Residents urged to collect paper for drive; fire deaths increase

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Posted 1/6/19

75 YEARS AGO -1944

July 29 - Aug. 4

- Pfc. William D. (Billy) Scott, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Scott, is at West Coast Hospital recovering from wounds received in fighting on Saipan Island on June 27. Overseas since last November, the …

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Residents urged to collect paper for drive; fire deaths increase


75 YEARS AGO -1944

July 29 - Aug. 4

- Pfc. William D. (Billy) Scott, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Scott, is at West Coast Hospital recovering from wounds received in fighting on Saipan Island on June 27. Overseas since last November, the Saipan conquest was the first major battle in which the Sumter boys had participated. He was shot by an enemy sniper in the left arm, and the bone was broken above the elbow. Along with the other wounded, he was evacuated from the Pacific area and arrived at San Diego on July 17. After about two months in the hospital, he expects to get leave to come home.

- The WAVES, who are celebrating the second anniversary of their organization, will number another Sumter girl in their ranks shortly. Miss Elizabeth Hodges, daughter of Mrs. B. D. Hodges of Sumter, has been accepted for officer training and will report the end of August. Miss Hodges has been working this summer on a farm in Maine as a member of the WEFS or Women's Emergency Farm Service. Miss Emilie Haynsworth and Miss Marie Hodges, sister of the newly accepted WAVE, are also in Maine. The Navy recruit is a graduate of Radcliffe College and has taught for several years at St. Timothy's, Catonsville, Maryland.

- Pfc. Jess W. Davis has been wounded in action in France, his mother, Mrs. Mary H. Davis of Route 1, has been notified by the War Department. The extent of his wounds, received on July 5, is not known. Pfc. Davis has been transferred to an English hospital. He has served in the Army since October 1942 and was employed by Williams Furniture Co. before entering the service.

- Waste paper is the No. 1 item in the national salvage campaign, and local residents are urged to lend every effort to get in as much of this much-needed material as possible. Boy Scouts are planning a big collection drive around the middle of August. However, bundles of paper will be picked up along with garbage collections.

- The parents of Lt. Col. Francis S. Gabreski, top scoring ace in the U. S. Air Force with 31 planes to his credit, were notified by the War Department that he has been "missing in action" since July 20. The telegram said that "The Secretary of War desires me to express deep regret that your son, Lt. Col Francis S. Gabreski, has been reported missing in action since July 20 over Germany. As further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified." Up to July 20, Lt. Col. Gabreski had shot down 28 planes in the air and destroyed three on the ground.

- Sgt. Jesse B. Brown was wounded in action in France on June 19, his mother, Mrs. J. E. Brown, has been notified. Mrs. Brown has received a letter from her son in which he states that he has been evacuated to an English hospital and is doing well.

- George Turbeville of the Shaw Field Fliers showed some of the stuff that took him into the big-league circles when he pitched and batted the airmen to a 3-2 win over the 347th Infantry division team of Fort Jackson at Columbia. He fanned 12 of the infantrymen, allowing only six hits in all, and sparked his team's attack with three hits out of three times at bat, one of them a homer, his other hits being singles. Manning pitched for the host team. All of the Fliers' games will be played away from home next week, a Shaw official said.

- Mrs. Johnston, wife of the governor and U.S. senator-nominate, may make a speaking tour for the Democratic Party in the interest of the election of the Roosevelt-Truman ticket, the governor said. "She was asked by party officials in Washington to make a tour, which will be assigned later," the governor said. "Four years ago, she toured Missouri, a doubtful state, and though the Democratic gubernatorial candidate was defeated, every county in which she spoke went overwhelmingly for Roosevelt, who won the state handily."

- Capt. L. F. (Butch) Cuttino, commanding officer of Company I, State Guard, was honored by Adjutant General James Dozier during the recent encampment at Myrtle Beach when the latter called upon the Sumter officer to address the guardsmen on emergency mobilization. Previously, Dozier had asked commanding officers to send in plans for such mobilization. Capt. Cuttino's plan was chosen from among all the others in the state, and his talk to the men was highly interesting. What he had to say is restricted for security reasons, but Sumter guardsmen state that it was a fine talk.

- A. J. Hatfield of Sumter, new chairman of the South Carolina Unemployment Compensation Commission, will be among the three honored guests at Jefferson Hotel in Columbia. C. H. Gresham and M. J. Ashley, commissioners, will be the other honorees. The affair will be given by the Employee Activities Association.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

March 30 - April 5

- Officials of Sumter School District 17 today issued plans for desegregation of local schools through implementation of what they have described as a "Freedom of Choice or Assigned Placement Program." Announcement of the new plan was the first step taken by District 17 since the Board of Trustees notified Robert H. Finch, secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, that they could not put a previously proposed zoning plan into effect.

