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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Rain breaks dam; R.E. Davis students save girl's life

Posted 2/22/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Sept. 14 - Sept. 20

- Gen. MacArthur directed today that the stark facts of Japanese atrocities, committed all the way from the Philippines to New Guinea - and back again - he told in full to the Japanese people. …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Rain breaks dam; R.E. Davis students save girl's life


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Sept. 14 - Sept. 20

- Gen. MacArthur directed today that the stark facts of Japanese atrocities, committed all the way from the Philippines to New Guinea - and back again - he told in full to the Japanese people. Representatives of Japanese newspapers agreed, at the suggestion of the supreme commander, to publish a summary of the atrocity reports as the start of a program to "educate the Japanese people in the acts of their military."

- Seven student nurses will be capped tonight and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during ceremonies at the Tuomey hospital nurses' home. John W. Rankin, superintendent of the hospital, will preside, and Miss Margaret Pettus, instructor of nurses, will present the caps to Marion Wells, Mary Jenkins, Lillian Huggins, Irene Powell, Geraldine Moore, Eleanor Kinney and Thelma Burke.

- A double-barreled national advertising campaign emphasizing the many advantages of South Carolina as a location for industry and the numerous attractions for tourists and vacationers was announced by Robert M. Cooper, director of the State Research, Planning and Development Board. Two series of advertisements are now being prepared, Mr. Cooper noted, and they will start appearing in a number of the nation's business magazines and in travel and resort pages of newspapers over a wide area as soon as possible.

- Sumter High and Olympia will clash under the lights of the high school athletic field in the first game of the season for both teams. The Gamecocks, under Coaches Jesse Rushe and S.C. Hinson, have undergone lengthy drills during the past several weeks and yesterday took their final practice before tonight's battle.

- Charleston is our great port; it is one of America's greatest ports. Consider this splendid war record: The Navy Yard built 209 ships and serviced (rebuilt or repaired, too) 1,359 American and Allied ships. The Navy Yard employed 26,200 civilian employees. The Port of Embarkation handled three million tons of war supplies. 75,000 wounded soldiers came to the Charleston Army Hospital (Stark). The Charleston Shipbuilding Co. built 33 fleet tugs.

- The general real estate picture in Sumter has changed little recently, according to reports, but at least two large building projects are underway here now. One is by McCollum Motors, which is now in the process of constructing a new site next door to its old building, and the 30-houses project, permission for which was granted the city by the government recently.

- Sumter's recent game against Olympia's more experienced and bigger football club, which scored a touchdown in each of the first three periods to decisively whip Sumter High, 19-0, was not a surprise. With a veteran line and three-year lettermen making up their backfield, the Red Devils had things their own way throughout the game.

- Two of Sumter's top golfers, Vernon (Bit) Wilder and Ryan Kennedy, will spar on the local course this week, weather permitting, for the Championship Golf Tournament crown. Mr. Wilder defeated Bill Cannon one up in the quarter finals at Sunset Country Club, and Mr. Kennedy downed Jack Britton one up after 58 holes.

- A vigorous wind and rain storm, aftermath of a hurricane that ravaged south Florida, moved into South Carolina 30 miles west of Charleston. The U.S. weather bureau here said the storm, with winds as high as 50 miles an hour, would cross Sumter and possibly skirt Columbia as it headed in a northwesterly direction.

- The Sumter Hi-Y club elected seven new members: Bill Blackwell, Billy Herring, Marion McMillan, Bobby Dunn, Ed Baker, Kirby Jackson and Doug Moses. Discussion was held on membership and the initiation of new members. Several projects, events and services were talked over.

- Record rain caused a dam to break. Sumter's downpour of 8.68 inches Sunday and Monday caused many washouts through the county, and rising waters. At Second Mill, the dam was washed away completely. The road was swept away by the torrent-swollen lake at the mill and the mill house narrowly escaped being taken away.

- Miss Dorothy Mae Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Pratt, of Sumter, is now serving as recreational leader with the American Red Cross at an "on post" club installation at the airfield near Karachi, India, home of Army Air Forces training operations under the Army Air Forces in the India-Burma theater.

