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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Best midway yet' comes to Sumter; kids create Recycle Rob

Posted 7/12/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Feb. 1 - 7

- Tuomey Hospital has been awarded Full and Provisional Approval by the American College of Surgeons for the year 1945, as revealed through an annual survey which was conducted in December. The results of this, …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Best midway yet' comes to Sumter; kids create Recycle Rob


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Feb. 1 - 7

- Tuomey Hospital has been awarded Full and Provisional Approval by the American College of Surgeons for the year 1945, as revealed through an annual survey which was conducted in December. The results of this, the 28th-annual hospital standardization survey, show 3,181 hospitals, or 80.8 percent of those under survey, as meeting the minimum standard for approval.

- The doors of the USO club will be open wide to the public for the annual open house program which marks the kickoff of USO's fifth birthday celebration. Three days of events are planned here, throughout the nation and overseas in approximately 2,000 USO operations.

- Unfolding a real-life drama of the fight against tuberculosis, the Healthmobile of the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Health Association will be on display here, it was announced by the Sumter County Tuberculosis Association. The huge vehicle which houses 52 displays will be parked at the post office, where free admission performances will be presented.

- The staff of the Council Street USO has made every effort to make its 5th anniversary program entertaining. Highlighting the activities for the three-day celebration was an informal dance held at the Catholic Hall on West Oakland Avenue with dancing to the music of the First Regiment's Orchestra of Fort Jackson.

- The Rotary program is in the charge of George D. Levy, chairman, who has asked Col. C. E. Hughes, commanding officer, Shaw Field, to speak. The Kiwanis Club and their guests heard an interesting and instructive address at their meeting on the Vocational feature of the G.I. Bill of Rights delivered by Kiwanian Hugh Stoddard, who has charge of the program at the city schools.

- The Sumter Y Midgets eked out a 23-22 victory over the New Zion High School second team in the first game of a doubleheader at the Y gym. In the second game, between the Y Juniors and the New Zion first five, the Y Juniors finally won 21-17, but it took two overtime periods.

- "Ladies in Waiting," a highly entertaining mystery play in two acts, will be presented at the Edmunds High School auditorium by members of the Edmunds High School Dramatics Club. Talented high school students are given an opportunity to develop their talents in the productions put on by the Dramatics Club.

- The first game of the newly formed YMCA men's volleyball league will be played. The opener will pit G. Werber Bryan's team against G. Billy Graham's outfit. In the second game, Capt. Billy Gibson's spikers will be lined up against Capt. Jesse James' squad.

- The Sumter High School Gamecocks will play the Dreher High team of Columbia at Edmunds High School. Both teams have good records for the season, so a real battle on the court is expected. The Gamecocks will have their top scorer, Jack Chandler, back in the lineup after he has missed two games because of illness.

- Coach Jesse Rushe of Sumter High School said that his team will play the University of South Carolina "B" team as a preliminary to the South Carolina-Georgia Tech game.

- Lt. Col. George L. Mabry Jr., holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Bronze Star Medals, has been appointed athletic director in the G-3 section of First Army headquarters here.

- A.L. Edwards, horticulturist and landscape gardener of Columbia, spoke before a meeting of the Gardenmakers and their guests, the Sumter Garden Club and Sumter Art Association at the Community Center. Mr. Edwards, who is the gardener at the Veterans Hospital at Columbia, told the group of the importance of the soil in growing plants.

- The 1945 Clemson College report to the General Assembly revealed the possibilities of two new South Carolina crops - Hegart variety of grain sorghum and Leconte vetch. State farmers have become interested in grain sorghums because grain endures drought better than corn.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Oct. 5 - 11

- This week has been proclaimed by Mayor Robert E. Graham as "Lions Week for the Visually Handicapped." During this week, the more than 150 Lions Clubs of South Carolina, including the Sumter Lions Club and the Gamecock Lions Club, are sponsoring a statewide campaign to aid the blind and to help conserve sight.

