Yesteryear with Sammy Way: German POWs to work near Shaw; Morris students honored

By SAMMY WAY
Posted 8/11/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

March 2 - March 8

- Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Jones of Route 1, Sumter, whose son, James Aubrey Jones, seaman first class, USNR, has been missing in action since Nov. 25, have learned that the missing sailor has been cited. A …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: German POWs to work near Shaw; Morris students honored

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75 YEARS AGO - 1945

March 2 - March 8

- Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Jones of Route 1, Sumter, whose son, James Aubrey Jones, seaman first class, USNR, has been missing in action since Nov. 25, have learned that the missing sailor has been cited. A letter from Capt. Hunter Wood Jr. was received: "I take pride in forwarding herewith a letter of commendation awarded by the commanding officer of the USS Cabot to your son, missing in action, for outstanding service and meritorious conduct as a member of the crew of the USS Cabot, 25 Nov., 1944.

- First Lt. Julius M. DuRant, son of Mrs. Alma S. DuRant, has won the air medal "for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight in Holland, Germany and Belgium, 16 Nov. to 27 Dec. 1944. While performing duty as an air observation pilot during this period, Lt. DuRant's outstanding work in directing artillery fire and front-line reconnaissance, frequently under hazards of unfavorable weather conditions, contributed materially to the success of military operations.

- Hundreds of the innumerable friends of Henry P. Moses gathered together this morning to pay a final tribute of affection and respect to the memory of this prominent and public-spirited citizen of Sumter, as funeral services were conducted at his late residence on Church Street, followed by interment, with Masonic ceremonies, in the Jewish cemetery. The service at the residence was conducted by Rabbi S. R. Shillman in accordance with the impressive and solemn ritual of the Hebrew faith.

- Four U.S. airmen from the Carolinas were credited with destroying 10 Nazi planes in pressing home attacks against the first serious enemy opposition in weeks. Lt. Duncan McDuffie of Aiken shot down four German planes, Lt. Jack Hodges of Alcolu two and Capt. James Starnes of Route 2, Wilmington, North Carolina, one. Lt. Oscar Bigg of Wilmington, North Carolina, destroyed three planes on the ground.

- A group of German prisoners of war who are to cut pulpwood and do other farming jobs in this vicinity arrived this week and will be housed in the Theater of Operations area just inside the main gate, north of the baseball park. In announcing their arrival, Col. D. W. Titus, Shaw Field commander, explained that the prisoners' work will be in neighboring civilian communities and that they will not at present work on Shaw Field itself. Rumors that they are taking over jobs now held by Shaw military and civilian personnel were branded as just that and no more.

- Spartanburg and Greenville, ancient up-state rivals, will meet for the championship of the State Class A High School Basketball tournament here after knocking off last year's finalist in the next-to-last round. Spartanburg downed Charleston's 1944 titleholders 43 to 31, and Greenville ousted Sumter runner-up last season 37 to 26 in the semi-finals twin bill before a packed house of 1,200 fans. The Spartans and the Raiders met twice during the regular season, each winning once.

- Greenville High's Red Raiders are basking in the glory of a championship performance that gave them the state Class A basketball title. Their 57-34 defeat of Spartanburg gave the high-scoring Raiders a record of 145 points in three tourney victories. The team was presented a handsome trophy after its victory by William Henry Shaw, superintendent of the city schools. The All-Tournament team consisted of Junior Riddle of Greenville; Earl "Red" Berry; Billy Roberts, Charleston; "Red" Hollis, Columbia; and guard Louis Bryan, Sumter.

- A runaway horse hitched to a wagon caused considerable damage here yesterday, and the owner was charged with leaving the animal unhitched. He was sentenced to $50 or 30 days by Judge L. E. Purdy in Recorder's Court. The horse and wagon hit two cars, damaging both, and broke the arm of a bystander.

- Sturdy U.S. Marines made limited gains in northern Iwo Jima on Sunday and hurled back a Japanese counter-attack in which hundreds of screaming Japanese were killed, Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz announced today. Enemy dead numbered 12,864 as of Saturday, out of an estimated garrison of 20,000. There were 81 prisoners, the majority Korean laborers.

- Pinewood folks are looking forward to the PTA barbeque supper Thursday evening. After the supper, there will be entertainment by the Choral Club and Miss Mary Dorothy Currie of Sumter. This supper is being sponsored by the Pinewood PTA with a view to lifting the balance due on the refrigerator which was bought by the organization for the Pinewood lunchroom. Everyone is invited to attend.

- Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Gray is one Sumter soldier who saw a lot of action before returning to civilian life. In the service of two years and six months, one year of that time was spent overseas. Just given a medical discharge, he wears a Purple Heart with cluster, signifying that he was twice wounded in action. Sgt. Gray was an engineer-gunner on a B-17 in the European theater of operations, and he wears the ETO ribbon with two stars for major engagements. Other decorations he has won are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Star, the Air Medal with three clusters, the American theater ribbon and Good Conduct bar. In addition, he wears a blue ribbon, indicating that his unit won the presidential citation.

50 YEARS AGO - 1969

Nov. 2 - 8

- It boggles the mind to think of two high school football teams ranked in the top five playing each other, but that's the situation here at Memorial Stadium. The Edmunds/Brookland-Cayce game highlights a schedule which also includes a conference championship game, Hillcrest at Bishopville. Hillcrest has a chance to beat Bishopville out for the league title. Other games include Lake City at East Clarendon, Mayewood at Timmonsville, Hemingway at Furman, Lamar at Manning, Manchester at Ebenezer and Sumter High School at Gordon.

- Four Morris College students have been selected to "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges." The students selected for their academic achievement, creativity, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and future potential. Miss Helen Davis, a senior, majoring in Biology from Sumter; Miss Addie Pee, a senior, majoring in Elementary Education from Marion; Edward Dixon, a senior, majoring in Social Studies from Sumter; and Clarence Alston, a junior, majoring in English from Timmonsville, were the four students selected.

- Darell Koons, outstanding South Carolina artist of the Bob Jones faculty in Greenville, will speak to the Sumter Artists Guild at their meeting to be held at the First Federal Savings and Loan. He will give a painting demonstration, show slides and discuss some of his paintings.

- Most South Carolina high schools, at least those in the metropolitan areas of the state, apparently are asking the pupils to take the responsibility for the type of clothes and the length of hair they wear to class. And principals in the schools checked by The Associated Press were unanimous in their beliefs that the youths, with a few exceptions, had kept the skirts at a decent length, the hair above the collars and their feet in shoes.

- Jimmy Eaves, quarterback of the Edmunds High School Gamecocks, doesn't change into a superman suit before the games - but some might think he does. A modest team leader, Eaves has changed a number of opinions about himself, due mainly to his hard work and determination to become a top quarterback and a winner. When Joel Stoudenmire, last year's starter for Edmunds, transferred to a private school and jayvee quarterback Ronnie Huber moved to Orangeburg, the door for the job was thrown wide open. Eaves got his foot in and hasn't let up since leading the Gamecocks to eight victories.

- The music area of the Humanities Division at Morris College will have open house of the newly renovated Music Building today. J. Weldon Norris, chairman of the department and director of the Morris College Choral Society, in making the announcement of the open house also said the newly renovated building contains some 26 reproduction prints from the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

- President Nixon says he has worked out with South Vietnam "an orderly schedule timetable" for withdrawal of all U.S. ground combat troops from Vietnam but may have to revise it if Hanoi "significantly" escalates the war. "I have chosen a plan for peace," Nixon told a national TV audience. "I believe it will succeed."

- T.B. (Dick) Tillman, who was instrumental in making the Sumter County 4-H Horse Club the first of its kind in the state, has been promoted to county agent for Sumter County. Tillman, a native of Walton County, Monroe, Georgia, has been in extension work since 1950 when he came to work in Sumter with 4-H boys. So anxious was he to come to work with the extension staff that he had to return to the University of Georgia to pick up his diploma he had forgotten. He also attended North Georgia College before attending the university. He served with the 88th Chemical Mortar Battalion in World War II.

- James Powers celebrated his birthday at the YMCA Health Club by walking a mile, shooting some basketball in the gym, tossing a medicine ball, doing some pushups and calisthenics and swimming. So what? So James Powers was 90 years old, that's what. A group of friends which has grown continuously since he joined the club about a year ago helped Powers celebrate his birthday.

