75 YEARS AGO - 1938
Kenneth Markwell was announced as project engineer for the Santee-Cooper hydro-electric, navigation and flood control project for South Carolina by the Public Works Administration. Markwell, currently working in …
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Kenneth Markwell was announced as project engineer for the Santee-Cooper hydro-electric, navigation and flood control project for South Carolina by the Public Works Administration. Markwell, currently working in Tennessee, after receiving news of his assignment stated that he would "take up his duties as soon as he could clear his desk in Chattanooga." His duties included the supervision of the "largest flood control-navigation-power undertakings in the southeast outside the Tennessee valley area" costing an estimated $34,000,000. The Kennedy-Burrows Co. of Sumter was awarded a contract to provide surveyors stakes for this massive project.
From the "In and Around the Town" column - "Highway 76 is being widened between Lynchburg and Florence by adding black top shoulders to the roadway. The past few hot, dry days have been fine for cotton farmers and tough on the boll weevil, and that is fine for all the people who do business hereabouts. Farmers are also apprised that the cotton ginners are getting their plants in condition to start operations when the ginning season opens. The usual advice is given farmers to avoid ginning green or wet cotton.
"The Osteen Publishing Company has installed another automatic self-feeding job printing press, replacing a smaller, old-type hand-fed press that had been in service a number of years. It is essential to have modern equipment of the latest and most efficient type to keep in step with the times.
"The talk that Mr. Francis Moise made to the Rotary Club Monday on the city schools was informative, and the essential parts are printed today for the benefit of the general public.
"Camp Miller, P-63 CCC, which has been located at Cane Savannah since immediately after the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, being one of the first camps established in South Carolina, has been dismantled and the entire personnel, officers and veteran enrollees, transferred to the new camp on the 26-acre track adjacent to the State Forest Nursery and Municipal Park, east Liberty street, between the Florence and Shiloh highways. ... "
Other news - Officials reported that the "County Fairgrounds will be in almost perfect condition for the Carolina-Davidson game during County Fair week. The field has been graded, and a fine sod of Bermuda grass carpets the gridiron. More rain fell last year between January 1st and July 20th than during the same period this year, but it is more evenly distributed. Recently there has been too much rain, the deficiency in precipitation having been made up at the wrong time for crops. Boll weevils are multiplying prodigiously.
"The tourist hotels, homes, restaurants, camps on Highway No. 15 will face more energetic competition from rival routes this season than ever before. Associations promoting other routes have planned heavily financed advertising campaigns and other activities to attract tourist travel. They are going after the business."
Tragically a 10-year-old black male drowned in the reservoir of the Brooklyn Cooperage Company, according to J. Scott Cain, coroner who investigated the death. A doctor was called and artificial respiration was administered, in vain.
Authorities at Floyd Bennett Airport, New York took no chances with avid souvenir hunters when Howard Hughes' shining silver monoplane returned after circling the earth in three days and nineteen hours. As soon as it landed it was surrounded by a cordon of police, and hustled off to a special hangar where it was locked up under guard.
Mr. Chester A. Korn, of the Sumter Hardwood Company, was painfully injured in an automobile accident that occurred in Augusta Saturday. He sustained a broken collar bone and several painful cuts and bruises. He is confined to bed at his home in Augusta, but is anticipated that he will be out again within a couple of weeks. His many friends in Sumter join in the hope that he will have a speedy convalescence.
Local Efird store leads the entire chain - First prize of $75 in cash was awarded to E.L. Kluttz, local Efird's Department Store manager, by the Charlotte office for making the largest sales increase in the chain during the annual June Sale. Mr. Kluttz came from Rock Hill, where he was assistant manager, and is the youngest in age in the Efird chain of 55 stores scattered throughout the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The entire sales force of the local store will also receive a bonus for their effort in making the annual June promotion the most successful ever staged. Mr. Kluttz attributed much of the success of the sale to the large amount of advertising carried in The Item during June.
At the movies: The Sumter Theater featured "The Saint in New York" starring Louis Hayward, Kay Sutton, Sig Romann and Jonathan Hale. Also showing was a "Special Walt Disney Cartoon 41 minutes of real fun 'Disney's Revue,' also the Latest Sound News."
Local events: The Shepherd Skating Rink located on North Main Street announced that it was now "Under a new tent with new skates and popular music. Admission was Children 25 cents and Adults 35 cents, spectators allowed in free and instructions for beginners available."
Swimming would be allowed for Women at the YMCA., and pairings for the Sumter Daily Item and the Fishel's junior tennis tournaments were announced.
