Yesteryear
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Twin pilots in basic training; Lowcountry unit deactivated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 8 - April 14 - In France, it was difficult to distinguish between the DeLeiris twins, and cadet tactical officers at Shaw Field are having the same trouble. You can imagine what trouble German pilots will have when … more

Crowson gives record blood donations; aviator has no plane to fly in the Air Force

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 April 1 - April 7 - A total of $37,342.21 has been raised in Sumter County's Red Cross War Fund drive, K. E. Ward, director, announced. The campaign closed officially yesterday, and Mr. Ward said that the campaign … more

4 swimmers break records; Parnell takes over at Rec Dept.

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 25 - 31 - The Santee-Cooper project is demonstrating its efficiency as a flood-control factor in the present rainy season, and indications are that it could care for twice as much water as now is being handled by the … more

Baton twirling contest held; Lee animal shelter closer to reality

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 18 - March 24 - The state's code of civil procedure would be revised, employers would be accorded additional unemployment compensation tax privileges and Home Guardsmen's compensation under workmen's compensation … more

Top student bond salesman honored; 'Blue Fog' plays at Halloween Dance

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 11 - 17 - Second Lt. James Alvin Grumbles, whose name was deleted from the War Department's "missing in action" list recently after his parents had been notified that he had failed to return from a mission over … more

'Compact Farm' a success; Sumter Airport terminal dedicated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 March 4 - March 10 - It will be Sumter against Charleston in the finals of the South Carolina state basketball tournament. The game will get underway in the Edmunds High School gym and will bring to a close the first state … more

Commander dies in plane crash; chickens die in heat wave

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 26 - March 3 - Lt. Alvin Grumbles' parents have received a letter from him postmarked "England." The Sumter flyer was previously reported missing in action over enemy territory. Lt. Grumbles' letter stated he was well, … more

Victory Garden Guide released; base land swap in the works

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 - Eighteen members of the Tuomey Hospital School of Nursing's class of 1946 were capped and inducted into the United States Cadet Nurse Corps in impressive ceremonies at Grace Baptist Church. John W. … more

Speedway drivers put on show; Lee landfill to open

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 12 - Feb. 18 - Shaw Field's Aviation Cadet Class 44-D were honor guests at the traditional graduation banquet and dance held at the basic flying school. Avi-aides, cadet wives and special guests attended. A delicious … more

Gamble becomes horse breeder; 33rd Fighter Squadron deactivated

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Feb. 5 - Feb. 11 - Sumter High's Gamecocks got sweet revenge against Camden's Bulldogs by disposing of the visitors in easy fashion. The final score was 25-3. After holding the Bulldogs scoreless the first half - the second … more

Rat Season begins at Clemson; extension program reorganized

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 29 - Feb. 4 - First Lt. James Dow Harrelson, who is missing in overseas action, may be a prisoner of war. According to a message from the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission, … more

Students spread Christmas cheer; 12 swans added to park

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 22 - Jan. 28 - Mrs. R. C. Williams, hostess of the Shaw Field Cadet Club, said that there are a number of cadet wives in town who are very anxious to secure work here during their two months' stay. Many of the girls … more

Sawmill damaged by fire; Austin wins race

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Jan. 15 - Jan. 21 - Miss Alice Broadway, third-grade teacher in the Washington building, is chairwoman of awards in the Sumter Art Association. This organization presents annually an award of $10 to the Sumter city schools. … more
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