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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Electricity reaches 40% of farms; Sumterites Association meets yearly

Sumter Item archivist
Posted 7/25/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Feb. 15 - 21

- A group of 433 Cub and Boy Scouts and their parents attended the Parent-Son Dinner held at Edmunds High School, ending Boy Scout week activities which have been carried on in Sumter for the past several days. …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Electricity reaches 40% of farms; Sumterites Association meets yearly


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Feb. 15 - 21

- A group of 433 Cub and Boy Scouts and their parents attended the Parent-Son Dinner held at Edmunds High School, ending Boy Scout week activities which have been carried on in Sumter for the past several days. The supper, prepared by Dave Cuttino, was followed by an interesting program in the auditorium, highlighted with talks by T. O. Bowen and Deputy Regional Scout Executive O. B. Gorman.

- Sumter housewives were reminded that the retail grocers of the Sumter Merchants will begin closing Saturdays at 7 p.m. The new time will become effective tomorrow. This will make the second group of stores to come under the earlier Saturday night closing as department stores adopted the 7 o'clock closing time some time ago.

- Many boys are availing themselves of the annual free throw contest held daily on the "Y" court. The highest 10 in each of the three age classifications will compete in the finals in March for the championship.

- Chaplain R. M. Hall of Shaw Field will deliver the principal address at Temple Sinai on the subject of "Brotherhood." Tonight's service is the beginning of the nationwide observance of Brotherhood Week, annually sponsored since 1932 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for the purpose of establishing goodwill and understanding among Protestant Catholics and Jewish religious groups in America.

- Buddie Brown, 6 years old today, is the youngest carrier boy that the Daily Item has ever had. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald C. Brown, of Route 3, Sumter, young Buddie is doing an excellent job delivering the paper to the residents of the civilian housing project at Shaw Field.

- Under the leadership of W. E. Bynum, chairman, the Advance Gifts Committee will begin its solicitation to secure funds to continue the work now being done by the American Red Cross for millions of boys who are still in the service and to relieve suffering humanity throughout the devastated war areas. Sumter has always stood by this humanitarian organization, and the Advance Gifts Committee is assigned the task of raising at least one half of the quota of $14,600.

- Trees are falling here and there along the highways and country roads again. Electricity is coming to more farms. Ten years ago scarcely five percent of the farms in this state had electricity. Despite the fact that more than three years of war halted extensions, today this great boon to farm life reaches 40 percent of our farms.

- Three Sumter Y teams, Mites, Midgets and Juniors, won a triple-header at the Florence High School gym. All three games were hard fought and exciting and had the large crowd of spectators on their feet. In the first game, the Y Mites eked out a close victory over the Florence Y Mites, 16-14. In the game between the Midget teams, the scrappy Sumter five started early and were continuously out front. Gus Pringle, Moody Huggins, Frank Strange, Henry Bynum and Russell Hurst played good aggressive ball and did all the scoring. The third game of the night was a real thriller, with the Sumter five finally winning by an 11-10 margin. Both teams played a nice floor game but had difficulty locating the wobbly baskets. For Sumter, Capt. Kirby Jackson was back in the game after a long layout due to a bad ankle.

- Considerable building and expansion work in towns near Sumter recently have been reported. Moore Brothers Inc. of Cheraw, with capital stock of $1,000,000, was granted a charter last week by W. P. Blackwell, secretary of state. Moore Brothers will do a general wholesale business in commodities of every kind. Construction is now underway at the Palmetto Baking Co. at Orangeburg on additions to the plant costing $100,000, R. H. Jennings, owner, said recently. A new freezer-locker plant is nearing completion at Darlington. The cost of the construction is estimated at several thousand dollars.

- A large crowd of Sunset Country Club members attended the supper party and dance given at the club. The refreshment table was centered with white and red carnations flanked on either side with red candles in silver candelabra. Bill Boyle was in charge of arrangements. Others who aided were: Mrs. Stanley Brading, entertainment committee chairman; Mrs. Wendell Levi, chairman, Mrs. Frank Thorne, refreshment committee; Mrs. Tommy Wilson, decorations.

