Sawmill damaged by fire; Austin wins race

By SAMMY WAY
Posted 6/24/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Jan. 15 - Jan. 21

- Miss Alice Broadway, third-grade teacher in the Washington building, is chairwoman of awards in the Sumter Art Association. This organization presents annually an award of $10 to the Sumter city schools. …

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Sawmill damaged by fire; Austin wins race

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75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Jan. 15 - Jan. 21

- Miss Alice Broadway, third-grade teacher in the Washington building, is chairwoman of awards in the Sumter Art Association. This organization presents annually an award of $10 to the Sumter city schools. This year the award was given to the elementary schools. The gift is an artistic and beautifully bound book, "The Art Teacher," that should be of much practical use in the grades. It has been placed in the materials bureau for the use of any teacher desiring it.

- Wade Hampton Ramsey, 67, of Wedgefield, died at Tuomey hospital after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Ramsey was a life-long resident of Sumter County, the son of Matthew G. Ramsey. He was the ninth child of a family of 10 children. As a young man, he went to Wedgefield and established himself in business as a farmer and merchant. He married Miss Helen Edith Cain. He was a leader in his community, being active in civic and church affairs, serving as superintendent of Wedgefield Baptist Sunday school for 37 years and deacon of the same church for 40 years. He succeeded the late Judge Reese as magistrate at Wedgefield 28 years ago, which position he served ably and fairly. He was a director of the Sumter Fish and Game Association, a Mason and was a true sportsman and a lover of the out-doors.

- The body of Aviation Cadet Peter M. Vanden Berg of Grand Haven, Michigan, was found at 9:30 this morning in his crashed training plane one mile east of Monaghan Field, an auxiliary unit of Shaw Field, according to Col. R. C. W. Blessley, commanding officer of the basic flying school. The flyer had been missing since 10:50 p.m. Sunday when he last made radio contact with the Shaw control tower. He was on a routine training flight when he crashed. A board of qualified officers has been appointed to investigate the cause of the accident, one of the few to have occurred in the training of thousands of men since the activation of Shaw Field in December 1941.

- The Sumter High News of Edmunds High School took first place in the news writing division of the South Carolina high school Story-of-the-Month contest in December with an article written by Mary Quincy headlined "Story of Other Wise Man Is Theme of Play." The contest is sponsored jointly by the Winthrop College department of journalism and The State (Columbia newspaper). Two other young Sumter journalists placed in the competition: Judith Ann Sargent, in the editorial division, with her piece titled "I Resolve," and Bobby Scott in sports writing with his account, "Sumter Defeats Florence in Last Game of the Season."

- William Anerum Boykin, 65, plantation owner, outstanding sportsman and civic leader, died suddenly at his home, Wannah Plantation at Boykin. "Ane," as he was affectionately known, was an ardent hunter, lover of horses and for many years acted as judge and timer at the polo games played in Camden. He was the son of the late Samuel and Leila Anerum. On both his father's and mother's side of the family he traced his lineage from the earliest days of American history. Both families were among the first settlers in this part of the state.

- Fire early this afternoon almost completely destroyed the sawmill of the Brookland-Cooperage Co., located just outside the southeastern section of the city limits. City firemen and company employees fought the blaze for two hours before bringing it under control. They were aided by a strong south wind which was blowing away from the part of the sawmill not on fire and the huge log pile. The west and east sides of the sawmill building were left standing. The large lumber yard located south of the building was well patrolled by workers with buckets of water, but no sparks fell in the area.

- Lt. James DuBose of Sumter, who was killed in action Sept. 25 in the Mediterranean theater of war, has been awarded posthumously the Purple Heart medal. The medal has been sent to his wife, who resides in Sumter. Mrs. DuBose also received a letter from her husband's commanding officer, telling of the high esteem in which he was held by his fellow soldiers and also describing some of the circumstances of his death.

- Sumter High upset Pinewood's Maroons by the score of 44 to 24. The visitors, slight favorites, were off on their shooting and couldn't quite cope with the speed and accuracy of the Gamecocks. Taking an early lead and moving ahead by 13-8 at intermission, Coach Johnnie McMillan's quintet continued to show improvement, something they will really need Friday night when they tangle with Florence's players in Sumter. Hughes and Stroman led the scoring last night and were given nice support by Jones, Vaughn, Booth, Moise and the other Gamecock players. Jackson was high scorer for the visitors with nine points, closely followed by Hall who had eight.

