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Yesteryear - Jan. 8, 2014

40 YEARS AGO -- Jan. 7-11, 1974

Posted: January 7, 2014 8:24 a.m.
Updated: January 8, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Woolards make Eagle award family affair

On Jan. 6, 1944, young Gill Woolard stood proudly as his scoutmaster pinned an Eagle Scout award on his chest.

Yesterday, exactly 30 years later, Woolard watched just as proudly as his son David received his Eagle Scout award, still symbolic of scouting experience.

“The Eagle Scout award has remained basically unchanged through those years, although it will soon undergo major changes,” said Tom Pence, Scout Executive for the Camden District.

“It’s a tremendous honor.  About one boy out of four in this country is involved in Scouting, and only 2 per cent of those ever receive their Eagle Award….

Frame dame now a switch lady

Her brown eyes sparkle, she’s alive with enthusiasm and interest … She begin to T, she’s not telling you about a new recipe or directions for knitting a sweater … she’s not even talking about a marvelous new dress shop she’s just discovered.  Betty Riggan sparkles when she talks about her job as a switchman with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company.

Generators, rectifiers, AC, DC, frame, switch … These aren’t ordinary household words for most of us.  In fact, to this reporter, they might as well be Greek.  But, to Betty Riggan (first lady switchman in this county), these words are a way of life … and work.

Mrs. Walter Riggan has been employed with Southern Bell for a number of years.  Beginning as an operator, she moved on to the Directory Department in Columbia.  Next, she was Assignment Clerk in Camden for three years.

Then the picture changed.  Betty Riggan had always enjoyed ‘tinkering’ with things … she had a mechanical kind of mind.  So it seemed natural for her to work on ‘Frames’ for the company. (She quickly became known as the ‘Frame Dame’.)  She was the first woman in the district to hold this position….

Catholic men hear Buckley, make plans for shrimp boil

Members of the Men’s Club of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden spent an enjoyable evening in St. Mary’s Hall last Tuesday.  Served a delicious home-cooked supper … members and their guests then listened to a talk given by F. Reid Buckley, now residing at Mulberry Plantation in Camden.

Enthusiastically received by a large number of Parishioners and members of the club, Mr. Buckley traced the genesis of several of his novels, and related the methods by which he writes them over a period of year.  In addition, he gave member of the Club perceptive comments on a number of vital political and moral issues, both in the United States and abroad.  He gave particular emphasis to conditions in Spain, where he spent many years of his life….

Before adjournment, committee assignments were made and the various chairmen in charge of the Shrimp Boil Supper will meet to firm up final plans….

Mission accomplished: music club has piano!

The Camden Music Club is happy to announce that their new piano has arrived!  It will be used for the first time during Monday’s meeting in the McArn Building of Bethesda Presbyterian church.

The club’s dream of a piano is now a reality due to the kindness of many area people who contributed memorials and other gifts of money towards the purchase of the Steinway.

The club is now hoping to organize a Junior Music Club in the near future.

John Kenneth Adams, head of the Piano Department at the University of South Carolina, will be guest artist when the club meets in February….


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