Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Mabry will receive Congressional Medal of Honor; P.A.W.S. helps Sumter pets

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 17 - Aug. 23 - Four members of the American squadron which Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle led in the first bombing mission over Tokyo have been released from a Japanese prisoner of war camp at Peiping, the Office of … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Rain breaks dam; R.E. Davis students save girl's life

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 14 - Sept. 20 - Gen. MacArthur directed today that the stark facts of Japanese atrocities, committed all the way from the Philippines to New Guinea - and back again - he told in full to the Japanese people. … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter home has 600 varieties of camellias; residents urged to use landfills

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 July 27 - Aug. 2 - A high record of rainfall for one day was set when the heaviest downpour of the year was recorded. Almost two inches, 1.83 to be exact, fell in an hour and 15 minutes, according to the weather bureau. On … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Citadel coach speaks to Hillcrest students; young men beautify Sumter with new trees

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 31 - Sept. 6 - E. R. Crow, superintendent of the Sumter city schools, announced the faculties for the 1945-46 session and listed schedules for the opening days at the various schools. School will open at 9 o'clock on … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Boys head to camp thanks to paper drive; Shaw opens gym

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 3 - Aug. 9 - An atomic bomb, hailed as the most terrible destructive force in history and as the greatest achievement of organized science, has been loosed upon Japan. President Truman disclosed in a White House … more

2 Shaw Field officers parachute to safety

75 Years Ago - 1945 July 6-12 - Two Shaw Field officers parachuted to safety after trouble developed with their planes, Col. Donald W. Titus, commanding officer, announced today. Lt. Thomas L. Carmichael of California jumped from his plane … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Sumter soldier awarded Bronze Star for heroism, Purple Heart; Omaha Stockyard coming in '95

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 June 22 - June 28 - Cpl. George Turbeville, Maxwell Field hurling act, was accredited in a recent feature in the Maxwell newspaper with being the only soldier in the Army with a town carrying his name. Turbeville, son of J. … more

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 … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Ribbon cut for Miller Arms Apartments; high schools consider block scheduling in Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 24 - Aug. 30 - The Tokyo radio said that radioactivity in Hiroshima, blasted by an atomic bomb, was taking a mounting toll weeks after the day of the attack and that in the 14 days following the raid the death toll had … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Fishing derby begins; Sumterite is missionary in Romania

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Aug. 10 - Aug. 16 - American aircraft carriers, new to war before the attack on Pearl Harbor, emerged as one of the most powerful offensive weapons in the campaign against Japan. As the spearhead of every naval striking … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Bass fishing derby will last 3 months; Sumter resource center holds event

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 July 13 - July 19 - A $40,000 real estate agency, the Church Street Development Co. Inc., of Spartanburg was chartered by Secretary of State W.P. Blackwell. Clarendon Airways of Manning filed a charter for its $3,000 … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Sumter cannery has record day; mailmen deal with postal crisis

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 July 20 - July 26 - In addition to regular routine business, the school board considered the matter of retirement of teachers and employees in cooperation with the state retirement plan, provided for in an act passed by the … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: 4 squadrons to compete in field meet; Finney becomes chief justice

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 June 29 - July 5 - The U.S. Army Engineers have sent an urgent call for able-bodied men for vital war work in Hawaii and the Central Pacific. In addition to unskilled labor jobs, which pay unusually good wages, there are … more
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