50 YEARS AGO - 1968

Sept. 16 - 21

- Francis M. Moise, 74, prominent Sumter businessman and civic leader, died of an apparent heart attack. Mr. Moise was stricken while working in the garden of his farm off Highway 15 north. He was president of Moise Insurance Service, which he started in 1930. Mr. Moise was also on the board of First Federal Savings and Loan Association and the S.C. National Bank. He was an officer of Manufacturing Enterprises Inc. Active in civic affairs all his life, Mr. Moise was a past president of the Sumter Rotary Club and served as co-chairman of the Sumter Memorial Stadium fund campaign.

- For the second straight week, Jalopy and Limited Modified drivers stole the show from the Late Model Sportsman pilots at Sumter Speedway. Only eight sportsman cars were on hand for the action, and before the night was over, half of them had retired. Harry Pritchard was the first to load his car on the trailer, after his transmission and drive shaft fell out on the track during warm-ups. Ten-time winner Billy Baker was the second driver to fall out as his engine let-go before the race. H. C. Pritchard recorded his first victory of the season in the event.

- Edmunds High School Coach Steve Satterfield reported a good practice and predicted a rugged game Friday night. The Gamecocks travel to Greenwood in quest of their first victory of the campaign. Greenwood is 1-1 while Sumter is 0-2. "Our work is cut out for us. This Greenwood game is a traditional game, and it will be a real bruising affair," Satterfield declared. The veteran coach said that Greenwood's Emeralds have a "good machine" and one of the best quarterbacks in the entire state in Robin Cary.

- Albert D. Moise of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. was awarded the coveted Chartered Life Underwriters Designation at national conferment exercises of the American College of Life Underwriters in Philadelphia. The American College of Life Underwriters grants the CLU designation to persons engaged in activities relating to the insuring of human life values and who pass a series of professional examinations and meet the stringent experience and ethical requirements of the college.

- Outlining a new "ambassador" style membership drive highlighted the monthly meeting of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I. Harby Moses, chairman of a new membership campaign committee called the "Contact Club," said three captains, each with a team of six "ambassadors," will meet monthly. They'll contact newcomers to Sumter and will also visit former members to interest them in rejoining the association. The new method will be membership recruiting on a year-round basis rather than by a once-a-year, week-long membership drive.

- After a few years of token participation, interest is thriving in the Sumter YMCA's swimming team - which has begun practice for only its second winter season. Aquatic director Miss Mildred Shaw, who is also coach of the team, says interest over the past year has been wonderful. "Parent interest over the past year has been just fantastic. Sumter, which has not been a 'swimming city,' is fast becoming one," Shaw said.

- Clarendon Poultry Inc., a business venture undertaken two years ago by nine Clarendon County businessmen, continues to grow and prosper. W.E. Fenters, capable manager of the business, devotes his full time and energy to this demanding job. Located several miles south of Manning on Silver Road, the poultry farm consists of 15 open-type houses, 365 feet long, containing staggered double rows of wire cages running the length of the building which house the chickens. The sides of the sheds are covered with plastic curtains to be raised or lowered depending on the weather.

- Opening day for the third year of Clemson University at Sumter dawned with many hopes and much eagerness displayed by the students both old and new. Confusion as usual was the order of the day, but things soon became familiar to the new students. The students soon became more sober-minded, and some hopes dimmed when the freshmen learned just what college was like.

- A1C James Van Ness, a security and law enforcement specialist with the 363rd Security Police Squadron, has been selected Shaw's "Airman of the Month" for September. The Caldwell, New Jersey, native entered the Air Force two years ago. Working the night beat, Airman Van Ness patrols the flightline and works at the security police desk.

- Three former champions will be in the field as Sunset Country Club cracks its annual club championship tournament with 77 participants. John Hinks is the defending champion while offering staff challenges to the title are Lou Degenhardt and Ed Cuttino, both former champions. The low 16 qualifiers vie for the tournament championship in the championship flight. There are four other flights in the tournament.

- Trustees of The Duke Endowment have appropriated $8,000 to the John K. Crosswell Home to assist in the cost of building and equipping the new administration and recreational building. Announcement of the gift was made by W.C. James, superintendent who was notified of the action in a letter from James R. Felts Jr. of Charlotte, executive director of the hospital and child care sections of the endowment.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

June 18 - 24

- City of Sumter water may run redder than normal Saturday night, but the city is hoping residents will be understanding and won't call to complain unless their problems persist until Sunday afternoon. Water customers across the city living north of Liberty Street, and those in the White's Mill and Oswego areas, may be affected. If they turn on their taps immediately after the flushing begins at 10 p.m., they may notice the water is rust colored - or otherwise discolored. Engineers who are advising the city on how to eliminate its "red water" problem, which is caused by the high iron content of the deep wells that serve the city, recommended the flush.

- Another game, another seven innings. Sumter cruised to its fifth-straight seven-inning American Legion baseball victory, a 14-1 verdict over Bishopville, at Ashwood Central Memorial Stadium. But Sumter coach Wallie Jones wasn't entirely pleased with the P-15's sixth win without a loss. "I don't think we played particularly well tonight," he said. "We had a lot of baserunning mistakes. We'll work on that in practice."

