75 YEARS AGO - 1943
Oct. 2 - Oct. 8
- The Young Women's Christian Association of Sumter, one of the agencies benefitted by the Community Chest Fund, reports on its activities during the first year of its membership in that fund. The Community …
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- The Young Women's Christian Association of Sumter, one of the agencies benefitted by the Community Chest Fund, reports on its activities during the first year of its membership in that fund. The Community Chest campaign is this year being combined with the War Fund drive, which embraces many war relief organizations. The opening gun in the double-canvass was fired by Shepard K. Nash, president of the Community Chest, in a radio address. The following report was prepared by Mrs. Katherine Shattuck, director of the YWCA.
- Sumter High's football team staged a brilliant second-half comeback to tumble Camden's Bulldogs from the undefeated ranks. The Gamecocks overcame an early Camden touchdown to win out in the annual struggle before some 4,000 fans by a 12-to-7 score. Completely reversing their play in the final half, the Birds struck twice in the final quarter to grab the game out of the bag and then staved off two last-minute Camden bids for a touchdown.
- Four American bombers were shot down over Swiss territory during a fight with German fighter planes, including one definitely downed by Swiss anti-aircraft fire, a communique announced today. Two of the bombers fell near Landquart, another between Alvanen-Bad and Bergun, and the fourth in the Santis region, the announcement said. It added that the bodies of seven fliers had been found and that other crew members had parachuted to safety.
- Lt. Leon Blanding of Sumter was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by the commanding general of the Eighth Fighter Command in England, relatives learned today. A letter from Lt. Blanding dated Sept. 23 said, "Thirty minutes ago, I received the D. F. C. " Lt. Blanding is the son of Mrs. D. M. Blanding of Sumter. He has been stationed in England for two years, first as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Airforce, then as a member of an American Eagle Squadron Air force, then as a member of the American Air Forces. He holds, in addition to his latest decoration, a citation air medal and the oak leaf cluster, given in lieu of a second air medal.
- The War Department announced the names of 400 U.S. soldiers missing in action in the Asiatic, European, North Africa, Pacific and Southwest Pacific areas. The listed included: Missing in the European area: South Carolina: Willis, 2nd Lt. John W., Jr. - son of J. W. Willis, Lynchburg.
- The dairy which furnishes milk for children of the Crosswell home was ravaged by fire, and the building was completely destroyed. All the cows, the refrigeration unit and some other equipment was saved; the firemen and officials of the home estimated that the damage would amount to between $600 and $800. The dairy was located out of the city limits on Poinsett drive, across the Seaboard railroad track, and firemen were helpless to fight the flames because of the lack of water supply. The two-room building became ignited about 6:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. John E. Follin operated the dairy which served the orphanage exclusively.
- A relic of bygone days is on exhibit during Fire Prevention Week. It is the Sumter Fire Department's fire wagon, now on display in front of the National Bank of South Carolina on North Main Street. The "steamer" was purchased in 1906 and is approximately 40 years old. It was the first mechanized pumping equipment used by the City Fire Department, pumping having been previously done by hand. Many Sumterites will remember the days when the ringing of the fire alarm was the signal for the fire department horses to dash through the streets pulling the big red wagon.
- Award of Air Warning Service pins to 155 volunteers from the city and a number from the rural districts of the county will be made Friday evening at 8 o'clock in the Edmunds High School auditorium, instead of as originally scheduled in the court house Thursday night, Chief Observer T. D. Dunscombe announced today. The change in time was made necessary by the army's call for a blackout Thursday night, and settling for the high school auditorium as the courtroom is being used now for the fall term of court of common pleas. The pins will go to those volunteers who have given to the AWS, most of them in watches at the tower atop the City National Bank building.
- Gen. Emile P. Moses, commanding officer of the U.S. Marine Parris Island training base and native of Sumter, was guest of honor at the Sumter Rotary Club luncheon yesterday. E. B. Boyle, president of the Rotary Club, called upon H. G. Osteen, editor and publisher of the Daily Item, to introduce Gen. Moses. Mr. Osteen, who as a teacher in the Sumter schools had taught Gen. Moses, paid tribute to the late Sen. Altamont Moses, father of Herbert, Henry and Emile Moses.
- Miss Julia Bull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kinloch Bull of Milford Plantation, Sumter, has been selected as the typical University of South Carolina co-ed. Her picture will adorn the cover of a new bulletin in process of preparation by the University News Service for distribution to high school girls. Miss Bull, a sophomore, was selected to appear on the cover of the co-ed bulletin by a committee consisting of several students and faculty members, who examined qualifications of dozens of co-eds on the campus before making their selection. The committee considered such qualifications as beauty, intellect, talent, character and personality in making its choice.
