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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter applies for Sea Scout Ship charter; NAACP honors those who started fight for education equality

Posted 5/26/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Dec. 16 - Dec. 22

- A sacred Christmas concert will be presented by the Edmunds High School Girls' Chorus on Dec. 19 at the school auditorium under the direction of Miss Mary Dorothy Clawson, director of music in the city …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter applies for Sea Scout Ship charter; NAACP honors those who started fight for education equality


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Dec. 16 - Dec. 22

- A sacred Christmas concert will be presented by the Edmunds High School Girls' Chorus on Dec. 19 at the school auditorium under the direction of Miss Mary Dorothy Clawson, director of music in the city schools. The following soloists will appear on the program: Bill Hynds, Nancy Phifer, Barbara Newkirk, Mary Garrison, Sophia Wells, Jeannie Bagnal, Lillian Huggins, Billie True Haddon. There will be a boys' sextet composed of the following: Thayer Phifer, Albert Link, Bill Hynds, William Montalbano, S. W. Mathis, Jimmie McWhite.

- Application for charter for a Sea Scout Ship in Sumter was completed this week, according to local Scout officials. The charter application contains the names of 17 Scouts 15 years of age and older and is the result of a concerted effort of starting this Senior Scouting program in the Pee Dee Council. Edward S. Jones was selected as skipper and Arland Compton as mate. The ship is sponsored by Trinity Methodist Church, which also sponsors Boy Scout Troop No. 38. Members of the Ship Committee are Frank Chandler, L. E. Purdy and W. H. Bernshouse.

- At the Parish of the Church of the Holy Comforter will take place the dedication of an altar reredos, candle sticks and vases presented to the church school in memory of the late Ensign Thomas Wilson Lemmon, who was superintendent of the school when he entered the Navy on Aug. 1, 1942. Ensign Lemmon lost his life Feb. 9, 1943, while on convoy duty in the north Atlantic. The altar reredos and candlesticks are given by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lemmon, and the vases are the gift of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Levy, close friends of Ensign Lemmon.

- Mayor E. B. Boyle has added his endorsement to those of other prominent leaders like Gov. Olin D. Johnston of South Carolina and Gov. J. Melville Brought of North Carolina to the recently organized medical technician program of the Women's Army Corps. Mayor Boyle says: Women of Sumter: Our state has already suffered a thousand casualties in the war, and there have been several hundred from our own city and county. These men must be restored to health, and the Army is asking for 20,000 women to train as medical technicians in the Women's Army Corps for assistance in this work.

- South Carolina's Gamecocks who opened their 1944-45 basketball campaign with an 88-27 victory over North Carolina's Phantoms faced today a tentative 16-game schedule for the remainder of the winter hardwood season. The birds led by Guard Charley Sokol and Forward Jim Robinson, former University of Richmond cage stars, went out in front of the Phantoms after the first 10 minutes and held the lead for the remainder of the season. Coach John McMillian said the Gamecocks had arranged this tentative schedule for the remainder of the season.

- South Carolina penitentiary inmates pocketed nearly $5,000 in Christmas money distributed by prison authorities from the canteen, which is operated for the prisoners, and are looking forward to a big turkey dinner on Christmas. The 987 prisoners received $5 each, a $1 increase from the canteen "dividend" distributed last year. Capt. B. Frank Wilkes of the prison guard said the turkeys, produced on penitentiary farms, would be supplemented by fruits, nuts and candies on the prison menu.

- Ten group airmen, including all four squadron commanders, were decorated by Maj. Gen. Samuel E. Anderson, CO, 9th Bomb. Division, in ceremonies at Wing. Medals were awarded to our flyers for their exploits in aerial combat. Lt. Richard Kirk McLeod of Sumter, 598th pilot, was among those receiving DFC's. Lt. McLeod stood out for his two-wheel, brakeless landing on Sept. 29. Intense flak had punctured the nose wheel and set the hydraulic fluid on fire, filling the cockpit with smoke. Despite this, he stayed on the bomb run and brought the ship in safely. Lt. McLeod is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McLeod of Sumter and the husband of the former Miss Margaret Burgess.

- The retail merchant's division of the Sixth War Loan campaign announced that its total sales during the drive were $60,550. Award winners in the competitive bond selling among employees were: first place, Miss Helen Carroway, Capitol Department Store, $200 award, bond sales of $11,800; second place, Mrs. Ruby Mellette, Belk-Stroman Co., $100 award, bond sales of $7,950; third place, Mrs. W. T. Cannon, Sumter Dry Goods, $75 award, bond sales of $5,475.

- Four bootleggers have been apprehended in Horry County, it was reported by Lt. J. L. Dollard of the state constabulary. One man arrested near Loris, one near Tabor City, North Carolina, one near Ocean Drive and one at Myrtle Beach were fined $100 apiece. Lt. Dollard said that a 16-year-old boy near Loris burned a barn containing $300 to $400 worth of corn and had been sent to the reformatory in Florence. The boy implicated two other men. Officers figuring in the arrests were Lt. Dollard and state officers McGee and Floyd.

