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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Teens renovate 'The Hangout'; Tuttle speaks at Sumter Touchdown Club

Posted 11/2/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

May 25 - May 31

- Beginning immediately, all mail for prisoners of war in Germany will be returned to senders. The May 15 Postal Bulletin will direct local postmasters not to accept mail after that date. The office of the …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Teens renovate 'The Hangout'; Tuttle speaks at Sumter Touchdown Club


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

May 25 - May 31

- Beginning immediately, all mail for prisoners of war in Germany will be returned to senders. The May 15 Postal Bulletin will direct local postmasters not to accept mail after that date. The office of the Provost Marshal General is no longer issuing labels for next of kin parcels, due to the breakdown of the German mail system. This has been in effect since April 28. Next of kin packages will be returned to their senders insofar as is possible. The Post Office is returning tobacco parcels to the tobacco companies from which they were sent, and tobacco companies have been directed to return all orders for tobacco parcels to senders.

- The Item newsroom has a mouse which has no end of nerve and fears neither man nor beast nor rat trap. Circulation Manager Mood Dollard fixed a trap for the creature, loading it with delicious cheese. The smart rat evaded the ambush, and several days later Mr. Dollard himself got caught in the trap. The next victim of the trap was Managing Editor J. E. McKnight. The mouse continues to still merrily have run of the place.

- The War Department went ahead with plans for re-equipping and retraining the U.S. First Army at Fort Jackson for service in the Pacific. The First, commanded by Gen. Courtney Hodges, will be the First American Army to be transferred as a unit from the European theater to the Japanese battle zone. Some of its components are already on their way to Japan.

- The Sumter American Legion Junior team defeated the Turbeville Juniors in an exhibition game there by 13 to 1. Sumter got 13 runs on 17 hits while its opponent got one run on four hits. For the Sumter Juniors, Beard hit a double and Lynn a triple. Parham hit a home run, and the team left seven men on base.

- The Royal Crown Selectees defeated the Little Star team 21 to 7 here Friday in a game which was RC's from the start. It was a fifth victory for the mighty Selectees, who have not lost a contest since the start of the season. This team is ahead of the other entries in the Girls' Softball League.

- The Columbia city school board was ordered by Federal District Judge J. Waties Waring to pay its white and black teachers equal salaries for equal qualifications and equal work. The retroactive order effective April 1946 decided the federal court plea of Albert N. Thompson, Columbia black teacher, for relief from alleged salary discrimination because of his race.

- What appeared to the uninformed as illegible sky writings above Shaw Field this week actually were vapor trails left by high-flying Thunderbolts. The trails are formed from the moisture in the exhaust gases in the rarified air. Lt. Col. Frank A. Hill, deputy commander, explained that they are formed at about 30,000 feet, but the altitude at which they form varies with climatic conditions. Sometimes, he said, they will be formed as low as 24,000 feet.

- A large crowd is expected at "The Hangout," the teen canteen, from 4 to 6 and 8 till 11 o'clock. The members have been very busy all this week renovating the canteen. They have painted, scrubbed, waxed the floors and even raked the "front yard." The canteen is governed and run by a board of five, headed by Charlotte Jordan, permanent chairman at present; Sydney Ann Huskey, secretary; and "Poss" Parham, treasurer. The board members rotate, serving as chairman of the canteen, thus dividing the responsibility.

- The reconversion pattern emerged in full today as the construction industry won its first release from wartime constraints and thereby caught up with the manufacturing segment. Holding to its pledge to relax controls as rapidly as resources are freed from war use, the War Production Board gave the builders of homes, plants and business places a modest start toward peacetime building activity.

- The City Ball Club was reorganized last night at a meeting held at the YMCA and attended by some 20 interested persons. A practice has been called for 6:30 at Municipal Park by Coach Dooley Matthews. A number of players who were with the club last year will play again this year, including C. W. Craft, Harold Morris, Weldon McCoy and Leslie Gibbons. A few of the high school team's stars of last year have joined the city club: Maxie King, Benn Cook, Buddy Shugart and others.