- For the first time in the 15-year history of the Clarendon County Elementary Athletic Association Conference, Alcolu Elementary School of Clarendon County is the only one to win four championship trophies in one season. The girls have won 85 out of 99 games. The boys have won 65 out of 95 and have lost only five out of their past 25 encounters.

- Mrs. David W. Cuttino Jr., Mrs. Lillian P. Brailsford, Mrs. Kate C. Pate and Mrs. Samuel F. Suggs were hostesses for the monthly meeting of the Dick Anderson Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, at the home of Mrs. Cuttino. Plans were made for delegates to attend the district meeting to be held in Columbia at the Capitol Cabana Motel. The annual picnic for members and guests will be held May 15. A report was received from the nominating committee, Miss Ruth Lyons reported, and officers for the new year, beginning in September, will be installed at the April meeting.

- Fashions for play, daytime and evening were modeled at the Newcomers' Club Luncheon at the Elks Club. The fashions, furnished by a local dress shop, were modeled by members in the club. Each modeled three different outfits including bell bottoms, short sets, pant dresses and slacks. Newcomers welcomed into the club included two well-known names. Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor, who is from England, has a husband stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. The second name was Mrs. Shirley Temples, who has recently moved to Sumter from Texas.

- Sgt. Wendell L. Morris of Sumter, who is with the 10th Cavalry in Vietnam, has been awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device for heroism. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Morris. Sgt. Morris has been in the service 11 years. He graduated from Edmunds High School.

- "Well, I don't know who you are," the woman offered, "but son you don't belong here. You're just too young and good looking to be around us." She was talking to Thomas C. Spann Jr., a senior ministerial student at Payne Theological Seminary of Wilberforce University. The Rev. Spann was posing as a bum in a bar on the fringe of Chicago's infamous Skid Row. It was part of the "Plunge," tactics of the Urban Training Center in Chicago requiring young ministers to go and live with the inhabitants of Skid Row and the ghettos and experience their fears and endure their frustrations.

- A special meeting is scheduled at Sumter Speedway with the purpose being to discuss rules and procedures for the coming season. The first event of the season will begin with an abundance of cars expected in the late-model sportsman and late-model rookie classes.

- Edmunds High School's Gamecocks turned around what was becoming a "comedy of errors" to beat Florence 5-2 for their second-straight conference baseball victory. The win left Edmunds in at least a tie for the regional lead with a perfect loop ledger of 2-0. The overall Edmunds record is now 3-1.

- The Edmunds High School Distributive Education Chapter was selected as the state's outstanding "Chapter of the Year." In receiving the highest honor that a chapter may receive, Edmunds outpointed Greenwood High, last year's winner of the award. More than 70 schools participated in the competition.

- All three publications of Edmunds High School have won awards in the Southern Interscholastic Press Association's annual convention being held at Washington and Lee University. A total of 175 schools are represented at the 40th-annual convention, with 362 publications competing. First-place awards were given to the school paper, HI-NEWS, and magazine, SIGNATURE. HI-WAYS, the school annual, is listed in the Achievement Award group.

- The body of Dwight David Eisenhower was laid to rest at the end of the long trail that had carried him to the pinnacle of American military and political power. The tomb of the 34th president of the United States was a vault - next to that of a long-dead son - beneath the floor of a tiny chapel near the Eisenhower Library in the quiet farm town of his youth.

- James Lee Graham, student director of the LHS Band, has been selected as a member of the All State Concert Band, following tryouts at West Side High School in Anderson. His participation in the tryout was of a voluntary nature. Graham began playing in the band in his freshman year, when he joined the Junior Band.

- Dr. William E. Dufford, director of the education development staff for Richland, Orangeburg, Aiken and five other South Carolina counties, will join the District 17 staff this fall. He will be administrative head of Edmunds High School and coordinator of secondary education at the level of assistant superintendent.

- Dr. Hugh T. Stoddard, superintendent of School District 2, leaves for a two-week visit to the Soviet Union as part of a study mission to examine the schools of the Russian nation. Dr. Stoddard is among 20 educators invited to participate in the trip by the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators.

- Edmunds girls won one match and the boys remained undefeated with two wins this week in tennis matches by the school. The boys are unmarked at 6-0 and travel to Darlington. Lady Birds are 2-3 on the season and plan a match with Darlington.

