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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Sumter cannery has record day; mailmen deal with postal crisis

Posted 12/28/19

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

July 20 - July 26

- In addition to regular routine business, the school board considered the matter of retirement of teachers and employees in cooperation with the state retirement plan, provided for in an act passed by the …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Sumter cannery has record day; mailmen deal with postal crisis


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

July 20 - July 26

- In addition to regular routine business, the school board considered the matter of retirement of teachers and employees in cooperation with the state retirement plan, provided for in an act passed by the last session of the General Assembly. In order that the Sumter schools may participate in the retirement program, it will be necessary for the school districts No. 34 (High School district made up of Sumter City District No. 17 and County School District No. 1) to formally join the retirement system, as provided by the law. The districts will become obligated to pay into the retirement fund annually an amount equivalent to 6.6 percent of the salaries paid to teachers and other employees, including the superintendent, and the teachers and employees will have to pay into the fund.

- "The Hangout," Sumter's teen canteen, is beautifully decorated for the cabaret party which will be held in the North Main Street building beginning at 9 o'clock. Plans for the affair were made and executed by a special committee, aided by Mrs. Douglass McKeown, and an evening of "super" entertainment is assured the teenagers who attend.

- The Joy Belles of Jenkins Center enjoyed a picnic at Second Mill yesterday. The Belles comprise two softball teams, and the Blues, winners of this season's games, were entertained by the losing Reds. After a swim, watermelon was served. The girls in the club are between eight and 12 years of age.

- Lt. Col. Frank A. Hill, fighter ace who has served as Shaw's deputy commander since the field joined the First Air Force, departed this week to accept a new assignment at Andrews Field, Maryland. His successor has not been named. Col. Hill formerly commanded the famed 31st Fighter Group, was a veteran of 166 combat missions and holds the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 20 Clusters.

- The Sumter community cannery had a record day and sealed 3,000 cans of food, three times the normal output of 1,000 cans and twice the amount the cannery is supposed to have facilities for, 1,500. Peaches, tomatoes, corn and soup mixture, okra and chicken are high on the list of commodities being put away now for future use, and many a family is availing itself of the opportunity to prepare for a winter day.

- The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad company's request to be allowed to abandon its route from Sumter to Darlington and also its road from Elliott to Bishopville has received an unfavorable report from the Interstate Commerce Commission's examiner. An unfavorable report is usually tantamount to a denial by the ICC. It is understood that the railroad officials consider the case closed until the war with Japan is over.

- Camp St. Christopher, an Episcopal camp for young people, is now in session at Burnt Gin with about 50 children enrolled, with the Rev. George H. Harris of Bennettsville, assisted by the Rev. Waties Haynsworth of Summerton and the Rev. Patton of Darlington. The camp is conducted for a six-week period: two weeks for young children, two weeks for intermediates and two for older children. The campers are from all over the southeastern part of the state.

- Tech. Sgt. Joseph Addison Durant, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Durant of Salem Avenue, has won the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service. According to his citation, he was outstanding in operations against the enemy as squad leader, platoon sergeant and as platoon leader. "His ability to withstand hardships and yet maintain a spirt of cheerful confidence, together with an intense pride in his organization, were a continual inspiration to his men. His personal courage, adaptability, leadership and efficient performance are in accordance with the highest military traditions."

- Townspeople in neighboring communities who seldom get a look at Shaw Field's Thunderbolts in flight will have the opportunity for that look on Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Army Air Forces' birthday. On that day, Shaw plans to send formations of P-47's over cities which are not usually on the route for formation flights. Plans now call for the planes to visit Columbia and Spartanburg and Augusta and Atlanta. The planes will also fly over nearby towns on the route to these larger cities.

- Richard P. Evans, USNR, 24, of North Harvin street, has been rated an aviation machinist's mate, third class, at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Alameda, California. Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.P. Evans of Sumter, is now assigned at the Alameda naval air activity. He graduated from Sumter High School. Before enlisting in the Navy in May 1944 at Columbia, he was employed by the Tom Evans Garage in Sumter for nine years.

