75 YEARS AGO - 1944
Nov. 25 - Dec. 1
- Charles M. Hurst, the oldest native-born citizen of Sumter, died at Tuomey hospital after a brief illness, following a long period of declining health. Mr. Hurst was born in Sumter on Oct. 12, 1856, the …
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- Charles M. Hurst, the oldest native-born citizen of Sumter, died at Tuomey hospital after a brief illness, following a long period of declining health. Mr. Hurst was born in Sumter on Oct. 12, 1856, the son of Charles M. Hurst Sr., at that time principal of a school for boys that he conducted here for a number of years. The deceased spent his entire life in this community, except for two years' association with a firm of law publishers in Philadelphia, as an editor of an edition of the decisions of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Prior to this time, he had been admitted to the bar and practiced here in Sumter for about two years, although previously he had been engaged in business for years as bookkeeper and store manager for the late J. D. Craig, the pioneer furniture dealer and undertaker of Sumter.
- A joint committee of representatives of Bell and Independent operating telephone companies throughout the United States has been formed to advance the nationwide post-war program which the various telephone companies have been working on individually to extend and improve farm telephone service, it was announced today by S. R. Green, manager of the South Carolina Continental Telephone Co.
- Bond sales in the Sixth War Loan drive here have reached approximately $805,000, it was announced by R. L. McLeod, chairman. Sumter's goal is $1,160,000. The drive in Sumter County received a boost when $500,000 worth of bonds was purchased by the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey in South Carolina, it was announced by J. W. Williams, field supervisor. Of this amount, $15,000 will be credited to the Sumter County quota, which is in keeping with Esso's policy of making its purchases of war bonds through the communities in which it operates.
- Pfc. William W. Arthur, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Arthur of Sumter, is now assigned to the supply of the Air Service Command somewhere in England. Pfc. Arthur is one of thousands of soldiers who rushes more than 200,000 items of essential equipment to Allied planes over Germany. Before entering the Air Corps 37 months ago, he was a student at the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1940.
- The YMCA Midget Basketball league for boys under 14 years of age met Wednesday afternoon and organized four teams, which will play the initial games tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. Fifty-six boys were chosen, all of whom were under 14 years of age. The opening games are expected to draw a crowd of interested spectators. The Eagles with Hugh Humphries, captain, will meet Capt. Gus Pringles' Thunderbirds at 7, and the Hawks, led by Capt. Wellie Bradham, will clash with Capt. Frank Strange's Mallards.
- Eighteen schools landed men on the South Carolina all-star high school squad announced to represent the state against North Carolina in the annual Shrine bowl game to be played next Saturday. Camden, Greenville, Anderson, Sumter (Ed Martin, tackle, Bill Bradford, running back) and Liberty each placed two men on the team coached by John Villepigue, veteran Camden mentor.
- The Sumter Theater will present a war bond premiere, and bond purchasers will be admitted. The picture to be shown is "An American Romance," a technicolor extravaganza which has been rated "excellent" by critics throughout the country. Starring roles are handled by Brian Donlevy and Ann Richards. Bond purchasers should exchange certificates, which are being presented them with their purchases, for picture show tickets at the box office before Thursday night at 8:30. No tickets to the premiere will be sold on the night of the performance.
- The Rev. W. H. Turner, who spent many months in a Japanese prison before being exchanged for a Japanese internee in the United States, will speak at special services tomorrow evening at the Pentecostal Holiness Church, Fulton Street. The Rev. Mr. Turner was a missionary in China at the time he was interned. He has many friends in the city who are looking forward to hearing him. Those planning to attend are urged to come early so that as many as possible may find seats.
- The Daily Item's 50th Anniversary Edition made its appearance this afternoon. The issue contained two regular sections, each of eight pages, and a Rotogravure section of 40 pages. The Item reached its 59th anniversary on Oct. 15 of this year, and it had been planned to publish the edition on that date, but because of wartime restrictions, the contracting firm which printed the Rotogravure section could not make the delivery on time. However, the Rotogravure section is one of the most complete to be published, and the paper takes this opportunity of thanking all who made it possible.
- Marine Cpl. George W. Burke, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Burke, arrived home after more than 30 months of active duty in the South Pacific with the First Marine Division. Cpl. Burke is a veteran of Guadalcanal, where the Marines struck the first decisive blow against the Japanese. His unit saw action at Cape Glouster on New Britain, and their latest campaign was the conquest of Peleliu Island in the Palau Island group. He wears the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon for action at Guadalcanal. He has been given a 30-day furlough, after which he will report to the Marine base at Norfolk, Virginia.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
July 27 - Aug. 2
- The law firm of Bryan and Bahnmuller has announced that Howard P. King has become a member of the firm and the name changed to Bryan, Bahnmuller and King. King received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the Citadel and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina.