- Pfc. Willie J. Johnson has been wounded in action in Germany on Nov. 6, his wife has been notified by the War Department. Pfc. Johnson is a native of Bishopville and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Johnson of that city. He has been overseas since March. Pfc. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson have an eight-month-old daughter, whom he has never seen.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

Aug. 17 - 23

- Five key personnel of the Sumter Area Technical Education Center have taken on new responsibilities and assumed new titles, Director W. Cecil Walters announced today: B. O'Neal Compton, associate director; James E. Morgan, dean of industrial services; Joe Ramsay, coordinator of planning and grants; Raymond S. Rollings, chairman of the technical division; and Dillard Thompson, general studies division chairman.

- Tennis, long a "minor" sport played by the wealthy on country club courts, is fast becoming a major sport and one in which a player can make money, says Sumter's Charlie Hodgin, State Junior Veterans Champion. Hodgin, former Edmunds tennis and basketball coach, took the crown by beating Dick Welty of Columbia in the 30th-Annual State Closed Tennis Tournament in Columbia, 6-1. Tennis in Sumter is growing, Hodgin said, but it needs help. The first thing that is needed for tennis is well-kept courts. Kids have to have a place to play. We need playable courts.

- It's difficult to improve on an 11-0 record - especially if you can schedule only nine games. That's the problem facing Edmunds High School jayvee coach Buddy Sharpe for the upcoming grid season. His jayvees boast a 21-game winning streak over the past three years, and frankly, Buddy's on the spot. Everyone is expecting another undefeated season. Despite not having any players from last year, Sharpe will be working with graduates from an undefeated McLaurin Junior High team and candidates from once-defeated Alice Drive Junior High.

- Tech. Sgt. Jimmy H. Luker, of the 307S Field Training Detachment here, was recently selected from more than 1,000 instructors on a worldwide basis within the Tactical Air Command as the most outstanding field training instructor supporting Tactical Air Command units for the month of June. He was selected as the "best Air Training Command instructor in TAC" for his outstanding presentations as an aerospace ground equipment instructor.

- A completely new system of lighting which employs strips of thin, semi-flexible lights is being used on the RF-101 aircraft here. These lights are being added to more fully illuminate the aircraft for night refueling missions. There are eight strips being placed on each aircraft. Two strips are mounted on the nose section, two on the upper fuselage, one on each wing tip and one strip on each side of the tail section.

- Roy H. Tucker, president and treasurer of Nu-Idea School Supply Co. Inc., today announced the appointment of Bentley G. Fishburne as assistant sales manager. Robert M. Nettles is vice president and sales manager of the company. Organized in 1921 by Mr. Tucker, Nu-Idea School Supply is the only company in South Carolina which specializes in the sale of school and church furniture. The company also carries a supply of school supplies and office furniture and many other related items.

- Track Manager Clinnie Hyatt promises that speeds will be faster than ever since the track is as hard as asphalt and as smooth as silk. Plenty of action is expected in the three divisions as Gibbons tries to repeat in the rookie event, while Arnold Hutto hopes to repeat in the sportsman feature. Carol Kirby will be going for back-to-back wins in the claim action.

- The Bishop Northrop Council No. 2207, Knights of Columbus, had its newly elected officers installed during an impressive ceremony in the Shaw Air Force Base Chapel. Father John P. Clancy of Summerton, a lifetime Knight of Columbus, celebrated Mass for the Knights, their ladies and guests. Following Mass, Dr. Ross Toscano, district III deputy of Columbia and his warden, Roger Weller, took charge of the installation ceremonies and installed the following Knights in their elected offices: Master Sgt. Luther E. Troop Jr., grand knight; Chester Brozowski, deputy grand knight; George Ammon, chancellor; Staff Sgt. Roy C. Valenti, warden; Gerald C. Follin, financial secretary; James P. Nettles Jr., treasurer; CWO Vincent Dogan, recorder; Maj. Stephen Capanis, advocate; Sgt. Elias Lopez, outside guard; Ralph F. Monica, inside guard; and Joel R. Ely, three-year trustee.

- James P. Nettles Jr., Sumter's Outstanding Young Man of 1969, was presented a handsome plaque from Shaw in recognition of his achievement. The plaque was presented to Nettles by Col. Allan Sampson, base commander, at a luncheon held at the Officers' Club. Nettles is associated with his father in the operation of Nettles' IGA Supermarket on Pocalla Road and in other business enterprises.

- Beverly "Bevo" Howard, who learned to fly as a teenager and went on to capture six national and international precision flying championships, will be among headliners performing at the air show as Wings and Wheels Antique Aircraft Museum. The aerobatic pilot and veteran showman will perform in his famous red-and-white Buecker Jungmeister, a 1936 German-built bi-plane previously owned by two other internationally known precision pilots.