- Amusements of America began erecting its midway for the opening of the Sumter County Fair. "The best midway yet" is predicted by fair executive secretary T.O. Bowen. Amusements of America has wintered in Sumter for the past 15 years.

- In this tricentennial year, South Carolinians have particular cause to be proud of their state library system - the most recent addition to which is a new State Library building in Columbia. In the floor of this new structure rests a plaque tracing its origin back to 1698, when the first public library in America was established in Charles Town.

- A new type of customer service in the form of a mobile van will be inaugurated by Seaboard Coast Line Railroad to serve Sumter and outlying communities. Operating out of Sumter, the mobile agent will serve customers in Mayesville, Lynchburg, Timmonsville, Pinewood, Alcolu and Cartersville. The air-conditioned van will actually be a fully equipped office, with a two-way radio, typewriter, copying machine and other necessities.

- Shaw's NCO and Officers Wives' Clubs joined efforts to pack "ditty bags" for U.S. servicemen overseas as their part of a national Red Cross-sponsored program. Mrs. Mary Martin, NCO Wives' Club president, worked very hard toward the ditty bag success. Mrs. Ruth Hoyt, the overall base chairperson for the program, was very pleased with the cooperation of both the wives' clubs.

- TSgt. Harry H. Faulk was named as the 307S Field Training Detachment (FTD) October Instructor of the Month. Sgt. Faulk came to Shaw and the 307S FTD in 1969. He currently teaches on the J79 jet engine, which powers the RF-4C Phantom II aircraft.

- The annual college night program will be held at Edmunds High School with representatives of 41 universities, colleges, technical and business schools present to furnish information to prospective students and their parents. All juniors and seniors of Edmunds, Furman, Hillcrest and Mayewood schools interested in furthering their education are invited along with their parents.

- The campaign kickoff of the Sumter United Fund drive will be held at Riley Park. A kickoff rally is planned, and the Rev. George Maxwell will be the featured speaker. Boxed lunches will be served by several civic groups.

- For the second consecutive week and the third time this season, Sumter High quarterback Freddie Solomon repeats as The Item Player of the Week. Solomon ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more in Sumter's 44-6 win over conference foe Dillon. His runs went for 65 and 55 yards while his pass plays covered 65 and 10 yards. Solomon was also the game's leading rusher with 139 yards.

- A showdown for the point championship in the claim division will take place at Sumter Speedway, and one of three drivers will go home with the title in his pocket. To date, Rat Morris leads the chase with 210 points, and Jerry Buckner is second with 202. Guy Gamble is the only driver with a chance, and he trails Buckner by four points.

- There is, in Sumter, a group of teenagers involved in a positive movement that is growing daily. Their enthusiasm is catching. These teenagers are putting on a Teen Crusade for Christ. It is for Sumter and surrounding areas, and it is aimed at harvesting young people for Christianity. Working through the national organization, Teen Crusade, which has its headquarters in Sumter, these youths are coordinating plans for the upcoming October crusade.

- Conway Head Coach Buddy Sasser has not let the No. 3 ranking in the state produce any false confidence. He looks upon the crucial contest with Sumter High very matter-of-factly and is equally certain about what he feels his Tigers must do to win. Sasser's forces enter the big 4-A Region V showdown with a 2-0 family mark and a 5-0 overall record. Sumter is 3-2 overall (including a forfeiture) and 2-0 in the loop.

- Morris Mazursky, Sumter's mayor pro tem, officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the Associates office in Wesmark Plaza. The ribbon of 50 $1 bills was donated to Crosswell Children's Home.

- A random telephone survey of Sumter citizens shows that most of them approved President Nixon's new policies given in a speech. Out of at least 30 people called, 17 missed the event. However, those who did hear the president outline plans for a cease-fire in Vietnam and list proposals for more talks had definite opinions on the matter.

