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YESTERYEAR BY SAMMY WAY: Troop trains give Sumter positive reviews; city plans for 'garbage explosion'

Posted 4/4/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

- America's transportation system will consist mainly of streamlined air liners, diesel-electric trains and diesel-powered buses within the next 10 years, in the opinion of Gordon Lefebvre, president and …

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YESTERYEAR BY SAMMY WAY: Troop trains give Sumter positive reviews; city plans for 'garbage explosion'


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 26 - Nov. 1

- America's transportation system will consist mainly of streamlined air liners, diesel-electric trains and diesel-powered buses within the next 10 years, in the opinion of Gordon Lefebvre, president and general manager of the Cooper-Bessemer Corp. of Mount Vernon, Ohio, manufacturer of diesel and gas engines and compressors. The street car, gasoline-powered bus and steam-powered train will be as pass as the old horse and buggy, he predicts, because of their excessive operating and maintenance costs, and the family automobile will be much lighter and used mostly for local travel.

- We are going to have the best horse races in the state of South Carolina at the Sumter County Fair on Saturday, Nov. 10. The races will start promptly at 2 p.m. If you have a friend in some other town, write them to come over to be with you for this event. Remember, the fair this year will run for five days, instead of four days as has been the custom in the past.

- A meeting of the Cub Scout committee of the Sumter Lodge No. 885 BPOE was held at the executive office of the lodge Wednesday. The following were present: W. J. Green, chairman of the Elks Scout committee; Al J. Bauman, exalted ruler of the Elks; Joseph Miller, Hyman Simon, M.V. Dawkins and Charles B. Bradley, committee members; and Tim Malone of the Scout organization. Mrs. M.M. Frazier was unanimously designated as Den Mother, M.V. Dawkins was selected as Cub Master, Hyman Simon will serve as Cub Master, and Joe Miller was delegated to serve as publicity chairman.

- The "Battle of the Birds" will take place on the local high school field between the Sumter Gamecocks and the Charleston Bantams. This game will settle the runner-up spot for a week at least in South Carolina's football race. The birds ended practice for the game, and Head Coach James Rushe announced the following would probably start: Capt. Theron Cook and Myion Hatfield at ends, Shugart and either Newman or Pitts at tackles, Skinner and King at guards and either Moses or Gulledge at center. Erdrich, Dwight and others are expected to see plenty of action in the line before the game is over. In the backfield, Trotter will be at quarterback, Bryan and McLeod at halfbacks and Baldwin at fullback. "Poss"Parham, Mac Hatfield and A. Baker will see lots of action.

- The Central Auto Finance Co. at Sumter was chartered by Secretary of State W.P. Blackwell. The $50,000 firm was authorized to make industrial and personal loans on real estate, to buy, sell, lease and mortgage real estate and personal property. Officers listed were president J. D. Lee, vice president J.P. Booth and secretary-treasurer W.J. Shaw.

- L.C. Garrison, president of the Sumter Choral Club, announced that reserved seat tickets for the concert to be given by the club on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Edmunds High School can be obtained by contacting any member of the chorus or by telephoning the club's director, E.S. King, after 6 p.m. any evening. There will be no charge made for any seat.

- "This town is on the ball. They got sandwiches, it's even better than New York," exclaimed a soldier eagerly reaching from the window of a troop train in the Sumter station. Red Cross Canteen girls were busy the length of the 18-coach train passing up candy, cigarettes and matches, magazines, cookies, nuts, sandwiches and fruit. This scene repeats itself every time a troop train stops in town, which is two or three times a day.

- Charleston High presented a smooth working ground attack to hand Sumter's smaller but fighting football team its second setback of the season. The final score was 19-6. The victory enabled the Bantams to climb to the top of the state grid race, for Brookland-Cayce's previously undefeated team went down with a thud before North Charleston, 14 to 12 on the B-C field. North Charleston will oppose Sumter at the county fair two weeks hence, after the Gamecocks hit the road next Friday for a game with Rock Hill's undefeated team.

- There were 14 Boy Scout patrols from troops in Williamsburg, Clarendon and Sumter counties attending the Patroloree at the county fairgrounds. Most of these patrols took part in the 11 events which consisted of string burning, water boiling, log hauling, wood chopping, signaling, first aid, sound observation, judging, tent pitching, fire by flint and steel and a dressing relay. Troops 34 and 38 of Sumter shared top honors by each having a patrol to tie for the highest score. Blue ribbons were awarded to these patrols, and red-and-green ribbons were awarded to the follow-up patrols.

- Chaplain J. K. Johnston, who has recently returned from Europe, spoke at the Mayesville Presbyterian Church on Sunday night, Oct. 28. Chaplain Johnston was at Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge, has participated in taking of concentration camps and knows both the horrors of war and the cruelties of the Nazis. The subject was the "Office and Work of the Chaplain."

