Yesteryear
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4 swimmers break records; Parnell takes over at Rec Dept.

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 25 - 31 - The Santee-Cooper project is demonstrating its efficiency as a flood-control factor in the present rainy season, and indications are that it could care for twice as much water as now is being handled by the … 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

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 www.theitem.com. 75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 12 - April 21 - Cadet Francis Gregg Horne and Cadet Charles Robert … more

Crowson gives record blood donations; aviator has no plane to fly in the Air Force

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 1 - April 7 - A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign … 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

Baton twirling contest held; Lee animal shelter closer to reality

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 18 - March 24 - The state's code of civil procedure would be revised, employers would be accorded additional unemployment compensation tax privileges and Home Guardsmen's compensation under workmen's compensation … 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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