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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Egg exports show Sumter ag growth; former POWs invited to berry farm

Sumter Item archivist and historian
Posted 6/27/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Jan. 17 - 23

- According to J.A. Raffield, city manager, the movement of 50 house-trailers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Sumter will help alleviate the acute housing shortage here. The house-trailers will be located in the …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Egg exports show Sumter ag growth; former POWs invited to berry farm


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Jan. 17 - 23

- According to J.A. Raffield, city manager, the movement of 50 house-trailers from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Sumter will help alleviate the acute housing shortage here. The house-trailers will be located in the city off Broad Street near the city limits. The increase in Shaw Field personnel and also a number of veterans and their families who are looking for homes in Sumter is part of the reason for the housing shortage.

- W.E. Bynum was elected chapter chairman for the coming year of the Sumter County Red Cross at its annual dinner meeting. Other officers elected for 1946 were vice chairmen E.C. Stroman and J. Whitney Cunningham; secretary, Mrs. Marshall Hildebrand; treasurer, Yates Yeadon; and directors, Mrs. J. Phillip Booth, Hugh Stoddard, Miss Priscilla Shaw, Mrs. Herbert A Moses and Mrs. M. S. Boykin.

- The Sumter High School Gamecocks, after defeating Columbia 27 to 21 and Florence 43 to 9 the last two weeks, will be off to Orangeburg to make it three victories in a row when they tangle with the Orangeburg High quintet. This will be the first game away from home this season.

- Girls of the Edmunds High School 4-H club entertained their mothers at a mother-daughter tea in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building. Cocoa, coffee, sandwiches and cookies were served.

- William R. Abbott, soil conservationist in Sumter, came here to work after being released to inactive duty from the Navy as a lieutenant commander. He served in the Navy 39 months, 18 of which were spent overseas in Japan and the Aleutians.

- Fourteen students have already begun work in the educational program of the veterans' division of Edmunds High School. Other veterans have contacted either Hugh T. Stoddard or W. J. Clark at the high school, and it is expected that the enrollment will be increased.

- "Y" boys are looking forward to the free movies at the YMCA. The talkie is titled: "A-Haunting We Will Go." Any boy in Sumter County is welcome to see these free movies which are given in cooperation with the local USO.

- Paced by sharp-shooting Louis Bryan and Jack Chandler, the Sumter High School Gamecocks walloped the Orangeburg High basketball team 56 to 27. Bryan made 15 points and Chandler 13 for Sumter. The Gamecocks were never threatened as they made it three wins in a row.

- A.T. Heath Sr. has rented the Sunset Country Club to the membership for an indefinite period, it was announced after a meeting of the members at the club. Mr. Heath took over the club when it was in financial straits and improved the property by renovating and modernizing it and helping financially during the war period, making possible a place of entertainment and social relaxation for members and Shaw Field personnel. Now that the emergency is over, he has deemed it best to turn the club back to the members for their operation as before the war.

- The prevention activities at Shaw Field meant fire losses including contents of buildings were a total of $14 for 1945 according to a year-end report. The record is outstanding, the commanding officer pointed out, when one considers that the air base is comparable in size, buildings and personnel to many of the small cities in South Carolina.

- William A. Thompson, who served from the spring of 1940 until the spring of 1941 as secretary of the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce before his entrance into the armed services, has submitted his resignation. He will be connected with the Williams Furniture Co. in the sales department.

- Johnny "Bubber" Moore, of Rembert, promising young professional baseball pitcher, received his contract with the New York Yankees and his instructions to report to spring training camp at St. Petersburg, Florida.

- The Shaw Field Fliers will meet the Fort Jackson Red Raiders in basketball at Shaw Field. The Shaw Field team has played only two games this season and has won them both by large margins - the losers have been Charleston Army Air Base and the Sumter Independents teams.

- The Sumter High School Gamecocks, after chalking up three victories in a row against Columbia, Florence and Orangeburg, will meet the Camden High School Bulldogs. When Sumter plays Camden in any sport, it's always a good game.

- Tickets are on sale now by Junior Welfare League members for a barbecue supper which the league is sponsoring. The supper will be prepared by Yank Blanding and will be served buffet style. Proceeds from the supper will go to the league's charity fund.

- Bentley G. Fishburne, who prior to his entrance into the U.S. Navy was employed as a sanitarian in the Sumter County Health Department, resumed his former duties. Mr. Fishburne began his tenure with this health department in August 1943, where he was employed until April 1944, when he enlisted.

- Approximately 1,000 persons are expected to attend the annual barbecue supper and business meeting of the Sumter County Game and Fish Association which will be held at Edmunds High School. A "Yank" Blanding barbecue will be served. The business meeting will begin promptly and the annual election of officers and directors is on the docket.