- Camden's Lathan Washington wanted to pitch the entire game for Post 17. His coach, Matt Galloway, didn't have any problem granting his starter's wish. The left-hander gave up just one hit and shut out Dalzell 5-0 as Camden claimed its third win against four losses this season. "I felt good out there," said Washington, after completing only his second start of the season. "I felt especially well in the later innings. I started throwing the ball a little harder and had more control of my pitches. I didn't think they (Camden coaches) were going to let me pitch the entire game. I wanted to finish this."

- Sumter County Council wants to save Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home from demolition by buying it and leasing it to Santee Senior Services. No formal offer has been made to the owners of the home, and councilmen aren't sure where they'll get the money to buy the house on Liberty Street. Developers want to demolish the 170-year-old Sumter landmark and build a grocery store in its place but have been stalled by opposition from local residents.

- Your child is home, and suddenly he smells smoke. Flames appear, and they begin to spread rapidly, blocking some exits. Thick black smoke now fills the rooms, creating dangerous conditions. Does your child panic, or would he know what to do? Firefighters say that depends on you. The best way to protect yourself and your family from fire is through preparation. Firefighters say if you've never been in a fire, it's easy to think that it won't happen to you. But the fact is that thousands of people die each year in house fires.

- To the State Department of Education, it's the school that isn't. That's why Sumter County's two public school districts had to fork out a total of $58,000 to get students to and from PAL Academy last year. The cost of transportation was an unexpected one for Sumter School Districts 2 and 17, which jointly sponsor the alternative middle school for "at-risk" students. The stat told the districts right before school started last August that it wouldn't pay for the buses and gasoline because it doesn't recognize PAL as an official school.

- At first glance, Garnay Inc. looks no different than any other agricultural operation in Sumter County. But upon further examination, its uniqueness is evident. The operation, located on Ebenezer Road in Sumter County, is the world's largest grower of the exotic gingko shrub, according to Garnay officials. The shrubs produce leaves that are shipped around the world for medical uses. Extracts from the leaves are used in a senility drug sold in Europe.

- Mike Prochaska spent a combined eight years as an assistant football coach at Myrtle Beach and Conway high schools, two schools where winning is commonplace. It is for that very reason that Prochaska has taken over as the new head football coach at Laurence Manning Academy. "Their reputation as being strong year in and year out football-wise is what really got me here," Prochaska said.

- Their ties cost $5 each - a bargain in today's clothing market. But for local police officers, those ties are the cheapest part of their uniforms. Citizens demanding more police protection in Sumter County's high-crime areas should know that the cost of training, paying and equipping just one police officer can soar to more than $43,000 a year. That's for officers paid only $16,000 to $18,000 annually. "A lot of people don't understand the figures when you're talking about new deputies," said Maj. Bobby McGehee of Sumter County Sheriff's Office. "All they think it costs is salaries and benefits. They don't think about the cars and the uniforms and the weapons. All the other paraphernalia costs a lot more than the salaries."

- Donnie Austin drove to the win in the Hobby Main Event at Sumter Rebel Speedway. Austin, in his Dalzell Appliance/Bradham's Grocery-sponsored car, worked his way by Wayne Jennings to take over the top spot. Jennings finished second, Robbie Brown was third and Joey Anderson fourth.

- Sumter School District 17 trustees are expected to approve plans for renovations at Wilder Elementary School this summer. Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the district office on North Pike West. A $58,051 state energy efficiency grant will be used to pay for about one-third of the cost to renovate the oldest portion of the school. Plans are to replace many windows with solid-structure walls and to retrofit the building with a new dropped ceiling, new ceiling tiles, more efficient lighting and a new heating pump unit.

- There wasn't much excitement in the air for the Sumter-Dalzell American Legion baseball game at Riley Park. There were a lot of balls in the air, though, as in "Ball one, ball two, ball three, ball four, take your base." The two pitching staffs combined for 15 walks, but the P-15's added 10 hits - including six for extra bases - to go with the nine walks they drew as they rolled to a 15-1 victory that was called after seven innings because of the 10-run rule. It was Sumter's seventh straight seven-inning victory.

- Three live in a cell designed to hold one. More than 260 eat from a kitchen designed to feed 62. Fifty-six employees do the jobs of 92. And things don't look like they're going to get much better. The Sumter County Correctional Center suffers from overcrowding - a situation that breeds inhuman conditions for prisoners and staff and sometimes volatile confrontations between the two, something jail Director Jerry Hyatt and interim Director Brenda Disher say shouldn't occur in a jail.