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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trinity collects money for orphanage; Carnegie building on National Register

Posted 10/6/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

April 27 - May 3

- Pfc. Henry H. Windham of Sumter and Charleston was killed in action Feb. 28 in Germany, according to his mother, who was notified by the War Department. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Trinity collects money for orphanage; Carnegie building on National Register


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

April 27 - May 3

- Pfc. Henry H. Windham of Sumter and Charleston was killed in action Feb. 28 in Germany, according to his mother, who was notified by the War Department. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters and two brothers, all residing in Charleston.

- The FBI has announced that a German prisoner has escaped from the prison camp in Camden and advised all citizens to be on the lookout for the man. The prisoner, listed as Bernd Brinkman, 24, escaped from a pulpwood work detail three miles east of Camden at 5 o'clock. He was wearing either blue denim or olive drab prisoner uniform with the PW stamp on the suit.

- Lt. Col. Thompson, executive secretary of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, was also the first adjutant at Shaw Field. He entered the Army air forces April 17, 1941. He is a graduate of Sumter High School, June class of 1927. He received his B.S. degree in industrial engineering at Clemson College in 1943. In addition to the European-African-Middle East theater ribbon with four campaign stars, he also wears the Distinguished Unit Badge with two oak leaf clusters.

- The city of Sumter gave a barbecue for the county chain gang at the county farm. It was attended by the city officials, the county commissioners and a few guests. When the gang does some work for the city, such as its yearly clearing of the Turkey Creek drainage canal, the city gives them a barbeque, usually about twice a year.

- Miss Lucy Stubbs, daughter of Mr. J. A. Stubbs of Sumter and summer resident of Lake Junaluska, will be presented in graduating piano recital tonight by the Woman's College school of music. A piano pupil of Miss Alleine Minor, Miss Stubbs has been unusually proficient. A member of the College Vested Choir for four years, she has been one of the choir accompanists for three years and is now its president. She was elected this year to Young Composers' Club and to Pi Kappa Lambda, national honorary music fraternity. She is also vice president of the senior class and a member of May court and during her college years has taken part in a number of other activities not related to music.

- The Turbeville boys hit the ball hard Tuesday afternoon to down a hard-fighting Gable team 14 to 4. It was anybody's game until the seventh inning, when Turbeville bunched two doubles and a single with a walk to score three runs; then in the eighth inning, the home team made three doubles and four singles to sew up the ball game. Barrineau and Jack Coker had four hits at bat for the home team, while Hodge and Reardon hit best for Gable. Turbeville made 20 hits, including nine doubles. Gable had six hits.

- Sumter High turned back Florence at the municipal stadium by the score of 11 to 8 to hand the Yellow Jackets their first defeat of the season. The Gamecocks took an early lead and coasted along until the eighth when Junior Southall's curves were pounded for six straight singles before Maxie King was called to his relief. Until then the diminutive Sumter hurler had the Jackets under control, giving up only a Texas leaguer in the sixth and a clean single in the seventh. The Florence uprising brought the score to 9-8 in Sumter's favor, but the Gamecocks went to work in their part of the eighth to score two more runs and sew up the game.

- J. Phil Booth Jr., chairman of the Trinity campaign for the Epworth Orphanage Building Fund, has estimated that Trinity Methodists will contribute some $5,000 toward the $400,000 fund which Methodists of this state are striving to raise. Centering efforts for raising the fund around the Mother's Day celebration, Methodists will give their church collection on that day for this special cause. The Epworth Orphanage has always been supported by South Carolina Methodists, who are now trying to raise the $100,000 for much-needed building facilities.

- Dr. Anne King Gregorie, who is collecting material for the History of Sumter County, which she will write under the sponsorship of the Sumter Library Board, is now in Sumter and will be here sometime in the prosecution of this task. She has been engaged in this work since last June, spending several months in Columbia and some time in Charleston, searching the records in libraries and government offices, also several weeks here, checking courthouse records and assembling data from other sources. There is a mass of interesting and valuable material contained in old newspaper files, family records, old letters, etc., that should be made available to the end that this history be made as comprehensive, complete and authentic as possible.

- Sumterites will witness the May Court exercises in the Edmunds High School auditorium. Promptly at 8:30 p.m. the processional will begin, and for the first time, the identities of the king and queen will be disclosed to the public and the king and queen themselves. The queen will be given her train, and both she and the king will be crowned by Percy Wise, principal of Edmunds High.

- The formation of the Girls' Softball League is expected to be completed at the YMCA. At this meeting, the franchise fee of $15 is to be paid in and commissioners elected. The league will probably open games on May 16, and at the present time nine teams compose the league membership. Any additional teams can enter, and it is hoped that an even number of teams will form the league, so no team draws an open date on their schedule.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969 - 1970

Dec. 28 - Jan. 3

- Young people in Sumter County have had an active role in the Mental Health Association-sponsored "Operation Santa Claus" and in parties for boys in the ward at the State Hospital adopted by the association. Fifteen young people from St. John's Methodist Church went over in three cars driven by Mr. Richard Brown, Mrs. O. P. Tanner and Mrs. Myrtis Logan on a Sunday afternoon. The Key Club at Wilson Hall contributed a record player to be used by the Boy's Ward. Other schools involved were Mayewood, McLaurin Junior High, Thomas Sumter and an O.E.O. group from Shiloh.

- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been meeting in homes and converted school houses since they began in 1892 and are finally getting a new church on U.S. 15. The new church, which was started last June, has been progressing as the members can provide the money. The church was planned in three phases, and the second phase is being worked on now. This phase includes the chapel, bishop's and clerk's offices, two classrooms and restrooms. The building where the members met will be used as classrooms. The third phase will include the recreation and meeting hall.

- New Legion Blood Program Chairman Harold Lyles hailed his first bloodmobile operation as an outstanding success, with 151 pints of blood collected at Trinity Methodist Church. Eighteen other persons offered to give but were rejected for medical reasons. Commander Norwood Spann of the sponsoring Sumter Post 15, American Legion, extended special thanks to Post Office employees, city employees and Tuomey Hospital employees who responded in large numbers and gave special thanks to press and radio for effective publicity.

- Edmunds' Gamecocks roared from behind in the second half to ambush powerful Orangeburg 59-45 in the final round of the holiday tournament held at the Edmunds gym. The Gamecocks played shabbily in the early going and fell behind 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. With their defense yielding holes to driving Indians and their offense sputtering at all ends, the Gamecocks would have fallen far behind the potent Orangeburg club had the Indians played their usual fine brand of basketball in the first half.

- Edmunds High School 4-A state champions left for Atlanta, where they will attend tonight's Peach Bowl clash between South Carolina and West Virginia. The team was given the trip through public donations after the 11 posted the best record in EHS history with a 12-0 mark. They won the state title in a 22-15 decision over Gaffney.

- Edmunds High School dominates the All-4A football team selected by the 4A coaches and sponsored by the Sumter Booster Club. This is the first all-star team selected in the 4A ranks by the coaches and is expected to become an annual custom. Ballots were sent out by the Sumter Booster Club to all the 4A coaches and results tabulated to determine the players judged best in the state's toughest league. Quarterback Jimmy Eaves, running back C.A. Wilson and tackle Glynn Hammock were named to the offensive team, while end Chip Massincupp was picked for the defensive unit. Edmunds was the only school to have more than two players on the team.

- Six Sumter High School students will have their artwork exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art along with over 100 other teenage artists from South Carolina. The youths' works were selected from nearly 800 entries in midstate judging of the Scholastic Art Awards program sponsored statewide by the Liberty Life Insurance Company. The Sumter students include Freddie Bennett, a blue ribbon and certificate winner; Gladys James and Hattie Mae Kennedy, both also blue ribbon winners; and Ralph Dees, Barbara Wells and Mary Dubose, all three certificate winners.

- Two students at Sumter Area Technical Education Center scored perfect 400 grade-point ratios for the fall quarter to head the Dean's List. Mary Ann Ford and Gary Wayne Mitchum are the students with perfect records. Mary Ann is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Ford. She is a Basic Secretarial student. Gary Wayne is an Engineer Technology II student.

- The new mall in front of the Sumter County Library in the civic center is complete except for the planting of spring grass and replacement of a few trees. The walkways, benches and lighting are complete, beautifying the entrance to the library. South and west side parking lots will be completed in the near future. Eventually the mall will be extended to connect future buildings in the complex.

- Edmunds High managed to run its season's basketball record to 6-3 against Southside, but the 71-60 win over the weak non-conference foe clearly indicated that the Gamecocks are far from reaching their potential. Southside could claim only a poor 2-5 record going into the contest and played without its ace, Rusty Richardson, who was out with an injured foot. The EHS cagers had to fight tooth and nail for the triumph and did not gain an appreciable lead until the final quarter.

- Following a mine sweep team and a scout dog trained to sniff out mines and booby traps, Lt. Gen. William R. Peers and his Army investigators poked through the ruins of My Lai hamlet. The three-star general, probing whether field commanders tried to cover up the alleged massacre of My Lai inhabitants by U.S. troops, made a house-to-house search of the hamlet and walked its perimeter ankle-deep in mud. Rain fell steadily. "The visit was extremely helpful," an aide said. "The general was looking for certain key areas and buildings that figure in the testimony."

- Sammie Lee, Dorothy and Wilhelmenia Wilder were worried that Santa might forget them this year. What would Santa think when he found only a charred chimney instead of their house, which had burned in early December? The Sumter Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, however, decided that the children would have Christmas. The sorority sponsored a Christmas party for children at the home of Miss Mildred Roberts. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority also serves Sumter through other community projects and scholarships.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Sept. 28 - Oct. 4

- Sumter County Council gave final approval to improved countywide 911 and emergency-radio systems - but the estimated $1.6 million upgrade still hinges on approval from Sumter City Council. County council's action will have no effect unless city council also gives the joint county-city systems final approval, County Attorney Henry Richardson said.