- Americans are being asked to contribute to a $6 million nationwide emergency campaign by the American Red Cross to provide relief and recovery assistance for the thousands of victims of Hurricane Camille, F. McLaughlin, chairman of the Sumter County Chapter, announced. Sumter has been asked to raise $1,363. A number of Sumter people already have called the local Red Cross office asking how they can help, McLaughlin said, and we hope the community will respond to this appeal as generously as they always do.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

May 19 - 25

- A Sumter real estate firm would like to create a problem for residents: help bring in so many new restaurants to the city that it'll be tough to decide where to go for lunch or a night's dining out. And to help snare not only restaurants, but motels and hotels and retail businesses, too. The Prudential John M. Brabham Real Estate firm is making an organized assault on the franchise owners of America.

- "If someone stuck a pin in me right now, I wouldn't know it." These were the words of Ross Scott McKenzie Sr., Sumter businessman and "civic hero," upon being surprised by a gathering of friends and family and community leaders to honor his years of service to Sumter. "You could not have selected a better person to honor," said his brother-in-law Basil Stanley Norris at the tribute, held appropriately at The O'Donnell House. McKenzie was a key crusader in the fight to save the old Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home from destruction.

- Baseball fans are getting their money's worth in the SCISAA 3A state championship series between Hudgens and Williamsburg academies. After playing nine innings Monday, the two squads battled tooth and nail through 11 frames Wednesday before Hudgens emerged with a 10-9 win to even the series at one game apiece. The final game of the best-of-three showdown will take place at the Laurence Manning Field.

- An Illinois woman has been tapped to head the local United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties. The board of directors has announced the selection of Melinda "Mindy" Popovich as executive director. The native of Bluff, Illinois, will replace Julie Duke, who left the local agency in March to work with the United Way in Savannah. Duke had been with the local office for five years.

- A pilot from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter and a Pennsylvania Air National Guard pilot escaped injury when their OA-10 jets crashed after colliding during a training mission at Fort Indiantown Gap, officials said. Lt. Col. Thomas A. Essig, 42, chief of the Shaw-headquartered 9th Air Force's flight evaluation section, and Lt. Col. Terrance Hobbs, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware, ejected safely.

- St. Jude Catholic Church has officially announced it is closing the private elementary school it has operated in Sumter for the past 45 years. Parents of St. Jude Elementary School's 135 students were informed of the closure several weeks ago, St. Jude's parish priest, Father Maurice Laliberate, said. Parish members were told Sunday in a letter placed in the Sumter church's bulletin that the school would not reopen in the fall.

- The late Billie Fleming of Manning and Sumter natives James Clyburn and the late Osceola McKaine will be among 15 inductees into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored during a ceremony at the University of South Carolina's Koger Center in Columbia at 7 p.m. June 4. Tickets for the formal ceremony are $50 and can be reserved by calling the United Black Fund office in Columbia.

- Italia Timmons of Sumter, who works with migrant workers in Sumter and Clarendon counties, has been named the state's Literacy Tutor of the Year. The award is presented by the state Department of Education. Timmons has served as a literacy tutor for the past seven years, as a translator to help the area's largely Hispanic migrant workers with their medical and survival needs.

- Life here changed forever the night the polka dots appeared in the sky, grew steadily bigger and then floated into the village square before a startled German garrison. The 1,500 residents didn't know it, but their obscure village in Normandy's dairy country had become the first liberated town in France, a speck on the map that spread until Hitler's rule over Western Europe was shattered. Fifty years later, Sainte-Mere-Eglise knows its place in history. Virtually everyone can tell you that 13,000 men from the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions came out of the sky around midnight June 5, 1944, in the first operations of D-Day.

- National NAACP officials gathered here to pay tribute to the people who 40 years ago began the struggle for black children to have the same educational opportunities as whites. Marking the 40th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court case that led to school segregation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People came to Summerton, where in 1949 the organization filed the first desegregation lawsuit, Briggs v. Elliott, at the request of local black farmers.

- It wasn't quite the Publisher's Clearing house Prize Patrol that knocked on Connie Bonstell's door, but she was as excited as if it had been. Instead, it was the Item advertising Director Kyle Osteen, Marketing Director Caroline Sigmon and Circulation Director Earle Woodward, awarding Bonstell the grand prize in the newspaper's first five-week JINGO contest.

- On May 7, 1915, tornados ripped through this quiet Clarendon County community doing extensive property damage and claiming at least three lives. Seventy-nine years later, to the day, the seventh annual Taste of Clarendon took place. Unless you were treated to a history lesson from Marie Land, you would have never known about the devastation. The event raises money for the Clarendon County Library.

- Gymnastics is growing at a rapid rate in Sumter county. Kim Domogalski has experienced this phenomenon first hand. "Gymnastics has really been growing in this area," said Domogalski, the Sumter Family YMCA director of Gymnastics. More kids are getting involved in gymnastics. I think there was always an interest, just no time to commit to the sport."