75 YEARS AGO - 1945
April 6-April 12
- Donors will be able to find the collection depot of the United National Clothing Collection, for E.S. Stroman, head of the signs and placards work of the publicity committee, is planning to have a huge …
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- Donors will be able to find the collection depot of the United National Clothing Collection, for E.S. Stroman, head of the signs and placards work of the publicity committee, is planning to have a huge arrow point the way. The depot on East Hampton Avenue off Main Street now has a big sign over the door, erected by Mr. Stroman's workers. The arrow which will be painted on a building nearby will be visible from Main Street, it is planned.
- Sgt. James M. Prosser Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Prosser of Sumter, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal "for meritorious achievement in military operations against the enemy in western Europe." From July 7-15, 1944, Sgt. Prosser, ammunition handler, heavy machine gunner and squad leader, excelled in the performance of his duties and contributed materially to the fine record established by the organization of which he is a member. "The high standards of courage, initiative and discipline required during the long periods of combat were met by Sgt. Prosser in a manner that reflects great credit upon himself and the military service."
- Sgt. Vaughn, Shaw Field artist, will be presented in a recital at 8 o'clock at Lincoln High School by the Black Division of the Red Cross drive, J.C. Prioleau, chairman, said today. At the recital, final reports on the drive will be read.
- The main battle for Okinawa appeared today to be shaping up on the southern end of the island where the Japanese were putting up increased resistance among fixed positions in caves, gullies and ridges four miles north of the capital city of Naha. Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz's communique announcing continued American gains on all Okinawa fronts reported remarkably low U.S. casualties for the first four days of a campaign only 325 miles from Japan itself; 175 soldiers and Marines killed, 798 wounded.
- Ten thousand bream and bass that had been raised in the Burnt Gin rearing pools were transferred to the lakes in Poinsett Forest this week, according to Game Warden E. W. Nettles Jr. Since the Sumter County Game and Fish association took over the pools three years ago, more than 100,000 game fish have been reared and planted in the public streams and lakes of the county, the game warden said.
- Ollie Geddings has received word that his son Sgt. Levy Geddings has been killed. The message came from the War Department and stated that he was killed on March 10 on Iwo Jima. Sgt. Geddings has a brother in the South Pacific.
- A scrap paper drive will be conducted tomorrow by the Junior B.T.U. department of Salem Avenue Baptist Church, and all housewives are asked to cooperate. Salvage paper will be picked up from the porch or curbing, and collection hours will be from 2 until 5 p.m. This one-day scrap paper drive is the only formal one scheduled in the city. The only other paper collection going on is being conducted by Boy Scouts individually.
- Miss Matilda Grace McLellan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. McLellan, has been offered a Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Fellowship which, if accepted, will eventually lead to her designing aircraft engines. The course is slated to start on June 12 at North Carolina State college. After 12 months of intensive study, Miss McLellan will go to the Pratt and Whitney plant in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Pvt. Haynie M. Wilson, USMCR, was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 11, according to a message sent to his wife and his parents. He had been overseas since November 1944, having entered service on June 29, 1944. He was prominent in athletics at Sumter High School and was captain of the football team his senior year.
Lt. Don B. Harby, USNR, has been made commanding officer of the U.S.S. Pruitt, according to word received here. Lt. Harby was called to active duty in the Naval Reserves in October 1942 when he was sent to the South Pacific on a destroyer. He was on that ship for two years and four months serving as gunnery officer, executive officer and navigator. During that time, his ship took part in 10 major campaigns or battles for which stars were authorized to be worn, including the capture and defense of Guadalcanal, the Gilbert Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Mariannas Islands, the first battle of the Philippine sea and the invasion of Luzon.
- Fire which started in the kitchen flue of the Sunrise Caf on East Liberty Street spread to the upstairs quarter of the caf building, known as the Old Delgar No. 3 Reel House, and badly damaged the office of the Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co. The kitchen of the caf was damaged somewhat.
- Pfc. Gordon W. Windham and his brother, Pfc. Gus W. Windham, recently met in an Army hospital somewhere in Italy. Gordon is recovering in the hospital from wounds he received in action (the third time he has been wounded in combat). Gus was informed by one of his officers of his brother's location and obtained a five-day pass in order to visit him.
