75 YEARS AGO - 1944
May 18 - May 24
- Ninety-nine out of every 100 American soldiers carry a Bible, prayer book or some other symbol of religious faith into battle with them. This was disclosed by the number found among the personal effects of …
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- Ninety-nine out of every 100 American soldiers carry a Bible, prayer book or some other symbol of religious faith into battle with them. This was disclosed by the number found among the personal effects of the dead and wounded so far in France. All the personal belongings and souvenirs of deceased soldiers are carefully and systematically collected and sent home to their wives or parents by a special branch of the Army known as the Effects quartermaster.
- Lt. Douglas Bernard (Skeet) James, Sumter athlete, has just hung up his spikes after completing a successful season on the diamond for the Buckley Gunners, outstanding Rocky Mountain region service team. James, graduate of the University of South Carolina and an outstanding fielder in the Palmetto league for three years, played center field for the Buckley team and was a bulwark on defense all year and came through with a fine batting mark.
- Bass Dry Cleaners is now owned and operated by E. M. Brown. He recently took over the management of the facility. The cleaners will keep its present name and the personnel will be unchanged, according to Mr. Brown. Several experienced cleaners from Charlotte have been employed, however, he added. A native of Charlotte, Mr. Brown is from a family of dry cleaners. His wife is expected to arrive in Sumter this week.
- There were many proud hearts in the Sumter theater as the newsreel showed American troops - great lines of them - marching through the streets of Paris. The newsreel, incidentally, was the best yet to come out of the French capital. In addition, clothing for the people of Europe and China will be short in the near future, and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Association is planning to collect used clothing in the U.S. on the maximum possible scale. Army salvage of woolen clothing will also aid in the campaign.
- Sumter High School's football team, hard at work for the past two weeks under their new coach, will pry the lid off its 1944 season Friday night under the lights of the high school field against Rock Hill's Bearcats. The Gamecocks will have quite a number of last year's 11 back for service, but reserves are the main worry of Coach Dooley Matthews. In the line, the Sumter coach has such stalwarts as Stroman, Cook, Skinner, Burgess, Quattlebaum and others to pave the way for the backfield, which at present is of an undetermined quality, although one or two players may spring surprises Friday.
- The Ladies' swimming class will meet at the YMCA. These classes will be held every Monday at 8:30. The pool is emptied, scrubbed and water sterilized and heated each Monday morning. Miss Dorothy Platt and Miss Elinor Robinson are the swimming instructors for these classes, and considerable interest is being shown by the younger as well as the business women. Many of the younger members are passing their various swimming tests.
- A call to civilians of South Carolina with experience as mechanics, clerks, stenographers and typists was issued today by Col. Donald W. Titus, commanding at Shaw Field, to fill many job vacancies which are being left open daily by enlisted men headed for overseas service. Work which heretofore had been handled exclusively by military personnel is being opened to civilians as demands for Air Force personnel overseas cut into Shaw's military manpower. Starting salaries offered range from $1,320 to $2,200 per year. Many jobs offer excellent chances for advancement in pay.
- Chief W. C. Kirven of the police force said that too many dogs are running at large which should be shut up. Many of the animals are without tags. Dog owners are advised that untagged dogs will be picked up and the owners fined. There is an ordinance against allowing vicious animals to be in the streets, the public is reminded.
- Bill Bradford, quarterback, and Theron Cook, end, both lettermen from last year's squad, have been elected co-captains of Sumter High's football team for the 1944 season, which will get underway in Sumter Friday night against Rock Hill. Bradford and Cook are two of the players who will carry much of the burden this season, if the team is to have any great success. Bradford is slated to direct the team from the quarterback post, and Cook, a rangy end, is expected to be on the receiving end of many passes. The Gamecocks continued heavy work and will conduct Thursday night practice under the lights. Ashby McElveen has been named student manager of the squad.
- Sumter Scouting hit a new high at the Scout Court of Honor, to be held in the courthouse on Monday evening, Sept. 25, because the longest list of awards in the history of Sumter Scouting will be presented. There is a long list of names receiving awards for merit and advancement all the way up to Eagle Palm. Almost every merit badge and advancement insignia that the Boy Scouts of America have to offer is on the list for Monday evening's special event.
