75 YEARS AGO - 1945
Nov. 30 - Dec. 6
- A 1937 Ford belonging to a Shaw Field soldier caught fire on Main Street in front of DeLorme's pharmacy, and within three minutes, the blaze had severely damaged the car, burning and melting the ignition, …
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- A 1937 Ford belonging to a Shaw Field soldier caught fire on Main Street in front of DeLorme's pharmacy, and within three minutes, the blaze had severely damaged the car, burning and melting the ignition, battery, wire and the top covering of the car. The paint on the top outside was also melted.
- The Brooklyn Cooperage Co.'s stave and heading mill, which has been in operation here since its removal to Sumter from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, about 17 years ago, will close down permanently Dec. 1. This company, one of the most important woodworking plants in South Carolina, employed a large force of hands in the stave and heading mill, in addition to large forces in the lumber mill and logging operations in the Santee Swamp.
- Plowden Shoals Frank, pointer owned by Ellerbee F. "Fish" Herring of Washington, D.C., will be one of the top-notch dogs to be entered in the Gamecock Field Trials to be held in Sumter on Monday and Tuesday on land located in Cane Savannah. This pointer, which was raised and developed by H. Q. Jones, secretary of the Gamecock Field Trial Association, won first place in both the open and amateur stakes at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
- William (Billy) Clark, Sumter High School's former athletic coach who is now on leave from that position, has been named recreation director, City Manager J. A. Raffield noted today. Employed jointly by the city schools and the city, Mr. Clark will have offices in the schools and will be supervisor of the recreation program here. He recently was given his discharge from the Army in which he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
- Field Marshal Goerhing's car, which will be on exhibition for an hour and a half on Canal Street in front of the north entrance to the courthouse, was captured at Laufen, Germany, by Sgt. Joe Azara of the 20th Armored Force Ordnance Detachment. The automobile is being brought here under the sponsorship of the Victory War Bond committee. The men taking the car on tour include the sergeant who captured it, a lieutenant who headed the ordnance group, a corporal who worked on the car and a sergeant who drove the car for Brig. Gen. Cornelius M. Daly, commanding officer of Combat Command A of the 20th Armored.
- Edward A. Palange, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who has been serving as director of the USO-NCCS club in Florence, will succeed Charles B. Bradley as director of the Main Street USP club here. Mr. Bradley, who has acted as USO director here since June 1942, will proceed to Washington, D.C., for reassignment.
- Sunday has been designated as Disabled American Veterans Day, and disabled American veterans throughout the nation will take part in special programs that have been planned for the first Sunday in December, the fourth anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it was announced. Special ceremonies were originally arranged for tomorrow here; however, it was decided instead that members would attend the churches of their choice. DAV day was set aside by official resolution of the recent 24th national convention of the organization in Chicago.
- The international military tribunal ruled today that Rudolf Hess, who confessed he had been faking amnesia, must continue to stand trial with 19 other Nazi leaders accused of war crimes. Lord Justice Sir Geoffrey Lawrence, president, announced that no further mental examinations of Hitler's former deputy were necessary and that he was capable of standing trial.
- A bunch of bananas, a box of oranges, sandwiches, pecans by the bushel, cookies, cigarettes, magazines. These are some of the items that were given to the Red Cross canteen to give to the men going through Sumter on troop trains. They were given largely as the result of broadcasts telling of the work of the canteen and its need of supplies. Mrs. P. A. McDonald, canteen chairwoman, feels that all the people of goodwill in Sumter realized the vital work that the canteen is doing.
- The annual banquet for Sumter High school's football squad, to be given and attended by fans of the city, will be held in the Edmunds High cafeteria. The Rev. R. Bryce Herbert, pastor of Central Methodist Church, will be the main speaker. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served.
- A second edition of "The Pigeon" by Sumter's own Wendell Levi, termed by many authorities as the most informative and significant pigeon book of the century, has just rolled off the press. First published in 1941, "The Pigeon" during the past four years has been placed on the shelves of practically every public library in the country while every agricultural college in the United States and every university has at least one copy of this authoritative and scientific volume.
50 YEARS AGO - 1970
Aug. 3 - 9
- Plaques were erected on the front of six houses this week during the Tri-centennial activities. One of the houses is the old Charles Moise House, 432 N. Main St., which was built about 1819 and remodeled twice. The markers are being erected by the Sumter County Historical Commission, under president G. McBride Dabbs.
- One of Sumter's oldest homes, the Dr. John J. Bossard house at 23 S. Harvin St., will be demolished. Plans for razing the home, which is more than 140 years old, were confirmed by H. H. Dinkins, manager of Black River Electric Cooperative, which has owned the property where the house stands since 1963.
