Mural of Sumter dedicated; Hugo-damaged building demolished

Posted 12/16/18

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

July 8 - July 14

- The appointment of English S. DesChamps as manager of the regional War Production Board's salvage department was announced by Harry G. Thornton, regional WPB director. Mr. DesChamps succeeds D. E. …

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Mural of Sumter dedicated; Hugo-damaged building demolished


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

July 8 - July 14

- The appointment of English S. DesChamps as manager of the regional War Production Board's salvage department was announced by Harry G. Thornton, regional WPB director. Mr. DesChamps succeeds D. E. Walters, who resigned the position he had held for the past two years to become zone manager for Nash-Kelvinator in Dallas, Texas. A native of Sumter, Mr. DesChamps has been associated with the War Production Board in the Southeast since July 1942, serving for more than a year with the salvage department in North Carolina and South Carolina.

- Cpl. Charles F. Shipley Jr., of the Fourth Marine Division, was wounded in fighting recently on Saipan Island, his parents have been notified. Cpl. Shipley had seen action on numerous islands of the Marshall group before participating in the invasion and fighting on Saipan. He has been with the Fourth Marines in the Central Pacific area since January of this year.

- Capt. George H. Kojac officially opened the new swimming pool at Shaw Field when he offered the holiday crowd a sample of his swimming power which won for him the world's backstroke championship. The husky Kojac, now base surgeon at the AAF Primary School in Orangeburg, competed against Maj. William A. Buechner, commanding officer at the primary school and a former college swimming star. Lt. Walter Pasnuck, one of Shaw's swimming stars, also offered an exhibition of freestyle swimming.

- There are a number of splendid typists among the cadet wives in town now, Mrs. R. C. Williams, cadet hostess, said. These girls, and others in the group trained in office work, are anxious to secure employment for the time they are in the city. The cadet wives may be contacted by calling Mrs. Williams at 597.

- A Marine plane in route from Cherry Point, North Carolina, base to the field at Congaree was reported today to have crashed 10 miles northwest of Sumter. Although no official announcement of the crash has been made, The Item has learned from a reliable source that the plane crashed Thursday afternoon. Ammunition was aboard the plane, and it began firing following the crash, it was stated. The plane ripped a hole in the ground big enough to put a house in, witnesses declared. The pilot was reported instantly killed.

- Pvt. Tom J. Wadford, Sumter paratrooper, has been slightly wounded in action in France, according to a War Department message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wadford. Pvt. Wadford has been in service for two-and-a-half years and overseas for eight months. Mr. and Mrs. Wadford have two other sons in service, Pvt. Roy Wadford, now in an Alaska hospital, and Tech Sgt. Vivian Wadford, in France.

- Fifteen arrests were made by city police during the weekend period. Six persons were apprehended at one time on a triple charge of gambling, profanity and breach of peace. Other charges were breach of peace, drunkenness, having illegal whiskey and resisting arrest. One woman was held for the County Health Department, and two men were brought in for investigation.

- Under the new Marine plan of rotation, another detachment of First Division Marines have arrived home from 25 months of service on Guadalcanal and New Britain, the Marine Corps southern procurement division headquarters announced today. Among those returning was Pvt. 1st Class George F. Jennings, son of Mrs. J. K. Jennings of Sumter.

- Instead of having an ordinary office monthly meeting, the Recreation Commission will make a tour of various recreation projects now under way in the city, it was announced. The plan is to meet at the YWCA and under the guidance of Miss Adele Moore, supervisor of recreation, to visit the playgrounds and institutes now being conducted under the city's summer programs. The officials will visit Memorial Park, Central School grounds, Jenkins Center, Council Street Center, Savage-Glover grounds and also the YWCA, YMCA and recreation headquarters.

- The Sumter American Legion Juniors dropped two games last week and must now play with their backs to the wall. The team is still hitting splendidly. Their batting average for the first four elimination games is .337. If they can keep this up and tighten up their defense, they may still come around. There are eight more games on the schedule. The next game in Sumter for the Juniors will be with the league-leading Columbia Capitals.

- Fort Jackson's 345th Infantry team leading the service league in the second half of the season's play will furnish the opposition for the Shaw Field Fliers in a game at 8:30 at the Municipal ball park. Nowak, whose might on the mound has been displayed here on several occasions, will do the hurling for the visitors. Turbeville and Najjar will probably divide pitching time for the Shaw men.

