75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Schoolchildren, after two full weeks of holidays, will return to their books at 9 a.m. Monday, William H. Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, announced this morning. Regarding the heating problem which many of the schools in the country are facing, Shaw hastened to reassure the students and anxious parents that the rooms would be kept warm during the coming cold months. Coal heats all the buildings, he explained, and a full stock of that was ordered last spring. In fact, Shaw added, the school will be kept warmer than many of the homes in which the children have spent the past two weeks.
• The ration board will be open to the public for registration and for release of information only from 9:30 until 4 o'clock hereafter. S.L. Roddey, chairman of the county board, announced this morning. The change has been made, in compliance with a ruling from the state office setting a new system of working hours.
• The Sumter Home Guard unit, Company I, will hold a competitive manual of arms contest beginning at 7:30 o'clock. The contest is open to all members of the company and a valuable prize has been offered to the winner. Captain R.S. Griffin has cordially invited the public to witness the contest, and a special invitation is extended to high school boys who are taking part in the military program at the school.
• During the first eight months of operation, the Shaw Field section of the Army Emergency Relief investigated 72 cases and disbursed loans totaling $1,564.45 to 59 enlisted men a recent report to Lt. George Hall, AER secretary, reveals. $3,700 was contributed to the Army Emergency Relief by officers and enlisted men of Shaw Field during the same period.
• Lt. (junior grade) Edward Vogel, U.S. N.R., grandson of the late E.W. Vogel of Sumter, was killed in action in an airplane crash Dec. 31, his family in Erwin, Tennessee, have been notified. A copy of the message from the Navy Department which informed his parents of his death has been sent to Mrs. Vogel in Sumter.
• Harman DeLeon Moise died at his home on Church Street this morning. He was born in Charleston on July 19, 1868, son of Charles H. Moise and Theodora Sidney Moise. Mr. Moise moved to Sumter where he married Miss Elizabeth Folk who survives him, and leaves one daughter, the former Dorita Moise, who married August Kohn Jr., of Columbia. For 40 years, Mr. Moise was active in the practice of law and in engineering work. He was also widely known as an inventor and among his best-known inventions was the master brake for the bicycle that is used all over the world. He also invented the valve-less flush tank used in Sumter and many other cities.
• A new and larger site for the local USO club was announced by Joseph T. Stritter, club director. A lease was signed this week by USO officials for the former J.C. Penney store site at 14 S. Main St.
• Owing to the demand for graduates of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing, the quota for the February class has been raised, it was announced today, and vacancies will be filled in the order in which applications are received. The entrance date is Feb. 15. Those interested should apply at once to Miss Ada I. Snyder, R.N., director, Tuomey Hospital School of nursing, and appointments will be arranged.
50 YEARS AGO - 1967
• Lincoln's Bulldogs pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the young football season by turning back Howard's Tigers, defending 4-A champions, by a score of 14-13 in a rugged defensive struggle. It was the first victory of the season for the Bulldogs, who lost to C.A. Johnson a week ago, and also marked the first time Lincoln has defeated Howard in six years.
• Two leading Sumter residents who own property in the civic center area today signed options for the sale of their land and buildings to the Sumter Housing Authority. The occasion marked another step forward in plans to build a complex of government buildings, beautifully landscaped, on the 26.4-acre site bounded by Harvin and Calhoun streets, Hampton Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard. The first to sign options were Dr. Wilson Greene Jr. and Fulton B. Creech, former mayor.
• A 36-hole qualifying round for the Sunset Country Club Championship was completed with 73 members entered. Ed Cuttino, Johnny Hinks and R.E. Graham tied for medalist honors with 146. First round play must be completed by Sept. 17, and losers in the first round of the championship flight will form the first flight. Lou Degenhardt is the defending champion.
• A campaign to reflectorize all the bikes in Sumter was begun at a meeting held at Alice Drive Junior High School. The program, sponsored by the Sumter Veterans of Foreign Wars, seeks the support of Sumterites in preventing painful injuries - possibly saving the lives of many children. The main objective of the program is to Scotchbrite as many bikes as possible over the next few weeks.
• When Sumter lines up against Camden in Memorial Stadium, Gamecock Coach Steve Satterfield will have two sophomores in the starting lineup and two others slated to see heavy duty in the 1967 opener. That's the most rookies the Sumter coach has ever employed on the varsity since he came here in 1965. The two sophomores are Glen Hammock, offensive left guard, and Phil Mixon, defensive left end. Soph. Tommy George will handle the kick-offs, while a fourth 10th-grader, Joe Stoudenmire, will be ready to relieve senior Dwayne Windham at quarterback.
• Mrs. R.C. Williams attained a goal set for herself when she became a life master in the American Contract Bridge League, to become the first person from Sumter to do so. The large representation from Sumter and Shaw Air Force Base were avidly following Mrs. Williams' progress, as she entered the weekend competition needing 5.23 points to qualify. In partnership with Mrs. Jack Addlestone, the pair had amassed a total of 52.35 at the conclusion of the Sunday afternoon sessions. A total of 300 points is necessary for designation as a life master. Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Addlestone won the masters pairs event against some of the biggest names in bridge.
