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75 YEARS AGO - 1948 July 6 - 12 - Mom is going to like the Army that's getting her son in the draft. For example, she doesn't have to worry about his learning bad words he never heard before, from some tough sergeant. The Army doesn't let its … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 July 1 - 6 - A.J. Hatfield of Sumter, B.M. Gibson of Greenville and T. Belk Ingram of Cheraw were installed as the 1948-52 commission members of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. The commission consists of … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 22 - 28 - T. Doug Youngblood, general manager of radio station WFIG, was one of the two men to be named to two-year terms on the board of directors of the South Carolina Association of Broadcasters. The association, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 15 - 21 - Cadet Ernest Clifton Stroman Jr. and veteran student Nickie Nichols were recipients of the varsity letter awards, a block "C," given at a review at The Citadel recently, for membership on the varsity … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 8 - 14 - Qualified electors of Sumter had until 4 p.m. today to vote for three members of the Board of School Commissioners of the School District of the City of Sumter. The polls, open at the city offices, 122 N. … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 June 1 - June 7 - Cmdr. Henry W. Ligon, USU, of Sumter, graduated from the U.S. Naval War College at the Naval Training center, Newport, Rhode Island, on May 15. Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, USN, president of the college, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 25 - May 31 - Plans for the second-annual Palmetto Girls' State to be held at Winthrop College are nearing completion. Misses Alice Dunn and Helen Murray will represent Sumter High School and were chosen for leadership, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 18 - May 24 - A YMCA-American Legion Baseball League for the small boys of the community is in the making, and there's every indication that the "Knee Pants" loop will be ready to operate soon. The individual doing the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 11 - May 17 - Five recent additions have been made to the staff of station WFIG, Manager Douglas Youngblood announced. They include Ed Tacy, program-farm director; Eddie Allen, announcer; Lee (Corky) Sheridan, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 May 4 - May 10 - Bill Clark, new assistant coach at Presbyterian College and former Sumter High mentor, is moving to Orangeburg next fall where he will become head coach at the high school there, The Item has learned from … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 April 27 - May 3 - C. Blease Shorter announced in the Item that he is a candidate for the office of sheriff of Sumter County, opposing Sheriff W. J. Seale. Shorter was born in Clarendon County 37 years ago and has been … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 April 20 - April 26 - A campaign to enroll 1,500 members in the Sumter Community Concert Association was launched this week with a supper for workers, committee members, directors and officers of the association at the Elks … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 April 13 - April 19 - A parade featuring a dozen bands and 24 floats was the top attraction on the program of the 10th-annual Charleston Azalea Festival which opened today. Thousands of visitors planned to see the colorful … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 April 6 - April 12 - A luncheon, featured by an address by Col. L. O. Field, military district commander of Columbia, was held at the Coca Cola Community Room as part of the observance of Army Day in Sumter. Included in the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1947 March 30 - April 5 - The annual fire loss to farm families in this country alone amounts to about 3,500 lives and $1 million worth of property, according to estimates of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Safety Council. … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 23 - March 29 - Baseball practice is in full swing for Sumter High's diamond hopefuls, and the boys have advanced so swiftly that an out-of-town exhibition contest looms as a possibility this weekend. Coach Larry … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 16 - March 22 - The 1948 goal for the annual Easter Seal distribution by the Crippled Children society of South Carolina is $72,250, Executive Secretary Rabbi S. R. Shillman said. Of this amount, $2,500 has been set … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 9 - 15 - Charles H. Chewning, principal of the city's elementary schools and school chairman for the current Red Cross drive in the city, reported yesterday that the first week of the school drive for donations has … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 March 2 - 8 - The Green Dragons, led by John Duffie, defeated the Red Raiders in the Y Midget league for the championship. Both teams were tied with one game remaining between the two teams, and in an overtime period, the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1948 Feb. 23 - 28 - Efforts to institute a search for the bodies of three Sumter youths missing in the Wateree River, 20 miles west of here, since Saturday were underway. The county sheriff's office said that it had called on … more
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