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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Swan Lake bridge construction underway; Bradford competes at Classic

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Posted 3/28/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 19 - Oct. 25

- Decay-producing organisms remain alive for many months in sweet potato storage houses, say Clemson plant disease specialists, who advise that these organisms be eliminated before the new crop of sweet …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Swan Lake bridge construction underway; Bradford competes at Classic


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 19 - Oct. 25

- Decay-producing organisms remain alive for many months in sweet potato storage houses, say Clemson plant disease specialists, who advise that these organisms be eliminated before the new crop of sweet potatoes is stored. The house and surrounding premises should be cleaned of all trash and the remains of the preceding crop. It is important to make the house as rat proof as possible. Rats cause loss by eating potatoes and are responsible for the spread of diseases.

- Butter may cost fewer red points next month. But housewives probably will shell out more cold cash for it. They are likely to pay five to six cents more a pound beginning Nov. 8. That's because cancellation of a government subsidy to butter processors will push up retail ceiling prices that much. On the other hand, there is a good possibility that the current butter ration value of 12 points a pound may be cut to eight, effective Oct. 31.

- The State Highway Commission has approved a $42,000,000 three-year highway construction program for South Carolina. Federal funds will finance $19,999,000 of the three-year program, approved at a meeting here late yesterday. The plan calls for the expenditure of $21,000,000 on development of a primary highway system consisting of roads that in most cases already are paved; $16,650,000 on a secondary road system, made up mostly of roads that are now unpaved; and $4,350,000 for primary highway construction within cities.

- The young people of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Sumter, will join with other youths of the Anglican Communion throughout the world in observance of Youth Sunday, on Oct. 21, the 21st Sunday after Trinity. The annual United Youth offering is to be used this year for medical aid for the children of St. Luke's hospital, Manila. The need in this area has been accentuated by war.

- The Lemira Presbyterian Mission will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the founding of its Sunday school with special exercises at the school on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The program started with the Rally Day exercises for the Sunday school. The message will be brought by the Rev. John M. Wells, D.D., one of the founders of the mission, and pastor emeritus of the Sumter Presbyterian Church, which sponsors the mission. All friends of the Lemira community were cordially invited to attend.

- The 76th State Fair, dedicated to celebrating America's victory over the Axis, was held in Columbia the week of Oct. 22-27 and featured the brightest prospects for a record fair since the fateful December day when Japan unleashed the furies of war upon America. Unhampered by gas rationing and other war restrictions, fair officials have gone to great lengths to prepare the best display in any years for thousands who were expected to come through the turnstiles. Many new features plus all the old ones will be on hand when the fair opens its gates for the week. One innovation, which will be appreciated by everyone, including the cows, will be the absence of flies, victims of a lethal dose of the miracle insecticide, DDT.

- Sumter High's Gamecocks and Greenwood's Emeralds, two of the outstanding teams in the state, battled to a 6-6 tie before a crowd of 3,000 fans in Greenwood. Greenwood had the advantage the first half and scored on the third play after the second half kickoff on a 50-yard and run by Sonny Horten, the hard-plunging Greenwood fullback. The Gamecocks came back to have things their way from then on. The birds tied the score in the fourth quarter, with a long run by Louis Bryan and a pass from "Poss" Parham to Myron Hatfield putting them in scoring positions. Parham finally moved the ball over for the score. Both teams missed their attempt for the extra point.

- The 4-H club officers training meeting held at the Junior High School was declared highly successful by those in charge of arrangements. Approximately 90 officers of local 4-H clubs across the county gathered for the instruction period and luncheon which followed at the YMCA. The luncheon at the Y was given by the Southeastern Chain Stores corporation. V. O. Wilson, manager of the Dixie Home store, and R. H. Rutledge manager of the J.C. Penney company, were in charge of arrangements for the luncheon.

- The Boy Scouts from Williamsburg, Clarendon and Sumter counties will hold their annual rally at the state fairgrounds. The rally this year is called a Patroloree because all events will be on a patrol basis and has been planned for some time to ensure sufficient preparation. There will be about 20 patrols from troops in Kingstree, Hemingway, Manning, Gable and the seven troops from Sumter. Local scouting committees have planned an interesting afternoon of events to be staged.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

June 21 - 27

- Things were about the same at Sumter Speedway following the modified main as Slick Gibbons was the first driver to cross the finish line and left $200 richer. It was the ninth time the Manning veteran has signed his name at the top of the list on the pay-off sheet.