- First Lt. John M. Platt and Cpl. Jack Godwin, representing the U. S. Army recruiting station at 1703 Main St., Columbia, are in town for the purpose of recruiting youths of 17 years for a program of Army Air Forces training which may bring to those who qualify the equivalent of two years in college, of four 12-week terms. Lt. Platt and Cpl. Godwin have their temporary offices in the recruiting trailer which is parked in front of city hall.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

March 9 - March 15

- Jeanne Daman, non-Jewish Belgian underground heroine of World War II who was prominently featured on the NBC television network in a dramatic program titled "The Righteous," will speak on behalf of the United Jewish Appeal at Barnett Memorial Hall of Temple Sinai. The manner in which "pitifully" few Christians helped Jews during their darkest era in Europe was the subject of the Chet Huntley television program. While declaring that there were "disgracefully few individuals on whom Jews could count for help, it is important to find those who helped, not only for their sake, but for ours," Huntley stated.

- The executive director of the S.C. State Committee for Technical Education, Thomas Barton Jr., spoke to the Kiwanis Club at their regular meeting at the Elks Club. Barton pointed out that technical education for boys and girls not going to college was very valuable in South Carolina. He said that in South Carolina 94 percent of the students do not finish college while only 6 percent do finish. He added that the technical centers were directed to this vast majority of students.

- The Sumter County United Fund awards dinner will be held at the Officers Club at Shaw Air Force Base to recognize the achievements of Shaw and Sumter County in reaching the goal in the 1968-69 United Fund Drive. Presiding over the dinner will be Richard P. Moses, campaign chairman of this year's drive, which recently attained its $203,000 goal.

- Groundbreaking exercises for a $170,000 addition to Alice Drive Baptist Church were held following a morning worship service with a large part of the 516 members present. The addition is divided into three parts. The first is composed of six adult Sunday School classrooms. The second section is composed of a music and office suite, while the third will contain Primary Department classes, two Beginner classes and one large Fellowship Hall. Alice Drive was organized in 1956 with the Rev. Francis Batson serving as first pastor. The Rev. Kirk Lawton Jr. is the present pastor.

- The only three seniors on Edmunds' High School cage squad led the team in scoring and rebounding, official school statistics revealed. Team Captain Sid Brown led in both departments, putting through 376 points for a 15.6 average and bringing down 207 rebounds for a team-high 8.6 average. Second in scoring was Glenn King with a 14.4 average. Second in the rebounding race was Robbie Davis, also a senior, with a 6.6 average. Davis and King were the only two squad members to play in every game.

- Edmunds High School's undefeated golfers get a true test of their worth in a three-way match in Florence against the Yellow Jackets and Hartsville. "Florence hasn't lost a match in something like seven years. The Jackets probably have won 90 or more golf matches in a row," Coach Eddie Weldon said. Edmunds warmed up for the big clash with a 27 to 8 victory over Camden.

- A historic mural of Sumter was dedicated in the main banking office of the National Bank of South Carolina. The beautiful, full-color mural extending almost the full length of the wall behind the tellers' counters was painted by the famous mural artist William Hankinson of New Jersey. It depicts the history of Sumter from the time of the Indians up to the present, with the final scene showing a jet airplane, Sumter Area TEC and Swan Lake-Iris Gardens.

- City Council accepted a resignation at its bi-weekly meeting, and once again the TOPICS study and the Sumter Street widening were brought up. City Attorney Champion Edmunds has tendered his resignation, and council is taking under consideration a new city attorney. Edmunds, who has held the position since 1950-51, will serve until July 1.

- Howard Alford, Civil Service Examiner-in-charge, revealed that a new announcement for the positions of Stenographer and Typist has been issued by the Interagency Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners for South Carolina. "Applications to compete for these positions will again be accepted effective March 10, 1969," Mr. Alford said.

- The rural fire departments have moved up from Class 9AA to a more superior rating in Class 9 effective April 15, it was announced at the Sumter County Commission meeting. The new higher rating was given to the 14 rural fire departments by the South Carolina Inspection and Rating Bureau. The fire departments have been upgrading and improving their services this past year.

- Sp-4 Clarence Edward (Eddie) Nunnery Jr., 20, with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, was killed in action in Vietnam. Born in Sumter, he was a son of Clarence Edward and Jacquelin S. Brunson Nunnery. He was a member of Sumter Bible Church. He was a graduate of Mayewood High School in the Class of 1966 and employed by Campbell Soup Co. before entering the service.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

Dec. 8 - 15

- Gov. Carroll Campbell and a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea participated in a ribbon-cutting at Peace Textile America Inc., the second South Korean-owned textile plant to open in Sumter County in three years. The consul general for Korea, Young Min Kwon, joined Campbell and Ambassador Richard Walker (1981-1986), who is now a professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

- Sumter County Museum will celebrate the opening of the renovated Carnegie Library, although it won't officially open until Jan. 11, 1994. The festivities will mark a new beginning for a building that has served as a library, art gallery and business headquarters since it was built in 1917. The library will now be known as The Genealogical and Historical Research Center, Annex of the Sumter County Museum, Home of the Sumter Genealogical Society. It will house the historical documents and photographs of the genealogical society as well as the museum's historical records.

