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75 YEARS AGO - 1942 Aug. 6-12 The season's first bale of cotton was sold this morning to Middleton-Baker and Co. and brought 20 cents a pound. The bale weighed 571 pounds. The cotton was grown and sold by W. Lamar Kolb of Privateer. It was … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 July 30-Aug. 5 Members of Team 3 of the Item carrier boys who have been working to get new subscriptions to the paper are at Myrtle Beach for two days - their reward for adding the most names to the list of Item subscribers … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 July 23-29 President Roosevelt has signed a bill extending for two years the reduced interest rates on Federal Land Bank and Land Bank Commissioner loans, J.H. Myers, president of the Gamecock National Farm Loan … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 July 16-22 Lt. John Wilson, USA, is "somewhere in Alaska." His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Itly Wilson, received a letter written July 4 from his station, which he described as an "uninhabited place." The letter was written by … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 July 10 - 16 Local Chamber of Commerce officials have been asked to cooperate in a nationwide inventory of automobile tires now in the hands of retail and wholesale outlets, by telephoning dealers to get forms, which have … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 July 3-9 The rumor is circulating among some persons in Sumter, it has been learned, that tomorrow night's blackout will be made more realistic by the actual dropping of bombs. Mayor F.B. Creech, head of the Sumter County … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 June 26 - July2 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, … more
75 years ago - 1942 June 19 - June 25 Beer brought more money to Sumter in nine months of the present fiscal year than it did in all of 1940-41, state tax commission records showed. Sumter County and its towns have received $7,446.64 in three … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 June 12-18 Eighteen cadets, all citizens of the U.S. but trained in the Royal Canadian Air Force, recently returned to Shaw Field. They are the first group of RCAF cadets to be assigned to flying school in this country. … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 April 28 - June 4 "Sumter is one of ten counties in the state selected for trial plantings of cork oaks," stated Director D.W. Watkins of the state extension service. "It is thought that these trees will thrive in some … more
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