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Yesteryear for Feb. 19, 2014

61 YEARS AGO -- Feb. 17-21, 1953

Posted: February 18, 2014 8:15 a.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Fire truck bought by city is latest thing out

The purchase of a new Mack, Type 85, fire truck, has been announced by the city fire department.

Described as a 750-gallon pumper with a booster tank capacity of 900 gallons, the new truck is said by manufacturers to be the latest thing in fire-fighting equipment.

City council authorized purchase of the new truck after a specially appointed committee had made a thorough investigation of the city fire department’s equipment and its present and future needs.

This committee composed of E. C. Rhame, chairman; Austin Sheheen and Perry Langston made its report to Council at its regular meeting and after due consideration of the committee’s finding , Council decided upon the purchase of the new truck.

The new Mack fire truck will replace the Ford crash truck in use by the city for some time. It will also replace the present American-LaFrance truck in case of failure of that piece of equipment, department officials have announced.

Purchased from the Mack Fire Truck Co., through Shealy, Inc., of Columbia, state distributors, the new truck cost $18,358 and delivery has been promised within approximately four months from purchase date.

‘Hottest Pilot In Korea’

Capt. Dolphin Overton, South Carolina’s Korean ace, visitor here Sunday

Capt. Dolphin D. Overton, 3rd, South Carolina’s handsome Korean jet fighter ace, came to Camden Sunday morning, had breakfast with the South Carolina Breakfast club at the Sarsfield Hotel, spoke briefly and captivated all who had the privilege of seeing and hearing him. He did not come in a jet plane; in fact he did not fly here. Because of the weather he came over from Columbia in an automobile with Berley Kittrel.

At the breakfast he was introduced by Dr. W. H. Price of Charleston, the president of the Breakfast club, who had to come by motor himself as they would not let him fly from the Charleston airport because of the weather.

 …Capt. Overton’s remarks were all off the record. He spoke in a calm manner with excellent poise, and had a very infectious smile.

Dolphin Overton left the little farming center of Andrews, in Georgetown County, to become “the hottest pilot in Korea.” He had some 145 mission under his belt in fighter-bombers and other planes before taking over “Dolphin’s Devil,” a Sabrejet fighter. In this jet he soared to international renown when he scored an amazing triple over red MIGs in one day and then went on to bag two more, becoming an ace within four days -- the quickest ace rating ever achieved…

Girls win and boys lose to Hartsville team

The Camden High School basketball teams divided a doubleheader with Hartsville last Friday night, the girls winning 42 to 24 and boys losing 45 to 29.

The Rockettes won their fourteenth game on Friday, the 13th so that their record for the season is now 14 wins, three losses and one tie.

Bobby Mims, Barbara Haigler and Shirley Belk did some fancy ball handling. Barbara Myers, Nancy Parry and Betty Ray did some air-tight guarding before fouling out.

The boys’ team placed splendid ball in the first half, holding the Hartsville team to a two-point lead, 13-15, for the first half.

Guy Hutchins was keeping the team in the game by controlling the backboards. Hutchins fouled out early in the third quarter and from that time on it was Hartsville in control of the rebounds. Lee Mays and Jerry Shaylor continued their stellar floor work.



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