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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Yanks' supper held at school cafeteria; Jones sees 200th career coaching win

Sumter Item archivist and historian
Posted 6/20/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Jan. 11 - 16

- A large crowd attended the annual Ladies' Night Banquet of the Sumter Kiwanis Club held at Edmunds High School. Dr. Havilah Babcock, dean of the School of English of the University of South Carolina, was …

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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Yanks' supper held at school cafeteria; Jones sees 200th career coaching win


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Jan. 11 - 16

- A large crowd attended the annual Ladies' Night Banquet of the Sumter Kiwanis Club held at Edmunds High School. Dr. Havilah Babcock, dean of the School of English of the University of South Carolina, was guest speaker for the affair.

- The clothing secured in the Victory Clothing Drive was packed at the YMCA, and all persons in Sumter who still have not brought in their bundles and desire to help are asked to bring them to the YMCA. A group of volunteers from the various religious, educational and civic clubs of the city will have charge of the packing, and they hope to complete it in one day.

- The Sumter County Game and Fish Association had its first "Yanks" barbecue supper meeting at the Edmunds High School cafeteria. R.T. Brown was secretary-treasurer of the organization. Membership cards were available for purchase by mail, from any rural policeman, hardware store or barber shop. The goal was to have more than 1,000 members for the current year.

- Disgruntled GIs overseas and equally concerned congressmen called for "Ike" to speak out plainly on the Army's trouble-harried demobilization program. The great prestige which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower enjoys both with the Army rank and file as well as with Capitol Hill lawmakers evidently made them want to hear what he had to say as chief of staff.

- Much fun and festivity is in store for all patrons of the Officers Club as the winter program goes into full swing. Informal "jukebox" dances on Wednesday nights, bingo and bridge games on Thursday nights and the weekly Saturday night formals are scheduled.

- Pupils of Sumter elementary, junior high and high schools who were the largest bond sellers in the Victory Bond campaign were given a special tour of Shaw Field. The show, arranged by Col. D. W. Titus, base commander, and Francis M. Moise, Victory Bond committeeman, included a three-hour tour that featured a movie and a demonstration of Air Force link trainers movies, gunnery equipment and airplanes.

- Jack Chandler hit the basket for 12 points to lead the Sumter High School Gamecocks to a 27-to-21 victory over the Columbia High School Capitals. Ed Brown for Columbia was runner-up for high scorer, sinking four field goals and one free shot for nine points.

- Sumter High's basketball team, fresh from an unexpected victory over Columbia's previously unbeaten Capitals, will take on Florence High's quintet. The Gamecocks, with a shifted lineup after their first game loss to Olympia's cagers, played stellar ball to whip the Caps. Theron Cook, lanky football star, was given his first assignment as a basketball player and started at center.

- The nation's major sources of new home and industrial electric appliances were shut off today when 200,000 CIO electrical workers went on strike in 16 states, running the number of strike-idle in the country to more than 600,000 - highest since before the war.

- Nylon lines formed on Main Street early today braving the inclement weather for those sheer "one to a customer" scarcities with men as well as women patiently awaiting their turn at the stocking counter in spite of a drizzling rain.

- Many former service men now in "civvies" are enjoying the Men's Volleyball class each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Y gym. This group of young volleyball enthusiasts, with the old timers, are having a lot of fun.

- Plans have been completed for the first Senior Scout dance for all Senior Scouts of the Pee Dee Area Council to be held at Sunset Country Club. Music was provided by J. W. Philips and his orchestra.

- Thirteen Sumter men left this morning for Fort Jackson for pre-induction exams and two for inducting into the United States Army. Sleet, wind and rain were on the weather menu from Sumter this morning with more of the same promised for tonight and tomorrow. The mercury dropped to 32 during the night.

