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Top student bond salesman honored; 'Blue Fog' plays at Halloween Dance

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 … more

'Compact Farm' a success; Sumter Airport terminal dedicated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 4 - March 10 - It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state … more

Commander dies in plane crash; chickens die in heat wave

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 26 - March 3 - Lt. Alvin Grumbles' parents have received a letter from him postmarked "England." The Sumter flyer was previously reported missing in action over enemy territory. Lt. Grumbles' letter stated he was well, … more

Victory Garden Guide released; base land swap in the works

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 - Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. … more

Speedway drivers put on show; Lee landfill to open

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 12 - Feb. 18 - Shaw Field's Aviation Cadet Class 44-D were honor guests at the traditional graduation banquet and dance held at the basic flying school. Avi-aides, cadet wives and special guests attended. A delicious … more

Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second … more

Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, … more

Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 - Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls … more

Sawmill damaged by fire; Austin wins race

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. … more

Mortuary ambulance service discontinued; 117-year-old dies in Clarendon hospital

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 8 - Jan. 14 - Sumter High School's basketball team opened the 1944 season but was pushed to win from the 454th Squadron five from Shaw Field. The final score was 20 to 16. Trailing 11-14 at intermission, the Gamecocks … more

Bootery store manager named; Covenant Place ground broken

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 1 - Jan. 7 - Bagging a Focke-Wulf 190 on a recent raid over enemy territory, First Lt. John H. Truluck, Thunderbolt pilot from Lynchburg, increased his number of enemy aircraft destroyed to four. Lt. Truluck had … more

Lowery receives Purple Heart; Shaw will lose 36 jets

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 25 - Dec. 31 - Mrs. J. D. Harrelson received word from the War Department that her husband, Lt. "Jimmy" Harrelson, is missing in action in the Italian theater of war. He is a pilot and has been overseas for some time. … more

Christmas program will be all day; thousands will flock to festival

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Dec. 18 - Dec. 24 - Shaw Field's non-commissioned officers staged their first NCO Club Christmas Ball, officials of the organization announced today. The Jive Five will furnish the music for the occasion, and dancing will … more
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