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Volunteer program unique to district; Shaw avoids '93 'hit list'

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 2 - Oct. 8 - The Young Women's Christian Association of Sumter, one of the agencies benefitted by the Community Chest Fund, reports on its activities during the first year of its membership in that fund. The Community … more

Sumter man indicted for treason; Stateburg homes open to public

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 24 - July 30 - Four women's shops of Sumter have combined to send 20,000 Camel cigarettes to soldiers overseas, a representative of the R. J. Reynolds Co., maker of Camels, reported. The cigarettes, which will be … more

'Bachelorettes' hold watermelon slicing; swamp fire contained

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 1 - Aug. 7 - Gene Moses, recent winner of the Carolina Coca-Cola Handicap tournament, and Fred Heath will meet Wednesday at the Sunset Country Club in the finals of the Leland Moore Handicap tourney. Moses advanced in … more

Officials urge city to clean up before festival; coach seeks 400th win

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 11 - Sept. 17 - Lt. H. N. Stelle, 23, whose wife is the former Miss Virginia Yates of Sumter, was killed Thursday afternoon in the crash of a plane at Dale Mabry Field, Tallahassee, Florida, The Item was informed. … more

Clothes collected for Russia; Wilson Hall plans finalized

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 21 - Aug. 27 - Workmen of the Carolina Industries, Sumter, were among thousands of Southeastern shipbuilders cited by the Navy Department for their part in fabricating sections of the tank landing ships which were … more

Food shipped to Charleston; Lee residents work on plan

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 29 - Sept. 4 - The Yellow Cab Co. of Sumter has received a letter of thanks from Maj. William A. Bell, as executive officer at the Headquarters Boston Port of Embarkation, for 20,000 Camel cigarettes which were … more

Shaw celebrates winter uniforms; weather worries farmers

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Oct. 9 - Oct. 15 - Sumter school children began early on another task for their country as they brought in the first installments in the waste paper campaign to be conducted here today, Wednesday and Thursday. The students … more

Women join WAVES; Shelor Building demolished

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Aug. 7 - Aug. 13 - There are many types of work in the WAVES open to women with at least two years of high school, it is announced by Lt. Katharine R. Adams, WAVES recruiting officer for South Carolina. Women so well proved … more

Ninth Air Force Band presents its concert; Dream Week begins

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 - The navy announced 122 casualties, including four dead, one wounded and 117 missing. In addition, one man previously listed as missing now is reported to be dead. This brings to 39,995 the total of Navy, … more

Plane crashes kill 3; squadron returns for Christmas

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 July 17 - July 23 - Announcement of the opening of The Food Shoppe, 270 Broad St., formerly Knowles' Grocery, is made in The Sumter Daily Item. The store has been completely renovated and has a new stock of groceries. E. B. … more

Cadet killed in crash; wetlands might have been cleared illegally

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 4 - Sept. 10 - Approval of a Federal Works Agency project for renovating and equipping the recently acquired frame dwelling on Council Street for using as a recreation center for Negro soldiers was announced by Mayor … more

30 foods created with sweet potatoes; Miss Sumter named

75 YEARS AGO -1943 Aug. 14 - Aug. 20 - M. S. Boykin has been appointed chairman of the advance gifts committee of the Community and War Chest campaign of Sumter County, it was announced today by K. E. Ward, chairman of the publicity committee. … more

Mailboxes get some attention; vandals damage golf course

75 YEARS AGO - 1943 Sept. 18 - Sept. 24 - Col. Burton Hovey, commanding officer of the Philadelphia Air Defense Wing, is spending a few days at Shaw Field while on a survey tour of airports in North Carolina and South Carolina and Georgia. … more
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