75 YEARS AGO - 1944
March 11 - 17
- Second Lt. James Alvin Grumbles, whose name was deleted from the War Department's "missing in action" list recently after his parents had been notified that he had failed to return from a mission over …
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- Second Lt. James Alvin Grumbles, whose name was deleted from the War Department's "missing in action" list recently after his parents had been notified that he had failed to return from a mission over Europe, is in the city on leave. Lt. Grumbles has been stationed at an English base from which he piloted a four-motored bomber. The Sumter flier entered the service with the local National Guard unit, later transferring to the Air Force for cadet training.
- AAF Instrument Instructor's School, Bryan, Texas, Lt. Simon K. Rowland has been assigned to Bryan Army Air Field. He was previously stationed at Marana MAAR, Marana, Arizona. A graduate of Wofford College, Spartanburg, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Lt. Rowland received his original commission May 31, 1941.
- Julius Samuel Brody has been promoted to the rank of captain, his parents have been informed in a letter from Col. Allison F. H. Scott, commanding officer of Camp Cooke, California, where Capt. Brody is stationed. In his letter, Col. Scott said that "through his untiring effort and loyal support, Capt. Brody has contributed his part in making our group an outstanding unit." Capt. Brody is a graduate of Sumter High School and attended the University of South Carolina. He entered the Army on April 1, 1942, as a private and received his commission in January 1943. He is president of radio station WFIG Inc.
- "South Carolina's top student bond salesman" is the title claimed for Nancy Phifer by her classmates at the junior high school in Sumter. As proof, her friends point to her record of having sold over $22,000 in Series E Bonds during the past two campaigns, her "prospect list," her sale of 170 different bonds to 50 persons in the last campaign and to her record of having been winner of awards for the girl selling most bonds in both of the drives in the schools this year.
- The city is feeling the effects of the draft as much as are private companies, and the job of replacing employees who have gone into the service is no less easy for Sumter than for proprietors of local firms. Council members said at their meeting that full police and fire department forces have been maintained only because it has been possible so far to obtain deferments for employees in vital positions.
- A $5,000 check, Sumter's share of the state motor vehicle license fee which is divided among counties and municipalities, will be received in Sumter soon, Mayor F. B. Creech told members of city council at a meeting yesterday. The mayor said he had been informed by State Treasurer Jeff Bates that the checks would be issued in the near future.
- F. J. Suhrstedt, referee at the South Carolina Class A basketball tournament recently held at Sumter High School, has written Superintendent William Henry Shaw of the city schools praising the good sportsmanship at the event. Mr. Suhrstedt, who is connected with the Lancaster schools and a graduate of The Citadel, wrote in part: "I am of the opinion that everything was just about perfect and your school was the perfect host to a fine group of young men who conducted themselves as gentlemen and true sports throughout the tournament."
- Pfc. Pete Way, 25, of Summerton was killed in action fighting in Italy, his family was notified by the War Department telegram. The date of his death was not listed. Private Way, a member of the 509th parachute infantry, a unit which has been overseas nearly two years, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Way of Summerton. His only brother, Woodrow Way, was taken prisoner in the North African campaign. Before his shipment overseas, Private Way served at Fort Bragg and a post in Macon, Georgia.
- A 100,000-gallon water tank supplying the major industrial section of the city was completed two weeks ago and is already in use, City Manager J. A. Raffield told members of City Council at a meeting. The project, one which council has wanted to undertake for a long time in order to afford better fire protection for its industries, was completed at a cost of approximately $16,500, Mr. Raffield said by the Whitmire Tank Co. of Jacksonville, Florida. The steel tank, 139 1/2 feet high from ground to top, is located directly across Fulton Street from the Capitol Furniture Manufacturing company. Twelve 220-foot piles topped by 15 yards of concrete are at the base of each of the steel legs which support the tank. Rising from the ground to the center of the tank is a 36-inch riser pipe.
- Chief Warrant Officer Robert H. Simpson promises an evening of diversified musical entertainment when he leads his Shaw Field band in the Red Cross concert at Edmunds High School. Besides the usual stirring "brass band" numbers there will be a mystery offering, the "Bottle Symphony." A new quartet, the Muses, will make their debut. This group is made up of bandsmen who arrange and record the various squadron songs at the field. Other features of the concert will be a saxophone sextet and a trumpet trio.
