Yesteryear
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Jewish Welfare Fund holds supper at temple; Shaw hosts F-102 Delta Daggers

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 25 - 31 - Officers re-elected for an additional one-year term at the annual Sumter County Game and Fish Association barbecue and meeting were B.L. Montague, president; R. T. Brown Sr., secretary-treasurer; George L. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Egg exports show Sumter ag growth; former POWs invited to berry farm

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 17 - 23 - According to J.A. Raffield, city manager, the movement of 50 house-trailers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Sumter will help alleviate the acute housing shortage here. The house-trailers will be located in the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Yanks' supper held at school cafeteria; Jones sees 200th career coaching win

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 11 - 16 - A large crowd attended the annual Ladies' Night Banquet of the Sumter Kiwanis Club held at Edmunds High School. Dr. Havilah Babcock, dean of the School of English of the University of South Carolina, was … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Housing opens for Shaw Field personnel; P-15's winning streak ends

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Jan. 4 - 10 - Larry Wayne Nunnery, born New Year's Day to Mr. and Mrs. George Nunnery of Wedgefield, took top honors in the Item's 1946 Stork Derby as the first baby of the New Year in Sumter County. Local merchants … more

USO club celebrates Christmas; Solomon makes 4 touchdowns

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 28 - Jan. 3 - If history does a reasonable job of repeating itself, it will be Wake Forest's powerful running game against South Carolina's brilliant passing when the Gamecocks and Demon Deacons square off against each … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Perfection Bakery staff thanks customers; Richardson learns about FCA

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 21 - Dec. 27 - Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who led the victorious U.S. Third Army from the beaches of Normandy into Czechoslovakia, died today a dozen days after his neck was broken in a traffic accident. The general's … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Flag pole dedicated on Tricentennial Week; Pinewood hosts Possum Trot Fest for 2nd year

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 14 - Dec. 20 - December checks for distribution in Sumter County to needy persons receiving public assistance are being mailed from the state public welfare office in time to be received early this week, it is … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris seeks books to help with accreditation; Tuomey is smoke free

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 7 - 15 - Fourteen officers and men aboard five Navy torpedo bombers missing over the Atlantic since Wednesday night and 13 crew members of a plane lost while searching for the bombers today were identified by seventh … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Car captured in Germany displayed; Red Baron pizza planes visit Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 30 - Dec. 6 - A 1937 Ford belonging to a Shaw Field soldier caught fire on Main Street in front of DeLorme's pharmacy, and within three minutes, the blaze had severely damaged the car, burning and melting the ignition, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Yates is 1st woman candidate in Sumter in decades; 'Mr. Music' honored

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 - Fire Chief E. H. Lynam alerted Sumter residents to the fire dangers brought on by the winter. Turning on the heat at home is one of the biggest causes of fire, explained the chief. The chief started his … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Very best observer in the American Army' honored; Summerthing program draws record attendance

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 16 - Nov. 22 - The formation of the Dixie Life Insurance Co., a locally owned and operated corporation, organized with a capital stock of $150,000, was announced this morning. S. L. Roddey is president of the new … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 5,000 attend bass fishing derby fest; Baker Street oak cut down

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 9 - Nov. 15 - South Carolina's current crop may be the third smallest in 58 years, Federal-State Agricultural Statistician Frank O. Black has estimated. Predicting a 640,000-bale yield on the basis of Nov. 1 reports, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Buddy Poppy sale benefits veterans, dependents; Poinsett gets facelift

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 2 - Nov. 8 - The air force marked up a second try victory for its B-29s over the mileage and adverse weather of the tough nonstop hop from Japan to Washington. Four of the Superforts flew in to National Airport after a … more
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