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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Wilson Hall hosts 1st picnic with contests; 'Sea Lion' war games end

Posted 2/15/20

75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Sept. 7 - Sept. 13

- General MacArthur was scheduled to lead a three-mile parade of American military might into the heart of Tokyo and within three days all the capital will be occupied. Meanwhile these other developments …

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Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Wilson Hall hosts 1st picnic with contests; 'Sea Lion' war games end


75 YEARS AGO - 1945

Sept. 7 - Sept. 13

- General MacArthur was scheduled to lead a three-mile parade of American military might into the heart of Tokyo and within three days all the capital will be occupied. Meanwhile these other developments were disclosed. The 11th Airborne Division first to set foot on enemy soil, now has its entire strength in Japan and troops of the 27th Division have begun arriving. Formal investigation of war crimes against prisoners of war was launched with the appointment of an atrocity officer and enlisted specialist to visit each camp.

- Indications were that the official Japanese surrender in China would take place in Nanking and an American spokesman made it clear it will be a "100 per cent Chinese show." Brig. Gen. H. L. Boatner said the Americans would stand by and do only what the Chinese asked them to do during the surrender of Japanese troops in China, estimated at about 1,090,000 men.

- The most gratifyingly successful season Poinsett Park has ever experienced came to an end on Labor Day, although Park Superintendent F. Marion Dwight, who with his family lives at the park year round, reminds the public that everything but the bathing facilities is available to the public every month in the year: nature trails, picnic grounds, cabins, and dining room and kitchen for those who care to use them.

- The teen canteen's super back to school dance will be held from 9 until 12 at 'The Hangout," and despite the inclement weather, a large crowd is expected. Many out-of-town boys and girls have indicated their intention of coming, and local sales are reported to be heavy. Vince Chewning's band will play, and a jitterbug contest will be held during the evening.

- Military authorities and officials of the Eastern Air Lines investigating the crash of a big DC-3 transport enroute from Miami to New York, which brought death to 22 persons near Florence said the plane might have been aflame before it plowed into the dense swampland about two miles below "The Columns." They reported the plane's stabilizer was burned but that the branch of a tree found across the stabilizer was undamaged. This, they believed, might indicate the plane was in flames when it slashed a 200-foot path through lush sub-tropical vegetation and exploded.

- There's a great day coming, with three spoons of sugar in your coffee, butter on your bread, and soap in the laundry tub. It's coming, but it's going to be delayed. The delay in butter may not be very long. It's almost certain to be the first of the fats and oils off rationing. Sugar will probably continue to cost points until sufficient reserves can be built up, and that is going to be a long and uncertain process.

- General MacArthur shunning all fanfare as a conqueror, entered Tokyo with fully armed troops of the First Calvary Division and officially signalized the occupation of this war-wrecked city with a 10-minute flag raising ceremony. There was no parade or pomp. The word had been that the men would march from the diet building to the embassy. Instead they moved with their trucks, jeeps and weapons-carriers that the sight of the flag---the one which flew over the capitol in Washington Dec. 7, 1941, then in triumph over Rome and Berlin---was the first notice to many Tokyo residents that the Americans had come.

- Government food officials said no date has ben set yet for termination of meat rationing. With cattle markets increasing seasonally, supplies of meats, particularly beef and veal are improving. At the office of price administration, it was said however, that the meat supplies have not increased sufficiently yet to warrant ending of rationing. Agriculture Department official said the final decision on lifting of rationing October 1 will be determined by cattle marketing's and demands for meat during the next two weeks.

- The number of farms in Sumter County as shown by the preliminary count of returns of the 1945 Census of Agriculture was 3,148, as compared with 3,228 in 1940, and 4,070 in 1935. This was announced today by Adam T. Reames, supervisor for the 1945 farm census in the Third South Carolina Census District with headquarters at Sumter, S. C.

- A simple automatic contraption shoots every minute to keep birds scared from the grain sorghum test field at the Clemson Experiment Station near Florence. It uses only two pounds of carried a day that costs 10 cents. It has worked fine and serves its purpose.

- More than 19,000 active and former South Carolina schoolteachers will be recertified by the end of the calendar year. Director J. B. White of the state Department of Education's teacher training and recertification division said that 6,800 applications for examinations for new certificates had been received. Previously 12,300 teachers had been recertified, he said.

- Early Thursday morning, September 13, the big trucks carrying the tent, seats and other equipment required for the Dixie Hayride Big Tent Show will roll into Sumter and down to the show grounds and at once the tent crew will start unloading and setting up the two thousand seats for the entertainment, which comes highly recommended as one of the most entertaining performances on the road today.

- Sumter dogs have only two more weeks of freedom on the city streets. After October 1 their owners may be arrested and fined or imprisoned for allowing them to run at large within the city limits unless they are muzzled. So says an ordinance, passed May 17,1943, by city council, which has been suspended for some time. It was decided at the last council meeting that the ordinance should once more be put into operation, as there have been many complaints regarding the nuisance unleashed and unmuzzled dogs have become.

