Yesteryear
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Volunteer program unique to district; Shaw avoids '93 'hit list'

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 … more

Woman becomes spotter; James Bonds is detective sergeant

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Nov. 6 - Nov. 12 - The current issue of High Pitch magazine, published by the Aviation Cadet Detachment at Shaw Field, is dedicated to a teenage South Carolina boy who personifies the cadet of tomorrow whose eagerness and … more

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

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

Air WACs hold open house; 12th grade added in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 23 - Oct. 29 - Cadet Charles Propst, of Calhoun Street Sumter, now in his third class, sophomore year at The Citadel, has been chosen for membership in the Pre-Medical Society at that college. Cadet Propst is a member … 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

Shaw celebrates winter uniforms; weather worries farmers

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 9 - Oct. 15 - Sumter school children began early on another task for their country as they brought in the first installments in the waste paper campaign to be conducted here today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students … more

Ninth Air Force Band presents its concert; Dream Week begins

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 - The navy announced 122 casualties, including four dead, one wounded and 117 missing. In addition, one man previously listed as missing now is reported to be dead. This brings to 39,995 the total of Navy, … more

POW letters limited to 25 words; Shaw Field band performs

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 31 - Nov. 6 - All enlisted men were to be admitted free of charge to the Sumter County Fairgrounds as long as the gates are open. Secretary J. Cliff Brown of the Fair Association announced today. The exposition is … 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

Marine band visited for fair week; 200-lap race scheduled

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 16 - Oct. 22 - Sumter school children began another task for their country as they brought in the first installment in the waste paper campaign to be conducted today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students will be … 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

Mailboxes get some attention; vandals damage golf course

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 18 - Sept. 24 - Col. Burton Hovey, commanding officer of the Philadelphia Air Defense Wing, is spending a few days at Shaw Field while on a survey tour of airports in North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. … more
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