- Rainfall during the week ending Tuesday when the state saw relief from torrential downpours ranged from four to 12 inches in South Carolina. U.S. Meteorologist G. C. Merchant said that "all crops were adversely affected with considerable damage from wind and flooding rains."

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

May 17 - 23

- The nation's campuses were quiet during the weekend, and security measures were eased at a number of schools that had been hit with violence. About a dozen schools remained closed. National Guard units and state police continued patrols at the University of Maryland, where 65 persons were arrested last week in disorders that caused $36,000 damage. The University of Ohio campus remained closed.

- A 23-year veteran of the armed forces who is a recent returnee from a combat tour in Southeast Asia took command of the largest wing in the Tactical Air Command. Col. Richard B. Collins became commander of the 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing in a flight line ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Richard H. Ellis, commander of Ninth Air Force.

- With malice aforethought, Edmunds High mowed down victim after victim in athletic competition during the 1969-70 school year. The Gamecocks are, without the shadow of a doubt, guilty of being champions. It has been the grandest all-around year in sports ever experienced by the school.

- "Under all is the land," five words that open the Realtor's Code of Ethics, has been selected as the theme of the 1970 observance of Realtor Week according to John M. Brabham, president of the Sumter Board of Realtors. "Our observance," Brabham said, "is one of hundreds planned throughout the nation to call the attention of the public to Realtors and the high professional services they render."

- A grant of $8,103 in Library Service and Construction Act funds has recently been awarded the Sumter County Library. Administered by the South Carolina State Library under the Book Collection Improvement Project, the funds will be expended primarily to enrich the library's book collections. Funds will also be expended for rebinding.

- U.S. and South Vietnamese offensive operations across South Vietnam were ordered halted for 24 hours, but 35,000 allied troops pushed ahead with drives inside Cambodia. The cease-fire declared by the Saigon government went into effect at noon in observance of the anniversary of Buddha's birthday. But allied forces in Cambodia were not affected and neither were artillery bases in Vietnam supporting the operations in Cambodia.

- Gerald J. Dix, past base commander of Shaw Air Force Base and for the past six years executive vice president of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Sumter County Development Board, has been appointed a vice president of The National Bank of South Carolina.

- The City Parks and Recreation Department has announced that instruction in women's tennis will begin at the Swan Lake Courts. Gene Gupton, a sophomore member of the tennis team at Lees-McRae College, will be the instructor. Gupton was recently presented the Monogram Club Trophy for tennis at Lees-McRae. The Monogram Club honors one man on the football, basketball, track and tennis teams each year.

- The Sumter P-15's opened their American Legion exhibition season with a 4-1, 11-inning victory over Mullins. Ronnie Scarborough started on the mound for Sumter and was relieved in the fifth frame by Allen Johnson. Johnson was credited with the victory. The P-15's collected eight hits while Sumter pitching held Mullins to five hits.

- Shaw Air Force Base will be dedicating two recently completed construction projects - a new gymnasium and a $5 million, 300-unit family housing area - with Congressman L. Mendel Rivers as guest speaker. Congressman Rivers, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, turned the first shovel of earth at the beginning of the new housing project in January 1969 and will return to dedicate the new housing units.

- It is that time of year again, and tomorrow marks the opening of the 1970 Sumter Iris Festival, which provides activities that interest local residents and tourists and encourages them to visit the colorful Swan Lake-Iris Gardens. Each year the Sumter Jaycees coordinate and plan activities for the Iris Festival week, adding new activities and providing popular events from years before. The Jaycees, under this year's president, James Nettles Jr., have sponsored the Iris Festival since 1960, making the occasion bigger and better for all who visit the gardens and city.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Feb. 16 - 22

- Maj. Brenda Disher has been named Jerry Hyatt's replacement as director of the Sumter County Correctional Center. Disher, who has been interim director since February 1993, was named to the post during Sumter County Council's meeting. Sumter County Human Resource Director Martin Rogers said Disher was the obvious choice to replace Hyatt, who was named director of the regional jail for Sumter, Clarendon, Lee and Kershaw counties earlier this month.

