Yesteryear
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75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 12 - June 18 A Sumter man, Lt. E. W. Dabbs Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Dabbs of Black River, came in for prominent mention in an Associated Press dispatch. AP reporter Don Whitehead, covering United States troops in … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 June 5 - June 11 Frank B. Jernigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.F. Jernigan of Sumter received his commission as second lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps upon successfully completing the officer candidate course at the … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 29 - June 4 First Lt. Benjamin F. Fizzano, 23, and Pilot Officer George Lammie of the Royal Air Force, 20, both of whom were stationed at Shaw Field, were among eight men killed in the crash of a B-24 bomber at Smyrna, … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 22-28 Diane Lawson, first-grade pupil, was the high collector of tin cans the past week. She brought 1,198 of the vital containers to school to top the rest of the field by a wide margin. Alvenia Winegard, second … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 15 - May 21 John Bailey Littlejohn of Sumter was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army of the United States upon successful completion of the officer candidate course at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, … more
75 years ago - 1943 May 8-14 The Iris Gardens are open to the public now, H.C. Bland, their creator and owner, said today, but he added that the flowers for which the gardens have become famous probably will not be at their height until about … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 May 1 - 7 The hard-hitting and experienced Marine baseball team from Parris Island clubbed out a 5 to 2 victory over Shaw Field in the first of a two game series that will end this afternoon at Hovey Park. Today's game will … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 April 24 - 30 From 1,504 acres of sweet potatoes in 1929 census figures show Sumter County to have 1,922 acres in 1939 to rank 46th in the nation, according to County Agent J.M. Eleazer. "This increase in potatoes has been … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 April 17 - 23 Aubrey Hatfield, son of A.J. Hatfield, well known bicycle and automotive accessories dealer, recently averaged almost 15 miles an hour riding his Victory model bicycle from Columbia to Sumter in three hours. … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1943 April 10-16 Shaw Field's baseball team won its opener against the University of South Carolina in a game played at Hovey Park on Saturday afternoon but dropped the All-Service team league contest to the 26th Division of … more
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