- Sumter's Juniors were blanked by Florence in a benefit ball game at the Municipal Park, 6 to 0. Shaw Field defeated the Florence Army Air Base team in the second game of the doubleheader. "Corky Lynn Night" netted more than $700. The money will be turned over to medical treatment for the former Sumter player, who was stricken with infantile paralysis several weeks ago. Florence fans contributed $153 in a special collection held in the city by Early Harris, former Legion athletic officer there, and one of Mr. Harris' friends.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

March 22 - 28

- Peggy Ann Denny of Bishopville, reigning "Queen Neptune's Daughter" and former "Miss Bishopville," added two more trophies to her collection in the Miss South Carolina USA contest Saturday night at North Augusta. She was second runner-up in a field of 19 queens and voted "Miss Congeniality" by contestants. She's the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hermin Denny of Bishopville.

- The Hannah Harrison School of the YWCA of Washington, D.C., has announced that its representative, Mrs. George Krauss, will be in Sumter on March 23, 24 and 25 to interview women in this area who are interested in vocational training to enable them to earn more. This resident vocational school was established in memory of Hannah Harrison (Garfinckel), the mother of the late Julius Garfinckel, well-known department store owner and philanthropist.

- Residents of Sumter and all of Sumter County are invited to attend Open House observance at the Area Technical Education Center in Sumter on Sunday, April 5, from 2 to 6 p.m., school officials announced. The school is nearing completion of the next phase, a $300,000 part of a long-range expansion program designed to bring facilities in line with student needs. Although much renovation of old rooms and construction of additional administrative space has been carried out, it is the eye-catching, round Library Resources Center which is the focus of Open House.

- Mayor Robert E. Graham has announced that Good Friday, March 27, will be recognized as "Coffee Day for Crippled Children" in Sumter. The 18th-annual program is conducted by the South Carolina Restaurant Association and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers' Association, with all proceeds from coffee sales and the "B.A.C." buttons going to aid the Easter Seal Society.

- Sylvia Holmes, "Miss Freshman" at Morris College, was chosen "Miss Bronzeville South Carolina" from a field of 20 contestants in Spartanburg. Don Mitchell of TV's "Ironside" emceed the contest. Miss Holmes hails from Marion and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Holmes Sr.

- Sumter mailmen are adopting a wait-and-see toward the current postal crisis. According to Hubert Avins, who heads local Branch 904 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Sumter postmen have made no decision on what action to take at the end of the five-day waiting period. "We're in sympathy with those men who are on strike," said Avins, "but as for any strike action on our part, it will have to await a full discussion at a meeting of the local union. Every mail carrier - a total of 43 - but one belongs to the local union."

- A program of mirth and demonstrations of the capabilities of a trained memory will be in store for the members of the Executive Club at its next meeting when the guest of honor will be George Bailey who, among other things, is known as "The Man with the Photographic Memory."

- Edmunds scored all of its runs in the last inning as it clipped the Lancaster Hurricane, 3-2, for its second win in as many outings. The Hurricane tallied in the second and fifth, but the Gamecocks brought across their three runs in the top of the seventh. Coach Spencer Poovey's Birds are now 1-0 in the AAAA, Region III race.

- Eighteen Sumter girls will vie for the title of Miss Sumter in a contest to be held April 18 in the Edmunds High School auditorium. The contestants will be competing for the title of Miss Sumter, the right to represent Sumter in the 1971 state pageant, a $500 scholarship, plus other prizes and popular recognition as the fairest damsel in the area.

- Darlene Spann, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Spann, was a winner in three events of the S.C. Federation of Music Clubs competitions. She was awarded a scholarship for summer study to Transylvania Music Camp, Brevard, North Carolina. For this, she played all of the Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi. Shaw was accompanied at the piano by her mother.

- South Vietnamese rangers today reported 64 enemy troops killed in their second major battle in five days in the Plain of Reeds. A government communiqu said the rangers' casualties were "light overall." The fighting broke out Tuesday afternoon in the northern part of the plain about two miles from the Cambodian border and 60 miles west of Saigon.

- American fighter-bombers attacked North Vietnamese gun positions inside Cambodia after they fired on South Vietnamese rangers operating along the frontier southwest of Saigon, the U.S. Command said today. A U.S. spokesman said it was the fifth time this year that American forces had exercised their "Inherent right of self-defense" against enemy fire from across the border.

25 YEARS AGO - 1994

Dec. 21 - 27

- Bowing to continued resident opposition, a Sumter company has withdrawn its plan to build a new plant on North Pike West. G&G Metal Fabrications' owner announced that his company was dropping its request for permission from Sumter City Council to build a second plant at the site. He said his company's plan wouldn't be "in the best interest" of the company or the community at this time.

