Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Studebaker Drivers Club meets in Sumter; depot nominated for register

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Jan. 7 - 13 - R. L. Irby, who was formerly with the city police, was officially appointed Sumter County jailer this morning at the meeting of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. S. B. Geddings had handed in his … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Pro archers in Sumter for tournament; Shaw gets 18 new F-16 jets

75 YEARS AGO -1947 Dec. 31 - Jan. 6 - Dr. John M. Wells, 76, pastor emeritus of Sumter Presbyterian Church, died at the Tuomey hospital from a heart attack. He was born July 16, 1870, in Hinds County, Mississippi, and came to Sumter in 1924 as … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Daredevil driving at Sumter Speedway; chanting helps Manning team win

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 24 - 31 - A letter to the editor: Chairman McKnight has asked for an expression of opinion whether or not the County of Sumter and the City of Sumter should give to the Federal Government Shaw Field. I think we should. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Art Gallery demonstrates Egyptian painting technique; China natives get approval to become American citizens

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 17 - 23 - Sumter's famous National Guard artillery unit which saw continuous service in Africa, Sicily and Italy during the recent war is now ready to reorganize. The unit here has been redesignated Battery "C" 248th … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris in Tropical bowl Christmas Day; society searches for grave IDs

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 10 - 16 - Francis M. Moise, member of the City Board of Education, delivered a brief address on the school system at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club. Mr. Moise was introduced by Dr. H. A. Mood. The extension of … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Tree will be living memorial to WWII vets; concealed weapons law passes

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Dec. 3 - 9 - Funeral services for Dr. Ernest M. Carson, 68, of Spring Hill were conducted this afternoon by Dr. J. M. Wells from the residence of his sister, Mrs. E. P. Martin on North Main Street in Sumter. Interment … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Santa will arrive at municipal airport; frogs and toads invited to contest

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 26 - 3 - Dr. J. M. Wells, pastor emeritus of the Sumter Presbyterian church, delivered a Thanksgiving address at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at the Community Center. Dr. Wells was presented by T. H. Parker … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: H. C. Bland gets radio salute; 'clown prince of baseball' visits Riley

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 19 - 23 - The annual Gamecock Field Trials will start Dec. 2 at Cane Savannah, and plans are nearing completion for this outstanding event, which will attract many well-known sportsmen from other sections of the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Christmas Seal Sale under way; 5 Olympic torchbearers from Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 12 - 18 - Bishopville High School's Dragons trounced an aerial-minded Rockingham, North Carolina, team at Memorial field, 27 to 7, before a good-sized crowd. With only two days of rest since their bruising game with … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sadie Hawkins Day racers will wear costumes; TEC celebrates 10 years

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Nov. 5 - 9 - Parts of the parachute and jacket found with the remains of Cadet Gerald T. Held, student flier of Shaw Field who was missing in the Wateree Swamp for three years, have been collected and framed by R. L. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Butler is 1st Black school superintendent in S.C.; Lee church on Register

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 - The first contest of the school children's field meeting, to be held Wednesday night, Nov. 6, on the football field at the Sumter County fairgrounds, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., and final plans … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Girl Scouts want bright yarn for veterans' afghan; 'Fresh Peach Week' designated

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 22 - 28 - Everything points to a successful fair this year. Already several outstanding herds of cattle and hogs from various sections of the state are scheduled to be here for exhibition. Among those we are expecting … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Cotton picker demonstrated; Sumter runners take part in breaking record

75 YEARS AGO - 1946 Oct. 15 - 21 - Workers in the 1946 Community Chest campaign set out this morning hopeful of quickly reaching the quota of $43,200. More than 250 of the men and women taking part in the drive enjoyed a delicious barbecue … more
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