50 YEARS AGO - 1968
June 2 - 8
- People who care about anything that has passed the test of time - be it a person, a relationship or an object - seem to agree that age brings "character." For these people, the connotation of the word "character" includes special traits that make something more interesting and valuable because of its age. Those who know the little house at 212 Main St., called "The Cottage," think it has character - the distinctive character of a house that has evolved through a long history and has been changed to meet the needs of each new generation.
- Suicidal, hair-raising and spine-tingling ... are among the terms that have been used to acclaim the performances presented by the Eldon Daniel Auto Thrill Champions. Eldon Daniel, veteran producer, promises that the 1968 edition of the show, which may be seen at Sumter Speedway, tops any "thrill show" ever seen before. You will see Mr. Iron Chest, Capt. Dynamite, precision driving in gleaming 1968 model automobiles, with many intricate maneuvers performed over and between rampways.
- It took three years, but it finally happened. Sunday afternoon at Memorial Park, Sumter won its own tennis tournament, the Iris Festival Invitational, by defeating defending champion Hartsville 4-1 in a match that was closer than the score indicates. All three of the singles went to the limit of three sets as Jim Boykin, Arthur Abbott and Charlie Hodgin came away with close triumphs for Sumter.
- Cecil Johnson climaxed a profitable week by driving his 1964 Comet to victory in the 40-lap late-model main event at Sumter Speedway. The win gave Johnson a total of $850 for his week's efforts. Friday night he picked up an extra $250 for breaking the long Chevelle string at Hartsville while also taking home the regular late-model purse of $300. And the Florence driver added $300 more when he nosed out Frank Sessoms in the Sumter race.
- Hugh T. Stoddard Jr. of Sumter was one of Furman University's 268 seniors to graduate. He received the Bradshaw Feaster Medal for general excellence. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Hugh T. Stoddard of Sumter, was editor of the Furman student newspaper, member of the G.E. College Bowl team and is listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
- In that narrow, darkened corridor, there was terror, profanity, tears, blood and the violence of a nation. Sen. Robert Kennedy of New York had walked down the same back corridor in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel just 15 minutes before. He was in a good mood. He had won California. And he came over to shake my hand. I congratulated him, and we talked about his big win. Now, I was standing on a steel serving table directly over the same place where we had shaken hands. He lay there struck down by bullets. His right hand held a bleeding side. His face was white. His eyes were open. His lips moved just slightly. But he did not cry.
- With the surge of students next fall, Edmunds High School officials and teachers will be looking for the return of health room volunteers. The adult volunteer program instituted at Edmunds last fall and still unique in School District 17 has improved class attendance, uncovered student health problems and brought counseling needs to the fore. During the first eight months of operation, 17 volunteers have treated minor cuts and bruises, taken temperatures, notified parents when their son or daughter was being dismissed because of illness and kept accurate health records for each student.
- A local Boy Scout who met all requirements for the Eagle Rank before his recent 13th birthday officially received Scouting's highest honor in special ceremonies in Ninth Air Force Headquarters command section. Chester "Rusty" Kelley III, son of Senior Master Sgt. and Mrs. Chester Kelley Jr., rushed from Tenderfoot to Eagle in less than two years after joining Shaw's Troop 344 at age 11. Less than one percent of all boys in Scouting make Eagle, and those who do are usually about 15 years old. "Rusty is the youngest boy I know of to become an Eagle Scout," said Tech. Sgt. James E. Schwab, Scoutmaster of Troop 344 for the past three years.
- Master Sgt. Charles T. Scott, chief air route traffic controller with Operating Location A of the 5th Mobile Communications Group, has been named Air Traffic Controller of the Year for the Tactical Air Command. Sgt. Scott captured Air Traffic Controller of the Year for the 5th Mobile Communication Group at Shaw, which put him in worldwide competition for the Air Traffic Controller of the Year Award for the Air Force Communications Service.
- In-city construction for May stood at less than half of the total for a year ago, with Wilson Hall and a service station comprising the greater share of the valuation of all building permits issued. Avery Lumber Co. is constructing the initial phase of the Wilson Hall school complex on Wise Drive. Rabon Construction Co. is contractor for a $58,000 Humble Oil Co. service station, being erected at the former YWCA location on Washington Street. New residential structures accounted for $63,500, home alterations and additions for $49,000 and commercial renovations and expansion for $15,000, for a total of $286,300 last month. This figure compared with $679,168 a year ago.
- Retirement ceremonies were held for three members of Sumter School District No. 17. John H. Kilgo, secondary consultant for District No. 17 since 1966, retired. He was a former principal of Lincoln High School who had taught for 38 years. Retiring from teaching were Mrs. Elizabeth S. Cousar of Lemira Elementary School and Mrs. Elease H. Bush of Stonehill Elementary School.
