Calendar of Topics, 1956-1961, in Samuel Latimer's Column Published in The State Newspaper

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Samuel Lowry Latimer, Jr. (1891-1975) was an editor, publisher, and editor emeritus of the State newspaper, in Columbia, SC. He was also the author of the paper's offical history, The Story of The State. Latimer's column, titled , “From Across the Editor's Desk,” discussed topics of local, national, or historical interest.

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Jan 29 Introduction
Feb 5 "Red" McMahon and early days of South Atlantic Baseball League
Feb 12 New York—first visit and just returned from there on meeting of the National Commission on Chronic Illness
Feb 19 President of S. C. Press Association and various meetings. Also making known glories of Horry Strand
Feb 26 Woodrow Wilson and trips to Columbia
Mar 4 American Legion—early years and conventions
Mar 11 Mr. Byrnes and 1952 National Democratic Convention
Mar 18 Trip to New York by train and returned by plane. Mention of Silver Meteor's glass-topped sun cars and the late O. O. McIntyre
Mar 25 Peter Harris and the Catawba Indians
Apr 1 Easter Sundays—Columbia, York, Carlisle, Camden, New York City, and Nice, France
Apr 8 Mention of Brian Bell and praise of South Carolina
Apr 15 Trip to White Sands proving ground in New Mexico and Army's latest guided missles
Apr 22 Baseball—Ty Cobb, Lou Brissie, Ted Williams, Al Rosen
Apr 29 ASNE meeting where President Eisenhower and Governor Stevenson spoke
May 6 Experiences on The State—errors, anonymous letters, and engagement announcement
May 13 Sesquicentennial State Park—how the place got its name and where the money came from to purchase land
May 20 Billy Beard and minstrel shows
May 27 Opening of James F. Byrnes Crossing, linking Hilton Head to the mainland
Jun 3 Houdon statue of George Washington on State House grounds
Jun 10 Old Columbia and the first naming of its streets
Jun 17 "The Merry Widow"—musical shows
Jun 24 Lewis G. Wood
Jul 1 Comments on first six months of column and several American Legion stories
Jul 8 1910 excursion to Detroit and Niagara Falls for $43.75 round trip
Jul 15 Watermelon Festival at Hampton and Senator George Warren's barbecue
Jul 22 World War I—stationed behind Belfort sector, Besancon and observation balloons
Jul 29 Closing of the Greatest Show on Earth and stories about the circus
Aug 5 Mr. Willie Gonzales—story of rum in his baggage
Aug 12 1956 National Democratic Convention and stories of other national conventions
Aug 19 Returning from National Democratic Convention by plane and several side-lights of the convention
Aug 26 Sunday excursions from Columbia to Charleston for $1.75
Sep 2 Sigmund Romberg's shows—song "Silver Moon"—and the John J. Seibels residence
Sep 9 Painting of "The Age of Innocence" by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Sep 16 Visit to the Grand Canyon in Arizona
Sep 23 Visit to Los Angeles and history of the city
Sep 30 Making speeches—Macon, Ga.; Arkansas and Founder's Day address at Winthrop
Oct 7 North Carolina's four-lane limited-access highway No. 29 between Greensboro and Salisbury. South Carolina's highway laws and the Autobahn (auto road) in Germany
Oct 14 Sunsets and James K. Hackett's comments on them
Oct 21 History of the State Fair
Oct 28 Neckties
Nov 4 Presidents visiting Columbia—Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Jefferson Davis, Taft, Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hoover's address being broadcast from Kings Mountain
Nov 11 When the Armistice was signed in 1918
Nov 18 Colonel James D. Lee
Nov 25 Turkey, celery and cranberries which grace Thanksgiving tables
Dec 2 Dr. Samuel Chiles Mitchell, president of University of South Carolina
Dec 9 Old Columbia theater—"The Roost," F. L. Brown and Township Auditorium
Dec 16 Pluto
Dec 23 Christmas of 1918 spent overseas
Dec 30 Memories of Miami, Florida



Jan 6 John Hughes Cooper
Jan 13 First automobile ride, rivalry between the Reo and Ford, going to dance in Carlisle with Rudolph Mobley, Bill Harth and Lamar Edmunds
Jan 20 Yates Snowden
