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Officials urge city to clean up before festival; coach seeks 400th win

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 11 - Sept. 17 - Lt. H. N. Stelle, 23, whose wife is the former Miss Virginia Yates of Sumter, was killed Thursday afternoon in the crash of a plane at Dale Mabry Field, Tallahassee, Florida, The Item was informed. … more

Cadet killed in crash; wetlands might have been cleared illegally

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 4 - Sept. 10 - Approval of a Federal Works Agency project for renovating and equipping the recently acquired frame dwelling on Council Street for using as a recreation center for Negro soldiers was announced by Mayor … more

Food shipped to Charleston; Lee residents work on plan

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 29 - Sept. 4 - The Yellow Cab Co. of Sumter has received a letter of thanks from Maj. William A. Bell, as executive officer at the Headquarters Boston Port of Embarkation, for 20,000 Camel cigarettes which were … more

Clothes collected for Russia; Wilson Hall plans finalized

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 21 - Aug. 27 - Workmen of the Carolina Industries, Sumter, were among thousands of Southeastern shipbuilders cited by the Navy Department for their part in fabricating sections of the tank landing ships which were … more

30 foods created with sweet potatoes; Miss Sumter named

75 YEARS AGO -1943 Aug. 14 - Aug. 20 - M. S. Boykin has been appointed chairman of the advance gifts committee of the Community and War Chest campaign of Sumter County, it was announced today by K. E. Ward, chairman of the publicity committee. … more

Women join WAVES; Shelor Building demolished

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 7 - Aug. 13 - There are many types of work in the WAVES open to women with at least two years of high school, it is announced by Lt. Katharine R. Adams, WAVES recruiting officer for South Carolina. Women so well proved … more

'Bachelorettes' hold watermelon slicing; swamp fire contained

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 1 - Aug. 7 - Gene Moses, recent winner of the Carolina Coca-Cola Handicap tournament, and Fred Heath will meet Wednesday at the Sunset Country Club in the finals of the Leland Moore Handicap tourney. Moses advanced in … more

Sumter man indicted for treason; Stateburg homes open to public

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 24 - July 30 - Four women's shops of Sumter have combined to send 20,000 Camel cigarettes to soldiers overseas, a representative of the R. J. Reynolds Co., maker of Camels, reported. The cigarettes, which will be … more

Plane crashes kill 3; squadron returns for Christmas

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 17 - July 23 - Announcement of the opening of The Food Shoppe, 270 Broad St., formerly Knowles' Grocery, is made in The Sumter Daily Item. The store has been completely renovated and has a new stock of groceries. E. B. … more

Summerton has its 1st war casualty; complex is renovated

75 YEARS AGO -1943 July 10-July 16 - E. H. (Billy) Lynam Jr., who has served as civilian instructor for the Army Air Forces for nearly two years, has been commissioned a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, The Item was informed. Lt. … more

Shaw Field air show thrills crowd; museum needs artifacts

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 3 - July 9 - An exhibition of aircraft, including everything from a Cub to a Flying Fortress, will highlight Shaw Field's open house and air show. In celebration of Independence Day, Shaw Field will offer the people of … more

Former police officer seeks to unseat Sheriff Parnell

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 26 - July 2 Staff Sgt. William E. Bell, 24, of Sumter, is one of 37 officers and 50 enlisted men to receive the Air Medal at a base in the Caribbean area for meritorious achievement while participating in long-range … more

Construction begins on $5.3M USC Sumter library

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 19 - June 25 Transfer of Col. Burton M. Hovey Jr., commanding officer of Shaw Field, to the Air Defense Wing of the First Air Force, Norfolk, Virginia, was announced by the War Department. Lt. Col. James W. Gurr, 35, … more
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