50 YEARS AGO - 1970

May 10 - 16

- A South Vietnamese navy flotilla of about 30 boats with a half dozen U.S. advisors sailed into the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh after the first allied river assault across the border, South Vietnamese sources said. The flotilla, which left South Vietnam, completed a 60-mile drive that helped secure an important ferry crossing on Highway-1 in Cambodia.

- Festive Israelis celebrated their nation's 22nd anniversary today while police patrolled the streets on the lookout for Arab terrorists. The mood of the country, somber in the wake of escalated guerrilla raids in recent days, was lifted slightly by a marked drop in border clashes.

- One winning string was broken, one winning string was continued and drivers framed and banged at each other until more than half the field was eliminated when the checkered flag fell at two minutes before midnight at Sumter Speedway. When things had settled down enough that fans and drivers could regain their thoughts Bob Sharp had snapped Slick Gibbons' winning string at four and Jerry Buckner had extended his streak to two in the claim division.

- The first annual Wilson Hall picnic will be held with activities beginning at 3:30 p.m. A girls softball game between Wilson Hall and Thomas Sumter will lead off activities. At 4 p.m. a varsity baseball game between the Barons and the number two team of the independent schools, Wade Hampton, will take place.

- Three winners - two of them from Central School - have been announced by the Sumter County Soil Conservation District in its annual Conservation Essay Contest which is open to 5th, 6th and 7th grade students. This year's topic was "Sediment Control and How it Relates to an Improved Environment." Winners were Joey Todd and Mary Lynn Griffith, both sixth graders at Central, and Portia Myers, a seventh-grader at Hillcrest School.

- The Sumter County Council on the Aging recognized Mrs. Martha Graham and Mrs. Annie McLaughlin, as two outstanding senior citizens, at the group's monthly meeting at the USO building. Mayor Robert E. Graham gave a welcome to the 30 senior citizens attending.

- The Wilson Hall Barons trackmen traveled to Beaufort Academy and defeated the Beaufort team 69 to 53 to win the South Carolina Independent School Athletic Association State Track Championship. This is the first year that Wilson has competed in the SC Independent Schools track program. The Barons brought home nine blue ribbons.

- Bobby L. Matthews has been chosen as Lion of the Year by the Sumter Lions Club. He has served the local club as third vice president, co-chairman and chairman of the Fair Booth Committee and on the Oyster-Shrimp Supper Committee. He will become the headmaster of the Christian Academy, Manning, effective for the 1970-71 school term. Prior to his appointment he was principal at Central Elementary School and a member of the district staff, Sumter.

- On this occasion we note with justifiable pride what can happen when the state's resources and those of Sumter County and Clemson University are joined in a coordinated effort to provide the very finest in educational facilities and a high quality program of higher education. At Clemson's 74th Commencement exercises, there were at least five examples that the Sumter center has not only achieved but surpassed is main objectives. Among the 664 graduates were five young men and women who are the first students to graduate that began their college careers at the Sumter campus.

- The first reserve unit to train under the 68th Tactical Air Support Group concluded more than a week of instruction here recently. Most of the guardsmen hail from the Youngtown area of Ohio and are assigned to the 910th Tactical Air Support Group here. SSgt. Bill Jones designed the training program.

- The patient who has just gasped in disbelief at the first glimpse of his hospital bill might laugh if someone told him he got a bargain. But if he knew where every one of those dollars went, he might see that in many cases he did get a bargain. "Of course, charges differ among hospitals of varying sizes and in different areas of the nation were prices and wages may be higher or lower," R.M. Abercrombie Jr., administrator of Tuomey Hospital, said recently.

- Actress Jane Fonda, who has joined antiwar protests throughout the country during the last few months, was expected to arrive in Columbia, a town with the last two nights disturbed by student violence. Will Balk, one of three persons convicted two weeks ago of operating a coffeehouse as a public nuisance, said Miss Fonda is expected arrive by car.

- Incumbent Morris Mazursky and newcomer Mrs. Colleen Yates won nomination in yesterday's Democratic Primary for City Council that brought only a sparse turnout of voters. Incumbent James D. Harrelson, a member of City Council for the past eight years, was toppled from office as he finished last in the four-man race. James P. Nettles Jr., making his first try for political office, was third in the balloting.

- Morris College Commencement events begin with the College's School of Religion's annual closing worship in White Memorial Hall. The Rev. T.M. Dixon of Garnett, S.C., will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Dixon is the pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church, principal of the Dixon Elementary School, an alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees of Morris College.

- An Open House featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will officially mark Shaw's participation in South Carolina's Tri-centennial celebration and Sumter's famed Iris Festival. The aerial demonstration by America's "Ambassadors in Blue" will be the highlight of an afternoon of entertainment being planned in conjunction with the demonstration team's appearance.

