Plans underway for July Fourth; Derthick recovering from surgery


75 YEARS AGO - 1942

June 26 - July 2

Retail merchants were warned again of the approaching deadline for the turning in of maximum price lists to the war ration board. S.L. Roddey, chairman of the board, pointed out that under government order, the merchants would have their lists in by July 1.

• It has been announced by the State Game and Fish Department that fishing in the Poinsett State Forest area, Sumter County, will be allowed. Boats will be available at 50 cents each, and only five will be allowed on a lake. No private boats will be permitted, and a boat paddler will be required to have a permit as a fisherman.

• A camp on Santee lake in Clarendon County, formerly owned by the Santee-Cooper authority, has been taken over by the extension service of South Carolina and will be operated as a state 4-H club camp for adult farm men and women. The camp, known as "Camp 32," can accommodate about 300 persons.

• Plans for the city celebration of the Fourth of July will be made at a meeting of the War Recreation committee, comprising Austin M. Francis and J.M. Eleazer, representing the YMCA; Mrs. A.M. Shattuck and Mrs. Louise Y. Earle from the YWCA; Joseph Stritter of the U.S.O.; Maj. George E. Sargent and Capt. Frank K. Brasington of Shaw Field; William Henry Shaw and Herbert A. Moses of the city recreation commission; and Miss Lois McKnight, WPA recreation director of this county.

• The Boy Scout house, just outside the gates of Williams Furniture Corp., which will be the scene of the Sumter County Tuberculosis association's low-price X-ray clinic, is now being painted for its new role, according to Julian T. Buxton of Williams Furniture Corp. Buxton and Wilbur Bateman, also of Williams Furniture, are doing much to make the clinic a success. They have fallen in with the plans of the association in the biggest tuberculosis survey Sumter ever had. Logan Phillips of the Nu-Idea Furniture Co. has lined up workers in his plant for X-ray services, and through his cooperation, the association will make a check-up on many more of Sumter's industrial workers.

• Wallace Hynds Jr., the 17-year-old son of physical education instructor and mathematics teacher at Edmunds High School, has received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, it was learned today by letter from Congressman H.P. Fulmer. Wallace attended Southwestern College in Memphis, Tennessee, this past winter, alma mater of his father, on an honorary scholarship and had begun work at Shaw Field this summer.

• Twenty-five Boy Scouts, members of Troops 35 and 38, returned to Sumter from Camp Coker, near Hartsville, where they enjoyed a fine outing at the Pee Dee Area Council summer camp during the past week. Hugh McLaurin, who had charge of transportation arrangements, said the Scouts were indebted to Edwin Boyle for having furnished a truck. Troop 34 also enjoyed a week at Camp Coker, having preceded Troops 35 and 38. Julian T. Buxton, chairman of the Sumter district, assisted with the transportation of this troop to and from camp.

• Members of Sumter Pilot Club, who conducted War Bond and Stamp booths at the Capitol Department Store and Ruvelle dress shop, sold $3,470.80 worth. Figures for the war savings safe at the Capitol were $2,165. At the Ruvelle, the total amount for stamps and bonds sold was $1,305.80. Taking charge at the department store booth were Mrs. Nina M. Phelps, Miss Nelle Commander, Miss Bea Sharpton, Miss Julia Obenschain, Mrs. R.D. Graham and Mrs. Ernestine Curtis.

50 YEARS AGO - 1967

March 27 - April 2

A.C. Flora pushed across a run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch and a single to hand Sumter's Gamecocks their first defeat of the season, 3-2. Sumter's Billy Ardis looked good in going the route and fanned six while giving up only three hits. But the Gamecock hurler walked five.

• With opening night less than two weeks away, Sumter Raceway manager Clinnie Hyatt has a crew working almost around the clock to get the track in top condition for the 1967 season. A large field of local drivers will be on hand on opening day, plus quite a few from surrounding towns.

• Sumter's "skyscraper," known at one time as the City National Bank Building and later as the Dixie Life Insurance Building, will soon lose three tenants who, between them, have occupied offices in the building a total of 160 years. When it was completed in the early 1900s, the eight-story building was a minor sensation in the community. Equipped with an elevator, residents flocked to the building to ride to the roof for a fine view of the city and surrounding country. At one time there was a club on the top floor and roof and during World War II, an airplane spotting station was maintained on the roof with a direct line to Shaw Field to report the sighting of enemy planes.

• Mayewood's Rebels open their 1967 baseball season when they hit the road for an encounter at Lamar. The Rebels, who lost the services of graduated stars Gerald Enter and Harold Waynick, remain somewhat of a question mark this year.

• The Citadel's 120-piece marching band has accepted an invitation to play in Sumter's Iris Festival parade. The parade is part of the Iris Festival, which is sponsored annually by the Sumter Jaycees in cooperation with the City of Sumter, Sumter County and the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.

• Lou Degenhardt fired a 72 yesterday to grab the lead in the two-day tournament at Pocalla Springs Golf Club as play continued in the first annual Sumter Spring Golf Festival.