- Buildings destroyed in three large fires here recently are being reconstructed by the H. Brody Trust Fund, Korn Industries and Brooklyn-Cooperage. After a delay during which negotiations were made for allotments of materials from the War Production Board, work is going ahead on the two-story Brody building, corner of Main and Hampton. A fire on Aug. 12 destroyed radio station WFIG, Mitchell's Drug Store, the Little Star Grocery Store, the office of Dr. C. H. Andrews, the Sumter Barber Shop and a storeroom, all of which were housed in the Brody building.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
Nov. 11 - 16
- Two players from the Sumter area will be among the squad members in the upcoming Shrine Bowl game in Charlotte. Chuck Mimms, a slashing runner from Bishopville, and Scooter White, the man with the big kicking foot, were selected to appear in the contest. The North-South game which puts strong runners on the field so the weak may walk is an annual affair and a great honor for the players participating.
- Multi-talented Beverly Wolff, singer, trumpeter, pianist and an "expert juggler in family affairs," says it feels "just grand to be back in Sumter." Miss Wolff, a mezzo-soprano, will perform tonight for the Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association series, which will begin at 8 o'clock in the Edmunds High School auditorium. Miss Wolff - Mrs. John Dwiggins in married life - said the music will be varied with some arias and a German lieder, but most of it will be in English.
- Bishopville Coach J.W. Jones today noted that Mullins, opponent in a state AA clash, has a real fine club. "According to our scouting reports, Mullins must have a real tough ball team," Jones declared. The Dragons will be shooting for their 11th-consecutive victory after ramming past 10 foes during the regular season to claim the 6AA Conference crown.
- Park benches long have had the reputation as romantic meeting places - but ice skating rinks, no. Yet, if it hadn't been for a chance meeting on ice in a Moscow skating pavilion, Nila Magidoff, the guest speaker of the Sumter Executive club, and heroine of the book called "Nila" written by Willie Snow Etheridge, wouldn't be here to address the club at its dinner meeting at the American Legion Home.
- The Sumter Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament is beginning to take shape, Coach Charlie Hodgin said. The seven visitors have already been signed. Planning to participate in the tournament are Florence, Lancaster, Camden, Hartsville, Bishopville, Hillcrest, Cardinal Newman and Edmunds. Cardinal Newman is the defending champion of the affair while Hillcrest won the tournament in 1966. Hodgin said pairings have not yet been drawn up.
- The annual Civitan Fruit Cake Sale has started with the selling of a cake to Mayor Robert E. Graham. The Civitans have sold Claxton Fruit Cakes in Sumter for more than 10 years. Selling of Claxton Fruit Cake is the club's major fundraising project for helping with their project of aid to disabled children. Through the years, Civitans through their cake sales have distributed some $11,000 to aiding children of Special Education classes.
- Shaw Junior High held its annual Halloween Dance recently. The dance was sponsored by the Student Council and the Honor Society. Music for the evening was provided by the ever popular "Blue Fog." A marvelous time was had by all who attended. Nov. 15 will be an extremely exciting day for everyone. The Intramural Football Classic will be held on the school grounds. The second-period Bears, winners of the intramural football games, will be up against the All-Stars.
- Sixteen owners and employees of small businesses in Sumter have completed a series of lectures on small business administration at Sumter. "These lectures proved very favorable and will be repeated with the addition of advanced lectures," according to Jim Morgan, coordinator of Industrial Training at TEC. Persons who completed the first series can go on to an advanced series on small business administration starting the first of the year. Also at this time the first series will be repeated.
- Sumter responded generously to the recent appeal from the Sumter County Mental Health Association for plants and shrubbery to be used in a therapy project at Craft-Farrow State Hospital. Mrs. Myrtis Logan, local volunteer chairwoman, who was in charge of the project, has expressed gratitude to all those who participated. A panel truck furnished by Bill Boyle for transporting the plants was filled, and Mrs. Logan also filled the trunk of her car.
- Edmunds High School's jayvees turned back a stubborn Manning Junior Varsity team at Memorial Stadium to claim their 20th-straight victory during the past three years. After allowing explosive Edmunds to tally 26 points in a span of 20 minutes, Manning sliced its deficit to 13 points before the Baby Birds put the game out of reach. The Baby Birds first drove to the Manning 20-yard line before fumbling and finally began the opening scoring drive on their own 35-yard line.
