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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 10 Sumter delegates take Goodwill journey; Lee hospital closes

Posted 4/28/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Nov. 18 - Nov. 24

- The Sumter Dry Goods Company has a very attractive window display in the interest of the Sixth War Loan bond sale. The window contains several interesting German war materials loaned by John Graham. This …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 10 Sumter delegates take Goodwill journey; Lee hospital closes


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Nov. 18 - Nov. 24

- The Sumter Dry Goods Company has a very attractive window display in the interest of the Sixth War Loan bond sale. The window contains several interesting German war materials loaned by John Graham. This equipment was taken from German prisoners in Italy and sent last summer to John and his brother, Capt. Robert E. Graham. The articles include a half-shelter, bayonet, horse-hair knapsack, may case, binoculars and a helmet which was once worn by someone in Goering's Division. The materials and workmanship are all excellent.

- Company I, State Guard, turned out en masse to honor its commanding officer, Capt. L. F. (Butch) Cuttino. A barbecue supper was served at the armory, during which Capt. Cuttino was commended for his ability, leadership and steering of the Company I ship. Lt. Perry Moses spoke briefly. Capt. Cuttino was presented a silver tray from the company. He was cited, not only by his men, but also by high state Guard officials and the Army's Fourth Service Command.

- Students of the city schools were busy decorating floats and getting costumes ready for the Sixth War Loan parade which they will stage here on Monday at 10 o'clock to open the campaign officially. The starting point for the procession will be Junior High School, from where the units will move to North Church Street and down West Hampton to North Washington, from North Washington to Bartlette and from the Claremont Hotel down Main Street to West Calhoun and on to Junior High School.

- The Shaw Field News will poll all commissioned and enlisted personnel on duty to determine which of our nurses in the eyes of the public best typify the traditions of the Army Nurse Corps. The candidate selected as Shaw Field Nurse will compete with similarly selected candidates for the title of Fourth Service Command Nurse, who will in turn be considered by the Surgeon General's Office in its search for the typical Army nurse.

- In connection with a nationwide celebration of the fifth anniversary of the World's Young Women's Christian Association, the Senior B and P club of the Sumter Y had the members of the board of directors as its guests for supper, and a program meeting followed. The table was decorated with world globes and flags, and each place was marked with cards showing the world enclosed in a blue triangle with "One World, One Fellowship, One Responsibility" across the face of the globe.

- Sumter High's Gamecocks closed their football season at home with an easy 32-to-0 victory over Orangeburg. The Birds were slow to get started, but once they cashed in on a scoring opportunity to break the ice, they made things miserable for the visitors the rest of the way. Coach Dooley Matthews used substitutes freely in the contest and didn't use Buddy Shugart, hard running fullback, at all. Shugart will be in great need Wednesday night when the Gamecocks tackle Florence in the all-important and final game of the season.

- Traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the Shaw Field soldier - turkey with all the trimmings - will be served Nov. 23, and there will be no skimpy helpings. The master menu used as a guide in all mess halls specifies 100 pounds of turkey for every 100 men. It's going to be a busy day for the Army cooks. Shaw soldiers may bring members of their family or one civilian guest at a cost of $0.75 a head. Men desiring to bring guests must make reservations with their section orderly room immediately.

- The first basic training flying class at Shaw and probably in the entire Eastern Flying Training Command to receive training on three planes, BT-15, AT-6 and AT-10, will graduate at the Post Theater No. 2. Class 44-K is the 30th class to graduate here. Col. D. W. Titus, commanding officer of Shaw Field, will present certificates of proficiency for completion of basic flying training at the informal graduation ceremony.

- Cpl. Clelon E. Boyce has been wounded in action in the Palau Islands and has been awarded the Purple Heart, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Boyce of Mayesville, have been notified. He is now convalescing in a hospital in that area. Cpl. Boyce, member of the 81st Wildcat Division, received his training in Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arizona and California.

