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Yesteryear - Dec. 11, 2013

31 YEARS AGO - Dec. 13-17, 1982

Posted: December 10, 2013 12:19 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Holidays bring excitement to Jimmy Golden’s tree farm

A yearly trek into the woods to get a Christmas tree is one of the things Dr. Jimmy Golden remembers about growing up on a farm near Tifton, Ga.

His family would sometimes spend half a day selecting just the right one, he says.

Now, Golden, who is resident director of the Sandhill Experimental Station, has his own family. He also has his own Christmas trees – 20,000 of them. With his wife, Jean, and their four young daughters, he operates Golden Christmas Tree Farm on U.S. 1 near Elgin.

…The hobby has been “very rewarding. It’s the excitement of this time of year and Christmas and seeing families come out and the excitement they exhibit in cutting their Christmas tree.” When some of the children arrive with their parents, they regard the whole procedure as “kind of ho-hum,” he says. That changes when they get out among the trees, “They really get worked up.”

His own family benefits from the farm. “I wanted a project that the girls could take part in to learn how to work, how to earn money, how to manage money. That’s an experience I had as a kid working on my father’s farm.” The money it brings in will come in handy, he admits, when it comes time to send four children to college.

Stamp to honor Lugoff man

A Lugoff man will be among those honored when the United States Postal Service issues a special commemorative stamp to honor the 3,411 people who have won the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for heroism since its establishment during the Civil War.

Donald Leroy Truesdell, of Lugoff, U.S. Marine Corps retired, is among the nearly 300 Medal of Honor winners still living.

The Post Service plans to issue the commemorative stamp in May or June at the Pentagon.

Hamming it up: Quarter Century radio club a conversation piece

They meet every Saturday at 5 p.m. rain or shine. A friendly get-together, discussions range from how the backyard garden is coming along to why the Gamecocks can’t find a winning football team.

But this is not your typical gathering. This organization – the Quarter Century Wireless Association – conducts them over the air on short-wave radio.

Camden resident Cecil Sills is the executive secretary for the Palmetto State Chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and has been a ham radio operator since 1939…

Hostess enjoying her new position

Sara O’Rourke is enjoying her new position as hostess at Louise C. Proctor Hall. She seems to have a feel for nostalgia and for artifacts from years ago and has added her touch to several areas.

Mrs. O’Rourke, who is a seventh grade reading teacher at Camden Middle School, is the mother of three daughters: Shaun Trapp lives with her husband, a DuPont employee, and three children near Camden; Maureen O’Rourke lives in San Diego and Caroline O’Rourke calls Charleston home these days…

Winnsboro artist exhibits love for horses in work

Pelham Lyles Spong grew up with animals. Her family always had a horse and lots of dogs. And she always drew them.

Now, as an adult artist, her understanding of the underlying structure of animals helps her in drawing them.

Ms. Spong of Winnsboro is currently exhibiting her works at the C&S Bank on Broad Street under the sponsorship of Frames and Calico.

“This my first attempt at going public with my etching and watercolors other than the work I have done as a commercial artist and illustrator,” she says….

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