Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Junior Chamber opposes train discontinuance; Jaycees start TIP program

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 July 1 - 7 - Sumter's American Legion Juniors defeated Winnsboro's Juniors with east, 19-3, at the Municipal Park, but the young Gamecocks will have the toughest fight in their District 7 play when they oppose … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Bethune speaks at association meeting; White Cross drug store opens in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 24 - 30 - Camden beat the Sumter Fiskateers last night in Camden 19 to 3. The Fiskateers have now won 10 games and lost 5 while Camden's score is 9 lost and 7 won. Chick Cheek started on the mound for the local lads … more

Kiwanis Club celebrates 25 years in Sumter; Civic Center taking shape

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 17 - 23 - The local 40-8 team will journey to Summerton for a return match with their 40-8 baseball team today. The game between the two teams in Sumter last Thursday was rained out in the third inning when Sumter had … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Cadet is top-ranking man at West Point; Peace Pilgrim visits Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 10 - 16 - The first cotton bloom in Sumter County, reported to the Item office, was from the farm of R. M. Barkley on the Pinewood road. Two perfect blooms were brought to the office this morning by County Farm Agent … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Forestry camp plans in development; mammoth farm sale in Oswego

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 June 3-9 - W.T. McCracken, only nominee, was elected commander of the American Legion for the ensuing year at the meeting held at the hut last night. Other officers elected were Clifton G. Brown, first vice commander; Hugh … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter office building ground broken; WRJA forms advisory panel

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 May 26 - June 2 - Congressman John J. Riley of South Carolina's second district said, "I feel as good as I ever did" today, three days after he was overcome by a cerebral hemorrhage. Riley's physician, Dr. O. Z. Culler, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Manning Junior Chamber gets charter; new book celebrates Hannukah

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 May 19 - 24 - Approximately 200 cleaners and their assistants attended a clinic on unserviceable fabrics at the Columbia hotel in Columbia, which was sponsored by the Sigma chapter of the Alumni Society of the National … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Junior High School damaged by fire; Today's Ladies Club serves Thanksgiving meal

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 May 11 - 17 - Sumter's Palmetto League baseball team outsmarted Lake City to win by a score of 4 to 2 in an exhibition contest played in the Florence County town. The Fiskateers didn't do much with the offerings of Randall, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: VFW sponsors marble tournament; family to build rest home

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 May 5 - 10 - A house-to-house fire inspection is being made now in Sumter by the fire department. E.M. Harrison, a member of the fire department, is doing the inspecting which is done annually, according to Fire Chief E. H. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 4 Sumter men in Navy meet in China; Arbor Day celebrated

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 April 21 - 26 - A change in original plans for the new hotel to be constructed in Sumter was announced by the Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was as follows: "The original plans for the new hotel embraced a total of … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ninth Air Force performs for Azalea Festival; SHS grad gets Gold Award

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 April 13 - 19 - John McMillan, 27-year-old head coach at South Georgia Junior College, has been named head coach of all sports at Erskine College, succeeding Harry Bolick, who resigned. He was head coach at the University … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris student leaders honored; monument to singer Pinkney dedicated in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 April 7 - 12 - Officials of the B and H Service Station, recently remodeled, announced that the station is now able to offer complete service for all automobiles and trucks. Locally owned and managed, the B and H is located … more
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