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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Iris Fest holds fly-in; woman brings 5,000 dolls to Sumter

By SAMMY WAY
Posted 3/3/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 23 - Sept. 29

- An attempt has been made to check on the boys and girls who graduated from Edmunds High School in the class of '44, with a view to finding out where they are now. Although many of the graduates could …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Iris Fest holds fly-in; woman brings 5,000 dolls to Sumter

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75 YEARS AGO - 1944

Sept. 23 - Sept. 29

- An attempt has been made to check on the boys and girls who graduated from Edmunds High School in the class of '44, with a view to finding out where they are now. Although many of the graduates could not be contacted because of lack of telephones in their homes or because they lived in the country, friends and school officials were able to give some information as to the whereabouts of most of last year's seniors.

- Mrs. Muna Lee de Munoz Marin, director of the Bureau of International Relations at the University of Puerto Rico, will speak at Edmunds High School at assembly on Sept. 26. Mrs. De Munoz Marin, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, is on leave of absence for service in the Cultural Cooperation Division of the State Department. She is contributor of poetry and translations to scholarly publications and a lecturer to a wide variety of audiences. Citizens of Sumter are invited to attend.

- Sumter High School's football team stayed on the ground to overpower a Rock Hill 11 that had been expected to give the Gamecocks plenty of trouble in their opener. The final score was 34-0. Coach Dooley Matthews' Birds took the opening kickoff and nine plays later had a touchdown. Bill Bradford carried the ball over after Pringle had placed the ball on the five as a result of a nifty 17-yard end run. Dick Bradford carried the ball once on the touchdown drive, gaining three yards, and Buddy Shugart lugged the leather on the other plays. Commins' attempted placement was wide.

- Forty-six Junior High School students picked 1,250 pounds of cotton on an Oswego farm, school officials announced. Melvin Brown picked the most cotton, 73 pounds. The average per student was 28 pounds. The boys and girls, accompanied by faculty member Miss Elizabeth Segars, left for the country about 9:30. They carried their lunch for the picnic. The students did a hard day's work, Miss Segars reported, and the farmer on whose land they worked stated the picking was systematic and the field picked clean.

- Lt. Col. W. L. McCutcheon, commanding officer of the Third battalion, State Guard, and others from Sumter attended a meeting of battalion officers in Kingstree. Plans were made for maneuvers to be held in that city on Oct. 29. Lts. Carl Copeland, Perry Moses and J. L. Mooneyhan of Company I were present; Col. McCutcheon presided over the meeting, and a chicken supper was served.

- Sumter Masons pushed their drive today to reach their goal in the sale of Series E, F and G War Bonds during September. Approximately $80,000 in bonds have been sold to date, it was announced, leaving $45,000 worth of bonds to be sold during the next four days. The goal is $125,000, the cost of a hospital plane which will be used in evacuating wounded American soldiers from the battlefront.

- Boy Scouts, relatives and friends attended a streamlined Court of Honor, presided over by John D. Lee, chairman. Some 90 awards were made to boys who have achieved various goals in scouting. Several boys scheduled to receive merit badges were absent, including Joe Parish, who sprained his collarbone while playing football and was therefore unable to attend, English DesChamps and Russell McElveen. The boys will get their awards later. Seaman Second Class David Edens, who is an Eagle Scout and holder of a palm, was present and spoke well of scouting. It has helped him in adjusting to Navy life.

- Game Warden E. W. Nettles Jr. announced that the quota of hunters for the deer drive at Poinsett Forest has been filled and that no more applications will be taken. Mr. Nettles was swamped with potential hunters, and the limit for the drive was soon reached. The party will meet at Wedgefield on Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

- With the Fifth Army, Private First Class John Phillips, whose home is on Route 1, Sumter, South Carolina, has been cited by his regiment of 34th "Red Bull" Division and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for actual participation in combat with the enemy on the Fifth Army front in Italy. Standards for the badge are high. The decoration, which was recently authorized by the War Department, is awarded to the infantry soldier who has proved his fighting ability in combat. The handsome badge consists of a silver rifle set against a background of infantry blue, enclosed in a silver wreath.

- Pleasant G. Reynolds, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Reynolds, Sumter, has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant, it was announced by the Army Air Force headquarters. Serving as an engineer-gunner with the 15th AAF Liberator bombardment group, Staff Sgt. Reynolds entered the service in April 1943 and received his gunnery training at Harlingen, Texas. A graduate of Edmunds High School, he is a former employee of the Air Service Command stationed at Shaw Field, Sumter.

