Yesteryear
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Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Flag pole dedicated on Tricentennial Week; Pinewood hosts Possum Trot Fest for 2nd year

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 14 - Dec. 20 - December checks for distribution in Sumter County to needy persons receiving public assistance are being mailed from the state public welfare office in time to be received early this week, it is … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Morris seeks books to help with accreditation; Tuomey is smoke free

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Dec. 7 - 15 - Fourteen officers and men aboard five Navy torpedo bombers missing over the Atlantic since Wednesday night and 13 crew members of a plane lost while searching for the bombers today were identified by seventh … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Car captured in Germany displayed; Red Baron pizza planes visit Sumter

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 30 - Dec. 6 - A 1937 Ford belonging to a Shaw Field soldier caught fire on Main Street in front of DeLorme's pharmacy, and within three minutes, the blaze had severely damaged the car, burning and melting the ignition, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Yates is 1st woman candidate in Sumter in decades; 'Mr. Music' honored

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 23 - Nov. 29 - Fire Chief E. H. Lynam alerted Sumter residents to the fire dangers brought on by the winter. Turning on the heat at home is one of the biggest causes of fire, explained the chief. The chief started his … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 'Very best observer in the American Army' honored; Summerthing program draws record attendance

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 16 - Nov. 22 - The formation of the Dixie Life Insurance Co., a locally owned and operated corporation, organized with a capital stock of $150,000, was announced this morning. S. L. Roddey is president of the new … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: 5,000 attend bass fishing derby fest; Baker Street oak cut down

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 9 - Nov. 15 - South Carolina's current crop may be the third smallest in 58 years, Federal-State Agricultural Statistician Frank O. Black has estimated. Predicting a 640,000-bale yield on the basis of Nov. 1 reports, … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Buddy Poppy sale benefits veterans, dependents; Poinsett gets facelift

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Nov. 2 - Nov. 8 - The air force marked up a second try victory for its B-29s over the mileage and adverse weather of the tough nonstop hop from Japan to Washington. Four of the Superforts flew in to National Airport after a … more

YESTERYEAR BY SAMMY WAY: Troop trains give Sumter positive reviews; city plans for 'garbage explosion'

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 26 - Nov. 1 - America's transportation system will consist mainly of streamlined air liners, diesel-electric trains and diesel-powered buses within the next 10 years, in the opinion of Gordon Lefebvre, president and … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Swan Lake bridge construction underway; Bradford competes at Classic

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 19 - Oct. 25 - Decay-producing organisms remain alive for many months in sweet potato storage houses, say Clemson plant disease specialists, who advise that these organisms be eliminated before the new crop of sweet … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Red Cross Canteen members greet every troop train; 'puff mud' found

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 12 - Oct. 18 - Four air bases in the two Carolinas, including Shaw Field at Sumter, are included in the list of 85 flying fields, depots, hospitals and other establishments the Army Air Forces has recommended for … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: St. Anne's donates clothes to children; Farmers' Field Day hosted

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Oct. 5 - Oct. 11 - The local committee for Fire Prevention Week, to be held Oct. 7-13, was announced by Mayor Edwin Boyle. The committee includes E. H. Lynam, chairman; C. V. Wilder, vice chairman; and D. W. Cuttino Jr. … more

Yesteryear with Sammy Way: Camp Mac Boykin opens session; 2 teachers impact lives

75 YEARS AGO - 1945 Sept. 28 - Oct. 4 - The scientists who developed the atomic bomb are reported largely in favor of placing controls around it through international action. There is discussion of whether it should be given to Russia. The … more
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