- Louise DuRant, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.P. DuRant, has been commended for "calmness, coolness and courageousness" under fire while in the line of duty by the commanding general and other officers of an American division on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Louise and three other Red Cross Club mobile girls were riding in a Jeep, driven by a field director, en route to serve a group of soldiers near the front line when they were pinned down under enemy artillery fire. Shelling was continuous, coming over in series of threes with three-minute intermissions.
50 YEARS AGO - 1969
May 18 - 24
- Apollo 10 moved flawlessly toward its moon destination with only two minor complaints from the crew - dull thuds that interrupted their night's sleep and water chlorine that burned their mouths. Despite the interruptions caused by periodic bursts from their small rockets, the astronauts reported "We had a real great night's sleep."
- Ashwood Central's Rams open their Lower State Championship hopes here today, weather permitting, against the St. Paul's Pirates. The second game of the best two-of-three series is scheduled at Ashwood on Tuesday afternoon. If a third game is necessary, it will be played on a neutral site. On the mound for the Rams will be undefeated Robert Dubose, a right-hander with a variety of curves.
- Edmunds High School senior Ronnie Galloway again set a new school record as he captured the shot put in an Open Meet here for the top finishers in the State 4A meet held earlier. Galloway hit 54-3 in the shot put, which is only 15 inches off the state record. After breaking the old standard of 50-5 early in the year, he later broke his own record three other times. John Yandle finished second in the discus with a throw of 146-5, one of his best of the season. He was also fourth in the shot put with 47-9.
- The annual fishing rodeo for boys and girls, 8-15 years of age, will be held at Korn's Pond under auspices of the Sumter Optimist Club. Participants will be required to provide their own fishing gear and the bait of their choice. Transportation to and from the pond will be provided by the Optimists to youngsters who meet at 3:30 p.m. on the McLaurin Junior High School grounds.
- The Southeast Companies of General Telephone this week reached a significant milestone when its 500,000th station was placed into service, according to an announcement by Fredrick C. Rahdert, president. On Tuesday, simultaneous ceremonies commemorating this event were held in the company's six operating divisions of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. South Carolina's celebration was highlighted by the presentation of a symbolic gold telephone to the Laurens Glass Corp. in Laurens. E.D. Easterby, chairman of the board of Laurens Glass, accepted the instrument from J.G. Winn, general manager of the South Carolina Division of General Telephone.
- Dr. Charles R. Propst, local pediatrician, and Logan L. Phillips, Sumter businessman, today announced their candidacies for re-election to the Board of Trustees for School District No. 17. Dr. Propst has served on the school board since 1957, Phillips since 1963. The election is scheduled for June 17. A graduate of Edmunds High School in the class of 1942, Dr. Propst holds the B.S. degree from The Citadel and the M.D. from the Medical College of South Carolina. After five years of postgraduate work in pediatrics in Philadelphia, Dr. Propst began practice here in 1954. A graduate of Sumter High School, Philips served in the U.S. Army in the European theater of operations in World War II. He is secretary-treasurer of Dealers Wholesale Co. Inc., building material distributors throughout the state, and has participated broadly in community affairs.
- The Honorable John C. West, lieutenant governor of South Carolina, will be the speaker for the 58th-annual commencement exercise at Morris College. Lt. Gov. John C. West was first elected to public office in 1954 when he ran for the South Carolina Senate. His Senate post, to which he was re-elected in 1958 and 1962, began his lengthy career in public service.
- Now serving fish and chips, English style, is the new Captn's Fish and Chips at 8014 Broad St. Captn's Fish and Chips, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., provides takeout service on fish sandwiches and fish dinners in a box. A group of local businessmen met several months ago with the idea of franchising outlets to serve fresh fish to the public on the eastern coast. Several outlets for fish and chips are now in operation in California and Texas. It is the first business of its kind in Sumter.
- J. Craig Hurst, a native of Sumter, has joined the staff of Edie and Co. in Charlotte as manager of investment counsel services. He is a graduate of The Citadel and did graduate work in economics at the University of South Carolina prior to serving as a captain in the Army.
- The 1969 Sumter Iris Festival will have an exciting and varied selection of special events to kick off the week including a rousing tennis tournament and a Model Airplane Fly-In. Tennis enthusiasts from all over the state are expected to flock to the clay courts in Memorial Park for the Sumter Iris Festival Tennis Tournament. Also opening the Iris Festival will be a colorful two-day Model Airplane Fly-In at the Sumter Municipal Airport.
