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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Boys head to camp thanks to paper drive; Shaw opens gym

Archivist and historian
Posted 1/11/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 3 - Aug. 9

- An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President Truman disclosed in a White House …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Boys head to camp thanks to paper drive; Shaw opens gym


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 3 - Aug. 9

- An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President Truman disclosed in a White House statement at 11 a. m. Aug. 6 that the first use of the bomb - containing more power than 20,000 tons of TNT and producing more than 2,000 times the blast of the most powerful bomb ever dropped before - was made 16 hours earlier on Hiroshima. The atomic bomb is the answer, President Truman said, to Japan's refusal to surrender. Secretary of War Stimson predicted the bomb will "prove a tremendous aid" in shortening the Japanese war.

- The second session of Camp Opportunity School Jr., which is held at Camp York, Kings Mountain State Park, is in full swing with an enrollment of 129 campers who represent 33 counties in the state. Most of these boys come from homes in which their mothers are engaged in necessary war industries. The camp is being sponsored by the State Department of Education, the State Forestry Commission and interested organizations and individuals as a special war measure.

- Fifty local boys will have a week at Burnt Gin Camp through proceeds from scrap paper collected in a drive which was sponsored by the Lions club and city officials. Total poundage collected was 14,600. The boys will be chosen for the most part from the YMCA Clean Life Club membership. Several from Boy Scout troop 37 also will go to the camp. The selections will be made from among about 157 candidates, according to Carl W. Link, executive secretary of the Y and Lions Club member.

- A committee of farm folks is actively renting lockers in the proposed Sumter plant. That is a prerequisite to getting such a plant. A large percentage of the lockers have to be rented in advance to ensure getting it. The rental money is to be held in trust until the required number have been rented, then plans can go forward for the construction of the plant.

- The Charleston and Berkeley county legislative delegations met in the Charleston County courthouse to discuss plans for preventing the omission of Charleston from the federal government's proposed $5,000,000,000 postwar system of super-highways. The group endorsed no definite north-south route but agreed to oppose present plans which bypass Charleston and other coastal counties. Mayor E. Edward Wehman Jr. is presently naming a committee to appear before the state highway commission on Aug. 23, at which the commission is expected to make a decision on what routes it will propose to the interregional committee.

- Many Sumter County widows of World War I veterans may be doing without benefits to which they are entitled according to County Service Officer L. C. Bryan. He stated that in looking over his files he found that there were approximately 200 widows listed in the records, and of this number, only approximately 60 to 65 had filed claims for pension under terms of an act enacted by Congress on Dec. 14, 1944. Under the terms of this act, a widow of a World War I veteran who had been in the service for at least 90 days and has not remarried is entitled to a pension of $35 per month, if her income is not over $1,000 without dependents or $2,500 if having dependent children.

- A generous supply of inexpensive shoes is slated for ration-free tags soon in a move probably heralding the end of all footwear rationing early next year. The OPA is planning to remove temporarily from rationing a wide variety of shoes retailing for $3.50 or less a pair. The plans became known as a war production board official predicted that shoe rationing probably will end altogether early in 1946.

- An experimental acre of Funks-Hybrid corn, planted by R. W. Ingram in the Bethel section, is being closely watched by J. M. Eleazer, county agent, who reports the planting shows greater vigor than any other hybrid corn and is much earlier, being already mature. Mr. Eleazer said that about 80 percent of the corn planted in the United States now is hybrid corn and that an increase in Sumter County corn crops is expected as soon as the proper hybrid for this section is found.

- There will be a jitterbug contest between black soldiers and civilians at the Black USO, Council Street, with junior hostesses as partners. The contest will be held on the clubhouse patio. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served by USO hostesses Leanna Horne and Pearl Butler.

- Norfolk, Virginia; Memphis, Tennessee; and either Columbia or Woodruff, South Carolina, will play in the Ninth Regional American Legion Junior baseball tournament starting in Sumter on Aug. 14. Shelby won the North Carolina championship by defeating Laurinburg in four straight games. Norfolk whipped Alexandria for the Virginia title, and Memphis bested Chattanooga to take Tennessee honors. Both Columbia and Woodruff have won one game in their three-of-five series. The third game will be played in Columbia tonight.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

April 12 - 18

- Jack Guy Ferraro, president of the Hillcrest High School Student Council, was one of approximately 1,200 outstanding high school seniors who attended the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington, D.C., the latter part of March. The seven-day session consisted of a study of American government with lectures by well-known guest speakers who participate in the United States government. The purpose of the program was to familiarize deserving high school students with the government system and the role and tempo of Washington.