25 YEARS AGO - 1993

Dec. 30 - Jan. 5

- The battle to save a downtown landmark highlighted 1993 for the city of Sumter. When Ed Good, a Greenville-based developer, announced his intention in April to tear down the old Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home to build a supermarket, local activists immediately organized efforts to save the 170-year-old house. Preservationists presented a petition with more than 3,000 signatures opposing the demolition when the rezoning plan for the supermarket came before the Sumter City-County Planning Commission.

- Perhaps only a war could have wrought more change at Shaw Air Force Base than it experienced in 1993. The loss of one squadron and the gain of another two, ongoing restructuring, a mission change, a conversion to new jets and the announcement that the base's fighter wing will be re-designated combined to make 1993 a year of dramatic developments at the F-16 and A-10 fighter bases. But perhaps the biggest Shaw news of the year was what didn't happen. In March, for the third time in the current cycle of military base closings, local residents breathed a sigh of relief as the base was again not slated for closure by the Air Force.

- Fire deaths went up dramatically in 1993, and state officials hope to increase fire safety in the coming year. There were 124 South Carolinians killed in fires this year, up from 100 in 1992. Locally, fire deaths increased in Sumter County but decreased in Clarendon County. Four fire deaths were reported in Sumter this year, compared to three in 1992, according to the state Fire Marshal's Office in Columbia. In Clarendon County, there was one fire death this year and two in 1992.

- With the score tied at 54-54 and Furman in possession of the basketball against McBee with 40 seconds left in the game, Indian head coach Marty Jacobs wanted a timeout. What he got instead was a three-point attempt. It was a good one, though, as Brian Albert banked home a shot from the top of the key that proved to be the difference in Furman's 61-58 victory in the opening round of the Lee County Invitational Christmas Tournament at the Bishopville High School gymnasium.

- Sumter Firefighter Mike Baird examined the lid of an oil drum that exploded at Gibson's Contract Welding on Manning Avenue. The explosion sent one man to the hospital, broke several windows and blew out a wall. According to reports, Richard Gibson was apparently cutting a steel drum with an acetylene blow torch when the drum exploded. Gibson was transported to Tuomey Regional Medical Center. The blast also damaged the back wall of Avenue Auto Parts, knocking papers and supplies onto the floor.

- As Sumter native Mattie Wilder approaches her 100th birthday, she does not have one regret. "I think I was a little too strict with my children," Wilder said from her home on U.S. 521. "I was always worried about spoiling them, but I didn't want to be too strict, either." Born on Jan. 3, 1894, Wilder has many pleasant memories of growing up on her farm in Sumter County. She also fondly remembers working for one of the finest dressmakers in town. "I made hats for Schwartz Brothers Dress Shop," Wilder said.

- The year 1993 saw Sumter County Council continue to grapple with finances as it stared down expensive future projects and looked for ways to raise more money and control spending. Council passed a tax increase last June to pay for a $19.6 million budget that was about $1.8 million larger than the previous year's. Council also spent about $850,000 from its $2.7 million reserve fund.

- Cheryl B. Davids has been named Central Carolina Technical College's nominee for the Governor's Professor of the Year Award for 1993. Davids is the department head for math and science at Central Carolina. She has had a total of 13 years of teaching experience. At the present time, she teaches Intermediate Algebra and College Trigonometry.

- If a strip running down the Interstate 95 corridor from Lee County to Orangeburg County is tapped next year by the federal government as one of 35 new rural "enterprise zones," it will mean $23 million - and maybe much more - for an area with widespread poverty, unemployment and other problems. The Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments is trying to sell local governments on a plan to ask the federal government to pick as a rural enterprise zone a strip that includes the town of Lynchburg in Lee County, the Shiloh community of Sumter County, the Black River community and towns of Alcolu, Manning and Summerton in Clarendon County, and the towns of Santee, Elloree and Vance on the opposite side of Lake Marion in Orangeburg County.

- Music concerts, theater productions, off-the-wall comedians and a bit of magic are just a few of the events awaiting USC Sumter students when they return to campus after the holidays. "Our Campus Activities Board (CAB) members have put a lot of work into assembling a great lineup of student activities for the 1994 Spring Semester," according to Anthony Rice, USC Sumter's coordinator of student activities.

- Lt. Gen. Michael A. Nelson, commander of the 9th Air Force, and Col. David J. Morrow, acting commander of the 363rd Fighter Wing, unfurl the flag of the 20th Fighter Wing, which was transferred to Shaw Air Force Base. The re-designation of the 363rd as the 20th is part of the Air Force's effort to keep active its most historic wings and squadrons. The number change doesn't affect the wing's mission. The 20th was formerly stationed at Royal Air Force Station, Upper Heyford, United Kingdom. The 20th is now part of the 9th Air Force, headquartered at Shaw.