- "I just do not know how to estimate the damage on such a thing as this," said Sgt. J. M. Nesbitt of the Sumter County Sheriff's Department as he surveyed the vandalism that took place at Bates Junior High. School principal M. O. Ramsey reported there had been a continuous rash of window-breaking and other minor offenses at the school. However, during the past weekend, the incidents came to a head as the most extensive damage ever done on the school building was reported.
- The Silver Star Medal was awarded posthumously to 2nd Lt. William H. Hunt, Marine Corps Reserve, in a recent ceremony. Mrs. Hunt, the former Eva Nell Chase of Sumter, was present at the presentation at the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center. Lt. Hunt's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hunt of Merritt Island, Florida, accepted the medal, which was presented by Lt. Col. S. J. Stubbs, commanding officer of the Orlando Marine Reserve Unit.
- Edmunds High School's Gamecocks, hoping to rebound from a horrible season in 1968, open their 1969 campaign with a home contest, hosting Camden. The Gamecocks had a miserable season last year, finishing with a 2-7-1 record. Coach Steve Satterfield's birds had problems holding on to the football last year - fumbles deciding at least three of the games. Edmunds' schedule calls for six games on the road, with only four in the familiar Memorial Stadium.
- Eight cadets and two senior members of the local Civil Air Patrol Squadron left for a weeklong visit at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The cadets will learn how the military functions as they live in barracks, eat with regular Air Force personnel and get a tour of the various work centers. The trip will also include a tour of Washington, D.C.
- Corporate Planners Inc., a management consulting firm, has announced taking an option on approximately 500 acres of land in Lee County for the location of a new industry. The option was secured by Corporate Planners for a client company, through the assistance of the Lee County Industrial Development Board. Corporate Planners Inc. said the client company would bring a new concept in raising the economic level of the area through the creation of a work and living environment.
- Sumter's Gamecock Bowman Archery Club edged out two other clubs at Edmunds High School gym to take the lead in a rotating-trophy tournament. Six matches will be held with the winning team getting to keep the trophy. Sumter rolled up 1,025 points to 1,013 for second-place Myrtle Beach.
- Tech. Sgt. William H. McGlone, a 21-year veteran and the non-commissioned officer-in-charge of Civil Engineering's Planning Division, has been named Shaw's Non-Commissioned Officer of the Month for July. The 363rd Civil Engineer Squadron's candidate was hand-picked for the honor by an evaluation board, which considered candidates from the entire base.
- More than 985 families in Sumter County have been visited by health aides and have been introduced to the facilities of the health department. A relatively new program, which has been started in Sumter County, employs aides, trains them and sends them out in the county to help families in all areas. The two phases of the program are Health Education and Family Planning.
- Hundreds of balloons will be given away tomorrow to children attending Sumter's "Summerthing" at the fairgrounds. Each child will have a chance to put his name on his helium-filled balloon and send it floating over Sumter. This is only a sample of the excitement for those attending the arts festival. Entertainment will be held on the hour. Today interested persons are bringing their art, crafts, ceramics, flowers and other items for display at the Exhibition Building.
- Sumter's entries into Palmetto League state championships are busy this week preparing for shots at the championship. The Palmetto Majors State Tournament will be held in Sumter, with play beginning Monday. Sumter National, which breezed through the district Palmetto Boys Tournament in Sumter without a loss, is pitted against the host team in Barnwell.
- Timmonsville Post 47 and Greenwood clash in the opening round of the state legion baseball playoffs in a series of best four out of seven. Seeking its third-straight title, Timmonsville is facing the last team to win the title besides Timmonsville. Sumter radio station WSSC, through facilities of a Greenwood station, will carry the series live, regardless of the number of games required.
- Approximately 900 marching troops passed in review at change-of-command and retirement ceremonies honoring the retiring Brig. Gen. Robert W. Waltz, Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center commander for the last three years, and new commander, Brig. Gen. Robert J. Holbury. Lt. Gen. Gordes M. Graham, vice commander of the Tactical Air Command, retired Gen. Waltz and performed the change-of-command ceremony.