- Sumter County Museum announces the publication of a full transcription of the "John Blount Miller Family Album." The transcription is $10 and will be available beginning Dec. 12, at the opening of the Genealogical and Historical Research Center and at the museum. Begun between 1836 and 1838 by John Blount Miller, early settler, prominent citizen and noted benefactor of Sumter County, this album traces the "family trees" of not only his own family, but also those of his wife and his children's spouses.

- Bulldozers and sledgehammers have finished the job Hurricane Hugo started at the historic McLaurin-Nettles building, which was torn down this week to make room for parking spaces behind the Sumter Opera House. According to Sumter City Manager Talmadge Tobias, the city bought the two-story building at 12 Hampton Ave. earlier this year for $45,000 with the idea of remodeling it, but an architectural study showed the condition of the walls made it impossible to renovate.

- Faith Line is happy you've checked out that book from the library on how to have a safe pregnancy. But after nine months, you should have no more need for it. Bring it back, she pleads! Books on pregnancy and baby names are the hardest books to keep on the shelves, said Line, director of Sumter County Library. Those books are the most commonly checked out - and never brought back. About 1,250 books a year are checked out from Sumter County Library and not returned. Line said that's a normal loss - a little more than 1 percent of the library's 111,000 books. But replacing even 1 percent of the library's books gets expensive. Line spends $20,000 annually on replacing books.

- What do handmade quilts, pretty Christmas packages, cookbooks and candy have to do with building a house? For the women involved in Habitat for Humanity's Women's Project, those things will eventually translate into nails and drywall, concrete blocks and roofing shingles. The women are raising money to build the $41,500, 1,100-square-foot, three-bedroom house in Ivy Hall subdivision. They've collected $6,000 so far and have already built the concrete block foundation.

- Jerald put his napkin in his lap and dug into pancakes and bacon at Shoney's Restaurant. Jerald (not his real name) is one of 18 homeless children who attend Willow Drive Elementary. The breakfast was their reward for learning table manners in their skills development sessions with Willow Drive guidance counselor Vicky Edwards. The children aren't homeless in the traditional sense of the word - meaning they don't live on the streets. "If a student doesn't live with a parent or legal guardian, according to the state Department of Education, they're homeless."

- The Wilson Hall Barons didn't get the job done when they had a chance to put Avalon Academy away early in their basketball game. Given a second chance, Wilson Hall didn't pass on it. The Barons used a trapping pressure defense to outscore the Falcons 24-11 in the third quarter and roll to a not-so-close 80-69 victory at Baron Gymnasium.

- Bertha Alston always knew she might have to deal with a violent person as part of her job as a supervisor in the Department of Social Services' Sumter office. "Sometimes we have people argue with us because they don't understand the procedures we have to follow," Alston said. "I get cursed out on a daily basis. But I never felt physically threatened." That all changed when a DSS client walked past a receptionist into Alston's office and fired a single shot from a derringer above her head. Although she wasn't injured, Alston said the incident has made her wonder just how safe she really is at work.

- The 16 lots in English Turn, a new subdivision off Wilson Hall Road near Wilson Hall School, sold in 10 days late last summer. The sales show there is strong demand in the county for well-planned subdivisions with large lots, particularly in west Sumter. Brabham and Otis Atkinson developed the small subdivision, in which 2,600-square-foot homes will average about $175,000. The lots cot up to $36,000.

- A soothing voice and quiet giggle emanate from the crackling smile of Faith Line as she talks about her accomplishments during her eight-year tenure as director of the Sumter County Library:..the 1986 renovation, which included moving the children's room to the first floor; the addition of the elevator in 1989; the automation of bookkeeping and checkout in 1990; the expansions, first a bookmobile in 1989 and then the Alice Drive branch in 1991; and the increase in resources and books Nominated by the library's board of trustees, she was unanimously chosen by the association's awards committee for the honor of State Librarian of the Year.

- The 46th Annual North-South All-Star Football game itself was not a pleasant experience for the members of the South squad. The weather was cold and, for a short time, icy. That wasn't the worst part of the day. The North squad raced out to a 21-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 31-8 victory at Myrtle Beach Memorial Stadium. Sumter center Bryan Richardson, Hillcrest offensive guard Marlo James and Manning offensive tackle Shad King had the job of trying to shut down the swarming North defense.