- Manning High School's Cedric Pugh and Furman's Tory Johnson have been named the Sumter Touchdown Club offensive and defensive players of the week. Pugh, a 5'11", 170-pound junior tailback, rushed 24 times for 177 yards and a touchdown in Manning's win over Marion. It was Pugh's third 100-yard game this season. Johnson, a 5'9", 230-pound junior linebacker, had 13 tackles, eight unassisted, and a quarterback sack during Furman's 20-0 victory over Mayewood.

"Nationally acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Terry Kay will lecture and offer selected readings from his works in USC Sumter's Nettles Auditorium. The program is presented in conjunction with USC Sumter's annual Fall Writers Series. Sponsored by USC Sumter's Division of Arts and Letters, the program is free and open to the public.

- The Sumter County Museum has received notification that the Carnegie Library building has been officially registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic building, constructed in 1917 with funds provided through the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, served Sumter citizenry for more than 50 years as its public library. In the early 1970s, it became the first location of the Sumter Gallery of Art, later the corporate offices of Sub Station II. In 1989, the Board of Trustees of the Sumter County Museum undertook a development campaign to save the deteriorating building.

- Sumter's new Community Beautification Coalition hopes to improve the appearance of seven entry points into town by erecting new signs and planting flowers and shrubbery. Several other groups have attempted to do the same things in the past but have failed because of insufficient funding and state legislation that, until recently, controlled entryways into towns in South Carolina.

- The South Carolina Historical Society, in association with the Sumter County Museum and the Sumter County Historical Society, will host a fall tour on the Milford Plantation and the historic Stateburg area of Sumter County. Titled "Millford & More," the state society's annual Fall Plantation Tour will feature eight sites and a barbecue lunch. The "greatest of all Greek Revival houses in South Carolina," as well as the exceptional architectural and historical treasure of the Borough House, the Church of the Holy Cross, the Ellison House, Millvale, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, High Hills Baptist Church and the Natalie Sumter DeLage Chapel will be open for ticket holders to view.

- Hudgens head football coach Bill Pate can't understand why Thomas Sumter is winless this season. The two teams will face each other in a SCISAA matchup at Thomas Sumter Academy. "I've watched them on film about four or five times, and I just don't understand why they're not winning," said Pate, whose team is 0-5. "I know they played some tough people early and we've had a few tough ones back to back. But when I look at Thomas Sumter on film, they seem to really get after it.

- Union Camp Corp. is planning a more than $2 million expansion of its Sumter fine-paper processing plant. The plan was approved by the Sumter City-County Planning Commission. The 72,000-square-foot addition will be the first to the high-tech, $25 million plant since it opened in 1991. The addition will be at the back of the 220,000-square-foot plant, which is located in the Sumter Industrial Complex.

- Interlake Corp.'s Sumter plant will train and hire 30 to 40 welders in the next year, plant officials say. "It's not a physical expansion. We're just taking our volume of production to a higher level," plant manager Dough Markham said. Interlake Material Handling Division produces warehouse shelving racks and currently employs about 200 people at its Sumter plant, which is located in the Sumter Industrial Complex.

- Beavers are now public enemy No. 1 in Lee County. Lee County Council voted to spend $12,500 to control the county's beaver population after a conservationist said the lumberjacks of the animal world are causing about $13 million worth of damage annually to timber, farmland and roads. U.S. Department of Agriculture conservationist Roy Todd told council that the county's beaver population has increased in recent years because many of the beaver's natural predators, such as foxes, have died off and because trappers aren't interested in South Carolina beavers because their fur is too thin to be of much value.

- There was a sense of urgency among the Sumer High School football team and its coaching staff during its practice and preparation times this past week. The Gamecocks were coming off a dismal showing in a 22-14 loss to Fairfield Central, were battling injury problems and had to prepare for Lancaster, the No. 7 4-A team in the Associated Press poll. Sumter responded with a dominating defensive performance and a fine-tuned offensive showing as it defeated the Bruins 14-6.

- Sumter's Berea Junior Academy is a school that derives strength from its differences - differences with other private and public schools and with the troubles beyond its walls. With 33 students, the school is likely Sumter's smallest private school. The school is tiny and personal in an era when other, larger schools face charges of making students feel anonymous. And in a county where most other private schools are heavily or overwhelmingly white, all of Berea's students and teachers are black.

- Pizza is what more than half the students at Sumter High School regularly eat for lunch. While this may not seem like the most nutritious fare, it's better than what some of their classmates choose by hitting the vending machines for a midday meal of soda and chips or a candy bar. These students have other options. Their cafeteria - which also offers hot entrees, sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes and soups - could be described as the Four Seasons of high school dining. But many teens will happily devour a slice of pizza every day of the year, given the chance.