- With "Municipal Government" as his subject, City Manager J. A. Raffield addressed members of the Exchange Club at their luncheon meeting at the Hotel Wade Hampton in Columbia. Listing the different forms of municipal governments as commission, mayor-council and council-manager, Mr. Raffield gave a short description of each.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Oct. 19 - 25

- Members of the Sumter-Shaw Community Concert Association will be treated to an unusual experience when Dorothy Warenskjold's Musical Theater opens this year's concert season. The company of performers which is headed by the famous American soprano, Dorothy Warenskjold, will present a program consisting of all the arias and ensemble music of Gounod's "Faust" sung in the order of story development for the first part of the evening's performance.

- Edmunds High School will hold open house for visitors to tour the building. Members of the school's board of visitors will be introduced to parents at a brief assembly program in the auditorium, after which parents will be given the opportunity to meet their children's teachers as they make a tour of the classes following the student's daily routine.

- Maj. Gen. William S. Chairsell, vice commander of Ninth Air Force, Shaw Air Force Base, will be the guest speaker at the annual dinner meeting of the Sumter County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The topic of his address will be the prisoners of war in North Vietnam. The Red Cross annual meeting is the occasion for election of board members to replace those whose terms have expired, as well as for the board to report to the community on the chapter's activities during the past year.

- The Sumter Credit Women-International held their annual Bosses Night at the Sunset Country Club, with some 50 members and guests present. The Tricentennial theme was carried out in the decorations. Highlight of the night came when the "Boss of the Year" was announced. The honor this year went to Toombs D. Lewis Jr., branch manager of C&S Bank.

- Dr. L.C. McArthur of Sumter is among 13 business, industry and government leaders from throughout the state that will be at Clemson University for a two-day meeting of the South Carolina Advisory Council on Vocational Education. The council was appointed by Gov. Robert McNair to perform evaluation functions and advise the State Board of Education on vocational matters.

- Three local Girl Scouting adult leaders, Mrs. Ralph Somheil, Mrs. Roland McCabe and Mrs. Harrison Harp, recently represented the Sumter Scouting Neighborhood at a meeting of more than "1,000 Adults Who Care" in Atlanta. The meeting resulted from a meeting held earlier this year, in which 33 Senior Girl Scouts from Region III (made up of the two Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Canal Zone) decided what they needed most.

- W. Billy Gibson of Sumter, life underwriter for Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co., received a recognition pin from Bob Redwine, manager of the Columbia office of Jefferson Standard, signifying 30 years of service with the company.

- A TAC fighter squadron is now capable of deploying rapidly to any austere operating base in the Free World, carrying with it everything required to fight or prevent a conflict. This historic milestone in U.S. tactical air power mobility was reached Oct. 1, under the "Heavy Bare" concept. The project converted the 336th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, into a completely packaged air strike unit.

- Dave Ragan is a professional golfer whose youthful appearance belies the fact that he first started competing against the world's best swingers 14 years ago. The personable pro was in Sumter on Monday to communicate his strong religious beliefs to local young people at the Teen Crusade. Ragan, after a four-year layoff, is back on the PGA tour, where he won six major tournaments after starting out from the University of Florida.

- Teen Crusade came to Sumter. The director, the Rev. Sam Anderson Jr., called it "fantastic," youth executive committee chairman Lib Monteith called it "just great," and Miss South Carolina, who participated, said that it proved that "God and country are not dead." The crusade drew an estimated 8,300 people, and approximately 825 persons made inquiries about Christ.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

July 19 - 25

- Sumter City Council gave final approval to an ordinance allowing bingo parlors in the city's central business district. The bingo ordinance grew from a request from the Amvets Post 80 bingo parlor to move from its West Liberty Street location into a building on the corner of South Main and Bartlette streets formerly occupied by Western Auto. Bingo parlors had been deemed off limits in downtown's central business district, which consists of the 12-block rectangle formed by East Bartlette, South Harvin, West Calhoun and Washington streets.