- "Harry L. Shaw," "Buck" as he was known by his fellow students, has become one of the most outstanding writers in America in his field, namely writing textbooks for grammar, rhetoric and composition. He is the author of more than one half dozen books in this field, says Havilah Babcock of the English department. Shaw was one of his former students. Shaw, whose home is in Sumter, is a graduate of Davidson College and earned his master's degree at the University of South Carolina in 1928.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Jan. 25 - 31

- U.S. B-52 bombers made their heaviest raids in nine months overnight, attacking North Vietnamese supply depots inside Laos, across the frontier in the A Shaun Valley and farther south along the Cambodian border. About 60 B-52s, four-fifths of the Strategic Air Command's bomber fleet in Asia, flew from bases in Thailand, Guam and Okinawa to drop nearly 2,000 tons of explosives. The targets of the raids were North Vietnamese supplies being moved into South Vietnam.

- The Salvation Army will hold its annual meeting at First Presbyterian Church. Guest speaker for the occasion will be Jack C. McDowell, management counsel for The Salvation Army for the past 14 years in this capacity. His primary responsibility is to work with local Salvation Army officers and advisory boards in helping to organize the direct capital expansion program.

- Wayne Hayes, manager of the Sumter Indians, said that season ticket sales "are going real good." The season ticket prices for the Cleveland-affiliated member of the Western Carolinas League are reserve box, $65; reserve, $55; general admission, $45; and students (16 and under) $6.

- The Bishopville Dragons rolled to another 6AA, Upper Division Conference victory, clipping Mayewood 69-59. Luther McCutchen pumped in 19 points, and Terry Levenson pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Dragons to their eighth win in 11 outings. They are 7-1 in conference.

- Kenneth Atkinson has been named service representative for Carolina Power & Light Co. in Pageland, according to Lad Owens Jr., district manager of CP&L in Sumter. Previously, Atkinson was a serviceman for CP&L in Sumter.

- U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert E. Plowden Jr., a native of Sumter, has been decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism in Southeast Asia. Maj. Plowden, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Plowden, earned the DFC as an RF-4 Phantom pilot on an unarmed tactical reconnaissance mission which took him deep into hostile territory.

- Shaw's NCO of the Month for January is SSgt. George I. Holgerson of the 507th Tactical Air Control Support Squadron. Sgt. Holgerson is assigned to the 507 TACSS, but his duty section is the 507th Tactical Control Group Command Post. He works a 15-hour night shift.

- Army Capt. Lory M. Johnson Jr., whose parents live in Sumter, received his second award of the Bronze Star Medal during ceremonies in Vietnam. Presenting the award was Col. Louis F. Felder, commanding officer of the 21st Infantry Division. Capt. Johnson received the award for meritorious service as an adviser with the Advisory Team 51, advising the Vietnamese 21st Infantry Division.

- New stripes will be added to more than 500 sleeves on Shaw as promotions to the rank of sergeant, announced Tuesday for the fiscal year 70-C cycle, take place over the next four months.

- Prior to tackling an agenda of routine business in the Sumter County Commission's second meeting for the month, an even more routine public hearing on Sumter County's newly outlined subdivision regulations was held in the small courtroom of the Sumter County Courthouse. No delegations appeared at the hearing in protest of the 34-page booklet of regulations prepared by the Sumter County Planning Board under the direction of Edward L. Gussio, county planning director.

- Being chosen Clarendon County's Farmers Home Administration Farm Family of the Year for 1969 was probably honor enough for Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Fleming and their three sons, but having James V. Smith, the national administrator of the Farmers Home Administration, deliver the honor personally made it even nicer.

- Ashby Tisdale Jr., Bishopville banker, church and civic leader, has been named Lee County's "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" by the Bishopville Jaycees. He was named for the honor at a banquet. Grady A. Brown was presented the "Outstanding Jaycee of the Year" award. Tisdale was selected on the basis of his contribution to the community and state welfare and betterment, contribution to and success of his chosen profession, participation in civic enterprises and evidence of leadership abilities, cooperation with others and participation in church activities.

- Approximately 57 high school students and other interested persons are giving a couple of hours each week to help younger underprivileged children with their school work. The tutorial program is sponsored by the YWCA and the USP with the help of community churches. The purpose of the program is to help motivate the children to learn and to continue their education.

- Winners in the Governor's Beautification Poster Contest, which was held in the city elementary schools, have been announced by Mrs. LeRoy Davis, Sumter County's chairman on the Governor's Beautification Committee. The winner in the fourth- to seventh-grade students division is Helen Fisher, a fifth-grader at Central Elementary School. The winner in the first- to third-grade division is Jenny Robbins, a third-grader at Alice Drive Elementary School.