• Miss Wilhemina (Mimi) Reuben, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. O.R. Reuben of Morris College, will represent Duke University on the Queen's Court of the 20th-annual North Carolina Azalea Festival at Wilmington, North Carolina. Miss Reuben, a senior majoring in political science, was elected May Queen by her fellow students. She joins queens from 13 other colleges and universities in North Carolina to form the Queen's Court.

• Seven of the city's fairest and most talented young ladies will compete for the title of Miss Sumter in the annual Jaycees beauty contest. Judges will select the winner on the basis of evening gown, bathing suit and talent competition.

• The parking committee of the Sumter Merchants Association selected a new area for improvement at a recent meeting. The committee also requested a meeting with city council to review the present parking situation. The group will emphasize parking improvements in the block bounded by Sumter Street, North Main Street, West Hampton Avenue and West Calhoun Street.

25 YEARS AGO - 1991-92

Dec. 26 - Jan. 1

He didn't recognize it right away, but then he remembered back 41 years ago, when he used to deliver auto parts on a bicycle that had a huge basket over the front wheel. Someone had painted it a different color, and the basket was gone, but the delivery bike that Raymond Eargle received from his son Brian for Christmas was the very same he used to ride when he was 15 or 16 years old.

• As Reggie Pleasant stood on the frozen turf of Winnipeg Stadium and reveled in a championship, his thoughts wandered briefly to his parents' modest home many miles away. As a bright Christmas Eve sun warmed the town of Pinewood, the Toronto Argonauts cornerback sat in the living room of Addison and Julie Pleasant's home and reflected on his team's 36-21 win over Calgary in the Grey Cup, which is the Canadian Football League's equivalent to the Super Bowl. The 29-year-old Furman High product does not dwell on his personal football accomplishments but leaps at the chance to praise his father and mother. Were it not for their guiding hands, Pleasant said, he would not be living the comfortable life he enjoys today.

•  The year 1991 has been a difficult one for Lois Schaetzle and her family. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. The removal of the cancerous breast was the beginning of Lois' fight. They sought out the best treatment to beat the poor odds (20 percent chance of survival) they had been given. On her son's insistence, she had a consultation with an oncologist at Cedars-Sinai in California, and as a result the family decided on treatment at that facility. Her positive outlook and family support were a key in helping her beat the disease.

• The Sumter Gamecocks spent the season trying to defend their 4A Division I state title. They reached some here-to-fore unattainable heights along the way, but in the end, they came up just short. SHS won a school record 23 consecutive games and was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press 4A state poll from the first poll to the last poll. The Gamecocks also gained national notoriety, ranking as high as ninth in the USA TODAY poll and third in ESPN's Scholastic Sports America poll. The Gamecocks met Spartanburg in the final game for the state title and were defeated 28-16.

• The Sumter P-15's knew at the start of the American Legion baseball season they would be in the Southeast Regional because it would be played at Riley Park. What they didn't know is they would enter the tournament as the South Carolina state champions. Sumter won its first state title since 1977, also the last time the city played host to a regional by defeating Lancaster four games to three, including a 6-3 win in the seventh game. Sumter, which played before raucous packed houses at Riley Park, won its first two games in the regional. Included in that was a 6-4 win over Athens, Georgia, in which left-hander Vic Boykin struck out 19 batters. The P-15's lost to eventual champion Sarasota, Florida, in the third round, eliminated by Memphis, Tennessee.

• Top Stories in Sumter for 1991 - The Gulf War - The Persian Gulf War was fought 8,000 miles from here but was considered a personal thing. Thousands of airmen and women from Shaw Air Force Base contributed to the coalition's victory over Iraq.

• The Waste Train - A Sumter railyard became a temporary home to controversy when a train loaded with contaminated soil from Michigan rolled into town. The Laidlaw hazardous waste landfill rejected the soil, and Sumter County Council told CSX railway to get the train out of the county.

• Royall at NBSC - One of the top business stories in 1990-91 involved Robert V. "Bob" Royall taking over the reins at the Sumter-based NBSC Corp. He took over the post for the retiring Marvin Trapp.

• Student apathy is on the endangered species list at USC Sumter, thanks to efforts to revitalize the campus' Student Government Association. SGA President Hayne Painter, who ran for the office unopposed, has noted a marked increase in student interest and participation in SGA activities in recent months. Furthermore, he is determined to involve even more students in the organization during the spring 1992 semester.

•  A 21-year-old Sumter woman has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Vining Street man early Saturday morning. The man's brother was seriously injured in the incident. The woman's car was impounded as evidence in the death of Hilton Anthony, who died after being struck by the car. The woman who owns the car was charged and faces trial in general sessions.

• Sumter School District 17's board of trustees will appoint an acting superintendent to run the district while Superintendent Dr. Larry Derthick recovers from surgery. He underwent surgery for replacement of a faulty heart valve. He also has been undergoing treatment for cancer of the liver, so the board decided to appoint an acting superintendent to run the district during his recovery.

• Sumter County's unemployment rate rose two tenths of a percentage point in November, according to the figures released by the S.C. Employment Security Commission. Sumter officials are optimistic the rate will soon decline because ESC officials said the office will be taking applications for employment at the soon-to-be-open Metal Leve Inc. plant in Sumter's Black River Industrial Park. The company will manufacture automobile engine pistons here in a $22.5 million plant.

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