- George D. Levy of Sumter became the first "member emeritus" in the long history of the National American Legion Publications Commission in a ceremony at the regular meeting of Sumter Post 15. The presentation was made by Legion magazine publisher James F. O'Neil, who is also a past national commander of the organization. Five commanders of the South Carolina Department of the American Legion joined in honoring the Sumter leader, himself a past department commander and recipient of the highest award given by the department, the Distinguished Public Service Award.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Aug. 4 - 10

- Wallie Jones and the Sumter P-15's coaching staff spent part of the off day before Wednesday's first game of the American Legion baseball championship series against Irmo deciding who would open on the mound. The choice was between Camile Reovan and Patrick Sexton. The coaches went with Sexton. Good choice. Sexton allowed only three hits in six innings of work as Sumter won 6-1 at Slight Field in a game called because of rain with one out in the top of the seventh inning. The victory gives the P-15's a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

- Underage drinkers and those who serve them alcohol are under attack by local police, but some area residents don't like the tactics. In two separate undercover operations in July, police charged a total of 10 people with transfer of beer to a minor. Those arrested all worked at a restaurant, bar, grocery store or business that sells beer. One of those arrested in the second roundup worked at one of Sumter's oldest and best-known restaurants.

- Leandra Dewyea is in a big rush to prepare for the Little Miss South Carolina Pageant. The blue-eyed beauty has modeled her pageant gown, practiced her singing and perfected her pretty pout. Now, said her mom, all she needs to do is learn to walk. A couple of weeks ago Leandra flew with her mom, Lee, to New Jersey for a taping of "The Richard Bey Show." Lee's mother accompanied the pair, and the three were featured in an episode of the talk show with the theme "Models Stink."

- Shaw Air Force Base welcomed its second new general in less than a week at a change-of-command ceremony. Brig. Gen. James B. Latham took command of the Shaw-based 20th Fighter Wing from Brig. Gen. John B. Hall Jr., who has been reassigned to a post at the Pentagon. Earlier in the week, Lt. Gen. John Jumper took command of the 9th Air Force, which is headquartered at Shaw. Jumper replaced Lt. Gen. Michael A. Nelson, who retired.

- Thunderstorms that rolled through Sumter County brought temporary flooding and several lightning strikes. Cars negotiated a flooded area on U.S. 15 in Sumter. Mayesville firefighters Ken Wixey and Haywood Wilson fought a blaze which burned the roof of the office of Goodwill Presbyterian Church on S.C. 527. The cause of the blaze was thought to be lightning.

- Recent rains have everything in the plant kingdom growing quite nicely. The showers also have a few bugs prospering throughout the multi-county area. One insect which thoroughly enjoys an abundance of rainfall is the mosquito. This most annoying insect can disrupt outside activities and make life just miserable for the homeowner.

- Of the 80 local golfers who will compete in the SAFE Federal Credit Union Pro-Am at Lakewood Links, each will have a particular reason for being there. Some will want to measure their games against the 20 Hooters/Jordan Tour pros who will be competing, some will want to learn as much as possible from those pros, and some will participate just because they love to play golf. No one, though, will be any happier to be there than Bill Green. For Green, golf is not simply a pastime - it's a passion. Not a hobby, but a healing tonic which has led him to make Lakewood Links his "second home."

- State Rep. Alex Harvin, seeking his ninth term in office, will be opposed by the chairman of Clarendon School District 1. Eleazer Carter has been an elected member of the Clarendon 1 board of trustees since 1986. He was elected board chairman by trustees this year. Carter hopes to fill the seat Harvin has held since 1977.

- Combine the expertise of the founder of a convenience store chain and that of a country club owner, and what you end up with is the first of what is planned to be a string of discount golf equipment stores. Bill Stuckey, owner of the Stuckey's stores found across the Southeast, and Tim Moore, owner of the Pine Bluff Golf and Country Club in Eastman, Georgia, have teamed up to create Golf Discounters. The first of the planned chain of golf supply shops opened July 1 along Interstate 95 in Summerton, next to Stuckey's and Loco Joe's Fireworks.

- Lee Hatfield recovered from a slow start to turn in a strong pitching performance, and Sumter broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning as the P-15's claimed an 8-3 win over Irmo at Riley Park. The win gives Sumter a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven American Legion baseball state playoffs with Game 4 slated to be played at Riley Park.

- As Carl Baker peered through the dust surrounding third base and saw the baseball rolling in the leftfield grass, he knew that his time had come. Having struggled at the plate throughout most of the American Legion baseball state championship series, the Sumter centerfielder was 90 feet away from scoring the series-clinching run for the P-15's. With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Baker had reached base on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a wild pitch. With Camile Reovan at the plate, Baker took off for third and slid headfirst into the bag. As he popped up and saw the results of the catcher's throw, he knew. "Camile was telling me to get down, but this was a championship game, and there was no way I was going to slide." The throw from leftfield was off the mark, and Baker scored uncontested to give the P-15's a 3-2 win and a four-game sweep of Irmo for their fourth consecutive state title."