- The 1968-69 school year well on the road puts the Junior Air Force ROTC Unit at Edmunds in its third year of existence and a year that should prove its real purpose. Now designated as a wing with total enrollment standing at 340, we are fortunate to have added three new instructors: Maj. James Smith (ret.), AEI instructor; Maj. Pete Briggs (ret.), AEII; and Sgt. Arthur Pellerin, supply; along with Maj. Walter Gerald (ret.) and Sgt. Arthur Tracey (ret.), both from previous years.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
Aug. 13 - 19
- The manager of Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Sumter plant described its 445 employees as cautiously optimistic following the announcement that the plant would be sold. Glenn Hesselbart said he had talked to all employees in small groups about the pending sale of Westinghouse's distribution and controls business unit to the Cleveland-based Eaton Corp. The unit to be sold employs 12,500 people at six plants and facilities in seven countries. Besides the Sumter plant, the unit has three other facilities in South Carolina - a plant in Greenwood, a distribution center in Spartanburg and a warehouse in Charleston.
- Shannon Faulkner, turned down once by The Citadel after the all-male military college discovered her gender, will now get to attend day classes at the school courtesy of a federal judge's order. U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck ordered The Citadel to let Miss Faulkner attend previously all-male day classes, though she will not be part of the all-male Corps of Cadets military training program. The 19-year-old from Powdersville sued the state-supported military training college after The Citadel revoked her admission once it realized she was a woman. She had deleted her gender from her high school transcripts. "This is something I really wanted. I don't think I would have gone this far just to prove something," Faulkner said.
- Sumter P-15's head coach Wallie Jones gave his players one day off following their victory over Irmo in the American Legion baseball state championship series. The P-15's have been practicing diligently in preparation for their third-consecutive appearance in the Southeast Regional. No one is complaining, though, because the players realize that Sumter is one of a select few teams still possessing a reason to practice. And no one is happier to be committing his evenings to the rigors of baseball practice than Brian Boykin, one of five seniors on the Sumter squad.
- A last-minute infusion of money will help complete Mayesville's long-awaited sewer system, which should be up and running in two weeks, say town officials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Mayesville a grant of $86,400 and a $39,600 loan to top off the $2.4 million project, which ran short of funding as it neared completion earlier this month, said Mayesville's clerk/treasurer, Bill Rhodes. "We ran a little bit short of money because we had to cut up a few more roads than we thought," Rhodes said. "The highway department, of course, wants those roads back the way they were, so the money's mostly for paving."
- Hunting season is upon us. Bow hunting season is open in Williamsburg and Clarendon counties now. Tree stands are used by the majority of hunters. Tree stand safety is in the hands of the hunter. Wooden stands need to be inspected for rot, and metal stands need to be checked for rust. The fall which results from either type of stand failing is probably at least 20 feet. Most falling accidents can be avoided by the use of a safety belt. Buy a belt that will do the job. They come in a variety of styles. Also use a haul line to bring your gun up to the stand. Your safety is in your hands.
- Sumter School District 2 officials have adopted a one-on-one approach to pitch their need for $28 million to build new schools, but that doesn't mean they'll be going door to door to ask for voters' approval. District 2 has proposed building two new high schools, one north of the city of Sumter and one south of the city, and turning its three existing high schools - Hillcrest, Furman and Maywood - into middle schools. District 2 voters will be asked in a bond referendum to finance the measure through an increase in property taxes.
- Sumter City Council could take final action at its meeting on three rezoning that would allow the demolition of the old Shelly Brunson Funeral Home. Council's meeting will be held on the fourth floor of the Opera House. The owners of the 170-year-old home are trying to sell the property to a Greenville developer who wants to raze the home and build a BI-LO supermarket on the East Liberty Street site. The home and its property are already zoned for commercial use, but the surrounding properties must be rezoned before a supermarket could be built.
- Sumter School District 17 trustees will hear an update on the district's social work services and discuss a possible land purchase. Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting in the district office. Trustees are scheduled to discuss the property purchase - something they've been discussing for more than a year - in executive session. The district needs property to build a middle school in the near future to accommodate growth in the elementary grades. That growth is already affecting District 17's two existing middle schools, and is expected to continue.
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