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Sumter soldiers filmed for movie; Simpson opens new store

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 24 - June 30 - Mrs. John D. Pace reported to The Item today she had received a letter from her husband, written from the battlefields of France. It was the first notification The Item has received of a communication … more

Air WACs celebrate 2 years; Gunsmoke '93 begins in Nevada

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 13 - May 19 - Impressive ceremonies marked the graduation from the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing of eight cadet nurses. William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools, was the principal speaker. Another … more

Chief reminds residents of fire danger; desegregation plans approved

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 3 - June 9 - Tuomey Hospital has been designated by the office of Civilian Penicillin Distribution War Production Board as a depot for penicillin for this area, John W. Rankin, superintendent, was notified. The … more

Teen coffeehouse in the works; fumble-itis hits Gamecocks

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 29 - May 5 - Lt. Ashby Dick was injured in action on the Italian front on April 7, relatives here have been notified. Lt. Dick sustained a fractured hip and other injuries and is in an Army hospital. The Sumter … more

Shaw Field celebrating July 4; 2 new horses on patrol

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 July 1 - July 7 - All hostesses, guests and service men are invited July 3 to an interesting quiz program, contest and group sing; Professor Martin of Lincoln High School and instructor at Morris College will conduct the … more

Block leaders organize cleanup; Sumter PD adds Bandit

Editor's note: Because of Hurricane Florence, the Sunday, Sept. 16, edition of Yesteryear was published only online. Read it at 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 12 - April 21 - Cadet Francis Gregg Horne and Cadet Charles Robert … more

Women in the Air Force coming to Shaw; Sumter Business Expo should be biggest yet

75 YEARS AGO -1944 May 27 - June 2 - Two Shaw Field fliers were injured when their training plane crashed on the state farm at Hagood at about 5 o'clock. Although seriously injured, station hospital officials said that the two were coming … more

Ration Board scrutinizes lemon prices; burning jet was test

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 10 - June 16 - R. L. McLeod Jr. and Richard Reese of this city have been selected as counselors for Camp Coker this season, Paul Runge, Boy Scout field executive, has announced. Camp Coker, the Pee Dee Area Council's … more

Twin pilots in basic training; Lowcountry unit deactivated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 8 - April 14 - In France, it was difficult to distinguish between the DeLeiris twins, and cadet tactical officers at Shaw Field are having the same trouble. You can imagine what trouble German pilots will have when … more

Bomb falls in Sumter yard; hog farmers attend classes

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 6 - May 12 - Thousands of Americans serving overseas are benefiting now from YMCA movements that have been developed over the years through the help of the world service program of the North American YMCAs, Carl W. … more

Teen praised for victory garden; outstanding airmen named

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 June 17 - June 23 - Harold Carraway, 17, a 4-H Club member for six years, has succeeded in developing a victory garden which has won the praise of everyone who has seen it. Assistant County Agent Roland Alston said that … more

Gibson returns to tennis; voters OK 2 new high schools

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 24 - Sept. 30 - Miss Pat Kelly, civil service recruiting representative for this section of South Carolina, will return to Sumter for two days - Monday and Tuesday - to take applications for positions in Washington, … more

DJs 'in jail' to raise money; industrial batteries dumped into Sumter pond

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 20 - May 26 - Lt. H. George Huettig, whose wife, the former Miss Bea Sharpton, resides in Sumter, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism of an extraordinary nature while on aerial flight. The award … more
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