- The Ford Foundation has awarded Mrs. Magnolia A. Lewis of Morris College a $10,367 grant for advanced study toward a doctoral degree. Mrs. Lewis, director of teacher education and the teacher-training program at Morris College, is seeking a doctorate in education from American University in Washington, D.C.

- The Harvin Packing Co. Palmetto Majors team is the first half winners of the 16-game season with a perfect 8-0 record. The Harvin Packing Co. team was sparked by the almost flawless pitching of Kenny Huggins, who accounted for half of the victories with a 4-0 record. Ray Huggins also did a tremendous job on the mound, finishing the first half of the season with a 3-0 record.

- American Legion IV baseball action resumes as the Sumter P-15's attempt to advance their winning streak to seven victories. They will host Turbeville at Riley Park. Turbeville has only one win of the season, and that was against Manning with a 5-4 verdict.

- A steady succession of thunderstorms dumped 6.58 inches of rain on Sumter on Sunday and early today, endangering dams at Swan Lake and Second Mill but easing a fierce drought that had been parching the county's crops. The storm caused isolated power failures in the city, and at one point all telephone service in Sumter was lost.

- The Dixie Youth baseball championship tournament begins with four games scheduled on two different fields. Twelve teams which represent the best of all the Dixie Youth teams in the city will hold their 10-day tourney at Palmetto Park.

- The United States has extended the Indochina air war deep into Cambodia for the first time with American pilots ranging far and wide in search of enemy targets. In making the disclosure, the Pentagon said U.S. planes have been striking at enemy troop and supply lines nearly every day for almost a week.

- Limited one-way traffic across Cane Savannah Creek will be allowed within 30 days while a new bridge is being constructed. John D. Lee Jr., highway commissioner for the Third District, which includes Sumter County, made the announcement to clarify the situation for residents in the area who are inconvenienced by the recent closing of the bridge. Lee said that contrary to what was announced by a highway department spokesman, the bridge cannot be used at present.

- The June Airman of the Month honors went to A1C Daniel S. Honaker of the 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron's aerospace ground equipment shop. A board of non-commissioned officers chose airman Honaker from other candidates selected by their respective units throughout the base.

- Plans for major additions which would cost $1.5 million were released by the Sumter Area Technical Education Center. TEC officials expect 20 percent of the financing to come from a proposed local bond issue; federal funds will supply the rest.

- A 12-inning thriller and a tremendous upset highlighted the opening round of the Dixie Youth City Tournament. Lathan Oil Co., Home Federal, Boozer & Wharton and Rotary took the wins in the first day of the double-elimination tournament.

- J.B. Baker will serve as president of the Sumter Executive Club for the 1970-71 season. Other officers elected were Robert Galloway and Harvey Tiller Jr., vice president, and F.K. Holman was re-elected treasurer. Newly elected directors are L.F. Cuttino, Dough W. Purdy and Fred E. Wells Jr.

- Maj. Gen. William S. Chairsell is scheduled to arrive at Shaw Air Force Base preparatory to assuming his new duties as vice commander of the Ninth Air Force. He will succeed Maj. Gen. C. M. Talbott, who has been assigned to the Pentagon, in the Plans and Operations Branch.

- Technical Sgt. Joseph R. Palermo, 33rd Tactical Reconnaissance Training Squadron, recently presented his painting of two RF-4Cs to 33rd TRTS Commander Lt. Col. Charles R. Ritchie at a flight safety meeting. The painting is of the Air Force's oldest RF-4C Phantom H and the newest RF-4C in the 33rd TRTS fleet.

- Sumter used 12,630,000 gallons of water on June 16; it was a hot day. The water came from the deep wells of three water-purifying plants which usually supply about 9,000,000 a day for the thirsty town. The appreciable increase is usual for the summer, according to waterworks superintendent Ray Dagley.

- The Sumter P-15's extended their victory streak to seven games by trouncing Turbeville 7-1 in an American Legion baseball game here. Turbeville committed five errors, and its starting pitcher McClary threw four wild pitches to give the game to Sumter.

25 YEARS AGO - 1970

March 22 - 28

- After more than 50 years, the gap between the north and the south is almost completely bridged. A pedestrian bridge under construction at Sumter's Swan Lake-Iris Gardens will soon allow park-goers to take an easier, alternative route between the southern and northern ends of the park. The bridge is being built above four lanes of traffic on West Liberty Street, which divides the park's nearly 100 acres into two separate areas.

- Sumter City Council unanimously approved giving a small strip of land the city owns on Canal Street to Sumter County. City Manager Talmadge Tobias said the land between the Canal Street side of the county courthouse and the old National Bank of South Carolina building on Harvin Street is property the city discovered it owned after the county bought the NBSC building in January to create more county office space.