50 YEARS AGO - 1963
The City Council passed a resolution yesterday authorizing the Sumter Junior Chamber of Commerce to hold its Iris Festival Parade at 4 p. m. on May 9. It was one of the most important items considered by the body. A letter was read from the First Pentecostal Holiness Church requesting a four-way stop sign or stop light at the intersection of Bartlette and Sumter Streets, a point where several accidents have happened the past few years. City Manager Wade Kolb told council that the State Highway Department has made one study of the intersection and decided a light was necessary.
Lincoln Students Achieve High Honor - Two Lincoln High School students have won top awards in the Scholastic Art Awards regional contest. The two are George Day, 12th grade and Alvester Jackson, 11th grade. Their entries were among five selected by judges for submission to the national contest for a Hallmark award. The winner will be chosen from among the five. Shaw teenagers, parents and guests packed the Shaw Youth Center Saturday night to standing room only for its grand opening after renovation. The ribbon cutting ceremonies performed by Col. Joseph R. Ambrose, base commander, were followed by a program performed by the teenagers.
YMCA Activities - A basketball clinic and a baseball clinic will be held under the leadership of Jack Dean, the new Y Athletic Director. Prominent Sumter Attorney Shepard K. Nash "has accepted chairmanship of the Sumter YMCA's campaign to raise $275,000 for a new building. In making the announcement Dr. Ted Young, president of the Sumter YMCA board of directors, said that Nash would coordinate campaign activities and enlist industry and business leadership to head various organization divisions. E. C. 'Red' Kneece has been named Initial Gifts Chairman for the $275,000 Sumter new building drive, Nash announced today. Kneece owns and operates Kneece Tractor and Truck Company. He came to Sumter about 10 years ago and has taken an active part in the community's civic and church affairs."
Nu Idea Furniture Plan Expansion - "Expansion plans are in the making for the Sumter and Loris branches of Nu Idea Furniture Company, whose parent company is Adams Engineering of Miami, Fla. Thomas J. Peek, general manager of the Sumter plant, said today a new building is to be added on the Hauser Street location within the next few months. The structure, which will be a separate building, is expected to add 25,000 square feet of space and create possibly 30 to 40 more jobs. At present the Sumter plant, devoted entirely to wood kitchen cabinets, has about 125 employees."
Sports Notes - "Bill McDonald, 35, athletic director and football coach at Frederick College died of a heart attack Saturday. A native of Alabama, he spent most of his early life in Portsmouth where he was an outstanding athlete at Woodrow Wilson High School. McDonald was a star football tackle at East Carolina College, and afterward, while in the Air Force, coached the Shaw (S.C.) Air force Base team to a 15-4-1 record in 1955-56.
Coach Bob Matthews was scheduled to unveil his Sumter High baseball team against the early starting Camden High Bulldogs who have already played four games.
Sunset Country Club Opens New Facility - "With plans for a proposed new club house completed and approved by the membership, Sunset Country club is beginning a membership drive this week, the first in several years. ... The proposed new club house will be erected on the site of the present club house which will be torn down. It will be constructed so that the swimming pool, the first tee, the eighteenth green and the tenth tee will all be visible from within the building. The present club house was built in 1928."
Tuomey and Lee Memorial win yearly accreditation - "Thirty-four South Carolina hospitals, including Tuomey at Sumter and Lee County Memorial at Bishopville, were included on the annual list of accredited hospitals published last week by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. Of the approximately 7,000 hospitals in the U. S. the commission said roughly 4,000 are accredited. About 1,000 of the other hospitals have less than 25 or more adult beds and are not included in the Commission surveys. The remaining 2,000 are usually found in two basic categories, mental hospitals and those run for profit. Accreditation means a hospital has voluntarily submitted to a survey of its facilities and patient care and is a badge of recognition which proves it conforms to high standards."
At the movies: Offered at the Sumter Theater: "A Girl Named Tamiko" starring Lawrence Harvey, France Nuyen, Martha Hyer also starring Gary Merrill, Michael Wilding and Miyoshi Umeki."Walt Disney's Son of Flubber" starring Fred Mac Murray, Nancy Olson and Keenan Wynn opens Friday. The Carolina showed "Five Miles to Midnight" starring Gig Young, Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, and Jean Pierre Aumont.
Item archivist Sammy Way will compile "Yesteryear" for the next few Sundays while Editor Hubert Osteen is away from the office. Contact Way at email@example.com or (803) 774-1294.