- A state House committee cut $32 million in education programs from next year's budget, including an incentive awards program that meant $375,000 to Sumter, Lee and Clarendon school this year. The House Ways and Means Committee cuts made way for a 4 percent pay raise for teachers and 4 percent increase in per-pupil spending by the state. The programs cut had been funded by a penny from the state sales tax that was earmarked for innovative school programs by the 1984 Education Improvement Act.

- An 87-year-old Sumter house has been designated historic by the federal government. The Henry Lee Scarborough house at 425 N. Main St. has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the state Department of Archives and History announced. Built around 1908, the house today is home of the Sub Station II Inc. offices. When the company moved into the 7,200-square-foot house 10 years ago, it restored the two-story home to its original condition inside and out and added a 480-square-foot room to the back of it.

- Willie Lee Ashley Jr. was one of the first to finish pilot training and be commissioned a second lieutenant. Ashley graduated from Morris College High School in 1938. He then entered Hampton Institute and participated in its civilian pilot training program and received his private pilot's license. He entered the pilot training program in February 1942. He was awarded his wings and commission in July of that year and was selected for the new 99th squadron.

- The Sumter County Museum has received a second printing of "Abby Day Broun's Receipt Book ... A Transcription." The books, which sell for $12.50, are available in the museum's gift shop. All proceeds go toward operation of the museum. "Abby Day Broun's Receipt Book" is a transcription of the original handwritten volume featured in the museum's current exhibit, "A Southern Lady's Receipt Book: Cooking, Medicine and Household Hints in the Mid-Nineteenth Century."

- An Atlanta bank agreed to purchase $4.1 million in Sumter County bonds. Issuing bonds, which are purchased by the public and/or investment firms, is the way public bodies borrow money. The Sun Trust Bank gave the county the best bid, offering to let the county pay the money back at an average interest rate of 5.19 percent over the next 10 years. The bid was announced and approved during a special Sumter County Council meeting.

- Construction is scheduled to begin early this summer on a 70-room Days Inn motel on Broad Street Extension just northwest of its intersection with Carter Road. Sumter businessman Dayaran Advani, who also owns the downtown Sumter clothing store New York Hi-Style, has been awarded a franchise by Days Inn, which is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey.

- At the beginning of the 1994-95 basketball season, Wilson Hall girls' coach Mike Lowder looked at his roster of young players and immediately came to grips with what he felt the future held for his team. "I told them, I would be happy if we were somewhere near .500 going into the Christmas break," Lowder said. "We ended up 8-1 going into the break, and that exceeded all of my expectations."

- Heroes come in all shapes and sizes - and often where you least expect them. At R.E. Davis School, you might have to look down to see the local heroes; they're a little younger than most. The R.E. Davis student body gathered to express its appreciation for two young heroes in their midst. Thanks to Robert Moses and Ellison Cooper, a 4-year-old girl involved in a school bus accident earlier this month is recovering at her home with no life-threatening injuries. Seventh-grader Moses pulled the girl partially out from under the bus before a tire rolled over her. And sixth-grader Cooper jumped in the driver's seat of the bus, pushing on the foot brake to stop the rolling vehicle.

- "Name That Tune" may be the theme of a national TV game show, but at Sumter Catholic High School, it may also be a way to raise money for its band program - and others like it. The school next week will host the state's first band camp for independent or private schools. The Midlands Independent Schools Band Clinic is scheduled during a February weekend at the Council Street school.

- Save maybe a double-digit lead, the Sumter Gamecocks couldn't have been much happier with their position entering the fourth quarter against top-ranked Irmo. Sumter, the No. 2 4A team in the state, was tied with the Yellow Jackets 42-42. Irmo decided to take the air out of the ball, and that seemingly took the air out of the Gamecocks. SHS managed only six fourth-quarter points - all on free throws - and the Yellow Jackets clinched the Region IV regular season title with a 54-48 win at the Sumter gymnasium.

- Sumter County Girl Scouts went international, learning about the food, customs, dance, music and language of some 25 countries. About 300 Girl Scouts from 28 troops participated in a global "Thinking Day" designed to teach them about other Girl Scouting countries and to remind them that they are part of a worldwide movement. Most of the troops represented a country and set up a booth serving food traditionally eaten there.