- The City Laundry, South Main Street, was very badly damaged in one of the three fires reported during the weekend. The fire department stated that the fire apparently started in the boiler room. The exact damage has not yet been estimated, but the loss was said to have been heavy. The fire department was summoned to put out a burning trash box in the lot in back of the Sno White Laundry on South Main Street and again at Bland's Filling Station, on the corner of Hampton and Sumter streets, where a gasoline pump was burning. The pump was reported not damaged.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

July 20 - 26

- Brushing moon dust from their clothes, the crew of Apollo 11 turned home to Earth, their scientific treasures intact, their place in history secure. They were together again: Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., the first humans to tread and feel the soil of the moon, and Michael Collins, who girdled that barren globe in the mothership, awaiting their return. The engine fired for 2 minutes. The push speeded the ship to 5,700 miles per hour, breaking it loose from the moon's pull and heading it toward the brilliant, cloud-swaddled ball of Earth 237,489 miles and two days, four hours away.

- Robert W. Burkett announces the opening of an office for the general practice of law. Burkett is a native of Sumter and is a graduate of Edmunds High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1961 and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1964. He has served in the United States Air Force as a legal officer in the Judge Advocate General's Office and is a former Special Agent of the FBI, having served in Oklahoma City and Toledo, Ohio.

- Four players from each team make up the Sumter Palmetto Majors All-Star team which will be the host in the upcoming state tournament. Play begins on Aug. 4 and lasts through Aug. 8. Four teams make up the local Palmetto Majors League, including Suburban Gas, Sumter Laundry and Cleaners, Town & Country and Harvin Packing. Scriven Brunson Jr. will be the head coach for the All-Star Squad with T.A. McCaskill assisting. Players are: Ikey Ahtonen, Robert Hawkins, Shorty Avins and Tommy Jackson - Sumter Laundry & Cleaners; Eddie DuRant, Johnny Atkins, Edie Johnston, Carroll Turner - Suburban Gas; Boyd Player, Eddie Farmer, Scooter Purvis, James Mooneyham - Town & Country; and Louis Hall, Ray Huggins, Lukie Keith, A.D. Allbritton - Harvin Packing.

- The South Carolina Little League Championship tournament will be held at Shaw Air Force Base. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. The Ninth Air Force band will play the national anthem, and the base commander, Col. Allan T. Sampson, will throw out the first ball to get the games underway. Four teams from different areas of South Carolina will be competing in the play-offs. They are: Florence, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Greenville and Shaw Air Force Base.

- A second member of the history-making Edmunds High School 1968-69 basketball team has been inked to a college contract. Glen King, a 6'4" forward, has signed a partial grant-in-aid with Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana. Although a four-year college, Anderson does not give full athletic scholarships, meaning King's deal is much better than it appears. King was probably the best all-around player on Coach Charlie Hodgin's 18-8 Edmunds team.

- Ten Sumter area delegates will be among 29 South Carolina leaders in agriculture, agribusiness and civic life who will participate in a 21-day Goodwill People-to-People journey that will take them to Belgium, Holland, the Soviet Union, Czechoslavakia, West Germany, Switzerland and Spain. Those selected from this area include Mr. and Mrs. Clifton E. Atkinson of Bishopville; Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Barnett, Sumter; Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Bowen, Sumter; Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Chewning, Bishopville; E. Henry Goza, Mayesville; and Mrs. Anne L. Johnson, Sumter.

- Officials of South Carolina's Project T-Square released their annual status report for the program year. T-Square is South Carolina's first comprehensive manpower program for training the functionally illiterate. The report delves into the history of the South Carolina Economic Opportunity Board, T-Square's sponsor, and the project itself. A total of 430 persons completed training in the first year with 360 of that number being placed on jobs for a combined gross income of $1,121,203.

- W.R. Mayes of Mayesville was elected chairman of the 11-man South Carolina Soybean Board at its organizational meeting. The board was created to administer Marketing Order No. 1 for South Carolina soybeans which was assented to by growers in a referendum conducted last month. The soybean order is the first one for the state to be put into effect through provisions of the Agriculture Commodities Marketing Act of 1968.

- Mrs. Mary Murphy was recently awarded her trophy and also a check for $500 to spend on her all-expenses-paid trip to Europe this month. The trophy, money and trip were the grand prizes that Mrs. Murphy won in the national bowling finals in Washington, D.C. In the contests sponsored by Brunswick-operated bowling centers, she won out over 24 lady bowlers in Sumter and then over 360 in Washington.

- Sumter School District 2 received a court order postponing total integration of its 13 schools until the 1970-71 school year. The plan to be followed next year does call for filling white and predominantly white schools to capacity by assigning black students to them. Black teachers are to be assigned to these schools in proportion to the number of black students there.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

April 21 - 27

- The recruiting squadron headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base beat out 28 other Air Force recruiting units last month to be named the service's best recruiter in 1993. The 337th Recruiting Squadron is responsible for Air Force recruiting in South Carolina north of Sumter and most of North Carolina. In fiscal year 1993, the squadron signed up 1,216 active-duty enlistees and 1,154 in a delayed enlistment program.