- The office of Congressman L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.) informed The Item that $522,000 in renovations to an air reconnaissance support facility at Shaw Air Force Base has been restored to the Military Appropriations Bill. This amount was put back into the bill during a House-Senate Conference Committee meeting. It had been excluded in the Senate version of the bill.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

July 5 - 11

- Ray Guest will not give up on chasing his dream on a bicycle. Guest, a 69-year-old cyclist from Sumter, has a goal of either winning or placing in the top three of the United States Cycling Federation Masters National Championships later this summer in Nashville, Tennessee. This won't be his first try. Guest has been to the nationals six other times. The closest he has been was a fourth-place finish.

- Teenagers stand around the long tables in clumps talking about the day's coming events. The ones who have been with the program since its start explain to the new recruits what to expect. They are role models for children in the second through fifth grade who are touring Sumter as part of the Me and My Community program, started last summer by Sumter Volunteers and School District 17 to educate children about their hometown.

- More than 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the 89th session of the South Carolina Baptist Sunday School Congress for Christian Education in Summerton. The week-long Christian education training seminar is open to the public, as well as the congress' 1,700 Missionary Baptist Church members. It will be held at Scott's Branch High School and will mark the first time the annual conference has been held in Clarendon County.

- Bishopville City Council has named Cayce's assistant director of public safety as the city's new police chief. Thomas Pye was chosen from a pool of 28 applicants, City Administrator David Bushyager said. He will start work July 17. "We will work to build a department that you can be proud of, we can be proud of and certainly that the community can be proud of," Pye told council, formally accepting the job.

- Early during his freshman season at North Carolina State University, former Sumter High School pitcher Chad Hoshour came to grips with a new role. Hoshour, a regular in the starting rotation as a Gamecock and for the American Legion P-15's for the previous four seasons, found himself in the Wolfpack bullpen. He doesn't plan to stay there. He is transferring to the University of South Carolina for his sophomore season. An opportunity to start was the biggest reason.

- We have all driven out into the dark night of Sumter County, begun to look hard for the white or yellow lines on the road and wondered why we could see so little. So why doesn't somebody light up the county's dark corners? Simple; most county roads - and state roads in rural areas - aren't lighted simply because of the expense.

- The Sumter P-15's faced a must-win situation as they entered the American Legion baseball game against the Dalzell Trail Boss at Riley Park. If Sumter hoped to have a chance to make the state playoffs and win a fifth-straight state championship, a victory over Dalzell was a necessity. The P-15's picked it up in convincing fashion with a 14-0 win that was called after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

- The headmaster of Wilson Hall is rallying his troops to help keep traffic, noise and trash problems associated with major traffic arteries from affecting his school. Fred Moulton is asking parents and supporters of the private school to voice opposition to the state transportation department's plan to run a two-lane parkway in front of the school, which serves about 600 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. State highway officials showed Sumter residents their plan last month to build Shaw Parkway south of U.S. 76/378.

- The Sumter P-15's accomplished the first part of their mission by pounding out 16 hits in seven innings, giving Camden a 15-2 drubbing. The win leaves both teams tied for second place in League III with 12-5 records. Now on to the second part. They will meet Camden again in a special playoff game to decide the second-place team and who moves on to the playoffs.

- Kids at Grace Baptist Summer Day Care really know how to recycle. They've been studying the issue and decided to make something from the items they've saved this summer. Enter Recycle Rob, a 5-foot-tall recycled man. Kids 6 years old and up helped build the robot-like creation.

- The principals may have changed at Sumter's oldest jeweler, but the new owners say the company's business philosophy will be kept intact. H. Daniel Chandler and George Britton Moseley III became principal owners of Sumter's Galloway & Moseley jewelry store after buying out the interest of Moseley's father, George Moseley Jr. Though only half of the new ownership team is a descendent of the company's founders, both Chandler and Moseley III have promised to stick with the founders' philosophy.

- Amanda Elizabeth Spivey, Miss Southern 500, was crowned Miss South Carolina. Spivey, 22, of Spartanburg, bested nine other finalists to win the title at Greenville Memorial Auditorium to close the week-long competition. She will represent South Carolina at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.