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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Championship bike races held; Sumter PD has first woman sergeant

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 27 - Nov. 1 - A class of approximately 30 candidates will be initiated into the local lodge of Elks in honor of Grand Exalted Ruler Lewis by the Columbia lodge officers. They are the 1947-48 state ritualistic … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: School safety patrols treated to film viewing; Trav-L-Park opens in Santee

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 21 - 25 - "Driver education courses in many of our high schools is now assured," said chief highway commissioner C.R. McMillan in emphasizing the importance of safety education to achieve a reduction in traffic … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Bowling becomes a favorite sports activity

Reflections recalls when bowling became one of Sumter's favorite recreational activities. According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, "The earliest form of bowling known to exist has been traced back to ancient Egypt around 5,000 B.C. The ancient Egyptians … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Scouts get Pinewood racers ready; Sumter Green recognizes those beautifying area

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 14 - 20 - The 24th-annual Sumter County Fair will be held at the county fairgrounds beginning Monday evening, Nov. 3, and running through Saturday, Nov. 8, J. Cliff Brown, county fair secretary, announced. The fair, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter's 1st all-weather shopping center announced, Lee Players present 'Sound of Music' at opera house

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Oct. 7 - 13 - Ninety percent of the ginners in the Carolinas and Virginia are collecting 10 cents per bale from cotton farmers under the National Cotton Council program, George T. Ashford, Red Springs, president of the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw Field pilot lost in accident; funding set for ETV in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 - Two fires, one occurring at Britton's station on Manning Road and the other at a Center Street residence early today, were reported by the city fire department this morning. A call put in at 9:22 a.m. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Radio's best quiz comes to Sumter; Fienning plans to retire from council

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 23 - 29 - "Members of the Sumter Community Concert association who enroll during the membership campaign next week will be added to the hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians who have already approved the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 1,000 take part in Children's Fishing Rodeo; Sumter gets manufacturing honor

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 16 - 22 - A goal of $39,050.50 has been set for this year's Sumter County Community Chest Campaign, Lester W. Allen, director, announced. Dates for the annual solicitation of funds will be Oct. 21 through Oct. 31. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Model Airplane Fly-in opens Iris Festival; 'Celebrate Clemson' held

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 10 - 15 - Robert O. Purdy Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will sponsor a professional boxing card at the Municipal Ball Park on Friday night. Five bouts and an opening battle royal will make up the night's program - … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw volunteers honored; Sidewalk Art Show held during festival

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Sept. 2 - 8 - The Southern Coatings and Chemical Co. of Sumter has purchased the saw mill and part of the timber lands of D.W. Alderman and Sons Co. at Alcolu, according to an announcement by T.H. Brice, president of … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter residents mourn FBI Director Hoover; Wright wins Golden Gloves

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 - Part of the Shelor Building designated as 122 N. Sumter St. has been leased by the city for five years to be used for its administrative offices which are now located at the City Hall. Final agreement … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Brownies enter 'The Magic Forest' float in Iris Festival parade; roses planted to honor 4 outstanding women

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Aug. 19 - 25 - Three American Legion Junior baseball teams arrived in the city for the sectional tournament which will get under way at the Municipal Park. First to come was the Little Rock, Arkansas, team, which arrived by … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Shaw Field becomes 20th Fighter Wing headquarters; Palmetto Plaza improved

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Aug. 12 - 18 - Jack Chandler, who returned from attending the Boys' Forum of National Government in Washington, said that what impressed him most about the trip was meeting President Truman at the White House and shaking … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Merchants take part in Sumter's Dollar Days; women focus on life skills

75 YEARS AGO - 1947 Aug. 5 - 11 - Sumter County will be represented at the state 4-H council meeting being held this week at Camp Long in Aiken by McBride Dabbs Jr., Mildred Critcher and Joe Dabbs, according to home demonstration agent … more
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