- Dr. Sam Shepard, former Cleveland osteopath who was convicted of killing his first wife, died at his home. His third wife, Colleen, said the cause of death was not immediately learned. "He died here at home," she said. "He had the flu for several days, and apparently it was more than the flu, but we didn't know this." She said no doctor had seen Shepard during the illness. "He wouldn't let us call anyone. He got sick two or three days ago. We have no idea what caused the death."

- Charles V. Singleton, director of the Youth Division of the city police department, was named Sumter County's Outstanding Police Officer of the Year by American Legion Post 15. The presentation was made by Sen. Henry B. Richardson, who is chairman of Post 15's Highway Safety Committee. Singleton has been with the city police department for the past 10 years and has served as a patrolman, motorcycle officer, detective and lieutenant in the patrol division.

- Jack C. Anderson Jr., a four-year member of the Clemson University at Sumter facility, has been named director of that two-year undergraduate center. Anderson, assistant professor and head of the mathematics department at Sumter, replaces Dr. Samuel M. Willis, who will become dean of university extension at Clemson's main campus. "Prof. Anderson is a very capable and dedicated educator," says Clemson President Robert C. Edwards.

- The Edmunds High baseball team continued its winning ways, turning back Camden 4-2 in a AAAA, Region III clash. The victory boosts the Gamecocks' record to 4-1 for the season. Coach Spencer Poovey's team is 2-1 in the region, its lone loss being to Hartsville. Ronnie Scarborough gained the mound victory as he allowed five hits. The senior right hander fanned five batsmen and walked none.

- The Art Workshop Saturday, sponsored by the Junior Welfare League, opened its doors at District 17's Green School. There will be two two-hour sessions each Saturday for eight weeks. The workshop was outlined and instructor arranged by the Community Arts Committee, assisted by Shirley Temples, art instructor. With the cooperation of District 17's elementary school principals and 28 sixth-grade teachers, students were chosen to participate in this project.

- Robert Garrison Kolb was named the 1970 STAR student of the 5th Congressional District which includes students in Sumter, Chester, Chesterfield, Cherokee, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Union and York counties. The 17-year-old student is a senior at Edmunds High School and represented Sumter County in the Congressional District competition. Named as Congressional District STAR teacher was Joseph P. Cameron, who is a math instructor at Edmunds High School.

- All systems are "go" at Sumter Speedway for Saturday night, according to track promoter Pete Kiker after continuous rains halted workers from putting the finishing touches on the quarter-mile oval last week. Kiker commented that the track surface was in the best shape it had ever been and he looked for the most competitive field of cars seen at Sumter in several years.

- The Sumter Garden Club has now made it possible for many blind persons to realize the beauty of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens with the opening of its Braille Trail through the gardens. Mayor Robert E. Graham cut the ribbon, and members of the Sumter Garden Club accompanied three blind students through the trail. Also on hand for the trail opening was Sim Wright, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, which also helped in preparing the trail.

- Rep. James Cuttino of Sumter has been elected chairman of the Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives, thus becoming the third Sumter County legislator to head an important committee.

- Marvin D. Trapp has been promoted to senior vice president and secretary of The National Bank of South Carolina. Trapp, a native of Camden, joined The National Bank of South Carolina in 1963 as assistant vice president in charge of business development and advertising. He had previously served in various capacities in another South Carolina bank for 12 years.

- Shaw realized a long-anticipated goal when the new base gymnasium opened its doors to the public. Approximately 300 Shawites utilized the new structure on opening day, culminating more than one-and-a-half years of waiting for the permanent gym. The multi-purpose gymnasium features a 90-foot varsity basketball court which can also accommodate two 50-foot practice courts, two volleyball courts or two badminton courts.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Jan. 5 - 11

- In 1965, Summerton Baptist Church School first opened its doors. Now 30 years later, Clarendon Hall, as it came to be known, is still offering high-quality academics set in a wholesome Christian environment, along with an exceptional athletic program. Over the years, Clarendon Hall's enrollment has grown. The very first senior class had one member, Mr. John Ducworth. Now the senior class has 19 members, including two foreign exchange students.