- Sgt. John C. Ray, 10th Mountain Division, has received the Bronze Star for meritorious service serving in combat in the vicinity of La Serra, Italy, during the period of Feb. 28 to March 3. Sgt. Ray was acting communication sergeant of a heavy weapons company of a mountain infantry regiment and charged with maintaining wire communications between supporting weapons firing on a battalion final protection line.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
- The University of South Carolina was expected to unveil plans to enlarge the capacity of Carolina Stadium to seat 70,000 by the 1973 football season at a cost of $7.6 million. The plan reportedly calls for enlargement in four stages so the stadium may be used for football games while construction is under way.
- Coach Steve Satterfield and quarterback Jimmy Eaves, two main components in the Edmunds Gamecocks' state championship team, have been named the Item's player and coach of the year. There was little doubt that Satterfield was the top coach of the area, but Eaves' selection was probably the closest in the history of the awards.
- Movies of the 1969 camping season of Camp Sequoyah for Boys and Camp Junaluska for Girls will be presented at the Holiday Inn. The camp reunion is planned for former campers and staff members as well as for individuals who are interested in having their children attend summer camp in 1970.
- A fast and quick backfield sparks the Item's All-Area Football team for 1969. Only one player repeated from last season's club. State 4A Champion Edmunds dominated the selections with four on the offensive team and five on the defensive unit. Bishopville, state 2A semifinalist, landed four, while Manning, an 8-2 team, had three on the club. Furman, with its first winning record in five years, had two while 6AA Conference runner-up Hillcrest also put two on the team. One player from Mayewood and one from Ebenezer rounded out the 22-man selections.
- Forests are important to South Carolina and to Sumter County. Wood-using industries now strengthen South Carolina's economy by adding more than $600 million to it each year. Sumter County, with its many wood-using plants, gets a healthy share of this money. It is the furniture manufacturing center of South Carolina. In the manufacture of everything from fine furniture and cabinets to plywood to boat paddles and handles, Sumter County's economy is steadily growing.
- Mrs. Butler Derrick charmed members of the Sumter County Historical Society on their recent visit to Edgefield and last night interested the whole society in the historic value of Edgefield County. Loring Lee, president of the society, invited Mrs. Derrick to visit the meeting and talk with the members about the restoration of old homes and landmarks in Edgefield County that their society had undertaken.
- The Sumter Family YMCA Board of Directors has appointed Wayne Reid as full-time physical director. Reid has been in the U.S. Air Force for the past three years. During this time, he has been employed as physical director on a part-time basis. Reid's wife, Delphia, teaches at Cherryvale School.
- Two Edmunds High School girls have been named to head the TAP (Teen Action Program) division of the 1970 March of Dimes drive in Sumter County. W. Roe Gabriel, Sumter County campaign director, has announced that Debbie Hardy and Sally Mabry have been designated co-chairmen for the teenage division of the annual campaign. The two girls have been given the responsibility of directing all activities involving teens in the Sumter County drive.
- Two contracts amounting to $163,188 have been awarded to two firms to add improvements to Shaw. A local firm, Boyle Construction Co., in Sumter will start construction on the new addition to the Bowling Center. The addition to the present 10 lanes will include a new lounge and relocation of the snack bar, doubling its present size, and the addition of six new lanes. The other contract was awarded to Clark Heating Co. Inc. of Columbia. Their low bid of $14,161 earned them the contract for replacement of air-conditioning systems in the officer family housing.
- Amid music, crepe paper and laughing children, good old Saint Nick will arrive in Sumter in the annual Jaycees Christmas Parade. The parade will start at Tuomey Hospital on Calhoun Street and continue down Main Street to W.A. Family Store. Numerous floats, bands, queens and other groups will be joining in the parade.
- Visitors to the Clemson at Sumter Library will notice that a new staff has been added this year. At the helm of the library check-out desk is Head Librarian Jane Ferguson, who began working at Clemson in September. The new assistant to the librarian is Peggy Eutsler, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, who came to Clemson at Sumter in October. The library's new secretary, Nancy Hart, a Sumter native, began working in her current position in October.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
- It was just the beginning of a terrible day for Furman High School's Roger Douglas when he missed his bus, according to his parents. Next, say Glenn and Betty Douglas, Roger was sent to a class where another boy - who had bullied him the year before while the two were students as Manchester School - kicked him and broke his hip. Then Roger, a freshman, had an epileptic seizure. The Douglases are suing Sumter School District 2, alleging that the district officials neglected their son on that day.