- Researchers at Penn State University are encouraging older people to get out of their rocking chairs, get onto a weight bench and start pumping iron. For decades, fitness experts have said older people should stay fit with low-intensity aerobic exercise. Although aerobics, swimming and walking burn fat, no activity builds muscle as quickly and effectively as heavy weightlifting. A lot of the disability we associate with getting older is not related to aging but with muscle loss because of a lifetime of inactivity.

- One would be hard-pressed to tell the winner from the loser between the Sumter P-15's and Manning-Santee in the opening game of their American Legion baseball state playoffs second-round series if you listened to the coaches. Neither Sumter head coach Wallie Jones nor Post 68 head coach Bill Brewer had much good to say about their teams. Both teams played poorly, according to the coaches. The final score was 7-3 in Sumter's favor.

- Bill Pinkney & the Original Drifters were recently inducted into the S.C. Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Other famous performers already in the hall include James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the group Alabama. The ceremony took place at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach. The Original Drifters, headed by Dalzell native Pinkney, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City in 1988.

- Sumter School District 2 has named the two principals who will take over at the new Lakewood and Crestwood high schools when they open in the fall of 1996. Renee Mathews, principal of Furman High School, will take over at Lakewood High, and Frederick Maple, Hillcrest High School principal, will be the first principal of Crestwood.

- In a city where just one bank and a credit union have the same names they did five years ago, some local businessmen plan to open a small, community-oriented financial institution. Sumter National Bank will open in the spring of 1996 if its application for a charter and deposit insurance are approved by a host of federal and state agencies, organizers announced. The bank's president and chief executive officer will be William H. Nock, the president of Aiken County National Bank since 1992 and a former president of the National Bank of South Carolina in Sumter.

- In Game 2 of the best-of-five series, Manning edged Sumter 6-4 and needed 11 innings to do it. In a good, close game, a lot of things can go either way. Things went Manning's way in this game. Manning's performance was a far cry from the error-infested outing it had in the series opener. The teams are even at 1-1.

- Eleven sites around South Carolina, including Sumter's O'Donnell House and Lee County's St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, are being recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Board of Review approved all the nominations. The nominations will be forwarded to the Interior Department for federal approval. The O'Donnell House, located on East Liberty Street, was built in the first quarter of the 19th century by Maj. John Haynsworth. The building got its name when Neill O'Donnell and his wife, Kate, inherited the house from her father, William Bogin, around 1890. The now-inactive St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, located at Bradford Springs in Lee County near the Sumter County line, was constructed around 1840 and features a gothic revival style.

- Up until his retirement last month, Sumter native John Graham was considered by many a banking dinosaur. In an industry where computers and multibillion-dollar mergers have seemingly replaced "small-town" banking, Graham has always made a point to foster personal relationships with his customers. "Until the day I left, I would make house calls," Graham said. "When people have problems, they just want it fixed. They don't want to hear excuses; they want service. When I had to, I would stop by the homes of our customers to help them solve their problems - just like it was done years ago." Graham, 62, retired June 30 as a senior vice president at BB&T, where he worked mainly on mortgage loans.

- They come back each year to a place where many have never lived, to a place that somehow still feels like home. To an outsider, the Sumterites Association may be hard to understand at first. The group is made up mostly of people from Sumter who are now living out of state - in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. - and are drawn together by the shared memories of their hometown. Members and their families - some who have no memories of South Carolina - meet at least annually to renew friendships made in Sumter and family ties weakened by distance and time. But they meet in Myrtle Beach, not Sumter.

- Central Carolina Technical College is currently exhibiting a collection of oil paintings by Kim Schneider. Schneider is originally from Raleigh, N.C., and has a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studied under Nancy Marshburn in Raleigh and Mildred White since her move to Sumter. She is past president of the Sumter Artists Guild.