Sumter woman grows pineapple; library to become gallery

Posted 2/17/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Feb. 10 - Feb. 16

- J.C. Penney Co. sold a total of $85,540,036.90 during the Fifth War Loan campaign. It was announced today through the company's publication Pay Day. The Penney store in Sumter also came in for much …

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Sumter woman grows pineapple; library to become gallery


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Feb. 10 - Feb. 16

- J.C. Penney Co. sold a total of $85,540,036.90 during the Fifth War Loan campaign. It was announced today through the company's publication Pay Day. The Penney store in Sumter also came in for much publicity when it was announced that B. H. Rutledge was among the 20 managers in the district and Mrs. Josephine McMillian was the 19th-leading saleswoman in the district. Mr. Rutledge, manager of the store here, presented Mrs. McMillian with an award from the Penney Co.

- Something new in the way of a farm product from Sumter County has been grown by Mrs. W. E. Anderson of Mayesville. After four years of tender nurturing, she is able to display proudly the fruit of her labor - a full-sized pineapple. Mrs. Anderson planted the stalk of a store-bought pineapple in a flower pot years ago and waited for it to develop. She kept it through the winters in a brick store building. After three years of little or no outward growth, she decided to give the pineapple up as a fruit-bearing plant and brought it to her own room for a decoration. Mrs. Anderson thinks she now has the only pineapple ever grown in South Carolina, and next year, authorities tell her, the plant will produce two pieces of fruit.

- To make life a little more tolerable for the millions of men living behind barbed wire as prisoners of war, the YMCA's War Prisoners Aid provides them with educational, recreational and religious activities. This work is carried on through the Association's World Committee, an international, neutral organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

- Plans for the victory day thanksgiving and celebration in the Sumter city schools were announced by William Henry Shaw, superintendent. If the announcement comes on Sunday or a holiday, the schools will be closed the following school day. If it comes during a school day before 2 o'clock, pupils will be dismissed for the remainder of the day, but if after 2 o'clock, they will be excused from classes for the remainder of that day and the following day. In the event news of victory is received at night from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., school will not open the following day.

- J. F. Pugh of Old Trap and Elizabeth City, N.C., has been elected to succeed Reid Montgomery as principal of the Junior High School and arrives Tuesday morning to take over his duties. Mr. Montgomery has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and has been granted a leave of absence by the school board.

- B. L. Montague and John L. Evans of Sumter attended a government contract termination conference at Charlotte for contractors and subcontractors of the Carolinas who hold war contracts. The conference was held for the purpose of giving war contract holders an overall picture of government procedures in contract termination. The meeting in no way indicated that termination was to be expected in the immediate future but was held for educational purposes in order that contractors might select and train qualified personnel, set up adequate records and understand the financial aspect of the operation.

- Capt. E. W. Moise Jr. was severely wounded in action in France on Aug. 23, according to a telegram received by his wife from the War Department. Capt. Moise was called to active duty in February 1942 and received his training in this country at Fort Benning, Camp Polk and California. He was sent overseas in June. Before entering service, Capt. Moise was an architect in Sumter.

- The family of Lt. Carl Carraway has been notified by the War Department that he was wounded in action in France on Aug. 15. He is in a hospital in England. Lt. Carraway belonged to an armored infantry unit and was wounded in both legs but has since written that he is getting along nicely.

- City council and the Sumter County Board of Commissioners entertained jointly at a supper for two Shaw Field officers who have been at the flying school almost since its inception and who expect to be transferred soon, Lt. Col. T. Fleet Osborne and Maj. David B. Borden. Lt. Col. Osborne is to attend a four-engine specialists school, and Maj. Borden is to receive training in Allied Military Government tactics.

- Marine 1st Lt. Robert E. Lee, 22, of Alcolu, has returned to the Marine Corps Air Depot after shooting down three Japanese Zeros and flying 73 combat missions in the South Pacific. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lee, and his wife, the former Catherine Light, reside at the Duke Nurses Home, Durham, North Carolina. Flying with the "Wake Avengers" Leatherneck fighter squadron, Lt. Lee bagged the three enemy planes over Rabaul, New Britain. All of his kills occurred during January, when the Japanese bastion was heavily defended from the ground and air.

