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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

Sumter woman grows pineapple; library to become gallery

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 10 - Feb. 16 - J.C. Penney Co. sold a total of $85,540,036.90 during the Fifth War Loan campaign. It was announced today through the company's publication Pay Day. The Penney store in Sumter also came in for much … more

Ship named in honor of Sumter; 'Renaissance' program begins

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Sept. 2 - Sept. 8 - School children who wish to help with the harvest of the county cotton crop will be released from their duties for that specific purpose, Superintendent William Henry Shaw announced, but they will be … more

Scout district sponsors camporee; 'atomic veterans' seek help

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 - Capt. Charles Vincent (Vince) Greffett, who worked for five years at the Palmetto Pigeon Plant before entering the Army Air Corps, was one of the leaders of a bombing flight which dropped ammunition to … more

Patton's Third Army battles Nazis; New Zealander visits TSA

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 19 - Aug. 25 - A double feature of entertainment is scheduled for the Cadet Club, Mrs. R. C. Williams announced. There will be a buffet supper and dance. Music will be furnished by the Shaw Field orchestra under the … more

Sumter Boy Scouts meet salvage paper goal; ideas wanted for school names

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 12 - Aug. 18 - The following group of YMCA officials and "Y" boys will leave for the Southern YMCA Secretary Conference, to be held at Blue Ridge, North Carolina, near Black Mountain: Carl W. Link, general secretary; … more

Morris students, staff X-rayed for 50 cents; height helps Wilson Hall Barons win game

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Aug. 5 - Aug. 11 - Cpl. Charles McIntosh, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. McIntosh, has been killed in action, according to a wire received by his parents from Lt. Gen. A. A. Vandegrift, commandant of the Marine Corps. The … more

Residents urged to collect paper for drive; fire deaths increase

75 YEARS AGO -1944 July 29 - Aug. 4 - Pfc. William D. (Billy) Scott, USMC, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Scott, is at West Coast Hospital recovering from wounds received in fighting on Saipan Island on June 27. Overseas since last November, the … more

11 Sumter boxers win at show; Canadians leave snow for golf

75 YEARS AGO -1944 July 22 - July 28 - Completing his AAF basic training this week was Aviation Cadet T. Vandell Young, son of the late S. W. Young of Rembert, who left for advanced flying school where he will receive further specialized … more
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