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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: St. Anne's donates clothes to children; Farmers' Field Day hosted

By SAMMY WAY
Archivist and historian
Posted 3/14/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

- The local committee for Fire Prevention Week, to be held Oct. 7-13, was announced by Mayor Edwin Boyle. The committee includes E. H. Lynam, chairman; C. V. Wilder, vice chairman; and D. W. Cuttino Jr. …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: St. Anne's donates clothes to children; Farmers' Field Day hosted

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75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Oct. 5 - Oct. 11

- The local committee for Fire Prevention Week, to be held Oct. 7-13, was announced by Mayor Edwin Boyle. The committee includes E. H. Lynam, chairman; C. V. Wilder, vice chairman; and D. W. Cuttino Jr. This year, fire prevention is more vital than at any time in our history because fires delay ultimate reconversion. Fire Chief Lynam said, "When we see American homes burn faster than the nation is building them; when large loss fires last year exceeded in number any previous year in our history; when we see farm dwellings going up in smoke at the rate of one every 15 minutes; when we see these fire losses exceeding $8 million a day - and recall that these fires are due to our own carelessness and ignorance, we are compelled to pause and think about doing something about it.

- The first three days of sales of 1945-46 South Carolina automobile license tags saw 6,487 tags distributed. The highway department said this was comparable to pre-war sales. Director W. L. Hardeman of the motor vehicle division of the department said sales totaled $26,104. He attributed the spurt in opening sales to the lifting of gasoline rationing.

- The South Carolina Farm Bureau has petitioned the War Department through United States senators and congressmen to retain in this country war prisoner labor until the present acute farm labor shortage situation is relieved. The American Farm Bureau Federation officials as well as other Southeastern state farm bureaus have been asked to cooperate in this request.

- One of the most important committees, and one that has a big job to do, is the committee in charge of the residential section for the Community Chest and War Fund campaign under the leadership of Miss Priscilla Shaw, chairwoman, with the assistance of the following ladies who have charge of the wards: Mrs. Allen Sauls, Mrs. Leon Burgess, Mrs. Maybelle Witherspoon and Mrs. John Witherspoon and their co-workers. This group is well organized to begin active work when the drive officially starts. These ladies have always done a good job and will do so again.

- In response to a heart-rending appeal for clothes for infants and children, the women of St. Anne's Parish have responded most generously as have their many friends. In consequence, almost 500 articles of infants' and children's clothes were made by the women or remade from adults' clothes in a matter of six weeks and are being shipped to the needy of Europe and Asia.

- Sumter High scored a touchdown in the final minute of play to win a well-earned 6-0 victory over the favored Red Raiders of Greenville High. Denied touchdowns twice in an action-packed third stanza, the Gamecocks hit pay dirt as the few remaining seconds were ticking away. Louis Bryan scored the touchdown from about the two-yard line. The Birds marched 25 yards to their touchdown. Returning a Greenville punt to the Red Raiders 35, Bob McLeod racked up 11 yards and a first down, and Poss Parham followed with an eight-yard jaunt. McLeod swept for 14 more and another first down to the Greenville two, where Bryan ploughed over the playoff tally.

- The organization of Girl Scout troops in Sumter is underway. Between 50 and 60 girls have already indicated their intention to join, and two competent leaders have been secured. The undertaking is arousing increasing interest, and a much larger enrollment of Scout-age girls is confidently expected.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

June 7 - 13

- Today marks the opening of the 1970 American Legion season, and players and coaches will be concerned with just winning that first game. They won't be thinking of Klamath Falls, Oregon, or even of the league championship. All that will count will be that first victory, that first small step. Tonight's League IV openers feature Sumter and defending champion Camden while Turbeville plays at Manning.

- Cambodian government forces retook the Siem Reap airfield in northwest Cambodia and drove Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces from the center of Kompong Thom in central Cambodia, a government spokesman said. The spokesman said sporadic and confused fighting continued near the famed temple ruins at Angkor, Cambodia's chief tourist attraction.