Jan 27 Attending President Eisenhower's second inauguration as representative of Governor Timmerman
Feb 3 President Eisenhower's health and procedure when the Chief Executive attends luncheons and dinners
Feb 10 Speaking in San Juan as National Vice Commander of American Legion
Feb 17 Visits to Columbia and South Carolina by Artur Rubenstein, Paderewski, Leginska, Dame Hess
Feb 24 Sherman's burning of Columbia
Mar 3 Winter of 1918-1919 in St. Blin—birthplace of Joan of Arc
Mar 10 Columbia in the year 1907
Mar 17 Calypso music and Nassau. Also rough plane trip from Columbia to Atlanta with J. M. Blalock
Mar 24 Mr. Latimer's age, street cars in Columbia, W. K. Beckham
Mar 31 Grecian building [Longstreet Theatre] that straddles Sumter street at Green and a June Ball held there
Apr 7 Early travel to Myrtle Beach, trip there with H. C. Booker and Oscar H. Wilson, present day roads
Apr 14 Columbia almost losing Fort Jackson in 1940 for lack of housing and the Columbia Housing Authority
Apr 21 Dr. George Armstrong Wauchope
Apr 28 Trip just taken to New York and shows—"My Fair Lady," "South Pacific," Ethel Merman in "Happy Hunting"
May 5 Old Columbia theater and opening night, December 1, 1900
May 12 First Officers Training camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
May 19 Trip to Europe 10 years ago on invitation of Secretary of War
May 26 Occasions when Billy Sunday and Billy Graham preached in Columbia
June 2 Visit to Berlin in 1947 and mention of Lieutenant General Floyd Parks
June 9 Personal comment on contacts with Ezio Pinza
June 16 Regional meeting at Duke University of the American Assembly. Baseball game between Trinity College and USC and short history of Duke
June 23 Old theater at Main and Washington managed by Eugene Kramer and burning of Old City Hall March 30, 1899
June 30 Tearing down of Assembly Street Viaduct and Union Station
July 7 Hitler and Berchtesgaden
July 14 Jamestown Exposition in 1907
July 21 Major McDavid Horton, editor of The State
July 28 North Dakota
Aug 4 Building the bridge over the Wateree between Sumter and Columbia and the new four-lane road between Sumter and Columbia
Aug 11 Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful geyser
Aug 18 Meeting acquaintances at Yellowstone. Also stories about meeting up with Aubrey Willis at Coney Island, A. J. Garing and J. Lester Perkins
Aug 25 Death list on the front page of The State.
Sep 1 Banff [National Park] and Lake Louise (Alberta, Canada)
Sep 8 Festival held in Columbia April 25, 1916, observing the 300th anniversary of death of William Shakespeare
Sep 15 Voyages from Charleston to New York on the Clyde Steamship Co. later Clyde Line, an east coast shipping company that connected the northeast, the southeast, and the West Indies. First time he saw a motorcycle escort in New York
Sep 22 Mrs. Strom Thurmond (Nancy Moore Thurmond) and tour of vice-president's office in the Senate used on state occasions
Sep 29 Several trips crossing the Atlantic on ocean liners
Oct 6 "Powhatan," amateur musical, presented at old Columbia theater March 5-6, 1905. List of business firms on Main Street in 1905
Oct 13 Trip with USC football team to Texas and short history of Austin, Texas
Oct 20 Beginning of the State Fair—parades, State Balls and Carolina-Clemson football games
Oct 27 History of the USC Carolina football stadium
Nov 3 Second column on neckties—Angus Macaulay, General and Mrs. W. N. Cork, John C. B. Smith and Dan Duncan
Nov 10 John S. Reynolds in World War I
Nov 17 Incidents about Governor Martin Frederick Ansel (1850-1945) and list of governors of South Carolina
Nov 24 Going overseas in 1918 on the a stripped-down RMS Mauretania (originally a luxury liner ship in the Cunard Line, known as one of the largest and fastest of her day, used as a military ship 1915-1918) and several stories about a fellow passenger on the ship, Lord Reading (1860-1935) [Rufus Isaacs, First Marquess of Reading, Lord Chief Justice and Viceroy of India]
Dec 1 Ambrose Elliott Gonzales (1857-1926) and the Salvation Army
Dec 8 Beautiful spots in South Carolina—Carlisle (Union County), Columbia canal, Congaree river, and Irwin Park area [River Front Park], and an open-air streetcar.