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

June 29 - July 3

- Beginning this fall, Clemson University at Sumter will offer a number of courses during the evening hours. This is an attempt to continue to meet the educational needs and desires of the people of this area of South Carolina.

- Boozer & Wharton and Penney's remain undefeated in the Dixie Youth City Tournament currently underway. Parker Auto defeated Pinewood in a game between losers 1-0, eliminating Pinewood from further competition.

- It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon at Riley Park as fans saw the best and longest ball game of the season as the Indians downed Gastonia 3-2 in a 12-inning, seat-edge game. Only 74 fans were on hand to see the Indians win their second in a row.

- Sumter County Sheriff I. Byrd Parnell became sixth vice president of the National Sheriffs' Association for 1970-71 at the National Sheriffs' Association meeting at Hot Springs, Arkansas, last week. Sheriff Parnell has served as seventh vice president of the association during the 1969-70 term.

- Jobs are hard to find in Sumter this summer, according to the unemployed, and local statistics of the State Employment Security Commission bear out their complaint. Several people who are seeking jobs while receiving unemployment compensation stated in interviews that very few jobs are open, especially in local industry.

- In a decade, the city has broadened its attitudes, brightened its outlook and buffed its fa ade. Ten years ago, trucks and tourists' automobiles jammed Main Street; Lafayette Boulevard had not been constructed; West Liberty Street was still carrying two-lane traffic; and Route 15 was a narrow, overcrowded highway leading south out of town. The old narrow bridge crossed Second Mill 10 years ago, and a rusty trestle spanned the railroad on Pinewood Road.

- Drivers at Sumter Speedway on Saturday night were hot as firecrackers and must have thought the Fourth of July had come a week early with all the banging going on in the two divisions. When the action was over, Slick Gibbons had fought his way from the rear of the pack four times to win the modified feature, and Jack Burrows made his second appearance a good one in winning the claim event.

- The last American combat troops in Cambodia pulled back into South Vietnam this afternoon, in effect completing the U.S. withdrawal one day ahead of President Nixon's deadline. Still in Cambodia but scheduled to leave by midnight were a handful of American advisers to some of the 39,000 South Vietnamese troops also still there. Although these Americans also are being pulled out, the South Vietnamese will keep forces beyond the border for an indefinite period to bolster the shaky government.

- Friends and co-workers paid tribute to Gerald J. Dix, retiring vice president of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce. More than 75 friends attended the coffee club gathering and the surprise program for Dix, who after six years of service to the Chamber is leaving to accept a position with the National Bank of South Carolina.

- Men born on July 9, 1951, will be the first called for the draft in 1971, under a national lottery conducted today. That date and low number were the 11th set to be matched in the lottery drawing, assigning numbers and dates in a scrambled sequence. The first drawing of the lottery assigned No. 139 to Sept. 16. The lottery is to assign numbers from one to 365, each to one date of the year, corresponding to the birthday of men born in 1951.

- Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John C. Meyer has called for wholehearted support from Air Force members in support of the Freedoms Foundation Awards Program. In a letter to major commands, Gen. Meyer said, "I look forward to Air Force participation in all national awards categories as well as the traditionally excellent Air Force representation in the armed forces letters category."

- Only three teams remain in the Dixie Youth City Tournament underway at Palmetto Park. In action yesterday, Optimist beat Home Federal 2-0, and Parker Auto romped over Boozer and Wharton 8-2. Both Home Federal and Boozer and Wharton were eliminated by their losses, leaving three teams in the tourney: Optimist, Parker and undefeated Penney's.

- Twelve Cub Scouts gathered in Palmetto Plaza for Sumter's 1970 Pinewood Derby. The derby features miniature cars carved from a block of wood by the Cub Scouts with the aid of their fathers. Wheels furnished with the wood are nailed to the finished car, and the racers, powered by gravity, are operated on an inclined track about 25 feet long.

- Robert O. Purdy III, a member of the District 17 school board for the past 14 years, was elected chairman last night at a special meeting of the board. Dr. Charles R. Propst, who has served on the board for the past 13 years, was elected vice chairman by the board members.

- The Sumter Jaycees' 1970 July 4 Children's Patriotic Parade, featuring a total of 38 units, will begin at 10 a.m. The parade will start on Calhoun Street and will move south on Main Street, ending at the W.A. Family Store. Following the parade, Sumter Mayor R. E. Graham will make a brief Independence Day talk in the WA parking lot.

- A plan to handle Sumter County's "garbage explosion" in compliance with sanitary standards of the Sumter Board of Health has been developed for consideration by city council and the county commission. Under the proposal, the small dumps now maintained throughout the county would be replaced with containers that could be emptied periodically, and the city and county would jointly operate the centrally located city landfill.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

March 29 - April 4

- Sumter County Council agreed to spend $12,000 to acquire a five-year option to buy 65 acres of land on Airport Road adjacent to Crystal Lakes Golf Course and Dillon Park. The land could be used to expand either the golf course or the park if the county decides to purchase it. County Comptroller Bill Houser said no decision has been made as to what purpose the land might serve if purchased.