- "A Family Affair" is the title of a popular TV series. It is also a most fitting description of the W. Bernard Jones Family and its relationship with American Legion Baseball in Sumter. Coach Jones, the head of the family, is entering his ninth season at the helm of the P-15's. His assistant coaches this season are none other than son Wallie and son Tommy. The head of the kitchen at Camp Burnt Gin, the P-15's training camp, is Bernard's wife, Lois. Mrs. Jones is assisted by 13-year-old daughter Millie. Wallie's wife, Marchia, also helps. Dickie, the youngest son, is a catcher on the team.

- Building permits valued at $818,966 were issued by the City of Sumter's building official during April and May. April permits numbered 27 and were valued at $504,798. The total for May was $314,168 for 47 permits. The April total included $381,250 for 13 residential structures.

- One of the most important characters in John Millington Singe's one-act drama, "Riders to the Sea," does not speak a line or even make an appearance on the stage. The "character" referred to is "the Sea," giver and taker of life, as Sumter Little Theatre membership ticket-holders will discover.

- Lemira School recently honored 42 pupils with perfect-attendance records covering a year to six years. Each student was presented a certificate and a token from the school by Mrs. Jean V. Reames, Sumter County attendance supervisor. Receiving awards were: six years, Dale Nichols; five years, Kenneth Jackson; four years, Jerome Hart; three years, Angela Ross, Carmichael Hart and Wendi Geddings; and two years, Phil Waynick, Joyce Nichols and Mark Gainey. Thirty-three students were given certificates for a year's perfect attendance.

- Drivers went over the banks, flipped over and spun out all over the place at Sumter Speedway once again, and after the seven-event program was over, Robert Baird, Slick Gibbons and Dottie Carter were able to tell 47 other drivers how they did it.

- "I would say we were confident, aggressive and hard-nose," said Coach Bernard Jones after his P-15's won their opener 4-2 against Camden. Asked what importance he placed on winning the opener, Jones said, "It means we have momentum now, we're ahead and don't have to come from behind. They know now that they can win."

- Crops in general continue to improve across Sumter County. Small grain harvesting is underway, and late crops of soybeans are being planted. Cotton farmers have been busy trying to rid fields of weeds and grass.

- City council adopted a resolution urging reinstatement of Seaboard Coastline passenger service at its regularly scheduled meeting. The resolution will serve as testimony to be presented at a public hearing on the discontinuance of the passenger trains, scheduled by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

- Parks and Recreation department's summer accelerated nine-week summer program begins June 14 on 13 playgrounds. To many people, recreation is "ball." This summer much has been planned for the fine arts program, and it is the hope of the Recreation Department that all ages will take advantage of these programs.

- Thirteen Girl Scouts from local troops received the coveted First Class Scout honors in ceremonies held at the Non-commissioned Officers' Open Mess. The award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. First Class Scout is a difficult award to attain and entails a good deal of effort on the part of the individual Scout. The Scout must pass the four cadette challenges to be considered for Girl Scouting's highest rank.

- With the first game of the legion season behind, Manning head coach J. C. Britton can rest easier as his team prepares to face Camden. Britton's squad came up with a prestigious 15-4 slaughter of Turbeville, and the question now is can Manning hold that sort of pace, are they in reality as strong as the score would make them appear to be?

- The Religious Affairs Committee of the Sumter County Tri-centennial Committee has several projects planned in connection with the special Sumter Week of Aug. 16-22. The committee, with the help of churches in Sumter County, will provide a compact D.C. Defibrillator for the new Cardiac Intensive Unit at Tuomey Hospital. Each congregation is asked to contribute to the purchasing of this machine.

25 YEARS AGO - 1970

March 8 - 14

- Sumter police have recovered $1.1 million in stolen property and drugs and have arrest warrants for more than 80 people after a 14-month-long undercover operation, local and state officials announced. Beginning in January 1994, Police Chief Harold Johnson said, a team of three undercover officers ran the Knoxville Can and Recycling Center both as a legitimate business and as a front for buying stolen goods.