Dec 15 Highlights in sports and USC football—Carolina-Clemson game of 1912, game with Davidson and vonKolnitz, West Point game in 1954 and Mackie Prickett, Carolina-Citadel game in 1929 and Bru Boineau, Texas-Carolina game in 1957 and Bobby Bunch and King Dixon
Dec 22 "The Wild Cat Follies"
Dec 29 First plane trip and stories of other plane trips



Jan 5 National Cathedral in Washington—author Marcus Wesley Price (b. 1894) and South Carolinians contributions to it
Jan 12 Founding of Columbia, S.C.
Jan 19 Weddings in which Mr Latimer participated.
Jan 26 Visit to Greenwood, S.C., by Marshall Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), on December 9, 1921; Foch served as supreme commander of the Allied Forces in World War I.
Feb 2 Landing at Liverpool in World War I—Knotty Ash Camp, welcoming letter from King George V, mention of meeting King George later
Feb 9 Robert Elliott Gonzales (1888-1916)
Feb 16 First Presbyterian Church and churchyard in Columbia, S.C.
Feb 23 Alsatian restaurant in Besancon, France—crayfish, Valley of the Loue, cherry omelettes
Mar 2 Automobile accidents
Mar 9 The Reverend Charles Jaggers (died 1929), an African American minister of Columbia, S.C.
Mar 16 Trip to New York for meeting of Pulitzer Prize jury—Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, theater ("New Girl in Town," "The Music Man")
Mar 23 Chamonix, French resort in the Alps, and site of first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Mar 30 New York road shows that came to the old Columbia Theater
Apr 6 Dinner with Presidents of the United States
Apr 13 Sunrises—Governor Byrnes cottage at Isle of Palms, Canadian Rockies, Southern railway station in Chester, Atlantic Ocean in World War I. Also robbery at Parr Shoals [Fairfield County (S.C.)]
Apr 20 Trip to Pike's Peak (Colorado)—Oscar Wilson and Henry Ford
Apr 27 Trip to New York for meeting of ASNP—train trip, "Oh Captain," chicken Kiev at Sheraton East, Helen Hayes in "Time Remembered," Banshees luncheon
May 4 Plane trip from Columbia (S.C.) to Indianapolis (Indiana)
May 11 Spelling of balloon, restaurant, Caroliniana. Also story about Albert Drane Oliphant, author of The evolution of the penal system of South Carolina from 1866 to 1916, a contemporary account written in 1916, when Oliphant served as assistant secretary of the State board of charities and corrections.
May 18 Indianapolis and state of Indiana
May 25 Mr. Ambrose E. Gonzales (1857-1926) and mention of Dr. Stanhope Sams (d. 1933) and Robert E. Gonzales (1888-1916)
Jun 1 Waldorf-Astoria's Crab Meat Louis and cheese in France during World War I
Jun 8 Election nights of past years
Jun 15 Columbia City Directory for 1891 lent by James S. Verner
Jun 22 South Carolina governors and the two and four year terms
Jun 29 Another article from the Columbia City Directory of 1891
Jul 6 Summary of trip to the western United States in 1957
Jul 13 Robert E. Gonzales (1888-1916) and some of his quotations
Jul 20 Bertha Krupp's big bathtub, long range gun of World War I and the Krupp mansion
Jul 27 Distant views in and near Columbia and highest points in Columbia
Aug 3 Present Columbia City Hall, Main and Laurel streets, and mention of other city halls here
Aug 10 Runners-up in gubernatorial elections in South Carolina
Aug 17 Mr Latimer's first trip to New York—Penn Station, Flat Iron building, Statue of Liberty, EL or elevated train, Coney Island, etc. Also mention of Jeannette Douglas
Aug 24 Columbia City Directory for 1885 lent by Kinard Muller
Aug 31 Theater ticket experience in New York to see "Can Can"—also mention of taking Arthur Humphries to see "South Pacific," and "Rose Marie" playing in Paris
Sep 7 40th annual convention of the American Legion in Chicago—also mention of Delta's new direct flight from Columbia to Chicago, short history of Chicago, long Legion parade
Sep 14 The year 1908 at the University of South Carolina
Sep 21 Another article from the Columbia City Directory of 1885—discusses typewriters and a shorthand writing machine
Sep 28 Trips—it is good to go but good to get back. Trip out West "inner circle" with Oscar H. Wilson
Oct 5 Richard Irvine Manning (1859-1931) —South Carolina's Governor during World War I
Oct 12 Mr Latimer's return from overseas after World War I on the USS Minnesota, landing at Newport News, Virginia
Oct 19 History of South Carolina State Fair. Mention of first and other Carolina-Clemson games
Oct 26 World-Wide Air Force Championship Weapons Meet at Nellis Field, Nevada—guest of the Ninth Air Force, Major General David W. Hutchison, commanding
Nov 2 Fort Monroe, Virginia—mention of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Black Hawk, Edgar Allen Poe
Nov 9 40 years since the end of World War I
Nov 16 Columbia City Directory for 1868-90 lent by the late Sheriff T. Alex Heise.
