Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Swan Lake bridge construction underway; Bradford competes at Classic

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 19 - Oct. 25 - Decay-producing organisms remain alive for many months in sweet potato storage houses, say Clemson plant disease specialists, who advise that these organisms be eliminated before the new crop of sweet … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Red Cross Canteen members greet every troop train; 'puff mud' found

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 12 - Oct. 18 - Four air bases in the two Carolinas, including Shaw Field at Sumter, are included in the list of 85 flying fields, depots, hospitals and other establishments the Army Air Forces has recommended for … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: St. Anne's donates clothes to children; Farmers' Field Day hosted

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 5 - Oct. 11 - The local committee for Fire Prevention Week, to be held Oct. 7-13, was announced by Mayor Edwin Boyle. The committee includes E. H. Lynam, chairman; C. V. Wilder, vice chairman; and D. W. Cuttino Jr. … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Camp Mac Boykin opens session; 2 teachers impact lives

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 - The scientists who developed the atomic bomb are reported largely in favor of placing controls around it through international action. There is discussion of whether it should be given to Russia. The … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Film of Mabry's award showed; Shaw avoids closure list

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 21 - Sept. 27 - Lt. James E. O'Brien is the latest to join the recent exodus from the staff of the Shaw Field News. The popular newsman left last week for Mitchel Field to take up new duties as publicity man for the … more

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. … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Wilson Hall hosts 1st picnic with contests; 'Sea Lion' war games end

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 7 - Sept. 13 - General MacArthur was scheduled to lead a three-mile parade of American military might into the heart of Tokyo and within three days all the capital will be occupied. Meanwhile these other developments … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Citadel coach speaks to Hillcrest students; young men beautify Sumter with new trees

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 31 - Sept. 6 - E. R. Crow, superintendent of the Sumter city schools, announced the faculties for the 1945-46 session and listed schedules for the opening days at the various schools. School will open at 9 o'clock on … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ribbon cut for Miller Arms Apartments; high schools consider block scheduling in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 - The Tokyo radio said that radioactivity in Hiroshima, blasted by an atomic bomb, was taking a mounting toll weeks after the day of the attack and that in the 14 days following the raid the death toll had … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Mabry will receive Congressional Medal of Honor; P.A.W.S. helps Sumter pets

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 17 - Aug. 23 - Four members of the American squadron which Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle led in the first bombing mission over Tokyo have been released from a Japanese prisoner of war camp at Peiping, the Office of … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Fishing derby begins; Sumterite is missionary in Romania

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 10 - Aug. 16 - American aircraft carriers, new to war before the attack on Pearl Harbor, emerged as one of the most powerful offensive weapons in the campaign against Japan. As the spearhead of every naval striking … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Boys head to camp thanks to paper drive; Shaw opens gym

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 3 - Aug. 9 - An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President Truman disclosed in a White House … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter home has 600 varieties of camellias; residents urged to use landfills

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 July 27 - Aug. 2 - A high record of rainfall for one day was set when the heaviest downpour of the year was recorded. Almost two inches, 1.83 to be exact, fell in an hour and 15 minutes, according to the weather bureau. On … more
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