- Sumter School District 17 may have to tear down 11 houses near Wilder Elementary School in order to expand the school's playground. Sumter 17 is in the process of buying a 9-acre plot of land next to the Floral Avenue school. District officials say they will finalize the deal on the South Sumter property early next month. The houses are located in the same block as the school, along Floral Avenue, Red Bay Road and South Main Street.

- With three days to go before Christmas, many local store managers are reporting strong sales and say they expect them to hold up until the holiday. "Things seem to be going well, and we have been really busy," said Jennie Nelson, who works in the management office of Sumter's Jessamine Mall. "People seem to be buying more this year."

- Sumter High School came up short in the championship game of the Seahawk Holiday Classic for the second straight year, losing to Statesboro, Georgia, 60-46 at Hilton Head High School. The loss was the first of the season for the Gamecocks, who are now 9-1. Statesboro, which defeated last year's champion Lancaster, Texas, in the semifinals, is now 10-1.

- The Sumter Heat of the Sumter Classic Soccer Association won the boys under-17 championship with a 4-0 win over the Spartanburg Spector at Sesquicentennial Park in Columbia. The championship game was to have been played in Summerville on Dec. 3. An all-night rainstorm left the field in bad condition, and the game was eventually moved to Columbia. Sumter faced a Spartanburg club that was without four players who were ejected from the semifinal game because of unsportsmanlike conduct.

- Inmates at Lee Correctional Institution may be touching the lives of weary travelers and businessmen who check into Holiday Inns and Hampton Inns across the nation. Many inmates are now making the warm blankets travelers are sleeping under and the thick draperies shielding them from streetlights at the nation's hotel chains. A subsidiary of Cormark Industries, which is headquartered in Annapolis, moved into the prison in late July, hoping to make a profit from the dependable and relatively cheap labor found there. Wesew International is the first private company to move into the prison. Lee Correctional is the third prison in the state to invite private industry - not a prison-run industry - behind its doors.

- Most of them talk of the cold, those American soldiers who spent Christmas Day 1944 in Europe's battlefields and POW camps. Few of the soldiers' memories of Christmas 50 years ago are of holiday festivities. Freezing temperatures and other deprivations seem to dominate the stories of World War II veterans now living in Sumter.

- When Angela Manning injured her knee in the final minute of the first half of the girls championship game in the Manning High Christmas Tournament, the Manning Lady Monarchs faced a difficult situation. They would have to play the rest of the game against Mayewood without their leading scorer and rebounder. Manning need not have worried because Vinek Blanding came to the rescue. Blanding took over down low for the Lady Monarchs and led a fourth-quarter charge that led them to a 56-51 victory at Thames Arena.

- A young California girl who never wanted to get out of bed on Sunday mornings now loves going to Mass. A mother in Maryland gazes with pride at the altar as her daughter fulfills her childhood dream. Altar girls - once a rarity only found in churches willing to defy Rome - have with the Vatican's blessing this year quickly become part of the fabric of the Catholic Church in the United States, say priests, parishioners and altar boys and girls interviewed in dioceses across the country.

- Some area children didn't wish for Nintendo or Power Rangers this Christmas. Instead, they hoped Santa Claus would deliver a little warmth this holiday because their parents can't afford to pay home-heating bills. More than 50 people in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties helped make Christmas warmer for needy families by donating a combined $4,115 to the Fireside Fund last week.

- The Sumter Optimist Club, as part of its annual Youth Appreciation Week observances, has selected two local young people as recipients of its "Youth of the Year" award. Owen Bass Davis, a senior at Wilson Hall School, and April Lynn Simun, a senior at Sumter High School, were presented plaques at the Optimists' November luncheon meeting by Dr. C. Leslie Carpenter, dean of the University of South Carolina at Sumter. Carpenter noted that Davis and Simun were selected for the honor on the basis of their service to schools and community, as well as for their academic achievements.

- Marvin Dulaney's complaint is a common one this time of year - too much emphasis on the material side of Christmas. "We'd spend a lot of money, do the usual things. But we didn't take care of the spiritual side," said Dulaney, the director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. His solution is one that more black families are turning to - the celebration of Kwanzaa.