Nov 23 Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 30 First visit to Florida in 1924—the boom and depression in Florida
Dec 7 Second article on Las Vegas, Nevada
Dec 14 When Mr Latimer received news of Pearl Harbor at the home of Mrs Oscar L. Keith. Also told about Mrs Keith as an author and poet
Dec 21 Christmas 1918 in France
Dec 28 A trace of Columbia's growth by decades



Jan 4 The movie "Birth of a Nation" and some real life facts about the story
Jan 11 The 93rd S C General Assembly and the first and some of the early General Assemblies
Jan 18 Robert Archer Cooper (b. 1874)—Governor of South Carolina forty years ago (ca. 1919-1922)
Jan 25 The Gonzales brothers, Mr Latimer's visit to Cuba in 1940 as 2nd vice president of the S C Press Association, Miss H. R. Gonzales and a few facts about Cuba
Feb 1 New York—old standby sights and the theater
Feb 8 The horse-drawn hack in Columbia
Feb 15 Flying and some of Mr Latimer's plane trips
Feb 22 Birth of The State newspaper—Gonzales brothers, Ed DeCamp, John B. Rogers
Mar 1 Columbia College
Mar 8 Road shows and theaters in South Carolina cities
Mar 15 E. Marion Rucker
Mar 22 Marker on the spot where Mayor T. J. Goodwyn surrendered the City of Columbia to General W. T. Sherman, February 17, 1865
Mar 29 Forty years since units of the 30th (Old Hickory) Division returned from World War I action on Western Front and the welcome they received as they paraded in Columbia
Apr 5 Facts about Montgomery, Alabama, and its state Capitol building
Apr 12 Brief history of the Columbia Stage Society and the Town Theatre—celebrating its 40th anniversary
Apr 19 College for Women and Miss Euphemia McClintock, one of its heads
Apr 26 Board of Trade in Columbia in 1880
May 3 Mr Latimer's observations of Fidel Castro at the American Society of Newspaper Editors meeting in Washington, DC
May 10 Street cars in the early days of Columbia
May 17 When Sherman burned Ursuline Convent in Columbia
May 24 Centennial held in Columbia in 1891—observance of the first meeting of the General Assembly in the then-new Capital City
May 31 Niagara Falls
Jun 7 Wild animals one can see in our National parks
Jun 14 Berlin, Germany, and the horse chestnut and the lilac trees in bloom there
Jun 21 Early legitimate theaters in Columbia
Jun 28 "Do you remember when _______?"
Jul 5 Retirement ceremony for General Maxwell D. Taylor at Fort Myer, Virginia
Jul 12 Hill climbing contest in Columbia July 4, 1909 on Monticello road
Jul 19 Senate Chamber in the National Capitol
Jul 26 Second S C regiment under command of Colonel Henry T. Thompson in training at Ridgewood half century ago this July—also mention of Lightwood Knot Springs, a resort north of Two Notch Road east of Columbia, S.C.
Aug 2 Early traffic (automobile) accidents in the United States and Columbia
Aug 9 Beautiful rides in this and other countries
Aug 16 University of South Carolina—1909-1910 session, Dr Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Dr Robert Llewellyn Sumwalt
Aug 23 Another "Do you remember?" column
Aug 30 Facts about Minnesota and the cities of Minneapolis and St Paul
Sep 6 Recent airplane trip from Columbia to Minneapolis
Sep 13 Another "Do you remember?" column
Sep 20 Elmwood property used for the State Fair, then a football field, then a baseball field, and finally deeded to Logan school. Mention of Dr A. W. Taylor
Sep 27 Moving from one site to another of several residences in Columbia
Oct 4 Big Thursdays of previous State Fairs and how the day got its name
Oct 11 Hot Springs, Arkansas, and its famous baths
Oct 18 History of the State Fair
Oct 25 The Last Big Thursday and previous Carolina-Clemson games
Nov 1 Old Farmers' Market in the middle of Assembly street west of State Capitol building in Columbia, S.C.