- Loring Baker, Sumter County 4-H Club boy, has been declared winner in the rural electrification contest held among the 30,000 4-H boys and girls in the state. This honor carries with it a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago in December. The award is based on the practical things done with electricity. Among other things, Loring wired his home, made an electric brooder, a lamp heater and egg candler. While service as life guard at Camp Loam, he erected a needed floodlight and wired a bathroom. All of these things were written up and illustrated by him in a notebook that the judges used to check accomplishments.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

May 11 - 17

- Sumter is growing. In some ways, it is growing too fast for the decision-makers in our community to take a deep breath, sit down and figure out how to cope with this growth. To bring any direction to rapid growth requires planning. One of the tools for those who plan are comprehensive, meaningful studies. One such study, or report, was recently completed for the Sumter County Planning Board by The Rust Engineering Co. of Birmingham, Alabama, a division of Litton Industries, and by Barbour-Cooper and Associates, Asheville, North Carolina. The report takes an in-depth look at the population and economy of Sumter County.

- Mrs. Agnes Wilson, South Carolina's Teacher of the Year, will be honored May 14 on Agnes Wilson Day with a tea at Lincoln High School and a special program at Edmunds High School. Mrs. Wilson, who teaches French at Lincoln High School and has been an educator in South Carolina for 32 years, was also among the five national finalists.

- Edmunds High School recently awarded all its spring athletes with a banquet at the school. Some of the award winners are: Ronnie Grooms (Most Valuable Player Baseball), Bob Grooms (Dew Award Baseball), Don Eason (Most Valuable Tennis), Mary Rembert (Most Valuable Girls Tennis), Ronnie Galloway (Most Valuable Track), Glen King (Free Throw Basketball Award), and Betty Stuckey (Most Valuable Girls Basketball). Most Valuable Boys Basketball Sidney Brown and Most Valuable Golf Bob Reardon were also honored.

- Dark horse Airport High School ended a two-year domination of Edmunds High School in the State 4A Track Meet here. The Columbia school gained 22 points which was eight better than the defending champions from Sumter. Failure to gain a point in the mile run out of three entries and no points in the high jump and mile relay were three of the reasons for the failure of Edmunds to annex its third straight. But the Gamecocks had a banner season, winning a number of relay events across the state.

- Approximately 144 students gathered in front of the Sumter County courthouse to stage a rather unique demonstration. The students comprised the McLaurin Junior High School Chorus who, under the direction of Mrs. W.C. Eldridge, presented a program of patriotic sons entitled "Sing Out for America."

"The program was not intended to observe any special holiday or occasion," Mrs. Eldridge explained, but simply to affirm our loyalty to our country, our respect for law and order and our pride in being Americans."

- Donnie Branham produced the clutch hitting and Robert Dubose did a good job as the Ashwood-Central Rams stopped Johnsonville, 5-2, in the State 1A Playoffs. As a result of the victory, AC wins the best-of-three series in two games and moves into the state semi-finish against St. Paul.

- The Sumter Artists Guild will take paint brush, hammer and nail in hand this summer to create an art gallery out of the old Carnegie Library on Liberty Street. Mrs. J.F. White, president, told the members at their meeting they would begin work on the building this summer. There will be a lot of work in the way of remodeling, fixing and painting before they can begin on the art pieces.

- For the first time in Lee County's history, the board of education sponsored an art exhibit for students of all schools. The exhibit was presented to awaken interest in creative talent and to recognize the county talent. The exhibit was open to the public at the National Gateway Armory.

- Sumter County has long been dependent on agriculture as its economic base, but now the county has moved from an agricultural-oriented economy to one of manufacturing and services. According to the study, Sumter County's economic growth has been aided and deterred by many factors. The location of Shaw Air Force Base has added new money to the community, but on the other hand the location of Sumter near Columbia has made it less competitive for certain types of economic activities.

- Tech. Sgt. Lionel L. Barfield Jr., of the 307th Field Training Detachment (ATC), has been selected Instructor of the Month for the unit. Sgt. Barfield was selected in recognition of his outstanding achievements as an avionics airborne communications system instructor-technician on the RF-4C aircraft. He was presented with an engraved plaque by CMSgt. Garnett C. Watts, detachment non-commissioned officer-in-charge, for his outstanding leadership and duty performance while instructing in support of the 353rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and Tactical Air Command Southeast Asia training requirements.

- Patricia Pugh, a junior, has been selected by the Student of the Month Committee for the honor of "Student of the Year" of Lincoln High School for 1969. Her selection came as the result of her having been first a nominee from her homeroom class, Student-of-the-Month of the Junior Class (which made her a candidate for "Student of the Year"), and finally "Student of the Year."

