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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Fishing derby begins; Sumterite is missionary in Romania

Posted 1/18/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 10 - Aug. 16

- American aircraft carriers, new to war before the attack on Pearl Harbor, emerged as one of the most powerful offensive weapons in the campaign against Japan. As the spearhead of every naval striking …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Fishing derby begins; Sumterite is missionary in Romania


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Aug. 10 - Aug. 16

- American aircraft carriers, new to war before the attack on Pearl Harbor, emerged as one of the most powerful offensive weapons in the campaign against Japan. As the spearhead of every naval striking force, the flattops, shepherding fighters and bombers revolutionized amphibious warfare. Carrier forces proved effective on both sides. But America's Fighting Ladies finally neutralized the enemy's sea-air power and went to attack island bases and the Japanese homeland almost at leisure.

- Miss Florence Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Anderson of Sumter, has been notified by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that her scholarship committee has approved her application to train in the field of physical therapy. Miss Anderson, one of the first from Sumter to enter this new field, will begin her course in September at the Richmond Professional Institute, which, with the Medical College of Virginia, is a division of William and Mary.

- All black citizens of Sumter who have extra rooms in their homes that they would be willing to rent to servicemen and their wives are urged to get in touch with the Black USO at 42 Council St. either in person or by telephone. Please state how many rooms are available and how many persons you can accommodate.

- Whittled down by an approximate 15 percent boll weevil loss, South Carolina's cotton crop this year is expected to yield some 720,000 bales. Federal-State Agricultural Statistician Frank O. Black estimated that his would be 17 percent less than last year's production and five percent less than the 10-year 1934-43 average. The forecast was based on an estimate of 1,020,000 acres in cultivation July 1. A yield of 341 pounds of lint an acre indicated was 61 pounds above average for the 1934-43 period but 43 pounds less than last year's record.

- Sumter will meet Darlington in a baseball game which will be played at the Municipal Park. The Gamecock team, composed of city stars and members of the recent American Legion Junior team, lost a close 8-7 contest to Florence last night before a capacity crowd of 2,000. Bruce Reynolds, Legion star, was the outstanding player by getting two doubles and a triple in four trips to the plate. Beverly Riley went the distance for the local city boys and except for one inning pitched good ball. Backers of the local nine are hoping for a good crowd and promise a bang-up contest.

- Out in front of the South Carolina service baseball league's second half race were the Ft. Jackson Red Raiders, with a perfect record in nine games. Following on the heels of the Raiders was the Columbia Air Base. The Air Base Comets have won seven and lost two. Shaw Field was in third place with five wins and four losses.

- Amounts paid as old age assistance in Sumter County last month were $1.64 below the state average of $14.14, according to the records of the county department of public welfare. C. E. Hurst, chairman of the county board of public welfare, said that average payments varied among the counties from $11.31 in Berkeley to $17.12 in Greenville, a range of 51 percent. This variation in averages, the chairman explained, is largely because of differences in the cost of living in urban areas as compared with predominantly rural counties.

- Although fighting in the First World War ceased with the armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, Congress did not officially declare the war ended until July 2, 1921. Most emergency legislation enacted for World War II remains in effect until the president or Congress officially declares hostilities at an end. However, the draft law will expire automatically next May 15 unless Congress repeals it sooner. The 1921 resolution provided: "That the state of war exists between the Imperial German government and the United States of America by the joint resolution of Congress approved April 6, 1917, is hereby declared at an end." A separate section officially ended the war with Austria-Hungary.

- Housewives who plan to celebrate peace news by making confetti out of ration books got a word from the wise Office of Price Administration today. State Director E. H. Talbem warned that the state OPA has had no official notice of relaxation of any ration or price control, and any destroyed ration material "positively" will not be replaced.

- For his services as war mobilization director for two and one-half years, Secretary of State James F. Byrnes received from President Truman a Distinguished Service Medal. Standing on the grass in the White House rose garden, the chief executive read a citation which said he "did not hesitate to support unpopular measures essential to the successful prosecution of the war." Standing between the chief executive and his wife, the secretary of state said he appreciated the honor "more than any ever conferred upon me."