- Tri-centennial Mini-Parks are springing up all over Sumter County under the direction of Mrs. I.D. Elmore, Sumter County Tri-Centennial Beautification chairwoman. Parks are located in neighborhoods throughout Sumter.
- Local talent abounds in the Sumter Tri-centennial Art Exhibit, which opened for the month of August at the Art Gallery on West Liberty Street. The exhibit will be open Thursday through Sunday.
- Reserved season tickets for Sumter High School's home football games are now on sale. Persons who had tickets last season will have top preference. Others desiring tickets will be served on a first-come basis. The reserved seats are inside the 35-yard line.
- The Sumter Palmetto Majors lost the opening game in the Palmetto Majors State Tournament held here at Palmetto Park to Hartsville, 6-4. The Sumter Palmetto Majors appeared strong, but two long Hartsville home runs slammed the victory door in Sumter's face.
- A familiar name with a new look will hold its grand opening. "The New" Brody's department store opens its doors to the public in a modern 20,000-square-foot building that's double the size of the old one destroyed by fire last year. Designed by the Sumter architectural firm of James and DuRant, the building features a complete shop concept.
- District 17 school board members are trying to decide who should serve on a citizens advisory committee, which would act as a bridge between the public and the school system. The task was complicated somewhat when a lengthy list of some 271 names was submitted by Superintendent Dr. L.C. McArthur for consideration. Nominees were suggested by citizens interested in public education.
- Bobby Lawrence Matthews will be the principal of Edmunds High School this fall, Sumter School District No. 17 Board Chairman Robert O. Purdy announced. Matthews, formerly assistant principal at Edmunds and principal of Central Elementary School, will direct the two-grade senior high to be housed at Edmunds during the coming year.
- A brilliant relief pitching performance by Bill Rowell and Kenny Huggins lifted the Sumter Palmetto Majors over Greenville, 4-2, here in the Palmetto Majors State Tourney. Rowell came on in relief of starter Billy Brewer in the second inning and pitched coolly to get Sumter out of a bases-loaded jam with only one run being scored. Huggins came on in the fifth to help Rowell, who showed slight wildness.
- Local photography enthusiasts are taking a large booth at the Exhibition Building at the Sumter Fairgrounds for their display of work during the annual Summerthing III. Wilber Jeffcoat, Item photographer and a student of the New York Institute of Photography, is in charge of the display. Assisting him is Mike Buchalew, a student of the School of Modern Photography.
- A sensor systems technician with the 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron there, SSgt. Thomas M. Cassidy, was chosen the Noncommissioned Officer of the Month by a selection board of the Shaw-based NCOs. Sgt. Cassidy, the assistant noncommissioned officer in charge of the optics section of the electronic sensors systems division within the squadron, works on the cameras and associated controls of the RF-4C Phantom II aircraft.
- The Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center (TARC) at Shaw AFB has been awarded the National Safety Council's Certificate of Appreciation for a zero ground accident rate in 1969. TARC's perfect accident record was recognized earlier this year when the Tactical Air Command awarded the center the Ground Safety Award for Category II units (less than 1,000 persons assigned).
- The Sumter County Tri-centennial Committee met to finalize plans for Sumter's Tri-centennial Week, Aug. 16-23. Committee chairman Julian Buxton called on various event chairmen to report final plans on each project.
- Once again, strong Sumter Palmetto Majors pitching lifted the Sumter team to its 8-3 victory over North Charleston in the Palmetto Major State Tournament. Jake Thornhill started the game as pitcher and went the full seven innings, allowing North Charleston eight hits and three runs. Only one of the three runs scored off Thornhill's pitching was earned, and that was the result of a solo home run in the third inning by Kenny Williams.
- Entertaining at the Shaw Air Force Base Service Club booth during the Summerthing III will be Sgt. Osbie McClinton, who has written several hit songs for recording stars and who has also recorded his own songs.
25 YEARS AGO - 1995
May 3 - 9
- Sumter city residents - as well as county residents served by city water and sewer lines - can expect to pay more next year to brush and flush. Soon monthly rates for water and sewer services will increase to pay for a $10.5 million expansion of the Pocotaligo sewer treatment plant. In a 6-1 vote, Sumter City Council gave preliminary approval to the rate increases that will raise the projected $800,000 per year, for the next 20 years, it will cost to pay for the expansion.
- Former Republican Gov. Jim Edwards helped kick off a $550,000 fundraising campaign to pay off the mortgage on Santee Senior Services' historic O'Donnell House. He called the Georgian mansion on East Liberty Street, which was built in 1824, a "precious landmark" and a piece of local culture in a speech during a banquet at the Shaw Air Force Base Officers' Club.
