Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Possum Trot Festival returns; Teseniar chosen for seminar

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Dec. 9 - Dec. 15 - In order to solve the housing problems of military personnel from Shaw Field who live off the post, it is requested by Col. D. W. Titus, commanding officer, those with homes available list them with the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Cadet wives given welcome to Sumter; mental health center's apartments open

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Dec. 2 - Dec. 8 - It has been announced by the State Forest Service and the Clemson College Extension Service that tree seedlings in the amount of 1,550,000 will be distributed free to farmers in South Carolina. These … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Bond sales approach goal; ShawFest '94 expects 64K visitors for annual airshow

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 - Charles M. Hurst, the oldest native-born citizen of Sumter, died at Tuomey hospital after a brief illness, following a long period of declining health. Mr. Hurst was born in Sumter on Oct. 12, 1856, the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 10 Sumter delegates take Goodwill journey; Lee hospital closes

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 18 - Nov. 24 - The Sumter Dry Goods Company has a very attractive window display in the interest of the Sixth War Loan bond sale. The window contains several interesting German war materials loaned by John Graham. This … more

Letter thanks knitters for helping military; Richardson attends YMCA ceremony

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 11 - Nov. 17 - Congressman-elect John J. Riley addressed the Lions Club of Sumter on the topic "Who Are Our Neighbors?" Mr. Riley presented an interesting talk and was given a standing ovation by his audience at the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Farmer grows record watermelon crop; Privett voted Teacher of the Year

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Nov. 4 - Nov. 10 - Capt. E. W. Moise Jr. has been reported as having died of wounds received in action in France. He was wounded on Aug. 23 and died two days later on Aug. 25 at a hospital in France, his brother, Lt. Col. … more

Sammy Way's Yesteryear: Post veterinarian inspects food products; Lee landfill opens

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 - Military and civilian personnel of Shaw Field were extended an invitation by the Sumter Art Club to attend a lecture to be given by Dr. Archibald Rutledge at Edmunds High School in Sumter. Admission to … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter WASP killed in plane crash; speedway gets facelift

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 14 - Oct. 20 - Lt. Col. Frank K. Clarke, 40, well-known Sumter attorney, was one of five officers aboard a missing transport plane for which Third Air Force headquarters at Tampa, Florida, was making a widespread … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: DAV Sumter chapter organized; Shaw holds mock disaster

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 7 - Oct. 13 - Capt. William A. Berrian Jr., of the Columbia chapter of Disabled American Veterans, will be in Sumter when the local chapter of DAV is reorganized. A meeting will be held in the courthouse. All veterans … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Hi-Y club sponsors drive for allies; Sumter organizes SPCA

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - We do not have to be old to remember when a bale of cotton to the acre was an exceptional yield, even on a pet patch. County Agent S. W. Epps of Dillon said, "I believe this county will average a bale to … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Iris Fest holds fly-in; woman brings 5,000 dolls to Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 23 - Sept. 29 - An attempt has been made to check on the boys and girls who graduated from Edmunds High School in the class of '44, with a view to finding out where they are now. Although many of the graduates could … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Fish and chips shop opens; lost wallet found 36 years later

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 May 18 - May 24 - Ninety-nine out of every 100 American soldiers carry a Bible, prayer book or some other symbol of religious faith into battle with them. This was disclosed by the number found among the personal effects of … more
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