- Four Dalzell children whose family lost almost everything they owned in a Dec. 24 fire are thanking area firefighters for saving their Christmas. "Thanks for saving our house," Mathew Cadden, 10, wrote in a letter to firefighters recently. "(Too) bad it burned down though. I hope you have a good day and save more people's houses." His younger brother wrote, "If it was not for you, we wouldn't have anything."

- Manning Magistrate Ruben Clark, 75, Clarendon County's first black magistrate judge in more than 100 years, has held that position for more than 17 years. Clark was presented with the Order of the Palmetto for his service to the state. "The Order of the Palmetto is the highest honor the governor can bestow on one of his citizens," State Sen. John Land said in presenting the award. "This award is given to Judge Clark for his distinguished service in general but particularly as a magistrate judge."

- A gracious residence built in 1908 in what was then "the country" has been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The Henry Lee Scarborough house at 425 N. Main St. - now in Sumter's downtown - has housed businesses for the past few decades. It is one of the few remaining examples of early 20th century Neo-Classical Revival architecture left in Sumter.

- Wednesday evening could have been a lot more enjoyable, from the perspective of Sumter High School wrestling coach David Wright. The Gamecocks played host to Wright's alma mater, Lugoff-Elgin High School, which included Wright's younger brother, Jody, wrestling at 119 pounds, and took a 57-15 pounding. "It was tough," the elder Wright admitted after his team's fourth loss in five outings this season. "It's tough wrestling the school that you attended and coached, and your family is part of. It was extremely hard watching my brother."

- Residents of the areas between West Liberty Street and Oakland Avenue can now expect police to routinely visit their homes. So can residents in three other Sumter communities. Sumter Police Chief Harold Johnson told Sumter City Council this week that residents of areas targeted for community policing can expect an officer to knock on their doors and introduce themselves. "This is a long-term program where officers will get to know residents by name, know who lives where and know what the specific concerns are of each resident," Johnson said. The COPS program, an acronym for Community Oriented Policing, has already been implemented in two city areas.

- Police Chief Harold Johnson brought good news to council as he disclosed Sumer's crime statistics for 1994. Sumter's crime index, which measures the number of crimes committed, is down 22.4 percent from 1992's figure. Included in this number is a decrease in murders, from a recent high of nine in 1992 to three in 1994 - the lowest number since 1985.

- Listening to Furman's Marty Jacobs and Mayewood's Earnest Fleming talk about their teams' performances in their game at the Vikings' gymnasium, it would be hard to tell which team won. Neither coach spouted many words of praise. For the record, though, Furman rallied for a 63-58 victory. "Not hitting our free throws, inconsistency, poor judgment, that hurt us all night. It's been a trend all season," said Fleming after Mayewood fell 0-7. "We just didn't play a smart game. We made errant passes, took bad shots and were putting the ball in the wrong person's hands."

- The Mayewood Lady Vikings rallied from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit and went on to win over Furman High School at the Mayewood gymnasium. The Lady Indians only led 18-15 after one quarter. However, they held the Lady Vikings to only five points in the second quarter and opened a 34-20 halftime lead.

- Pat Veltre's musical leanings came from his dad, an Italian immigrant who had played in the Italian army band and who later led a community band in Hillsville, Pennsylvania, where Veltre was born. His father didn't have a teaching certificate and wasn't allowed to teach in the United States, but Veltre said "good musicians in town would come to him and ask, "How do you do this, or how do you do that?" Veltre played under the direction of his father's baton and later conducted the same Hillsville band.

- Nine-year-old Ryan Bailey has been very popular at Alice Drive Elementary School lately. It could be because his winning "Putting Families First" logo is sending his entire third-grade to the inauguration in Columbia. Or, it could be because his head's not swelling despite his recent fame and media coverage. The cherubic redhead's design was chosen from thousands of entries from school children around the state to be the logo for Governor-elect David Beasley's inauguration ceremonies.