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

April 12 - 18

- The annual House-to-House Canvass of the Cancer Crusade for 1970 begins April 13 and will last throughout the week. Everyone is urged to make as big a contribution as possible to the person that will call at your home to receive your gift. Porch lights will be left on to welcome the canvassers and to indicate the light that is being shed through research and education. Your gift will help in this campaign against the dreaded disease. Much of the money collected will be spent here in Sumter County to help cancer patients in their fight. Mrs. I. B. Parnell and Mrs. F. N. Culler are in charge of this phase of the cancer drive.

- Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops kept up the pressure in South Vietnam and Cambodia, assaulting remote border posts, villages and towns. Attacks in the Central Highlands and the northern quarter of South Vietnam killed two more Americans and 25 government soldiers as the enemy offensive ground into its 13th day. Fifteen Americans and 170 South Vietnamese were wounded.

- Debra Cooper was named Miss Bishopville for 1970-71 at the Miss Bishopville Pageant. The daughter of Mrs. Virginia Cooper, she is a senior at Bishopville High School, is 5 feet 4 inches tall and has blond hair and brown eyes. Present at the crowning ceremony were Miss South Carolina, Brantlee Price, and Debbie Shaw, the former Miss Bishopville. Miss Cooper won her title in competition over nine other girls.

- Commencement exercises for the second class of the Sumter School of Practical Nursing were held April 3 in the educational building of Tuomey Hospital. Ralph Abercrombie, administrator of Tuomey Hospital, presided. Guest speaker was Dr. L. C. McArthur Jr., superintendent of Sumter School District 17. Mrs. John A. Mills Jr., director of the school, presented certificates to graduates.

- The Sixth-Annual World's Championship Landlocked Striped Bass Fishing Derby began Saturday, April 4, on the Santee-Cooper Lakes with a purse in excess of $18,000. This event, sponsored by the Santee-Cooper Counties Promotion Commission, in the past has drawn visitors from far and wide. This year's event - the largest freshwater fishing derby in the nation - promised to be the best ever with the inclusion of the "Special Reward" tagged striped bass program and the wonderful support received from individuals and businesses in the five Santee-Cooper counties.

- The season opener at Sumter Speedway proved to be the most exciting in many years, and a near sell-out crowd watched with delight as Slick Gibbons raced home ahead of 12 other drivers to win the modified main event, while Benny Compton earned first-place money by winning the 20-lap claim race. Fans were enlightened by the speeds of both divisions, and no one complained about the spine-tingling action rendered in the claim race as only four cars finished from a starting field of 20.

- This is the time of the year, a U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist says, when tornadoes are most prevalent in South Carolina. John Purvis of the Columbia bureau said tornadoes are not a common sight in the Palmetto State, but since 1913 records show that 207 persons have died in the state as the result of some 250 tornadoes. There have been no deaths caused by tornadoes, Purvis said, since 1966.

- Apollo 13's imperiled astronauts battled to bring their crippled spaceship back to Earth today as Mission Control Center considered a risky "superfast" return that would propel them home a day early and perhaps save their lives. "Yes, barely," flight controller Glynn Lunney said when asked whether the three spacemen would make it back from their aborted moon landing mission, suddenly cut short when a violent rupture of unknown origin ripped through pressurized fuel tanks.

- Sumter School District 17 is in the process of reopening negotiations with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare on a new desegregation plan for the city's two senior high schools. Schools superintendent Dr. L. C. McArthur made the announcement at the same time he disclosed that HEW had informed him the district was now eligible for federal funds after being in non-compliance since last year. The deferral was lifted because HEW had found the desegregation plan submitted in February to be acceptable.

- The Edmunds High track team proved strong in two recent meets. Yesterday, the Gamecock cinders captured a four-way meet, and Saturday they placed third in the Buccaneer Relays in Charleston which featured 40 schools. In the Saturday competition, Edmunds' 880 Relay team took first place with a time of 1:29.8. Coach Bob Cherry said it was the fastest time ever run in South Carolina; however, it will not count as a new state record.

- One of Sunset Country Club's most recent acquisitions is an attractive three-acre lake which is located at the 13th hole where a low, soggy savannah used to be. The lake, which is in the gently curving form of a "backward S," did not appear miraculously overnight but was the result of careful study on the part of conservationist Ben Abbott of the Sumter County Soil Conservation Service.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Jan. 12 - 18

- Sumter High School's Carl Baker has committed to play football at Clemson University. But, when the Shrine Bowl wide receiver narrowed his choices to Georgia Tech and Clemson, baseball was also on his mind. "Georgia Tech and Clemson were about even, so that made it harder to decide." Baker, a 6-foot 190-pounder, completed a sterling senior season at Sumter High with 50 receptions for 588 yards (11.8 yards per catch) and four touchdowns and also saw time in the backfield at running back and quarterback. But he also hit .326 with a home run and 29 runs batted in for Sumter's state championship American Legion baseball team last summer.