- Scrumptious desserts will accompany classic Cole Porter tunes as the Lee County Arts Council and Camden Community Theatre present "From This Moment On." The "Dessert Theater" will feature Bishopville soloists Ari Dickinson and her accompanist/husband Bo Dickinson as well as members of the Camden theater company Betty Brown, Neal Clark and David Foster.

- Sumter School District 17 trustees listened while their chief financial adviser listed the programs that could be cut if the state Senate approves an education funding plan similar to the one the House passed. About 250 concerned parents and teachers packed into the multi-purpose room at Bates Middle School to hear what seems to be inevitable bad news.

- Hillcrest High School's boys' soccer program would like to play at the same level as Irmo. The Yellow Jackets have established a winning tradition over the years, claiming Region IV titles and making consecutive trips to the state 4A playoffs. The two teams met for a region matchup, and Irmo's experience prevailed. The Yellow Jackets scored two goals in the second half to shut out the Wildcats 3-0 at Hillcrest's Memorial Stadium.

- J.J. Reneaux, the storyteller/singer who was scheduled to appear at USC Sumter, has postponed her concert until April because of a death in her family. USC Sumter professor Jack Doyle said the concert will be rescheduled sometime next month. The new date will be announced as soon as it is set. Reneaux is known for her Southern storytelling, laced with down-home delta blues, spicy Cajun music and swampland humor.

- Part of the appeal of the game of baseball is the seemingly endless number of situations that can occur and affect a game's outcome. The Sumter High-Lower Richland game must have been very appealing to the fans gathered at the Sumter High field. In a game filled with interesting little twists, the Gamecocks posted two runs in the first inning and held on behind the pitching of Lee Hatfield for a 2-1 victory.

- Wildfires have blackened more than 1,300 acres of South Carolina woodland as winds and low humidity turn areas tinder dry. A red flag fire alert, signaling a greater danger of wildfires, was issued for Lexington and Richland counties, the state Forestry Commission said. The largest of Tuesday's fires burned 300 acres in Dorchester County. Fires larger than 100 acres were reported in Georgetown, Berkeley and Sumter counties.

- Sumter's Nat Bradford competed with the Clemson University crew team in the 6th-Annual Florida Crew Classic at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Bradford, a sophomore at Clemson and a member of the crew team, said the Florida competition is the first of the season and is actually one of the team's smaller meets. "It's a big deal because it's a long way to travel," he explained. Clemson won a gold medal in the four-man novice race and third place in the men's open-eight rowing competition.

- Dry grass and gusty winds have made South Carolina a haven for wildfires, with blowing sparks setting off dozens of blazes statewide. As many as 1,000 acres had burned in one fire alone, authorities reported. The fire, near Greeleyville on the Williamsburg-Clarendon county line, forced the temporary closing of U.S. 521. It had been put out by late Wednesday night.

- The Greenhouse Runaway Shelter is currently recruiting teens between the ages of 14 and 19 for a training course for a peer educator team. After satisfactory completion of this course, participants will have the option to volunteer at the shelter as a peer educator. Peer educators, preferably students in the 1th and 12th grades, will be trained in the general areas of listening, basic counseling skills and referral-making skills.

- Elegance and style - two words that could describe your wedding in the gardens of the Williams-Brice House of the Sumter County Museum. The museum invites residents to schedule the big day for April, May or June when the gardens are in full bloom, or to visit to appreciate the beauty while keeping in mind a later date. The gardens are meant to resemble a formal English garden.

- As John Campbell prepared to begin his second season as the promoter for Gamecock Speedway, he made a number of changes that he hopes will make for a better product. While the changes are designed to enhance the racing, it's not just the racing fan to whom he's trying to sell the product. "We're going to be very family oriented," Campbell said of the speedway promotion.

- The words "public service" have been overused in the tri-county area and have lost much of their original meaning, a United Way official observed. But the meaning should be redefined for Glen Sharp, founder and president of Suburban Propane Gas, said Earl Wilson, president of the United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties. The United Way honored Sharp as the second recipient of the now-annual Alfred Heath Leadership Award.

- Maria Ramero hopes that all Morris College students get hired as soon as they graduate. But for that to happen, the personnel director of the state's Budget and Control Board told students they need to give a pink slip to some of their personal habits that make them appear unprofessional. "Using slang and gum-chewing are two things that don't belong in a job interview," she said. "What may be acceptable when you are on campus may be totally unacceptable in a job-interview setting."