- Local historian Sherman Smith, developer of the Sumter County Museum and former longtime director, died Wednesday at a Columbia nursing home. Ross McKenzie, former chairman of the board of the museum, called the 93-year-old Smith a "natural historian." "He was an amazing man. He was energetic, knowledgeable and aggressive," McKenzie said. "He was a genial host and a real gentleman."

- Amanda Lawson sits poised and picture perfect on the edge of a couch. Her hands rest in her lap, gesturing when she makes a point or when she tells the story about a recent role on stage. She gingerly handles her portfolio, pointing out the photo of her and "Mr. Gerald McRaney." Her career began when she won the Little Miss Sumter County pageant. Today, she is represented by three talent agents and has appeared in movies and commercials.

- When Mac McClary came to the Lee County school district 20 years ago, he and Harold Galloway began coaching together. They've coached together at three different schools during those decades. They're more than fellow coaches, though: they're friends. "We go further than coaching," McClary said. "We go fishing together, do things like that. We're friends like brothers."

- Farmers don't measure rainfall just in inches. When a farmer, whose living is dependent on the arbitrary sprinkling of Mother Nature's nectar, receives too much rain, he begins to measure it in terms of the "goo on the ground" and the number of "workdays lost." So went most of the conversations during the 25th-annual Farmers' Field Day hosted by Lowder Brothers Gin Co. in Oswego. More than 50 merchants and exhibitors attended the event, which drew more than 450 farmers and gardeners.

- The pace was to Bishopville's liking. In fact, it was a bit too much to the Dragons' liking. Bishopville High School's boys, who rode full-court basketball to a 25-5 record entering the game with undefeated Andrews for the 2A basketball championship at Carolina Coliseum, found that the Yellow Jackets like the fast pace a bit better. The results: an 85-54 victory for Andrews.

- If Sumter and Clarendon counties could hold a big net out over Interstate 95 and scoop up retirees on their way to Florida, Glen Sharp would be one happy man. The Sumter area loses as much as $829 million each year it fails to attract just 1 percent of the people retiring in Florida, according to Sharp. For the past several years, Sharp has been developing a plan to bring more retirees to Sumter and Clarendon counties. He has proposed a "relocation center" similar to a visitors' center be built along I-95 to give travelers information about Sumter and Clarendon counties.

- No one on the Sumter High School Speech Team came back empty handed from the team's first speech meet of the year at Stall High School. All six members of the team won awards in their speech categories, which team adviser Diana Cook says is "unprecedented," and the team won its first team trophy by placing third overall. Team members are: Eric Abrams, Kerrie Williams, Lashanda Gibson, Suneeta Shannon, Tenecia Leneau and Suzanne Beard.

- Sumter School District 2 trustees are slated to discuss the preservation and beautification of schools in Sumter 2 that were once all-black schools. Trustees are expected to give the Sumter County Historical Commission permission to make improvements to the seven sites on Sumter 2 property during the trustees' meeting. There are 40 sites in Sumter County that were once schools for black students before the state's public schools were integrated in the late 1960s.

- In Sumter, college students looking for two-year degrees in art or science can go to the University of South Carolina at Sumter. But a few feet away is Central Carolina Technical College, which offers degrees in accounting and engineering graphics. Two schools, two sets of administrators, two appropriations from the Legislature. One state budget. That's an example of why the state's House of Representatives has asked the Commission on Higher Education to study program duplication in the state's 33 public colleges and universities.

- The best of Broadway can be seen right here in Sumter with the staging of "A Salute to the Musicals of Hollywood and Broadway" by the Masquerade Theater Co. The variety show marks the third production this year of the newly formed company, based at Central Carolina Technical College.

- It's been a long wait for Wally Richardson. Waiting for a chance to prove himself. Waiting to be called a No. 1 quarterback. Waiting for his team. "I think it's about time," Richardson laughed about his status as Penn State's top quarterback entering spring practice. "It's ancient history (since coming to Penn State). I played during my freshman year, but that's been a long time ago. I'm part of it now. I want to go in, be part of it and do what I can do. This is what I've wanted since I've been going to school here.