- Whisenhunt Specialty Co. of Charleston and Carolina Motor Co. of Sumter, each capitalized at $10,000, were chartered by the secretary of state. The Whisenhunt company listed officers as J. L. Whisenhunt, president; Richard J. Conron, vice president and secretary; and D.K. Whisenhunt, treasurer. Officers of the Sumter concern were J. C. Hurst, president, and Frank L. Atkinson, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

- Col. Clayton E. Hughes, a former commander in the Air Transport Command in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theater, former Air Corps Aerobatic Pursuit Team member, and noted Army polo player, assumed command of Shaw Field. In an interview, the new base commander said: "I am extremely happy to be assigned to Shaw Field and to be stationed in South Carolina. Shaw, now designated as a permanent interim base, is destined to be one of the Air Force's important air fields."

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

Sept. 14 - 20

- The First Santee-Cooper Country Archery Tournament and Hunt has ended, and bowmen traveled to Moncks Corner for a two-day deer hunt to complete one of the first PAAsanctioned archery tournaments ever held in South Carolina. Approximately 145 bowmen from California to New York participated in the tournament.

- It used to be said about a homely father of a good-looking daughter, "It ruins your faith in good seed corn." But jokes about corn seed aren't funny anymore. Good seed corn may be the most precious commodity farmers will be looking for next year, a group of specialists at Clemson University have concluded. Faith in the seed of some varieties has been shaken by the epidemic of southern corn leaf blight that ravaged corn fields this summer.

- Two things really stand out in a summary from a recent in-depth study of farm records in S.C. They showed, for one thing, that many farms in the state lost money last year. A poor growing season for many crops and depressed market conditions, hard facts of life for farmers as the year progressed, were translated into even harder facts when firm figures were in.

- Enemy troops ambushed the vanguard of the Cambodian government's first major offensive of the war today, forcing Cambodian soldiers back after an abortive attempt to recapture an important position in the country's heartland.

- If you like football and enjoy picking winners, you'll get your chance tomorrow when the first installment of The Sumter Daily Item's Annual Football Contest is kicked off. The weekly contest provides an opportunity for pigskin enthusiasts to select winners in high school football contests and win money doing it.

- R. B. Dean was recognized at the Sumter County Development Board meeting with a plaque in appreciation for his service to the board since 1968. W. T. Fort Jr., board vice chairman, and John Jones, a member of the board, presented the plaque.

- The highly talented and gallant Sumter Darts failed in their bid for the S.C. Intercity Tennis League Championship, losing in the last moments of play to a powerful Greenville aggregation. Sumter took control of the match in the opening singles play as Jimmy Boykin overcame Greenville's Tommy Wyche and Arthur Abbott downed Frank Spears in straight sets.

- Mrs. Agnes Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 1970 edition of "Outstanding Educations of America," according to Dr. L. C. McArthur, superintendent of schools for District 17. Mrs. Wilson was nominated earlier this year and has been chosen for the awards publication on the basis of her civic and professional achievements.

- The specialty of the house this month will be the NCO Wives' Club membership drive. Mrs. Mary Martin, the club's president, issued a call to all the wives of NCOs whose husbands belong to the open mess organization to join or at least look over the wives group. We'd like to have all the girls that qualify for membership to come on out and join us.

- It's been 23 years since the United States Air Force became a separate service. And it's been a fantastic 23 years. Sept. 18, 1947, was the dawn of the jet age. Today, we are in the space age.

- The 363rd Field Maintenance Squadron was recently awarded the Quarterly Wing OJT Trophy. Out of a possible 100 points, the Field Maintenance S quadroon obtained a 93.3 score for the period April 1 to June 30 of this year.

- Seaman Richardson, Sumter High's flanker, has been placed on the disabled list and is expected to remain there for a minimum of six weeks and possibly the rest of the season. It will hurt. Richardson suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice while going up for a pass.

- Approximately 123 Sumterites will be voicing their opinions, listening to others, gaining new outlooks and meeting new people in the first session of the Young Women's Christian Association Dialogue Sessions. These 123 interested persons were divided into six groups and will meet at different homes and locations throughout the city to discuss today's problems and other subjects.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

June 14 - 20

- Lee County Council shied away from implementing a road user fee to help balance the county's 1995-96 budget. Council gave preliminary approval to an unspecified budget of about $4 million. Two more approvals are needed before July 1.

- Summerton Town Council gave final approval to a $660,455 budget to fund the town's 1995-96 operations. The budget - which reflects about a 7 percent decrease from the current year's budget - doesn't call for any change in the town's tax rate, Town Administrator Mark Myers said.

