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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris seeks books to help with accreditation; Tuomey is smoke free

Posted 5/17/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Dec. 7 - 15

- Fourteen officers and men aboard five Navy torpedo bombers missing over the Atlantic since Wednesday night and 13 crew members of a plane lost while searching for the bombers today were identified by seventh …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris seeks books to help with accreditation; Tuomey is smoke free


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Dec. 7 - 15

- Fourteen officers and men aboard five Navy torpedo bombers missing over the Atlantic since Wednesday night and 13 crew members of a plane lost while searching for the bombers today were identified by seventh naval district public relations officers. The Navy listed personnel aboard the bombers, which vanished over the sea after leaving Fort Lauderdale naval air station on a routine training flight. The list included Ens. R.N. Allen, USNR: mother, Mrs. G. Allen of Sumter.

- One Sumter mother, Mr. J. H. Watkins, has at least four reasons for having a merry Christmas. Her four sons returned this week from the European theater. They are Thurston DeLaine, Aviation, 3rd Army; Pfc. Leroy Watkins, 246th Quartermaster, 5th and 7th Armies and 15th Air Force; SSgt. Harold DeLaine, 95th and 463rd Quartermaster; and Pfc. Walter DeLaine, Quartermaster, 3877 Gas Supply Company. Mrs. Watkins' fifth son is now at Meharry Medical College.

- Several hundred persons enjoyed the delicious barbecue and stimulating fellowship of the city employees supper held at the fire station. Mayor Edwin Boyle presided over the affair, which included all city employees, county officials and other invited guests from Sumter and Shaw Field. Mayor Boyle extended the welcome from the city of Sumter and told the group that Sumter is on the highway to being a larger and better community.

- As a part of its immunization program, the Sumter County Health Department will conduct a clinic at Lemira school. Its purpose is to immunize children from six months to six years of age against whooping cough and diphtheria.

- A training school for the newly elected officers of the various clubs of the Carolinas Division of the Eighth District, Kiwanis, was held in Sumter. The meeting was presided over by Lt. Gov. William T. Smith of Charleston. The clubs represented were Bennettsville, Bishopville, Camden, Charleston, Cheraw, Columbia, Conway, Darlington, Kingstree, McColl, Orangeburg and Sumter.

- North Carolina's all-stars were slight favorites today in their annual Shrine Bowl meeting with South Carolina's high school football stars. Kickoff was in the American Legion Memorial Stadium before an expected overflow crowd of 16,000. Football fans and college mentors from the two Carolinas and Georgia were here for the ninth-annual Shrine grid test, proceeds from which go to the Shrine hospital for children in Greenville.

- The Sisterhood of Temple Sinai, as a unit of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, is undertaking, in cooperation with the joint distribution committee, to collect food and other vital necessities to be sent to relieve the dire distress of thousands of Jews of Europe. These organizations are undertaking an emergency collection of relief supplies to try to make life during the coming winter months a little less bitter for the million and a quarter Jews who are trying to rebuild their lives shattered by the cruelties of war and persecution.

- Unseasonal gains in construction activity were reported today as the White House worked on new controls intended to guarantee small homes a share in the building boom. In addition to restoring priorities over building materials, President Truman said yesterday some sort of price controls over real estate are needed. Otherwise he foresees inflation, especially in the cost of smaller residences.

- Work has been started on a new industry for Sumter - the DuBose Milling Co. - with the four DuBose brothers, two recently returned from the armed services, as owners. The building, to be 100 by 100 feet, will be constructed of concrete blocks and will have a frame asbestos siding.

- The annual football banquet, given by the football fans of Sumter to the high school team, will be held in the cafeteria of Edmunds High School. This is the outstanding sports event of the year and has been given by friends of the high school team for the past 12 years.

- Members of the Tuomey Hospital Alumnae Association held their annual Christmas meeting with a turkey dinner at Frank's Place. The nurses are alumnae of the nursing program sponsored by Tuomey.

- The newly formed Garden Club which met at the Community Center last week heard a talk by Mrs. E. W. Dabbs on "Soils," during which she pointed out to the group the five keys to gardening - humus, fertilizer, water, mulch and spraying. Mrs. Dabbs stressed that a 3-inch mulch of pinestraw will keep moisture for the plants during the summer and that one tablespoon of vinegar to one cup of water will make the soil acidic for camellias and azaleas.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Aug. 9 - 15

- "If we are going to reach the young people, we have got to understand them," said Billy Zeoli during an interview. "I do not believe there is a generation gap, but I do see three gaps. No. 1 is communication, No. 2 is understanding, and the third is authority." Zeoli is in Manning, where he is holding a three-day youth crusade. Sumter's Bobby Richardson will be one of the featured speakers.

