Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trolley Parade held at Memorial Park; Kiwanis celebrates 75 years

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Dec. 1 - 7 - The Sumter chapter of the Reserve Officers Association held its monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Ford Motor Co. in New Zion. A fish supper was served, after which combat films were shown by Capt. Wright. It … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Clemson college becomes USC Sumter; Amoco service station torn down

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 24 - 30 - Nathan Addlestone of Sumter was elected president of the Carolinas Scrap Dealers, succeeding W. Alec Rawls of Rocky Mount. Addlestone was also elected to the organization's national board of directors. - … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter featured in book on S.C.; Sumter Catholic closes doors

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 17 - 23 - Thoroughly soaked from head to foot, but not minding it in the least, was a smiling Larry Weldon, who was walking around in the Orangeburg Armory last Friday night. The time was about 10:10, and his Gamecocks … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Richardson chairs Breath of Life campaign; 'Gear Up for Learning' starts

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 10 - 15 - The second Audubon Screen Tour has been scheduled for early next year, local representatives of the National Audubon Society announced today. Jan. 17 has been set as the date, and the movie to be shown has … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Bicycle shop serves Sumter 50 years; Maj. Parrish leads Thunderbirds

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Nov. 3 - 9 - Sumter County's 23rd-annual fair will begin a six-day run with the opening of the midway. After breaking all records at the Indiana and New Jersey state fairs and other fairs played in the east, the Setlin and … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Championship bike races held; Sumter PD has first woman sergeant

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 27 - Nov. 1 - A class of approximately 30 candidates will be initiated into the local lodge of Elks in honor of Grand Exalted Ruler Lewis by the Columbia lodge officers. They are the 1947-48 state ritualistic … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: School safety patrols treated to film viewing; Trav-L-Park opens in Santee

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 21 - 25 - "Driver education courses in many of our high schools is now assured," said chief highway commissioner C.R. McMillan in emphasizing the importance of safety education to achieve a reduction in traffic … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Bowling becomes a favorite sports activity

Reflections recalls when bowling became one of Sumter's favorite recreational activities. According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, "The earliest form of bowling known to exist has been traced back to ancient Egypt around 5,000 B.C. The ancient Egyptians … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Scouts get Pinewood racers ready; Sumter Green recognizes those beautifying area

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 14 - 20 - The 24th-annual Sumter County Fair will be held at the county fairgrounds beginning Monday evening, Nov. 3, and running through Saturday, Nov. 8, J. Cliff Brown, county fair secretary, announced. The fair, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter's 1st all-weather shopping center announced, Lee Players present 'Sound of Music' at opera house

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 7 - 13 - Ninety percent of the ginners in the Carolinas and Virginia are collecting 10 cents per bale from cotton farmers under the National Cotton Council program, George T. Ashford, Red Springs, president of the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw Field pilot lost in accident; funding set for ETV in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - Two fires, one occurring at Britton's station on Manning Road and the other at a Center Street residence early today, were reported by the city fire department this morning. A call put in at 9:22 a.m. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Radio's best quiz comes to Sumter; Fienning plans to retire from council

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 23 - 29 - "Members of the Sumter Community Concert association who enroll during the membership campaign next week will be added to the hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians who have already approved the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 1,000 take part in Children's Fishing Rodeo; Sumter gets manufacturing honor

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 16 - 22 - A goal of $39,050.50 has been set for this year's Sumter County Community Chest Campaign, Lester W. Allen, director, announced. Dates for the annual solicitation of funds will be Oct. 21 through Oct. 31. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Model Airplane Fly-in opens Iris Festival; 'Celebrate Clemson' held

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 10 - 15 - Robert O. Purdy Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will sponsor a professional boxing card at the Municipal Ball Park on Friday night. Five bouts and an opening battle royal will make up the night's program - … more
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