25 YEARS AGO - 1995

Feb. 9 - 15

- The Friends of the Sumter County Library will sponsor an Author Luncheon at noon at the Sunset Country Club. South Carolina Poet Laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair will discuss her poetry and fiction. Her books will be available for sale, and she will sign autographs after the luncheon. Sinclair is the author of four books of poems and a 1992 mystery novel

- During Black History Month, musical, dramatic and political views of the past and the future will be presented on stage and radio by local groups, colleges and national companies. National Public Radio, 88.1 FM will feature the lives of African-American musicians who made marks on the operatic stage as well as blues and jazz clubs of the 1930s and 40s. Morris College will bring to Sumter U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the first black congressman South Carolinians have elected since Reconstruction.

- Speaker of the state House of Representatives David Wilkins encouraged a group of Sumterites to deluge their state representatives with phone calls. Wilkins told those attending a Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting that the public's comments are always welcomed by members of the General Assembly. "We do not operate well in a vacuum in Columbia. We need your input," said Wilkins, R-Greenville. "It's vitally important for people like yourselves to get involved in politics."

- In recent years, deployments of personnel and fighter jets from Shaw Air Force Base typically have been to the heat of the Middle East, during Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch. But more than 3,100 base personnel spent most of this week training for war in temperatures that might better prepare them for a mission to Iceland or the South Pole; the three-day "Sea Lion" war games coincided with an overnight temperature drop into the 20s

- Marilyn Tiffault, Mary Bradshaw and Ruthie Odom don't consider themselves heroes. But by most people's standards, that's exactly what the three nurses are. The nurses and their Sumter co-workers saved the life of a 2 month-old baby boy whose heart stopped beating while he was at the state Department of Health and Environmental Control clinic. The baby's mother had brought the baby in, saying he wasn't breathing right and then the alarm went off on his heart monitor, indicating his heart rate had dropped significantly.

- National Bank of South Carolina's shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Columbus, Ga., based Synovus Financial, NBSC Chairman and CEO Bob Royall told shareholders at a meeting at the Sumter Opera House. More than 86 percent of NBSC shareholders participated in the vote and of those who voted more than 99 percent supported the merger that will sell more than 4.6 million shares - all of NBSC stock to Synovus.

- Sumter County Coroner Verna Moore is spending all her free time on a 19-year-old murder. Moore has been working on dozens of leads generated by a short profile of the Sumter's most baffling unsolved murder case on the Jan. 20 NBC television show "Unsolved Mysteries." Moore, along with the Sumter County Sheriff's Department, is trying to identify a man and woman found murdered along a dirt road near Interstate 95 in Sumter County in 1976.

- Sonja Triplett avoided a disaster and Sumter High's girls basketball team avoided defeat. The Gamecocks dodged a bullet by holding off Lower Richland 43-40 to improve their record to 23-0 overall, 10-0 in Region IV-4A play. The victory didn't come easy, however. With Sumter clinging to a 41-40 lead with less than 20 seconds remaining, Lower Richland's Jackie Entzminger missed a jump shot over Sumter's Tina Williams.

- NBA star Xavier McDaniel brought a little bit of the Boston Celtic luck when he came to Lower Richland High's gymnasium to watch the Diamonds play host to Sumter High. The Boston Celtic forward sat behind the LR bench the entire game and witnessed the Diamonds' 58-49 upset victory over the second=ranked Gamecocks. Sumter head coach Byron Kinney didn't think luck had anything to do with this team's second Region IV-4A loss of the season.

- In a time when comic book protagonists seem to be either mutant martial arts masters or mutant martial arts masters who are reptiles, wouldn't it be nice to have a clean-cut comic like "Archie" again? Believe it or not, comic books with Archie and his gang are still around, and one Sumter teen owns more than a thousand of them. Gabe Reynolds, 15, is featured in the March issue of "Archie" as a winner of the "I Love Archie Photo Contest." The winning shot: Gabe, clad in an Archie T-shirt, standing behind an air hockey table covered with his 1,-23 Archie comic books.

- On any given Tuesday or Friday evening Byron Kinney can be found seated within the sweaty confines of a high school gymnasium. Always seated, Sumter High School's head basketball coach, unlike most of his ilk, never rises as the players race frenetically before his eyes. Kinney sits, leaning forward to toss an occasional barb as an official runs past in pursuit of the action, until it is time. A break brings Kinney to his feet.

- Harry Pelzer, who grew up poor in Philadelphia, is now president of the nation's first minority-owned paper cup manufacturing operation. Langston Hughes would've been proud. Hughes is the late author of "A Dream Deferred," a poem about what happens when dreams don't become reality. Pelzer's dreams have. He opened American Paper Products Inc. in Turbeville in 1991. The paper cup manufacturing company now employs 20 workers and competes successfully with the giants of the paper products industry

---"Laidlaw Environmental Services has purchased a 249-acre tract of property a couple of miles south of its Sumter County hazardous-waste landfill. The Clarendon County property will be mined for clay that Laidlaw uses to line the burial cells of its 279-Acre landfill, said Henry Taylor, Laidlaw vice president for legal affairs