- Ross S. McKenzie, president of Southern Coatings & Chemical Co. Inc., has been elected to the Sumter Advisory Board of Directors of The Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina. McKenzie, born in Congaree, has been associated with the business for 26 years, prior to which he was employed by DuPont Co.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

- The Perrys, a group of Southern gospel singers with a national reputation, will grace Sumter with their music and mission. The public is invited to the free concert at the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene on Waynick Drive. "Anyone who knows gospel music knows The Perrys and their contributions to gospel music over the past 24 years," said church member Carroll Wilson.

- Sumter County Council approved lease-purchase agreements for four new fire engines and a new motor grader. The purchases had been approved as part of the 1994-95 county budget that council adopted in June. The fully equipped fire trucks - two tankers and two pumpers together worth close to $503,000 - are part of council's plan to replace 10 of the county's rural volunteer fire departments' aging trucks.

- Local planners put off a decision that could allow a Sumter industry to move from downtown to North Pike West after residents living near the proposed site protested the plan to Sumter planning officials. G&G Metal Fabrication now makes bodies for fire trucks and metal parts for industrial use at a South Lafayette Drive plant. But the company wants to build a new, larger plant on a 9.9-acre undeveloped tract between Sumter's National Guard Armory and the residential Porter Street.

- Police reported no new leads this morning in the search for two small boys, the car they were riding in, or the kidnapper in an alleged carjacking and kidnapping earlier this week. The description of the suspect has been sent nationwide, Sheriff Howard Wells said.

- Kristi Bales, a ninth-grader at Ebenezer Junior High School, won the Wateree AIDS Task Force billboard contest for her drawing geared toward promoting AIDS awareness. The task force, a non-profit organization, created the contest to educate young children about HIV and AIDS risk factors, causes of the disease and precautions against its spread.

- The No. 2 person in the Air Force said that fighter bases like Shaw Air Force Base will probably be far from the focus of the 1995 round of military base closings. Undersecretary of the Air Force Rudy de Leon visited McEntire Air Force Base and Shaw and is visiting Charleston Air Force Base today. He said at a press conference at Shaw that the coming base closure commission will focus mainly on depot, training and support bases.

- The Clemson football program is 13 years removed from winning the 1981 national championship with a 22-15 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. However, it still has a great bearing on the lives of the players on that team, especially the man who made the game-winning touchdown catch, wide receiver Perry Tuttle. "It has more significance for me simply because I have children now," said Tuttle, who spoke to the Sumter Touchdown Club this morning. "There are so many reasons why it is so special. We were the No. 1 team in the nation; we're the only Clemson team to go undefeated."

- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore will be making stops in Sumter and Manning on the first day of a four-day campaign bus tour of the state. Theodore's bus is scheduled to arrive at Sumter's Central Carolina Technical College at 3 p.m. for a press conference. He will depart at 3:30 p.m. for Manning, where he is to arrive at 4 p.m. In Manning, Theodore and supporters plan to walk through downtown until 5 p.m., when they will leave for Florence.

- Saturday, Oct. 22, dawned gray and rainy, but that didn't dampen the spirits of volunteers primed to work on Make A Difference Day. With some creativity and adaptability, most projects were carried out as planned, said Sumter Volunteer director Jo Ann Morris. Morris said 450 volunteers contributed 1,825 hours to 28 projects on the fourth-annual nationwide day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend magazine.

- Wilson Hall gave a royal pounding to rival Thomas Sumter, routing the Generals 48-7 in both teams' season finale at Spencer Field. The Barons, aided by several Thomas Sumter turnovers in the second quarter, capped off their evening of fun by dousing head coach Chuck McCord with a bucket of Gatorade in the game's final seconds. "It's always a little sweeter when you beat your rival," McCord said afterward. "But what pleases me most is the way this team has responded to an uphill challenge this season."

- The Area 4 seat in Sumter School District 17 is proving to be the hottest perch in the district, with three candidates vying for a chance to represent the residents of southwestern Sumter. Veteran trustee Dr. Kay Teer decided not to run for re-election in Area 4 after holding the seat for the past 16 years. Joe Allbritton, vice president of OK Tire and Audio, wants to bring his business sense to the district's board. Betty Kennedy, retired school administrator and former Sumter High School teacher, said she thinks her experience will be invaluable if elected to the board. Ron Morton, owner of Metro Driving School and Sumter's H&R Block, says he can offer business experience to the board if elected.