- A group of employees carried signs and passed out leaflets opposing unionization this morning in the parking lot of ESB Inc.'s local Exide Power System Division plant. The leaflets, which were given to workers entering the plant, urged Exide employees to vote against union representation.

- Dr. O. R. Reuben, president of Morris College, has announced that Morris College will launch an all-out drive to add at least 15,000 additional volumes to the library at Morris College. The additional books are needed to meet accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

- The Summerthing III arts festival gets underway at the Sumter fairgrounds. Exhibits were filling up the building and will continue to be accepted. Sumterites, young and old, are encouraged to participate in the arts festival by bringing in handmade items, paintings, crafts and other items suitable for a festival.

- For two weeks, the rains have come during the races at Sumter Speedway and a small shower has fallen before the action got started. Last Saturday night was a different story, as the rains came in such force that the action had to be called off and rescheduled. With the racing action set for tonight, only one change will be made, as Harry Pritchard will be back in an Air Force uniform and his dad, H.C., will drive the Chevelle that the younger Pritchard wheeled to victory two weeks ago.

- "Pedaling furiously through a driving rainstorm, a 34-year-old high school history teacher won the grueling two-day, 250-mile Olympic Bicycle Race run this weekend from Greenville to Columbia to Charleston. At the finish at the Charles Towne Landing Tri-centennial Center, the victor was Stanley Swaim of Carlisle, Massachusetts, wet, tired but smiling. Ray Guest, 45, of Sumter, received a trophy as the oldest participant to finish.

- Sumter County 4-H members Max Clark and Jon Davis attended the annual Electric Congress at Clemson University recently. Bill Yates, assistant county agent, and Jack Bethea of Carolina Power and Light Co. also attended the 4-H Electric program.

- A gray sky and rain greeted the Sumter High School Gamecocks on their first official day of football practice at Memorial Stadium. The defending state AAAA champions appeared to have already done much on their own toward getting into condition. They seemed to have plenty of stamina and speed for the first day as Head Coach Steve Satterfield and his assistants put them through their drills.

- The Sumter County Commission discussed complaints about the local food-stamp program with George S. Nichols Jr., director of the Sumter County welfare department. The commissioners were disturbed about the possibility of persons acquiring food stamps fraudulently by giving false information on their financial situations and about reports of misuse of the stamps at local stores.

- The Shaw-based 18th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron recently became the second recce squadron on Shaw to attain the status of "combat ready." A combat-ready status for a reconnaissance squadron means that the 18th TRS now has the responsibility, along with other recce squadrons throughout the United States (including the 29th TRS also on Shaw), to maintain a constant state of combat readiness.

- Charles Boyle, president of the Sumter High Booster Club, announced that a general meeting for all persons interested in the club will be held in the Choral Room at the Edmunds Campus of Sumter High. "The purpose of the meeting is to organize for the coming year and to solicit membership," said Boyle.

- Eight starters - four defensive, four offensive - from the 1969 State AAAA football champion Edmunds High Gamecocks are among the players going through the first week of non-contact practice. Also, Freddie Solomon, starting quarterback for what was Sumter High last year (Lincoln before that), is one of the key players joining the team for the first season of consolidation.

- Members of the Edmunds and Sumter High School bands left for their 13th-annual band camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg where they are spending the week preparing for the fall football season and the state band contest.

- Approximately 500 people turned out for the opening day of the Summerthing III arts festival being held at the exhibition building at the Sumter fairgrounds. Balloons were flown, and special welcoming speeches were given by Mayor Robert E. Graham, City Manager Wade Kolb, Parks and Recreation director Sim Wright and P&R Department program director Mrs. C. E. Hinson.

- South Carolina Lt. Gov. John C. West will speak at the Sumter Area Technical Education Center's graduation exercises. The commencement ceremonies will be held in the Sumter Little Theatre. The public is invited to attend. TEC is granting degrees and diplomas to 43 students at the commencement. The center has already awarded 76 diplomas and certificates during the past school year.