- They come here because they can stay cheaper and play more. Golf in Sumter and Clarendon counties is attracting people from all over North America, and local course owners expect the trend is just warming up. "People are tired of the cost and crowds at places like Myrtle Beach," said Ricky Wilson, the golf professional at Clarendon Golf and Country Club. In a recent National Golf Federation study, South Carolina ranked second only to Florida as the most popular golfing spot for tourists in the country, and local tourism officials aren't surprised.

- Lee County Memorial Hospital will close Saturday because the facility has been losing money and has become a financial drain on the county government. But the bleeding won't stop when the doors slam shut for the final time. The hospital still has bills to pay - for equipment and employee benefits - and some of its trustees expect the costs to total about $450,000.

- Sumter County Council informally agreed to "erase mistakes" this morning, giving new hope to School District 2's first choice of a site for a new high school. Council agreed to allow Sumter city/county planning officials to reconsider a rural site that council turned down for construction of the school. Council members could reconsider it again themselves - possibly next week - if the planning commission approves a reconsideration at its Wednesday meeting.

- Three of the state's biggest 10 toxic waste recipients from manufacturing companies are located in Sumter County, a new report by public interest groups says. Laidlaw Environmental Services' hazardous-waste landfill in Sumter County was also named as one of the top 10 facilities in the nation to receive and place toxic chemicals solely in landfills. And four of the nation's top 40 recipients of toxic waste are located in South Carolina.

- When Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning met in tennis at Palmetto Park, both squads were rife with underclassmen, but that was where the similarities ended. The Barons, under veteran coach Chuck McCord, breezed to an 8-1 victory as they prepared for their perennial appearance in the state playoffs. The Swampcats, with first-year head coach Jet Turner at the helm, continued to gain experience as their young players made steps toward possible future success.

- A Sumter County elementary school teacher who is described by her peers and parents as "caring, dedicated and involved" has been named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the District 13 Parent-Teacher Association. Carol Russell, a third-grade teacher at Shaw Heights Elementary School, accepted the award at the district PTA's annual spring conference, which was held at Cherryvale Elementary School in Sumter. District 13 includes PTA groups in Clarendon, Sumter and Lee counties.

- Dr. Jim Dozier didn't get to be headmaster at Robert E. Lee Academy by making dumb decisions, and his analytical ability has also been in evidence during his tenure as the school's golf coach. Dozier took one look at Cavalier golfer Stephen Welch and quickly sized up the situation. "I don't do any coaching with him," Dozier said, with a laugh. "I'm afraid I might mess him up. He has a lot of potential and a lot of promise, and he has been a good leader for us this year."

- Richard Nixon died four days after suffering a stroke that had left him in a deep coma. He was 81. The former president died at New York Hospital, said spokeswoman Myrna Manners. "His family was with him," she said. Reporters gathered outside the Manhattan hospital learned the news at 1 hours after his death in a two-sentence news release. Soon after the news was announced the flag was lowered to half-staff over the White House.

- Dexter Davis remembers what it felt like to sit and wait for the phone to ring on NFL draft day. It was four years ago and Davis, who gave up his senior year at Clemson to enter the draft, was considered one of the top defensive backs in the country. But, as Davis explains, the draft can be very unpredictable. "It gets to you sometimes," said Davis, who's a restricted free agent with the Los Angeles Rams.

- If you want to know whether the economy is in recession, ask the owner of a business that sells something people don't need. Something, say, like boats. They are objects people merely want, no matter how badly. Because of the recession, from about 1989 to 1993 the boat business was the wrong one to be in, said Harvey W. Achziger Jr. of Sumter's McLean Marine Inc., which he runs with his father and mother, Mary Lou. The business' large service department and a lack of excess inventory help the business survive during this time.

- State officials have given final approval to a land deal that will expand Shaw Air Force Base's Poinsett Weapons Range, a move some say may help Shaw survive the next round of base closures. The Budget and Control Board endorsed a deal today that will eventually give the Air Force 11,000 acres from the state's Manchester State Forest to use for expansion of the range, which is used by bases throughout the Southeast for bombing runs.