- Personnel and equipment from Shaw are being deployed to the Puerto Rican area to take part in exercise "Exotic Dancer II." The 19th Air Force, headquartered at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, will provide a command element to direct the operations of Air Force forces in the field. This exercise is planned for the end of May and early June.
25 YEARS AGO - 1994
Feb. 17 - 23
- Bill Buyck, chairman of the board of The Bank of Clarendon, has been named Clarendon County Business Person of the Year by the county's chamber of commerce. Buyck will be presented with a plaque by the chamber at a banquet at the National Guard Armory in Manning. "Bill Buyck has played a major role in every significant industrial project located in Clarendon County," Billy Timmons, former executive director of the county development board, wrote in a letter nominating Buyck for the award.
- A regional landfill that has been touted as the answer to Lee County's solid-waste problems could soon be sold - to Lee County. Lee County Administrator Barry Hickman said that several county councilmen have discussed the possibility of the county buying the Lee County Regional Recycling and Disposal Facility, which an Ohio company is building near Bishopville. Mid-American Waste Systems Inc. signed a contract with Lee County in 1990 to build the facility, saying Lee County's garbage would be buried there for free and that the county would get a portion of the fees charged to other counties that use the landfill.
- Sumter's Elvin Geddings was sure the black leather wallet he lost in 1958 was gone forever. He was wrong. Geddings was shocked when Bynum Culbreth of Stedman, North Carolina, handed over the picture-filled wallet that Geddings had forgotten soon after losing it 36 years ago. Culbreth found the wallet in Sumter just after Geddings lost it, and he never stopped trying to find its owner. "It was more of a surprise that he would have carried it that long," Geddings said. "I don't think I would have. I probably would have carried it a couple of years and thrown it away or something." Geddings was working as a bag and delivery boy at the Winn-Dixie on Liberty Street when he lost his wallet.
- Bishopville City Council pored over the 39 applications it has received for the city administrator's job and then cut the field of candidates in half. Council reviewed the applications for nearly three hours in a closed meeting. "We have some more work to do," Councilman Carl Whetsel said. "But in about a month or two, we should start interviewing." Whetsel said after Thursday's meeting that he did not know the exact number of candidates still being considered, but he said about 50 percent of the applications were eliminated.
- Tracy Barwick scored a game-high 22 points to help Clarendon Hall's girls to their first basketball win of the season, a 47-35 decision over Andrew Jackson. Jill Felkel added 11 points for Clarendon Hall, 1-15.
- Margaret Ellen "Maisie" Roper Burns has been named South Carolina's Mother of the Year - the first Sumterite to receive the award since 1957. Burns' candidacy was sponsored by the S.C. Society Colonial Dames XVII Century after her husband nominated her for the award last year. He told her on Sept. 21, her 74th birthday, that he thought she should apply. The honor holds a special place in Burns' heart. "I was so overwhelmed - just at the fact that my children and husband thought I was deserving of the award," she said. "I've gotten many in my life, but that made it more rewarding than any other accolade I've ever gotten."
- Sumter School District 2 officials are monitoring the tap water at Rafting Creek Elementary School after a recent test found that it contained high levels of lead and copper. High levels of lead are dangerous to the forming nervous systems of children. School officials are flushing the school's water system several times daily to help wash out the metal deposits, which accumulate when water is left standing in the pipes for several hours, according to District 2 spokesman Greg Plagens.
- Dr. Mary S. Scott, the international president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will speak at Mount Zion Baptist Church. Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter-based sorority founded by black women. Scott, of Atlanta, will address the problems facing communities across the country. The event is sponsored by the Sumter-based Eta Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
- This has been a good wrestling season for Sumter High School's Robert Marye. He's 25-2 as a 189-pounder, finished second in the 4A lower state tournament and he's headed for his third straight 4A state tournament, which will be held at Lower Richland High School. Ray, a 135-pounder who finished sixth at the state tournament last year will face the top seed from the upper state at the state tournament. He will need to stay focused. Pinkney will be making his first state tournament appearance. Pinkney, 23-10 as a heavyweight, is seeded third after winning in the consolation finals at the lower state meet.
- Sumter High's 77-70 win over Hillcrest proved to be a lesson on the ins and outs of the game of basketball. Senior guard Terrance Scriven canned three three-pointers and scored 14 of his 21 points in the nip-and-tuck first half as the Gamecocks took a 38-32 lead. Sophomore center Marques Wilson dropped in 18 of his 30 points after intermission as Sumter built a 14-point lead and then held off a determined Hillcrest squad.
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