- Most law school graduates look forward to finding jobs where they can practice their craft in the comforts of a courtroom or an air-conditioned office. But for Shaw Air Force Base's Maj. Nancy Stallard Richards, her job as an attorney has been anything but comfortable. In the past year, her work has taken her to some of the most dangerous places in the world. That's one of the reasons why Richards, chief of the International Law Branch of the 9th Air Force and of the U.S. Central Command Air Forces legal office, recently received the Albert M. Kuhfeld Award as the Air Force's outstanding attorney for 1994. She's also been named the 1994 Outstanding Air Force Person of the Year by the South Carolina Air Force Association.
- Sumter County Council heard funding requests from various county agencies, including requests for 18 more sheriff's deputies and almost double the money for the solicitor's office. Also, council approved the location of two county-owned recycling and garbage disposal centers opposed by some nearby residents, about 20 of whom showed up to oppose the vote.
- Believe it or not, there will be bass fishing in a parking lot in Sumter this weekend. A 5,000-gallon transparent Lexan fish tank on wheels will be pulled up outside the Texaco Lube Xpress on McCrays Mill Road, filled with water and stocked with 25-40 local game fish of different species. On Friday and Saturday, professional fisherman Gary Hain will stand on a platform on an edge at the top of the tank and demonstrate casting techniques, show off his trick-casting skills, expound upon bait and lures and try to catch some fish. He'll also plug Texaco's products to a group - fishermen - that uses lots of gas and oil.
- If the sound of vintage bi-planes buzzing over Sumter this weekend makes you think you've been transported to World War I Europe, don't worry - it's for a good cause. Two planes of the Red Baron Frozen Pizza barnstorming squadron will be at the Sumter Municipal Airport to promote grocery pizza sales that benefit the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Sumter.
- Sumter High School's baseball team broke loose for 12 runs in the fourth inning and defeated Hillcrest 16-0 at Sumter High School. But of more importance to the Gamecocks was the health of pitcher Camile Reovan, who sat out last week with a tender shoulder. Reovan went four innings, allowing three hits while striking out four and walking none. "I think he was about 85 or 90 percent," said Sumter coach Rick Hatcher.
- William Paul Brown, baritone, will present a recital at Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Brown has been a member of the Sumter High School Concert Choir, Show Choir, Jazz Singers and the Renaissance Singers. An alto saxophonist, he also plays with the SHS Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and is student conductor of the Woodwind Quintet.
- Popular country music performer Rob Crosby and his band will be in concert at the Taste of Lake Murray event to be held at the Lake Murray Country Visitors Center near the Lake Murray Dam. Crosby, a native Sumterite and son of John and Julia Hoar, had his first Top 10 hit, "Love Will Bring Her Around," in 1990. His second hit single, "She's a Natural," became the 50th most performed song on country radio in 1991.
- The end of World War II was only months away when the Rev. Archie Mitchell loaded his wife and five Sunday school students into his old sedan and left the logging town of Bly for a day of fishing. An explosion erupted in their midst, killing his wife and all five youngsters. Fifty years ago today, they became the only Americans killed in the continental United States by enemy action in World War II. They were victims of a bomb carried 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean by a balloon that Japanese schoolgirls made from paper and paste.
- Tashyra Harris has figured out a way to control that nervous energy she gets when she competes in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs. Her remedy? Stay calm, stay focused and think about something else other than running. "I try not to think about the race at all," said Harris, who, along with teammate LaDonna Alston, will be competing in the 4A lower state finals.
- The Wilson Hall Lady Barons will be going to the Final Four of the SCISAA softball tournament for the third straight year after beating First Baptist of Charleston 10-0 in five innings at Wilson Hall. The will be playing in the double-elimination tournament to be played in Charleston.
- Army Sgt. Clarence Thompson, a Sumter native, leaned back in his high-backed chair the morning of April 19, looked up at his office ceiling and watched in terror s the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building crumbled around him. Thompson, a 1964 Sumter High School graduate, survived the Oklahoma City blast that killed more than 160 people and is recovering from injuries at his home.
- The end of an era is at hand for the Sumter business community. After 38 years in business, Doug Baker, owner of Baker Appliance Co., plans to close the doors of his store for good. Citing failing health, the 67-year-old Baker said the store will close "as soon as the last appliance is sold."
- S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. told Morris College graduates that they are part of a continuum of sacrifice and ever higher achievement. But, he said, the graduates will honor their fore bearers and reach their potential only if they pick the path of "self-actualization" over "surrender." Finney gave the commencement address before the 100 graduates, their families and friends at the private, traditionally black college's 84th graduation exercise.
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