- Tri-centennial activities get underway here with the opening of an Industrial Fair in the windows of downtown stores. The Industrial Fair is sponsored by the Sumter Merchants Association and will continue until Aug. 22. The purpose of the window displays is to tell the Sumter story - "What Sumter makes and grows, makes Sumter."

- Work has begun on Tuomey Hospital's new lobby, which will provide a ground-level entrance to the hospital from Calhoun Street. Completion of the lobby, expected by the end of this year, will be accompanied by changes in the hospital's parking pattern. Once the lobby is in use, the Calhoun Street parking lot will be limited to visitor parking, and the lots on Sumter Street will be open only to doctors and employees.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

May 10 - 16

- The building of a controversial migrant housing facility in Clarendon County has been given preliminary approval by federal officials, a state agricultural official said. Bernie Wright, state director of the U.S. Agriculture Department's state Rural Economic and Community Development office, formally known as Farmers Home Administration, said the federal RECD office in Washington, D.C., has finished its review of the project and approved it - although on a smaller scale.

- About 5,000 black Baptists will be in Sumter attending the 118th-annual meeting of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Delegates representing some 1,700 churches across the state will attend sessions at Morris College, which is owned and financially supported by the convention. The meeting features business sessions, updates on the convention's programs and projects, receptions, a pastors' conference, a prayer breakfast and addresses from the presidents of Morris College and Benedict College in Columbia.

- Sumter County Council started the process that could lead to a referendum on a local option sales tax. Council also gave second-reading approval to the 1995-96 budget without making any substantial changes - despite several residents' pleas for a lower business license fee and more money for the sheriff's department. Council will appoint a seven-member committee to study the issue of a 1-cent local option sales tax, most or all of which would be dedicated toward a property tax roll-back.

- The Sumter County Museum is seeking assistance from the public in acquiring weathered lumber to complete its latest project. Phase I of the Carolina Backcountry Homestead exhibit is being developed on the property directly behind the Williams-Brice House. Weatherboarding 9 to 10 inches in width is being sought for use on two historic structures being restored.

- Sumter's Shaw Air Force Base is "home free," U.S. Rep. John Spratt said. A federal military base closure commission passed over Shaw when it added 19 Air Force facilities to a list of bases it will consider closing. The current round of base closings is the last of a three-round process that started in 1991.

- Sumter County Council voted to extend water lines to the Cotton Acres subdivision and to purchase the Rembert Rural Water Co. in a joint city-county venture. The proposal must still be approved by Sumter City Council. That approval is crucial because the city would pay for the purchase and extension of lines initially and manage the city-county system.

- The message was simple: higher education should be used for community service. "The education you received at this noble place ... will be applied, I am certain, to the benefit of others," said Fred L. Day, chairman of the state Commission on Higher Education, to those graduating from Sumter's University of South Carolina. Day was the guest speaker at the school's commencement ceremony, held at Patriot Hall.

- For the second time in five years, the Sumter High Gamecocks boys' track team captured the 4A state championship. The Gamecocks, who finished in a tie for third last season, demolished the field at the University of South Carolina's Weems-Baskin track, scoring 119 points. Orangeburg-Wilkinson was second with 58 points.

- Robert E. Lee got three baseballs out of the infield in the first two innings of its SCISAA 3A state playoff game against Hudgens. The results: Seven runs for the Cavaliers. Hudgens committed seven errors in the first two innings and finished with 10 as REL went on to an 11-4 victory to remain alive in the playoffs. Lee will play host to Laurence Manning, a 5-4 winner over Thomas Heyward.

- As a commercial real estate developer, Stick Thibodeaux prefers to say Wesmark Plaza as half-full rather than describing the once-dominant player in the Sumter retail scene as half-empty. With more than 140,000 square feet of retail space to lease along Sumter's busiest corridor, Thibodeaux is optimistic about his company's chances of attracting new tenants to the Broad Street shopping center.

- No smoking, please. Anywhere! Tuomey Regional Medical Center today instituted a smoke-free campus; employees, visitors and patients can no longer smoke on hospital grounds, including parking lots, hospital-owned vehicles and off-site facilities, such as the Wesmark Boulevard medical park and the Wise Drive laundry facility.

- Sumter City Council is expected to make good on its agreement with county officials to pursue a joint ownership of the Rembert Rural Water Co. The city and the county have agreed to work in concert, financially and otherwise, to upgrade water and sewer services in rural Sumter County in an effort to spur economic development.