- No tuition or other charges will be made to student nurses admitted to the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing during 1946 and 1947, it was decided at a meeting of the institution's Board of Trustees. Students will be furnished books, uniforms, meals and rooms in the Nurses' Home for the entire three-year period of training without any charge. In addition, a monthly stipend of $10 will be allowed all students during the last year of training.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Sept. 21 - 27

- "Travel and tourism have become the third-largest business in South Carolina," reported Charles Hughes, chairman of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce. "It is also the most rapidly expanding element of the state's economy, noting that $335 million spent by travelers in the state last year represented a $28 million gain over the previous year."

- A training and licensing program for mechanics who inspect vehicles at the approximately 3,000 official inspection stations located throughout the state has been launched by the South Carolina Highway Department. The course was offered without charge.

- South Carolina teachers say they will seek an average pay raise of $1,500 per teacher from the next session of the General Assembly. The salary hike was part of the South Carolina Education Association's nine-point legislative program approved by the delegate assembly. The program features demands for tenure, expansion of the experimental statewide public kindergarten program and the pay raise.

- The Sumter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met at the Chamber building and discussed the possibility of enlarging the board of directors from nine regularly elected members to 12. A resolution was presented to the board by Ross McKenzie, seconded by Robert James and passed, calling for a referendum to the membership for the authority to amend the constitution to allow enlargement of the Board of Directors.

- Clemson University at Sumter recently announced the recipients of a number of scholarships offering financial assistance to students wishing to study at the local extension. Scholarships were funded by Citizens and Southern National Bank, Altrusa Club of Sumter, Junior Welfare League of Sumter, NCO Wives Club, Sumter Kiwanis Club, Demosthenes, McCreight and Riley Architects and the Sumter Duplicate Bridge Club.

- For the first time in 15 games, Coach Steve Satterfield's football team was outscored. Sumter was defeated at the hands of the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats, 7-6. It was the first time some of the players had lost a game in three years, and it was particularly hard for them.

- The task landing ship USS Sumter (LST-1181) arrived in Long Beach, California. The ship will be part of Amphibious Squadron Seven of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Force. Sumter is eighth of 20 new class LSTs to be built. Only one of the eight commissioned thus far has been assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.

- South Carolina exports eggs! That may not be an earth-shaking statement for some people, but thinking back a few years, it shows remarkable growth in one segment of the state's agricultural front. Up until the last decade, we were importing eggs - didn't have enough to take care of the domestic demand. Now, we produce all we can eat and more.

- It was sorta like old times at Sumter Speedway with the grandstand full of people and Slick Gibbons and Guy Gamble out front. For Gibbons, it was his 15th win in 23 races in the modified class, and Gamble recorded his fourth claim win for the season.

- The Wilson Hall soccer team hosted two opponents, defeating James F. Byrnes Academy while suffering its first loss to Beaufort Academy. Joe Boyle scored the only point for the Barons during the contest against Byrnes Academy. "Turtle" Moise scored a goal in the first quarter against Beaufort.

- The 13,000-man 82nd Airborne Division is awaiting orders as 'round-the-clock crews continue preparing equipment for possible shipment to the Middle East. Soldiers have been busy lashing gear to heavy airdrop platforms, although none of the platforms is thought to have been loaded on the giant C-141 cargo jets that would be used to haul men and equipment that distance.

- City council approved in principle the Sumter Area Transportation Study but amended the action by requesting further study be made on the proposed Loring Drive arterial route. Councilwoman Colleen H. Yates made the proposal when she asked, "What is the proper time to object to specific provisions of the plan?" She said she wanted every alternative explored as to the best route for the proposed system.

- The Item's Player of the Week was Miles Newman. Newman went both ways in Manning's 8-6 clipping of Darlington and played a crucial role in the unanimous opinion of Item observers and the Manning coaching staff. On defense, the halfback intercepted three passes and on offense rushed for only 80 yards but came through in the clutch, especially toward the end of the contest when he picked up a first down, allowing Manning to keep possession.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

June 21 - 27

- After asking Clarendon County Council several months ago to ban chicken houses from their community, residents of the Sugar Hill area saw council give initial approval to a plan that would do just that. Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a plan for the Sugar Hill community that residents of the community designed with planning officials, the county administrator and the county attorney. The plan is the first one designed under a new zoning policy approved by council earlier in the meeting.

- P-15's Lee Hatfield slammed the door on a late-inning rally by Manning-Santee. Hatfield relieved Sumter starter Billy Sylvester with one out in the seventh inning and easily retired all eight batters he faced to preserve a 7-3 victory. The P-15's win puts them in sole possession of first place in League III with a 7-1 record, while Manning drops to 5-2.