- The Horatio 4-H Club was well represented at the annual State 4-H Conference at Clemson University. Bobby Clark will receive a trip to Chicago and the National Congress for his automotive project; Steve LeNoir won a $75 savings bond as state horticulture winner; Anne Clark received a blue ribbon for her breads project; Beverly LeNoir was a blue ribbon winner in health; and William LeNoir received a red ribbon for his work in conservation of natural resources and as president accepted awards in safety and health, which the club won.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
April 28 - May 4
- You can't take it with you, but you can have company on the way out. For nearly a year, the local council of the Knights of Columbus has provided a pallbearer service for anyone who dies without enough friends or family to carry the casket. Sixteen members of the Catholic fraternal service organization volunteered for the effort, which was spearheaded by Knight Luther E. Troop. Troop, 65, gave a list of their names to the Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and says the service is available to members of any race or denomination.
- All of the principals in Lee County School District are male. That's not so unusual. What is unusual about Lee County schools is that 67 of the district's 251 teachers, 26.7 percent, are male - the highest percentage in the state. In fact, Lee County has led the state in that category for the past several years. Hiring more male teachers isn't all that easy. Districts can't simply hire all males who apply. It's against the law to hire someone simply because he is male. Across South Carolina, males are often sought as role models, particularly for smaller children. But when it comes to teaching, the numbers prove that the classroom is still primarily the domain of women.
- Sumter gardening enthusiast Mary Hinson - a woman with a long history of civic beautification efforts - has become the first recipient of the National Award of Honor, bestowed for her outstanding contributions to civic development. Hinson, immediate past president of the Council of Garden Clubs and a member of the Poinsett Garden Club, was recognized at the state convention of the Garden Club of South Carolina.
- For the third time since February, planners said "Yes" to a new high school site in northern Sumter County. But a woman who lives across from the site again said "No," so Sumter County Council will - again - have to rule on the much-debated location. Council last week voted down the site after an appeal from Juanita Squires, only to reconsider its decision three days later. Under the county's zoning ordinance, such a decision can't be reconsidered for a year unless the Sumter City-County Planning Commission decides there is sufficient new information concerning a request.
- Change is in the air at Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base. Plans to improve buildings and expand facilities are being mapped out as officials prepare to carry the base into the next century. Brig. Gen. John B. "Skip" Hall Jr., commander of Shaw's 20th Fighter Wing, explained the base's "vision for the future" to nearly 150 members of the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce.
- The gates of Shaw Air Force Base will swing open to the public for ShawFest, the Sumter base's annual open house. ShawFest '94 is expected to attract at least 64,000 people. Admission and parking are free. Highlighting this year's festival will be aerial demonstrations by the Air Force's "Thunderbirds," a team of four F-16 Fighting Falcon jets based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and the Army's "Golden Knights" parachute squad from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
- On a warm and humid night at Spring Valley High School's Harry Perone Stadium, Sumter High's Eddie Neufville ran four spectacular races as Sumter's boys qualified athletes in all but one event for the 4A Lower State meet. Neufville, a junior from Liberia and the Region IV-4A champion in the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediates, easily qualified for the Lower State meet by winning both races.
- Sumter High School's girls' soccer team took one on the chin when they played Irmo at Sumter High. But despite the 5-0 defeat, the Lady Gamecocks appeared as if they were the victors. Why? "Because we've reached one of our goals this season," said coach Kristie Beckman, whose team fell to Irmo 11-0 earlier this season. "We said at the beginning of the season that one of our goals is to break the 500 mark, and we did that."
- Walking into Mary Anderson's house is like entering a museum. The house, built in the mid-1700's, breathes history. The furniture is symbolic of time gone by. Portraits of relatives who died generations ago peer down from the walls. The older homes in Stateburg are the legacies left by these previous generations. They have names like Borough House, Moorehill, the Ruins, the Miller House and Home House. Everywhere are reminders of the past - initials, carved into a wooden door, hand-wrought hinges, words scratched onto window panes. "It's a very peaceful community," said Kay S. Teer, director of the Sumter County Museum.
- Father Jerry Ward's genetic demeanor and gracious speech are typical of a Catholic priest. The fact that he is displaying these characteristics while surveying the banged-up side panel of the Super Stock car he drove at Gamecock Speedway the previous Saturday night, though, seems a little strange. But, then again, not much about the 57-year-old Ward's ministerial or racing career seems typical. How many dirt-trackers, after all, have made qualifying runs at two NASCAR Winston Cup events? And how many priests have had Bobby Allison as server while performing mass?
- "About everything good that has happened in this community, Billie Fleming was right there." That's how state Sen. John Land summed up the work of the late school board member, businessman and civil rights leader during a ceremony at Manning Middle School. About 100 Manning community leaders and the Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees gathered at the school to dedicate the refurbished cafeteria at Manning Middle to Fleming's memory.
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