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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: DAV Sumter chapter organized; Shaw holds mock disaster

Posted 3/17/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 7 - Oct. 13

- Capt. William A. Berrian Jr., of the Columbia chapter of Disabled American Veterans, will be in Sumter when the local chapter of DAV is reorganized. A meeting will be held in the courthouse. All veterans …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: DAV Sumter chapter organized; Shaw holds mock disaster


75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 7 - Oct. 13

- Capt. William A. Berrian Jr., of the Columbia chapter of Disabled American Veterans, will be in Sumter when the local chapter of DAV is reorganized. A meeting will be held in the courthouse. All veterans who were wounded in action or have a disability as a result of war service are cordially invited and urged to attend.

- Sumter started preparing for The Lake View game here on Friday night at the same time. The team hopes to get out of the loss column where the Gamecocks have resided for the past two weeks. The Sumter team was beaten by a fine Laurinburg, North Carolina, 11 last Friday night, 26-13 - almost by the same score as Camden defeated them the week before - 25-14. The birds looked good in spots but were up against a superior foe. The Tar Heel team had previously defeated Whiteville, North Carolina, 34-0 and Bennettsville, 39-0.

- More than 130 nurses were expected to be in Sumter for the 37th-annual business session of the South Carolina State Nurses Association and the 5th-annual business session of the South Carolina State League of Nursing Education. Streamlined to a one-day wartime meeting, the convention will feature business sessions for each association and a luncheon. The YWCA will be headquarters for the convention. Miss Ada I. Snyder of Sumter is a director in the League of Nursing Education and chairman of the program and arrangements for the State Nurses Association. Miss Margaret Pettus of Sumter is secretary of the league.

- R. E. Wells received a telegram from the War Department advising him of the death in action of his son, Cpl. Clarence Wells, USMC. Cpl. Wells volunteered for the Marine Corps on Feb. 11, 1938, and had been overseas since October 1943. He was stationed at Indianhead, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., before going overseas. He had served on Bougainville with the Third Marines.

- The War Food Administration helps communities in every state to improve the nutrition of children by reimbursing the sponsors of lunchroom programs for part of the cost of food for lunches served to children at school. Any public or private school through the high school level is eligible to apply for federal aid, provided the school is operated on a nonprofit basis. The community has the responsibility for organizing the program and seeing that it operates effectively. W. H. Garrison, director of the state lunchroom program in South Carolina, reports that three of every five students in the white and black schools are receiving lunches.

- Fayetteville, North Carolina, will be Sumter's opponent in the grid contest to be played at the Sumter County Fair on Nov. 10, it was announced. Securing Fayetteville assures a first-class contest for the Tar Heels to have a strong club this season. Last year Sumter played Charleston at the fair, and the game drew a large crowd. It ended in a victory for Sumter by a wide margin.

- The Disabled American Veterans Sumter chapter was organized last night at a meeting during which Carl Humphries of this city was named temporary secretary and treasurer. The chapter will meet on Oct. 23 for the purpose of electing officers.

- Mr. J. M. Eleazer, Sumter County farm agent and Clemson College information specialist, spent the day on the farm of B. H. Cooper, Springfield, Orangeburg County, watching the mechanical cotton picker in operation. He will broadcast over Columbia station WIS an on-the-spot description of the machine, how it works and how much cotton it harvests. Everyone interested in cotton should listen to Mr. Eleazer's talk.

- The American Legion Auxiliary of Sumter Post 15 will be host to the district convention, and delegates from Camden, Bishopville, Summerton, Manning and Columbia are expected to be here. The YWCA will be headquarters for the one-day meeting. The principal address will be made by Mrs. Roy Hammond of Columbia, president of the auxiliaries of the Department of South Carolina. Mrs. LeRoy Davis, president of the Sumter Auxiliary, will open the meeting, and the Rev. W. H. Stender will pronounce the invocation. Colors will be advanced by the Boy Scouts, and Mayor Edwin B. Boyle will speak.

- There will be a sweet potato digging demonstration held on Friday, Oct. 13, it was announced by the assistant county agent, Mr. R. P. Alston. The demonstration will take place two miles out North Main Street on the Bishopville highway on the right-hand side of the road where a line of oak trees lead back to the house on the "Old Nunnery Farm." All interested farmers are invited, according to Mr. Alston. Mr. Hugh Bowers, sweet potato specialist for the extension service, and Mr. Alston will be in charge.

- Sir George Williams, whose birthday the YMCAs celebrate around the world on Oct. 11, was a country boy, who came to the big city on his own and found a deep need for friendship and association with young fellows of character. The YMCA, which he founded 100 years ago, has tried to provide that opportunity for boys and young men ever since.

