Well, it finally happened. Sumter's victory-starved Gamecocks won a football game, snapping a six-game losing streak by clubbing Aiken's Green Hornets, 20-0, behind the brilliant play of Dwayne Windham and a defensive effort at Memorial Stadium. To add a little spice to the evening the Gamecocks broke another streak when end Jimmy Trembley kicked two perfect extra points following the final two Sumter touchdowns. Until Trembley's first successful effort, the Gamecocks had missed nine in a row.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
July 3 - 9
A July pay raise still isn't in the cards for Sumter County employees. Sumter County Council's Personnel Committee declined to approve a plan by Administrator Bill Noonan that would have shifted money in the county's operating budget to provide employees with an immediate 3.1 percent pay increase.
• Wallie Jones isn't exactly where he'd like to be, but it will do for now. Sumter claimed an 11-3 win over Camden to force a playoff for the American Legion League III baseball title, a game that will be played at Camden. Sumter pitcher Chad Hoshour survived a shaky start and went nine innings, striking out eight and walking three while allowing three runs on 10 hits, to earn the victory.
• The triple-digit temperatures that have scorched the Midlands in recent days are taking their toll of people and plants. The mercury cracked the 100-degree mark, and meteorologists say it won't be much cooler for several days. Highs are expected to be well above 90 degrees. Area physicians warn that the intense heat can be dangerous. Dr. Carl Peter, a physician in Tuomey Regional Medical Center's emergency room, said at least one person suffering from heat exhaustion was seen this week.
• Death has always been a popular theme in literature aimed at adult readers, but these days the subject is showing up more and more in children's books. Dr. Laura M. Zaidman, associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina at Sumter, where she teaches Children's Literature, recently published an article, "Death in Children's Literature: Taboo or Not Taboo?" This essay, written with Dr. Lois Rauch Gibson, professor of English at Coker College - introduced a special section they edited for "Children's Literature Association Quarterly," an international scholarly journal.
• James Neil Tucker, possibly facing the death penalty in the murder of a Sumter woman, was returned to Sumter County after he was arrested in North Carolina. Tucker, who police think killed a Sumter woman and a St. Matthews woman, was brought by police to Sumter from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Bound with chains and handcuffs, he arrived under heavy police escort at the Sumter County Correctional Center.
• The Sumter Family YMCA will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 8 a.m. to kick off a $1.8 million expansion of its facility. Construction on the building, located at 50 Willow Drive, is expected to begin in a week, said Derek Burress, the YMCA's marketing director.
• Robert "Bobby" Fleming has been appointed by the Clarendon County Board of Education to serve the remaining year of his father's term on the Clarendon School District Two Board of Trustees. He was chosen from among five applicants for the position, which was left vacant when Billie S. Fleming died.
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