• An intense, stubborn fire that broke out early yesterday afternoon wrecked the kitchen of Sumter's largest motel, the Holiday Inn on North Washington Street, and caused an estimated $20,000 damage. J.E. Eldridge, owner and innkeeper, said that personnel told him a fire had broken out in the kitchen shortly after 1 p.m., at the height of lunch hour. He put the fire out twice with a fire extinguisher, but when it billowed up a third time the fire department was called.
• Lincoln's Bulldogs unleashed their long scoring plays and held on to down Gordon High, 1913, at the Fairgrounds Stadium and run the Sumter team's record to 2-1 for the 1967 season. The Bulldogs scored the very first time they got their hands on the ball. With 9:15 left in the first quarter quarterback Julius McDowell tossed a 45-yard touchdown strike to Calvin Hastie to give Lincoln a 6-0 lead.
25 YEARS AGO - 1992
Sumter police will soon have new tools to detect drunken drivers, thanks to a grant from a local insurance company. The PBA 2000 is a hand-held alcohol detector that can pick up molecules of alcohol inside an automobile. The molecules sometimes indicate that the driver has been drinking, according to Sgt. Lynn Skipper of the Sumter Police Department.
• Former Sumterites Leighton Cubbage and Barney Shorter stepped out of the subway and into the marbled and stainless steel foyer of New York's Empire State Building recently. Briefcases in hand, they looked at each other. They paused. They burst into laughter. On their way upstairs to finalize a deal that would secure another customer for their 3-year-old telephone long-distance management company, the two former Sumter High School football players could not believe they finally had achieved their goal. They now run a national tele-management corporation.
• Some people think that all you have to know to be a lifeguard is how to swim really well, but lifeguards and their trainers say there's a whole lot more to the job than that. While a lifeguard's primary mission is to protect people in the water, lifeguards also administer first aid and CPR, rent equipment, vacuum the pool and clean restrooms. Peggy Kubala, a Sumter YMCA swimming instructor and lifeguard trainer, said. "They also act as baby sitters, supervisors, teachers and maintenance people," Kubala said. "All that is part of a lifeguard's job."
• Wallie Jones has grown accustomed to winning. Over the last two seasons, Jones has guided Sumter's American Legion P-15's to a 55-19 record and a state championship. The P-15's coach looks for more of the same this year, though he does have some imposing holes to fill from last year's 30-10 state championship team. Gone are pitching aces Wally Maynard and Vic Boykin, who combined for a 20-4 record. Also missing are outfielders Mike Wiley, Brad Beatson, David Gant and Chris Rembert, along with Boykin, who played first base when not on the mound.
• A proposal to expand the Black River Industrial park may finally get the approval of Sumter County Council, now that a councilman has changed his mind on the issue - again. Councilman Chuck Fienning said he will vote to have a request to expand the park put back on council's agenda. Council has rejected the proposal twice in the past 15 months by a 4-3 vote, but the plan could soon be approved with Fienning now saying he backs the rezoning. "I am changing my vote because I think the concerns being raised to me by residents are being addressed."
• It was the best day of Emily George's life. And it happened when the 11-year-old Alice Drive Middle School student spend a day at the Medical University in Charleston. The fifth-grader with hopes of one day becoming a heart transplant surgeon, recently got to spend some time with one. The meeting was arranged by Grace Dibble Boyle, Sumter's best known organ donation advocate. Emily was a participant in the Spring 1992 Writing Enrichment Program sponsored by Project Challenge, USC Sumter and the Sumter County Library.
• Long before the names of R.A. Lecoq, Heyward and Ruth Crowson, and Harry Salisbury became synonymous with first-rate photography here, James H. Winburn had gained widespread recognition as the Sumter area's premier photographer. A native of Conyers, Georgia, where he had been taking pictures since childhood, Winburn moved to Sumter in 1886. Within two years he was being called one of Sumter's prominent resident by The Watchman and Southron, a predecessor of The Item.
• Sumter Mayor Steve Creech announced his candidacy for re-election. Also, James A. Campbell, a former chairman of Sumter County Council, has announced his candidacy for the District 7 county council seat. Both men will run in the Democratic primary. Creech, 42, has been mayor for four years. He said he is seeking re-election because there are city projects he would like to see finished, such as the South Sumter Revitalization Project. Campbell served as chairman of county council from 1986 to 1989. He also served as interim administrator for Sumter County in the summer of 1990.
• Sumter County Attorney Henry Richardson said county officials are still trying to determine whether a waste-management company willfully violated county laws when it began constructing three buildings without a building permit. GSX Services of South Carolina Inc. began construction of the buildings recently in the northeastern portion of its hazardous-waste facility in Sumter County. GSX, a subsidiary of Laidlaw Environmental Services Inc., operates the 270-acre landfill near Lake Marion.
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