- According to an announcement by K. E. Ward, publicity chairman, the Community Chest and War Fund workers have raised $29,250 toward the $56,457.61 campaign goal. This includes the amount raised by the advance gifts committee. Mr. Ward stated the drive is coming along fine and that he thinks the campaign will be completed soon if the workers will contact all their prospects.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

June 8 - 14

- Five boys from Sumter have been elected to county offices in Palmetto Boys' State at The Citadel. James Jones has been elected senator of Marion County; John Phillips and Ronald Smith, representatives of Hampton County; David Tisdale, representative of Rutledge County; and James Potter, representative of Pickens County.

- Sept. 25, 1969, has been set as the activation date of the new 943rd Military Airlift Group (AFRES) at Charleston Air Force Base. The reserve unit will be the associate unit of the 437th Military Airlift Wing, commanded by Brig. Gen. C. T. Ireland Jr. Establishment of the 943rd Associate Group is part of a long-range program to modernize Air Force Reserve flying units and to upgrade their capability to assist the regular Air Force.

- A public hearing concerning design characteristics on the proposed 4-lane widening of a section of U.S. 378 east of Sumter has been scheduled. The hearing will be held in the assembly room of the Sumter Area Technical Education Center at 506 Guignard Drive. Interested persons are invited to attend and express their views on the economic, social and environmental effects of the project.

- Arnold Hutto, Joe Carter and Charlie Wise were repeat winners at Sumter Speedway in a 160-lap racing program. Hutto picked up the win in the late-model sportsman feature and became a three-time winner on the season, while Carter became a three-time victor in the rookie division. Charlie Wise became the first repeat winner in the claim division after Dudley Hodge was disqualified. Danny Barwick drew the No. 1 position and started in the inside pole position alongside Carl Pack in the claim event and headed the field for the first two laps. He and Hodge locked bumpers in front of the grandstand on the third circuit, and he had to call it quits for the night.

- May building in Sumter lags behind May 1968 figures by almost $140,000 with permits issued during the January-May period also down by nearly $463,000 compared to the 1968 figures. These facts are derived from the monthly building reports issued by City Building Official Randy Peeples.

- Mary Claire Webster of Mayesville and Margaret Gaillard LeNoir of Horatio received the B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Lander College. Frank E. Nowak, executive vice president of Education Projects Inc., gave the commencement address. The organization which he helped found is based in Pittsburgh. E. Don Herd Jr., president of Lander, presided at the exercises.

- Among the 257 students awarded baccalaureate degrees during the spring commencement exercises at Mars Hill College were two men from Sumter. William Howard Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Tim Holmes Towery was awarded B.S. degree in Business Administration. Also in the graduating class, which included 42 South Carolinians, was James LeRoy Reynolds of Pinewood.

- Only one-half an hour before game time, a sudden shower postponed the scheduled Camden-Sumter legion baseball opener. The two teams, which finished one-two last season, plan to try to open the season again here. Slated to take the mound for Sumter will be fast baller Ron Teal. He will be facing Bishopville standout Charlie Welch, who is the scheduled hurler for Camden.

- James D. Pritchard, director of bands at the University of South Carolina, has resigned his position, Dr. Arthur M. Frasier, head of the music department, has announced. Pritchard will assume full-time teaching duties on the faculty of the expanding music department. Pritchard will teach clarinet and band administration and will be principal clarinetist with the Columbia Philharmonic orchestra.

- Sumter's pre-season strong point proved to be its downfall in the opening game of the 1969 legion season, a 5-4 loss to Camden. "Our usually reliable defense is what beat us. We hit as well as I expected, but our defense tonight just didn't have it," Jones said. Four errors, most of which contributed to the scoring, gave Camden the breathing room it needed to take the close game.

- "We rather choose to die freemen than to live slaves." These words were expressed by South Carolinians before the Revolutionary War when the British were imposing more and more taxes and restrictions on the early American colonies. Miss Cassie Nichols, retired English teacher, talked about the Revolutionary War period in Sumter County at the regular Historical Society meeting. She had done extensive research and reading to complete her report.

- Representatives of the Sumter Area Technical Education Commission appeared before the Sumter County Commission to explain future plans to expand the local facility. Following the anticipated Dec. 1, 1969, completion of a library and expansion of the administration area at TEC, work is expected to begin on a 70,000-square-foot Basic Trades and Occupational Training Center.

- Strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital next week will be vivacious young Darylene Adams of Sumter, who reports for work in the office of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. Miss Adams, who still finds it hard to believe that she is really going to Washington, received good background training for this position as she finished Edmunds High School in 1968 and since then has been enrolled in the technical secretary course at Sumter Area TEC.

- Construction is underway for the completion of a $140,000, 12-classroom high school for Wilson Hall. Located on Wise Drive, the one-story building will be brick-edifaced, each of its 12 classrooms being made of concrete block with tile floors. All classrooms will hold an average of 25 pupils, housing grades 7-12 with their total enrollment of 220.