- Four official U.S. Navy movies, never before shown to civilians, will be featured in the Charleston Navy Yard Victory Caravan, which comes to Sumter on Sept. 29. The Victory Caravan is making a tour of South Carolina to recruit civil service workers critically needed to help meet increased shipbuilding schedules. The Navy show will be set up in the street at the post office corner. The 26-piece Navy band will alternate with movie showings. Exhibits of work at the Navy Yard will be explained by a civil service representative traveling with the caravan.

- Sumter High was hard at work for its important battle with Camden's Bulldogs in Camden on Friday night. The contest will see two undefeated teams clash, and around 5,000 fans are expected to jam Zemp Field to view the battle. The Bulldogs have won two games this year while Sumter opened last Friday with a 34-0 victory over Rock Hill. Camden's victims were Brookland-Cayce (39-13) and Harding High of Charlotte (32-13). Sumter upset Camden last season, 13 to 7, and with eight of that team back this year, Camden has rated its players as underdogs, but a team that can score 71 points in two games shouldn't be taken lightly.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

May 25 - 31

- More than 3,000 spectators turned out for the 1969 Sumter Iris Festival's Model Airplane Fly-in at the Sumter Municipal Airport. Fly-in officials called the turnout "excellent" in spite of a conflicting model airplane meet held in Atlanta during the weekend. Approximately 58 model airplane enthusiasts competed in the activities, and many out-of-towners brought their families along to tour Sumter's Swan Lake-Iris Gardens between events.

- The Morris College student body, through the student government and college newspaper, honored Mrs. Pontheolla T. Williams, associate professor of English, by presenting her the Teacher of the Year award. The award comes upon her completion of three years of teaching at the college. She states that her teaching has been "dedicated to the college's objective to provide excellence in education and her faith in her students' acceptance and potential to produce by that standard."

- Ashwood Central Coach Dick Christopher knows that his Rams, despite holding a 1-0 lead over Lockhart in a best two of three games for the Class A State Championship, will not have an easy time. "They're not going to lay down like some teams would after losing the first game. They're going to come right back and battle us all the way."

- Touring South Carolina on a bicycle may seem like hard work to some sight-seers, but to die-hard bicycle lovers, it's pure pleasure all the way. Eight cycling fans, led by Ray Guest, left Sumter for a 350-mile "Revolutionary War Tour of South Carolina" on their touring bikes. The seven-day tour was arranged by Guest under the auspices of the International Bicycle Touring Society, which is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

- Suggestions from the public are being sought for the Sumter Area Transportation Study, a cooperative effort of the S.C. Highway Department, the City of Sumter and Sumter County, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. This study, called "SUATS" for short, will determine the present and future transportation needs for the Sumter metropolitan area.

- Approximately 2,000 relatives and friends were on hand for commencement exercises for Edmunds High School class of 1969 at Memorial Stadium. Diplomas or certificates were awarded to 380 seniors by Paul Risinger, principal, and Dr. L. C. McArthur Jr., superintendent of District 17. The welcome and theme "How Shall We Seek Freedom?" for graduation were presented by Hamilton Dabbs, president of the class. Speakers included John Peebles, Edith Bailey, Debbie Lowder, Carl Pratt and Steve Howiler.

- Antique collectors, browsers and curio shoppers will find a paradise at the Antique Fair and Sale which opened today at the American Legion Hut under the sponsorship of the Gamecock Lions Club. Items ranging from the "campy" to the conservative may be found in the intriguing booths that have been set up by antique dealers from North Carolina and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

- The Sumter County Higher Education Commission, headed by H.D. Barnett, chairman, appeared before the Sumter County Commission to report on progress of Clemson University at Sumter and also to request county funds to pay off a deficit for the current academic year. Director Dr. Sam Willis said that since Clemson University at Sumter opened three years ago, the enrollment, though below that which had been anticipated, has increased gradually each year.

- The contract for the construction of a new library building and an addition to the administrative building of the Sumter Area Technical Education Center was awarded to Boozer & Wharton, Sumter general contractors. Cost of construction will approximate $250,000. The award was made by the TEC board at a special meeting. C. C. Goodwin is board chairman.