- Manning High girls' basketball coach John Thames has been selected to coach the Lower Pee Dee girls' basketball squad in the first basketball clinic and all-star game at Southside High School of Florence. Assisting Thames will be Jake Strickland of East Clarendon. The Girls' Pee Dee Coaches Association will sponsor the clinic and all-star match. The Upper Pee Dee and Lower Pee Dee teams are composed of seniors from two six-county areas. Chris Edens of Edmunds was named to the squad as a guard.
25 YEARS AGO - 1993
March 5 - 11
- Florence Christian outscored Wilson Hall 17-6 in the final four minutes of the game and pulled away to a 61-52 win over the Barons in the SCISA 3A state semifinals at the Sumter County Exhibition Center. Florence Christian, 21-2, will play Orangeburg Prep, a 63-57 winner of Hudgens, in the 3A state championship game at the Exhibition Center.
- The Hillcrest Wildcats picked the perfect opportunity to show there is more to them than 4A basketball player of the year Ray Allen. With Allen in foul trouble and off his game in the first half, Hillcrest managed to overcome a pair of furious spurts by Irmo to remain within nine points at half-time of the 4A state playoff second-round game. Allen returned to form in the second half, and his teammates continued their solid play as the Wildcats rallied for a 73-68 victory.
- While U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings delivered the worst possible news to Charleston, the absence of Shaw Air Force Base from his list of base closings helped Sumterites breathe easier. The exclusion of Shaw, combined with Hollings' announcement that Homestead Air Force Base in Florida would close, buoyed a rosy scenario for Sumter that has been floating since two Homestead squadrons were reassigned to Shaw last September in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Some local leaders and U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., said then that the presence of the Homestead squadrons improved Shaw's chance of avoiding this year's base "hit list."
- Morris College's Annual Mid-Winter Banquet/Rally was extremely successful as the college's constituents gathered to raise over $364,000. This annual fundraising event is one of two that the college sponsors each year. The other event is the Annual Thanksgiving Day Rally. The amounts raised at both functions have put the college in sight of its $1,500,000 goal. As funds continue to come in, the college hopes to reach its goal by June 30, 1993.
- How does a team that must replace three-quarters of its infield merit the No. 1-ranking in the state and a top-20 rating in the nation? Sumter High School baseball coach Mark Roach does not have to look far for an explanation. "I think it's because of our pitching," Roach said before practice. "In high school, you are fortunate if you have two good pitchers. I feel that we have at least three and, by the end of the season, we may have four good pitchers." Simply put, the starting rotation of junior Chad Hoshour, sophomore Lee Hatfield and senior Ontrell McCray make the Gamecocks the top team in the state, according to the South Carolina High School Baseball Coaches Association's preseason poll and the 16th-ranked high school baseball team in the nation, according to USA Today's preseason poll.
- Education is responding to the impact of technology in the workplace. In the field of mathematics, new methods of instruction emphasize relevancy, collaboration and the "hands-on" involvement of students. To encourage students to develop these skills at an early age, the college's Mathematics Department will be hosting the third-annual "Math Meet." This meet provides competition for sixth- and seventh-grade students from Sumter School Districts 2 and 17 and, for the first time, Clarendon School District 1. This is the only math competition available in the area for middle-school students.
- Two Wilson Hall juniors have been chosen to attend the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts. Scott Denny was chosen for creative writing and Misty Yates was chosen for visual arts. The Governor's School was established in 1980 as a summer residential honors program to artistically gifted and talented high school students. The school is designed to provider artistic experiences and intensive study for a limited number of rising high school juniors and seniors from throughout the state who have demonstrated exceptional aptitude, significant potential and outstanding achievement in the literary, visual and performing arts.
- Sumter School District 2 administrators will recommend curriculum changes at the school board meeting that they way would better prepare eighth-graders for high school math and computer classes. The administrators are expected to recommend that trustees approve a computer keyboarding class as a required course for eighth graders.
- Jeff Schaffer and John Winterhalter will see a six-year-long ambition come to fruition Memorial Day weekend when the first annual Sumter County Amateur Golf Championship takes place. Schaffer, the head pro at Pineland Plantation Golf Course and Winterhalter, head pro at Sunset Country Club have been discussing the possibility of such a tournament since 1987. The inaugural 54-hole event will be held May 29-31 with one round each at three of the county's six golf courses. The tentative rotation for this year's tournament is for the first round to be played at Beech Creek, the second round at Pocalla Springs and the final round at Pineland. The plan then calls for the 1994 tournament to be held at Sunset, Lakewood Links and Carolina Lakes.
- Mayewood's Lady Vikings have one word on their minds as they prepare for the 1A lower state championship basketball game against Johnsonville. Revenge. For five straight years, Mayewood claimed the Region IV-2A championship before being moved to the 1A classification for the 1992-93 season.
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