- Kay Rogers has long dug in the dirt, creating colorful confections of flowering plants at her wholesale greenhouse business off a dirt road in Sumter County. And now she's digging in the dirt of the city proper, planting vinca and pansies wherever she can get permission. Rogers began her plantings last year in the median at the intersection of Alice Drive and West Liberty Street. She believes that flowerbeds around the city would give first-time visitors a better impression of our fair city.
- Clarendon School District 3 officials voted to create an alternative school program for expelled students. The board unanimously approved the new program, which gives students who have been removed from the regular classroom for the remainder of the school year an opportunity to complete their class requirements and be promoted to the next grade level.
- Tom Lewis is feeling a great deal better about his football team these days. The Gamecocks opened the season with a disappointing 25-7 loss to Berkeley, then answered with a 12-0 victory over Aiken. "I probably took (the Berkeley loss) as hard as I've ever taken one," Lewis said. "I just thought we got whipped and then we didn't have a very good week of practice."
- More than 975 volunteers representing 65 Adopt-A-Highway groups in Sumter County are expected to pick up trash along area roadways. The volunteers will clean up 250 miles of roadsides as well as parks, lake shores and river banks in the county, in observance of national Public Land Month. Similar cleanups will take place across the state.
- Danny Chandler picked a great time to record his first career hole-in-one. The ace came at the 18th hole while Chandler was playing in the Greater Sumter Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Rub O' The Green golf tournament, which was played at the Carolina Links Golf Course at Shaw Air Force Base. For the hole-in-one, Chandler won the grand prize of the tournament, use of a brand new blue Chevrolet Impala for the next year. "It's my first ever hole-in-one," and it was the first time anyone has ever won the grand prize in the 13-year history of the tournament.
- With just over one minute left in the first half of Sumter's football game against Summerville, Gamecock head coach Tom Lewis said to offensive line coach Troy Philips, "Let's just run the clock out and get out of here." Even though SHS had dominated the first half, four lost fumbles had it clinging to a 7-6 lead over the Green Wave. A near interception of a John Blanding screen pass at the Sumter 40-yard line had Lewis muttering those words. The Gamecocks tried to run out the clock, but fullback Markeith Ford broke off a 45-yard run out of the power-I formation to the Green Wave seven-yard line. That set up a touchdown by Blanding just before halftime that provided SHS the impetus for a second-half explosion and a 40-6 win.
- A new state prison in Clarendon County expected to provide 363 jobs came a step closer to becoming a reality with the graduation of the first correctional officers trained to work there. The state Department of Corrections graduated 48 students at the yet empty Turbeville Correctional Institution. The 48 are among 202 correctional officers who will eventually guard prisoners at the facility.
- Williamsburg Academy remained undefeated with a 35-6 win over Thomas Sumter in Kingstree. The Stallions, 3-0, built a 28-0 lead at the half and piled up 279 total yards while limiting the Generals to 78. Chad McClary scored on a three-yard run, Mac Wadford on a 23-yard run, David Grady on a one-yard run, Ken Kellahan on an 11-yard run and Jamie Kellahan on a two-yard run for Williamsburg. Thomas Sumter got a 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Justin Sprinkle.
- Wilson hall's Will Dinkins rushed for a touchdown and returned an interception 75 yards for another score to lead the Barons to a 21-0 victory over Hudgens at Lynchburg. The victory brings Wilson hall's record to 1-2 on the year, while Hudgens remains winless in the early season at 0-3. A pair of first-quarter interceptions played a key role as the Barons jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead.
- Higher interest rates and the uncertain future of Shaw Air Force Base slowed down housing starts and home sales in Sumter County for the first six months of 1994, according to local contractors and real estate officials. "It's been a real mediocre year," said John Brabham Jr., president of The Prudential John M. Brabham Real Estate in Sumter. "Interest rates are up a little, and a lot of people seem concerned over whether Shaw Air Force Base is going to close. I think a lot of people who would normally buy houses are renting because they are unsure of what is going to happen with the base."
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