- The moon was full at Riley Park on Tuesday night. By the conclusion of Sumter's 16-4 American Legion baseball win over Columbia Northeast, that fact was evident without even a glance skyward. Three hours into the seven-inning affair (mercifully stopped at that point due to the 10-run rule), the visitors had neither a pitcher nor a catcher capable of steering a baseball 60 feet, six inches with any velocity, and Sumter centerfielder Bert Beatson was trying his hand as a closer against a one-armed hitter.

- Sumter school district officials are trying to untangle details of a loophole in this year's state property tax relief that allows local governments to raise taxes to fund schools and give the state the bill. Sumter School District 2 Superintendent Dr. Frank Baker doesn't expect he'll push Sumter County Council to take advantage of the new loophole, however, because it could end up hurting many taxpayers.

- If you think the Junior Welfare League is a bunch of housewives gathering periodically to have morning tea, you haven't looked around the community lately. Although the league was formed by Priscilla Shaw in 1914 to give a group of card-playing housewives something to do, today's "League girls" barely have time to learn the art of bridge. The Sumter Junior Welfare League started with 12 women and in 1994 was comprised of 113 women, 75 percent of whom work in full-time jobs. They volunteered 4,280 hours and raised and donated more than $46,000 to the community.

- Sumter's Chain Gang Bicycle Club donated $1,000 to the Sumter Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club annual Back-A-Boy and Girl campaign. The money was raised during the second-annual Swift Ride held in conjunction with the Iris Festival. Pepsi Cola was the major sponsor for the event, and the bike club organized the event.

- Sumter P-15's head coach Wallie Jones reached a milestone when his team shut out Dalzell 13-0 in an American Legion baseball game. Jones, in his ninth season as the P-15's head coach, picked up his 200th career coaching victory. Ironically, he had no idea of his accomplishment. "I really didn't know," said Jones, who has guided the P-15's to four straight state championships. "I wasn't aware of that. WIBZ Radio announcer John Quackenbush told me about it before the game tonight, but that was the first I'd heard of it.

- Sluggish sales and two warehouses full of unsold merchandise have forced the city of Sumter's largest privately held employer to scale back workers' hours. Sumter's Korn Industries will begin shutting its plant down every other week in mid-July to slow production and avoid an employee layoff. The South Lafayette Drive furniture manufacturer employs more than 100 workers.

- The city of Sumter is apparently going to be home to one of 10 franchises in a newly formed professional basketball league that is expected to begin play this fall. The American Major Basketball League is set to have teams in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee as well as South Carolina. The Sumter team would play its home games at the Sumter County Exhibition Center.

- Their eyes widen, mouths drop open and tiny hands rush to flushed cheeks. The story is getting exciting. The children on the floor encircle the storyteller, who sits in a chair in the middle. With wide sweeping hands, exaggerated facial expressions and a variety of voices, the storyteller brings the characters to life. Storytellers come as part of the summer reading program at the Sumter County Library.

- Sumter County Council will consider three revenue-raising ordinances at a special meeting and may vote to approve a referendum on a 1-cent local option sales tax. One of the ordinances to be considered is an expansion of the county road user fee that council Democrats defeated last week while Republican Chairman Chuck Fienning was absent. Two other ordinances - one to increase the maximum fine that can be imposed by county magistrates and one that increases the video poker machine fee - both received the first of three approvals.

- If you've ever attended classes at USC Sumter, don't be surprised if, in the near future, you receive a friendly telephone call from Milton Blackmon, a volunteer who is helping the university stay in touch with former students. "USC Sumter's Office of Admissions has been making a real effort to contact former students by telephone to let them know about academic programs and various other activities on campus."

- Fun and games are on the agenda for the Sumter City Council meeting. The game is bingo, and the "fun" for council members will be sorting through a set of complicated city planning laws in trying to decide whether to lift a ban on bingo parlors in certain areas of downtown. A public hearing and a lengthy presentation by Sumter City-County Planning Director John Stockbridge about permitting bingo parlors in Sumter's downtown "central business district" yielded nothing.