- Manning City Councilwoman Dr. Rose Hilliard resigned her position on council this week because she's moved out of the city. Hilliard, who is the superintendent of Manning's Clarendon School District 2, said she is sad to leave council, but since she has moved to Alcolu, she is no longer a city resident. Council members are elected from single-member districts in which they must reside.

- Alvis Bynum was named the Sumter Family YMCA's 1994 Humanitarian of the Year during the organization's annual meeting and awards banquet. Bynum, vice president of Sumter Supply Co., was presented the award by last year's winner Charles "Flop" Shaw at the Shaw Air Force Base Officers' Club. Bynum is a native of Sumter and a 1959 graduate of Wofford College. His YMCA roots run deep as his father, the late W.E. Bynum, lived in the YMCA when he first came to Sumter in the 1920s.

- Carolina Golden Products, the nation's second-leading poultry distributor, is considering expanding its Sumter poultry processing plant. Don Mabe, division manager of the U.S. 15 South processing plant, said there are talks of expansion but warned that the company is "at least four months from doing anything." "I will have more details next week," Mabe said. "This is still a preliminary thing."

- While a little rain is good, too much can be devastating to a farmer. South Carolina's recent extra-wet weather has already hurt local farmers, but some experts say it may take time before the total amount of damage is realized. "We've already been affected," said local Clemson Extension Service agent Russell Duncan. "Soybeans that should have been harvested by now remain in the fields because we've gotten so much rain and so often that (the farmers) haven't been able to get into the field since the week before Christmas."

- Eddie Talley's return to the Swampcat Gymnasium looked as though it would easily be triumphant one through three quarters. It didn't end up that way. Wilson Hall, where Talley now coaches, led his old school, Laurence Manning, by 16 points entering the fourth quarter. The Barons blew the lead but were rescued by Kevin Kieslich's three-point basket with four seconds left as they eked out a 55-52 win.

- The construction boom at Shaw Air Force Base over the past five years is a sure sign Pentagon planners won't target the base for closing, right? Think again, say local leaders trying to keep the fighter base off a military base closure list to be released March 1. "People should not read anything into it," said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Tom Olsen, executive director of the Sumter Base Defense Committee. Olsen retired in 1991 as vice commander of the 9th Air Force headquartered at Shaw.

- Barbara Waters couldn't speak their language, and the Romanians couldn't speak hers. But it was clear to her, when a group of children sang "Jesus loves the little children" in Romanian and the group of American missionaries sang along in English, that they did speak the same language - through the words of Christ. And as she stood on the streets of Cluj, Romania, one Saturday in November, handing out pamphlets to spread the word of Christianity in the recently liberated country, the Sumterite experienced the same language-breaking barrier.

- Deep within one of the smallest towns in Sumter County, is one of the biggest college basketball prospects in the state. Seco Camara, a 6-5, 205-pound product of Portugal, has always dreamed of playing basketball on the college level in the United States. Last summer, the 18-year-old took a major step in that direction when an international scout advised him to attend his senior year of high school in the U.S.A. few months later, he enrolled at Thomas Sumter Academy in Dalzell.

- On the SCETV "Making It Grow!" program, Morris Warner, county Extension agent from Newberry County, brought specimens of weeds from home lawns to show and discuss possible control. I really thought it was a bit premature to talk about weed control until I started paying closer attention to some of the lawns around Sumter. With the above normal amount of precipitation and warmer temperatures this fall and winter, most weeds appear to be in "high gear." . . . Homeowners are fortunate to have an arsenal of herbicides available for control of weeds. Most all winter annual broadleaf weeds can be effectively controlled with current recommended herbicides.

- John Norwood, a job developer/coach for Sumer School District 17, will review the district's Transition Job Training Program for trustees. The monthly Sumter 17 board of trustees meeting is scheduled at the district office. The Transitional Job Training program, which helps disabled students get ready for today's job market, was begun 2 years ago in response to federal and state mandates. The satisfaction of working for a living is a benefit in itself, many would argue. But according to Norwood, finding jobs for students with disabilities can also save the state an average of $14,000 per student per year.