- Sumter School District 17 trustees awarded Sumter's Hawkins & Kolb Construction Co. a $60,180 contract to improve safety features at two schools. The company will install a two-way intercom system at Bates Middle School and improve the exterior lighting and paving at Millwood Elementary School. During the May meeting, trustees voted to award a $42,825 contract to Delta Systems Inc. of Columbia to rewire Sumter High's intercom system. Delta will set up 110-115 classroom stations throughout the high school.

- An independent panel is embarking on what its chairman calls "a painful and unpleasant task," approving a new round of base closings that reflects a shrinking U.S. military. With no further base closures in sight under current law, the marathon round of deliberations beginning today takes on even greater urgency for the dozens of affected communities. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission will choose from among 146 bases on President Clinton's original closure list and 31 added later by the panel.

- Tales of war and confinement mixed with merriment at J.P. Broughton's 12-acre farm. Broughton, a prisoner of war in World War II, was enjoying an afternoon of picnicking and berry picking with other area former POWs. Broughton invited them to his Wedgefield Road berry farm to celebrate the good times, not the bad.

- Dalzell American Legion baseball coach Spencer Jordan probably wishes baseball umpires would be more like those teachers everybody liked in high school - the ones who always dropped the lowest grade. In the recent game, what Jordan labeled as the "Dalzell Jinx" struck his squad in the third inning. Ten runs, scored mostly as a result of five Trail Boss errors, allowed visiting Camden to cruise to a 12-4 victory at the Hillcrest High School field.

- Sumter Coach Wallie Jones is not easily impressed. But pitcher Gene Altman managed to do just that in just one inning of mop-up relief. Altman, who entered the game with a 45 earned run average in only two innings pitched this season, struck out all four batters he faced - one reached on a wild pitch - in the final inning of Sumter's 13-0 win over Dalzell at Riley Park.

- Two years after the Pentagon landed a direct hit on the Charleston Naval Base, South Carolina won a battle to bring a Navy nuclear training school and its 500 permanent jobs to the city. "This was a huge, phenomenal achievement." Each year about 2,200 students will pass through the school, pouring millions into the local economy.

- Sumter police officer Gary Atkinson was named the Sumter Police Department's officer of the year in 1994. The master patrolman's profile should be boosted a little higher as he was named South Carolina's Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer for 1994 by the state American Legion.

- Vanessa Glasscock remembers when she became enamored of fast-pitch softball. "I think it was my sophomore year (at Sumter High School)," she said. "We were playing at Artillery Drive, and Winthrop (College) was playing Morris (College). At that point, I dreamed of playing college softball, but it wasn't a reality." It soon became one. Glasscock went on to play at Winthrop College.

- Had enough of the congestion in front of Shaw Air Force Base? Of cars and trucks pulling from restaurants and gas stations into a 55-mph - or greater - traffic flow? Don't despair. Much of it may soon be a thing of the past. State highway officials will talk to Sumter residents about plans to build a two-lane Shaw Parkway that would run south of U.S 76/378 and provide an alternate route between Sumter and the area near the base.

- That wasn't Dalzell in the visitor's dugout at Riley Park. Sumter's American Legion P-15's, who enhanced their led in the League III standings with a 13-0 drubbing of the Trial Boss, got a taste of the real world against Aiken. Aiken, 9-1 and tied with Orangeburg for the League IV lead, visited Riley Park for a non-league game and defeated the home team 7-2. Sumter was out-hit 15-2 and committed six errors.

- Sumter County Council will decide how much more money taxpayers will give to the county's two school districts in 1995-96. Council will also hold a public hearing on three ordinances that will increase the county's 1995-96 revenue, and the council's Public Safety Committee will take its first look at a proposed curfew for teenagers.

- Bowling is a leisure sport for most, played in one's spare time and not taken too seriously. Two Sumter women view the sport in a slightly different way Shirley Kolb and Ruby Arndt take the game seriously enough that they were able to compete in the Women's International Bowling Congress National Senior Championships in Tucson, Arizona.

- Camden and Sumter each collected 10 base hits in an American Legion baseball game at Camden's King Haigler Field, but Camden outslugged the P-15's, seven extra-base hits to two, and claimed a 7-4 victory.

- Council is required by state law to increase the county's contribution to Sumter School Districts 2 and 17 for 1995-96 by at least 4 percent over this year. But both districts have also asked for money above the required increase - Sumter 17 for money to implement an alternative education program and Sumter 2 for money to replace lost federal "impact aid" funding, money the district gets because Shaw Air Force Base personnel don't pay property taxes.