- Units from Shaw will deploy personnel and aircraft to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and McEntire ANG Base to continue normal operations while the runway is closed for repairs, June 16 to July 16. Student training will not be affected. Elements of the 4414th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 4417th Combat Crew Training Squadron, the Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center and the 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron will deploy to Myrtle Beach to continue operations. Elements of the 29th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, TARC, 4415th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 363rd Combat Support Group Operations and Training and 363rd FMS are scheduled to go to McEntire ANG Base.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Feb. 10 - 16

- Mary Cooper became a Head Start volunteer 25 years ago when her oldest daughter was a student in the program. Cooper became a believer in Head Start then and has gone on to become one of the national program's best teachers. Cooper, a teacher at the Manning Head Start Center, was recently named the 1993 Regional Head Start Teacher of the Year, becoming the first South Carolinian to win the award for the region, which includes all Head Start teachers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

- Shaw Air Force Base was one of only two Air Force bases to receive money from the Defense Department last year to battle youth drug use in the wider community. Now it's getting even more. And it hasn't even spent all of the first check. Shaw received close to $300,000 to be used over the next three years to help local agencies and police pay for drug-prevention programs primarily aimed at youths. Shaw submitted a proposal to receive more money this year. The Defense Department was so impressed with the proposal that it awarded the base just more than $1 million for this fiscal year.

- DHEC's board of directors took a historic stand against Laidlaw Environmental Services' hazardous-waste landfill, awarding the facility a permanent operating permit but under conditions that will cost the company $130 million and possibly force it to close in about six years. Eventually, however, the courts may have the final decision about the future of the Sumter County site, which has operated under a temporary permit for 15 years amid controversy over regulatory violations and multiple appeals of the permanent permit.

- A loss to top-seeded Goose Creek in the 4A dual match tournament was disappointing for Sumter High School's wrestling team but may have signaled good things to come, according to Gamecock head coach Troy Phillips. Although eliminated from the team tournament, Sumter had already qualified six wrestlers for the lower state individual meet, which will take place in the Sumter High gym. "I think this group has a good chance to be successful," Phillips said. "The match (at Goose Creek), I think, was very beneficial. Robert Marye (who wrestles at 179 pounds for the Gamecocks) went into that match with a 24-0 record and lost a close decision. But now he knows what it will take to get to the state, and I think he'll use that Saturday."

- Like it did in its first meeting with Irmo, Sumter High School fell behind quickly at the Yellow Jackets' gymnasium. Unlike the first meeting, which the Gamecocks won 47-46, they were unable to rally for the victory. Sumter fell behind by 14 points early in the second quarter, battled back within one point, but could never get the lead in a 51-44 loss. The victory gave the Yellow Jackets sole possession of first place in Region IV-4A with an 11-1 record. SHS is in second with a 10-2 mark.

- Cathy B. Harvin has been nominated by Central Carolina Technical College for the 1994 A. Wade Martin Award, a statewide honor presented by the South Carolina Technical Education Association in memory of the founding executive director of the State Board of Technical and Comprehensive Education. Harvin, who serves the college as a program manager for the Division of Continuing Education, came to CTC in 1989. In nominating her for this award, college officials cited her development of a model college/industry partnership with the May Play of E.IU. DuPont in Camden, through which approximately 900 of the plant's 1,400 employees have been able to attend classes on site over the past three years.

- Tuomey Regional Medical Center is more regional than ever. Tuomey's recent and rapid growth reflects a funding and service philosophy designed to take Sumter County - and its neighbors - into a new realm of health care. More services, more patients and more money for major capital projects are three ways Tuomey is pushing into the future and trying to stay one step ahead of what national politicians are planning for health care reform. While national health care planners hint at providing preventative health care as a means to deter future costs, Tuomey is already doing that at its Family Health Care Center.

- Sumter High's Robert Marye didn't expect to breeze to the finals of the 4A Lower State Wrestling Championships held at Sumter High Saturday. Marye, a senior 189-pounder, won three tough matches to reach the finals. And waiting for him was Summerville's Craig Stephenson, who entered the finals with a 30-0 record. Stephenson, who finished third in the nation last year as a sophomore, pinned Marye with 1:27 remaining in the second period to claim the lower state title Marye was one of three Sumter wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament. Of the six Sumter wrestlers that competed in the tournament, Marye, freshman Cleveland Pinkney and senior Arian Ray will make the trip to Lower Richland High School for the state competition.