- It was raining dolls at the Sumter Art Association meeting at the Garden Center. Mrs. Sherwood Forrest of Myrtle Beach brought part of her private collection of approximately 5,000 dolls for exhibition here. Some of her dolls range from the size of one's finger to dolls of human size. Although Mrs. Forrest has no children of her own, she has never outgrown her love for dolls and doll collection. Once she bought 1,200 dolls - a whole collection - in order to obtain three prize dolls. For the last 39 years she has bought, sold and traded dolls. It is as much of a transaction as a philatelist in his search for rare stamps.

- A lot of hard work has gone into the organization and staging of the 1969 Sumter Iris Festival, but the cooperation and careful planning of the Sumter Jaycees has resulted in another excellent week of attractions. G.B. "Mac" McEwen, general chairman of the 1969 Iris Festival, had high praise for his co-workers on the mammoth project at an early morning breakfast, where he went over last-minute plans for the day's events.

- He's only been on Shaw five months, and already he's made a name for himself. He is A1C Ray O. Head Jr. of the 4416th Test Squadron, and he is May's Airman of the Month. Airman Head was selected because of his outstanding ability as an Electronic Warfare Systems repairman. He is presently working of the TAPITS project which is the Tactical Airborne Photo Image Transmission System.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Feb. 24 - March 2

- Shaw Air Force Base is in final-hours preparation for the last stage of a competition to determine the service's top aircraft maintenance organization. The base's host wing, the 29th Fighter Wing, has eight hours Friday to show a special Air Force inspection team the fruit of years of work, including a 1993 reorganization that put flight-line aircraft maintenance and flying operations under a single command. The 29th Fighter Wing won the command-level Daedalian Maintenance Award, beating out three other bases.

- Planning officials OK'd a proposal for a funeral home in western Sumter despite a few residents' protests that the home's location near a new retirement home is tasteless and "cruel" to the elderly who will soon live there. "My concern is for Covenant Place (the retirement home)," said Harold Boozer of Creekside Drive in the North Deerfield subdivision. "It's almost like putting (the funeral home) backdoor to a hospital."

- Rose's Stores Inc. doesn't plan to close its Sumter location as part of a nationwide plan to remedy its financial woes, the manager of the local department store said. "They specifically said that Sumter's not going to close," Jerry Harrelson said. " Sumter's not closing. Absolutely not." A spokesman for Rose's Stores Inc. would only say that the company doesn't have any plans now to close more stores. Company communications manager Bob Gorham wouldn't say whether the Sumter store is profitable.

- Sumter School District 2 officials say they have narrowed their search for land for the construction of two new high schools. District 2 is building the schools, one in the northern part of the county and one in the southern part, as a result of last year's successful $28.5 million bond referendum approved by voters. The district has not bought any land but has been granted special-use permits by the Sumter City-County Planning Commission for two sites.

- Air Force 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn is going where no woman has gone before. Flynn, 27, is the nation's first female combat pilot. "I've wanted to fly as long as I can remember," she said at a news conference marking completion of her six-month combat training course. "Once I knew something about airplanes, I knew I wanted to fly fighters."

- When a basketball team makes 30 turnovers in a game, that usually means a loss is in the offing. The Laurence Manning Lady Swamp Cats did that, but fortunately for them, the turnovers came in bunches. LMA had 15 turnovers in the second quarter and nine more in the fourth quarter but did enough in the first and third periods to post a 45-44 win over Calhoun in a SCISAA Region II-3A tournament quarterfinal game.

- For Sumter's Terrance Kinard, winning the game against Richland Northeast was a matter of simple arithmetic and a little bit of logic. With the Gamecocks clinging to a 49-48 lead with 13 seconds left to play, Kinard, a junior guard, was sent to the line for a one-and-one. He sank them both and gave Sumter a 51-48 victory in the semifinals of the Region IV-4A tournament at Sumter High School.

- On a worn, old basketball court in the Optimist Club gym, boys from Rembert to the south side of Sumter are learning that how they play the game matters more than whether they win. This incident illustrates the point: High-pitched cheers and the thud of feet beating bleachers fills the gym as the closely matched Rafting Creek and Friendship teams struggle for victory with seconds to go in the fourth quarter. As the 13-year-olds jostle up and down the court, one fouls another. Disgruntled comments follow, and referee Benny Webb stops the game to insist the two shake hands. One boy steps forward, hand out, but the other turns his back. "Shake hands," commands Webb. When the boy responds with an angry shrug, Webb orders him out of the game. As the boy strides out of the gym without a backward glance, a substitute enters the game, and play resumes behind him. "What we promote is being able to participate and learn to win, but likewise we want them to be good losers."