- Olanta, a long-time loser to Sumter's P-15's, turned the tables here, blasting the frequent League III Champions, 5-1. It was the first time in the history of the coaching career of W. Bernard Jones that one of his teams had lost the first two games of the season. Sumter lost to Camden earlier this month.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

March 10 - 16

- Shaw Air Force Base and civilian emergency workers will hold a mock air show disaster with more than 100 "casualties." The event comes less than two months before the Air Force's F-16 Thunderbird serial demonstration team is to perform in the skies over the base. The scenario of the "cooperative mass casualty exercise" is that during an air show, two jets collide in midair - with one of the jets veering off into the woods east of the base's runways and the other hitting the runway and sliding into the crowd of spectators, said Vic Jones, Sumter County's director of public safety and civil defense.

- Poor health and bad eating habits have made Dr. Dale Cannon a busy man. Since his arrival in Sumter two years ago, Cannon, a cardiologist, has viewed the hearts and arteries of several hundred Sumterites - many of which are in very bad shape - by way of heart catherizations, a relatively new service at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Recruited by local physician Strat Stavrou, Cannon was supposed to lighten the patient load of Stavrou's practice. Stavrou was the only cardiologist in Sumter until Cannon's arrival.

- Clarendon County lawmakers have won a major battle in their fight to have a new prison here - and not a similar one in Jasper County - funded in next year's state budget. The state House of Representatives voted 68-29 to spend $10.7 million next fiscal year to open and operate the Turbeville facility, which is located on U.S. 378 just west of town.

- As a formal debate, it was a bust. But residents at a meeting at High Hills Middle School at least got to speak their mind on the idea of starting a new town in western Sumter County. Cherryvale resident Mike Hinkle is pushing for incorporation of a 45-square-mile area of western Sumter County. The area he wants to incorporate has grown since he started promoting the idea in 1990. It now includes Cherryvale, Stateburg, Dalzell, Oakland Plantation, Green Swamp, Wedgefield and a swath running along U.S. 378 from S.C. 261 to the Wateree River.

- Music is Rob Crosby's job. In fact, it's been the focal point of his life for the better part of 20 years, first as the lead of the Rob Crosby Group and now on his own as a solo artist. Perhaps the most important aspect of his business is songwriting. Penning a good song is an inexact science at best, but Crosby finds that good songs usually start in small packages - and in unusual surroundings. "Most of the times I'll find my best songs start as little snippets, and then it will all come at once," said Crosby, a Sumter native who has made a name for himself in country music circles.

- Chuck Gibbons has always had cars in his life. His dad was in the car business, and the interest rubbed off on the younger Gibbons from day one. "Once you get cars in your blood, you never get them out," said Gibbons, the owner of Chuck Gibbons Ford in Manning. "I've always loved cars."

- Harold McCants is no stranger to national championships. The former Sumter High School sprinter has qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Track and Field Championships four consecutive years while at Norfolk State. McCants, now a senior at Norfolk State, will be competing in the indoor nationals in Nesmith, North Dakota. So far this season, he's unbeaten in the 400-meter dash, and he held the fastest indoor time for NCAA Division II in the nation with a 48.5-second performance at Virginia Tech.

- Sumter High School's Ryan Goodroe hit a double to lead the Gamecocks to a 3-2 victory over Mauldin in the Paper Mill Classic at Georgetown High School. Goodroe's hit was good for two runs as Sumter will meet Irmo in the silver medal bracket. Senior Chad Hoshour pitched seven innings and struck out eight batters for the Gamecocks, 2-1. Bert Beatson was one-for-three with a triple.

- A federal law is about to go into effect that will impact virtually every producer of agricultural plants in the United States. The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The new standards are meant to reduce or eliminate workplace exposures to pesticides by agricultural workers.

- At one point three years ago, more than half of the emergency power batteries being turned out by Sumter's Yuasa-Exide Inc. plant were so defective that they could not be shipped to customers. Arnie Sakai, a senior executive with the plant's new Japanese parent company, said he was worried. Today, the plant's "reject rate" is less than one percent, down from the mid-1991 low of 55 percent, according to company officials. This remarkable turnaround came after Yuasa Corp. of Japan bought the industrial batter division of Exide Corp., including the Sumter plant, in June 1991.

- A fire early this morning at a Magnolia Street apartment house claimed the lives of two Sumter men and left one woman badly burned and fighting for her life. The fire, which started at about 12:15 a.m., spread quickly through the two-story, wood house at 101 S. Magnolia St. Three people on the ground floor were able to get out, but the fire trapped six people, including the two men who were killed, on the second floor, according to firefighters.