- From the elephants who help erect the tent to the lady who swings from her hair at the top of the tent, the Clyde Beatty/Cole Brothers Circus will try to prove its clam as "the world's largest circus under the big top." The animals and acrobats will be in Sumter for four two-hour performances at the Sumter County Exhibition Center.

- Irmo opened the door with three errors and Sumter closed it with a six-run second inning en route to a 7-1 baseball win at Sumter High. Sumter pitcher Lee Hatfield opened the big inning by reaching on an error. Courtesy runner Douglas Ireland then beat the force at second base on Steve Griffith's ground ball, and Adam McClain's sacrifice bunt was misplayed, loading the bases with no outs.

- With the end of World War II 50 years ago also came the demise of some of the greatest American planes ever produced: the B-17 and the B-24. Many planes were piled into metal heaps in the desert, making way for newer, more modern aircraft. Some thought the WWII fighters were forever gone. But modern restoration abilities will allow the planes to thunder in the skies above Florence - as well as land gracefully and open up for tours and inspection.

- Manning City Council has hired Camden native John K. Elliott as the city's new administrator. Elliott will replace Acting City Administrator Ben DeWitt. A former councilman, DeWitt has been acting city administrator since mid-January, when Hazel Graham resigned from the position.

- It's getting warmer. And that means it's mosquito spraying time again. Officials with the Sumter County Health Department's Mosquito Control Program will begin spraying a pesticide in the city and county. The public is being asked to help eliminate the critter's breeding grounds by removing all open containers that may hold water.

- Sumter Optimist Club boxer Matthew Martin will be among the featured attractions at the 43rd-annual Optimist Boxing Show at the Optimist Youth Center. Martin won the 132-pound open class at the South Carolina Golden Gloves.

- People across the state must be starting to think that Sumterites really want to carry guns. At the Statehouse, a Sumter physician testified in favor of a bill sponsored by a Sumter member of the House of Representatives to loosen regulations for getting a concealed weapons permit. And a Sumter senator introduced a similar measure to the Senate.

- The Touch will be "Horsing Around" in Bishopville. A World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, The Touch will make a special appearance at Horsing Around '95. It will be the horse's first appearance outside of Tennessee. Horsing Around is an annual open house at the Black River Horse Complex.

- For the first time in more than 10 years, Sumter High's boys' tennis team walked off a tennis court victorious against Richland Northeast. The Gamecocks defeated the Cavaliers 4-2 at Sumter High School to improve their record to 6-3 overall, 4-3 in Region IV-4A.

- "Real baseball" is real close. After nearly eight months of no baseball and then replacement baseball, major leaguers ended their strike when a federal judge ruled against the owners in the labor dispute. One big question remained: When will they return? Players say they're ready to go - three weeks of spring training and opening day in late April. Owners say: Not so fast.

- Sumter's Tuomey Regional Medical Center recently received a total of more than $28,000 in grants from a North Carolina foundation. Tuomey received the bulk of the money, $25,316, while Clarendon Memorial got $3,086. The awards were part of a $4.1 million grant given to 171 North Carolina and South Carolina hospitals and 46 children's homes by the Duke Endowment.

- Sumter didn't do anything right Friday night. As a result, the Gamecocks missed an opportunity to solidify a tie for first place in the Region IV-4A baseball standings. Sumter fell to 9-2 overall and 4-2 in the region with a 6-4 loss to Richland Northeast. The Cavaliers, 8-3 overall and 5-1 in region, are tied with Lancaster at the top of the region standings.

- Leadership, entrepreneurship and the ability "to get the job done" were characteristics in abundance as the YWCA of the Upper Lowlands awarded five area women its annual Women of Achievement honors. Dr. Edna L. Davis, Laureen D. Duren, Emily S. Edens, Edmonia G. McNeil and the Rev. Retha Mungin Nelson were recognized for their service to the community in fine arts, teaching, entrepreneurship, community service and religion.

- Tina Mitchum sneaked up on everybody last season. As difficult as that may be for someone who can bring a softball at a speed of more than 60 miles per hour in a space of 40 feet, that's exactly what Mitchum did last year. She transferred to Furman from Stall High School. Head coach Margaree Simon had no idea what she had until practice began. The Lady Indians' opponents didn't know what they were facing until they got in the batter's box against Mitchum.

- Nothing the American infantrymen encountered battling across Europe and into the German heartland steeled them for what they found at Dachau. After storming through the gates of the concentration camp near the sparkling snow-capped Bavarian Alps, some of the GIs wept. Parked at a railway siding were 40 freight cars with 2000 corpses crammed inside. Thousands more bodies were stacked like cordwood near the crematorium, because the SS guards had run out of coal to burn them. Staving survivors straggled out of filthy barracks to hug the Americans.