Nov 8 History of the Confederate soldier monument on the State House grounds
Nov 15 William P. Etchison and a few incidents that happened at The State newspaper.
Nov 22 The two inscriptions on the Confederate Monument at the State House and the third inscription which was not used
Nov 29 Another column on neckties
Dec 6 Article on Morse's Universal Geography printed in 1814
Dec 13 Another "Do You Remember?" column
Dec 20 Christmas time in 1917 during World War I
Dec 27 The New Year and a few events happening during the Fifties


Jan 3 The United States as it was in 1814
Jan 10 Opening of 93rd General Assembly of South Carolina—salary of the members, length of recent sessions, etc
Jan 17 South Carolina senators who have gone to Washington from the S.C. State House
Jan 24 The making of newsprint and Mr Latimer's trip to Coosa Pines, Alabama
Jan 31 May 1919 in Chateauvillain, France, and Mr Latimer representing the Wildcat Division at a meeting to schedule sending troops home after World War I
Feb 7 Brief history of Birmingham, Alabama
Feb 14 Explanation of how South Carolina had four changes in one of its senatorial lines within less than one year
Feb 21 Commenting on an 1891 City Directory which said that the Capital City was a health resort
Feb 28 History of the two Columbia blocks bounded by Pickens, Henderson, Laurel and Taylor
Mar 6 The 12 South Carolina governors who did not serve out the term to which they were elected
Mar 13 Old Columbia Theater and other opera houses in Columbia
Mar 20 Nancy, Lady Astor (1879-1964) and Mr Latimer's meeting with her
Mar 27 Trip to Puerto Rico with the Army
Apr 3 South Carolina had four United States Senators—Byrnes, Lumpkin, Peace, and Maybank—within four months (1941). South Carolina had three governors—Maybank, Harley, and Jefferies—between November 1941 and March 1942
Apr 10 Mr Latimer's trip to West Germany after World War II and the food situation there.
Apr 17 The children's story, Peter Pan—re its author James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) and some of its productions
Apr 24 The Democratic National Convention of 1860 which met in Charleston, S.C. April 23 to May 3 and in Baltimore, Maryland 18- 23 June.
May 1 Visit to Washington and New York by President Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) and Madame de Gaulle of France.
May 8 History of Blossom street in Columbia, S.C.
May 15 Brief history of Lexington, Kentucky
May 22 Columbia City Directory for 1868
May 29 City Hall clock and bell of Columbia, S.C.
Jun 5 Brief history of Heidelberg, Germany
Jun 12 Early cinemas and movie houses in Columbia
Jun 19 City directory for 1841 from Augusta, Georgia.
Jun 26 Plane trip from Columbia to Marion, Illinois, and back. Also mention of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Jul 3 Columbia City Directory of 1859
Jul 10 Democratic Conventions of previous years
Jul 17 How much Fort Jackson personnel like Columbia
Jul 24 Comparison of telephone books in several cities. L. S. Barringer providing some of the information for the article
Jul 31 Columbia as it was laid out, two miles each way, and the names of the streets then
Aug 7 City Directory of 1860
Aug 14 The Great Divide and other Divides
Aug 21 Myrtle Beach, S.C.—its growth and previous visits made there
Aug 28 The Eighty-first (Wild Cat) Division training at Fort Jackson for the past two weeks; also the 81st Division during World War I
Sep 4 Story about Gene Tunney, former heavyweight champion. Mention of Brian Bell
Sep 11 General John J. Pershing—reprint of an editorial about him by Mr Latimer written December 13, 1937
Sep 18 Study made of a map of Columbia, S.C. compiled in 1903
Sep 25 Civilian Aides Conference at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Oct 2 The old time minstrel show
Oct 9 Marmaduke Coate's 1820 map of Richland District—mention of what happened to Granby court house
Oct 16 State Fair, State Ball, and Carolina-Clemson game
Oct 23 Town Theater
Oct 30 Miami Beach
Nov 6 History of presidential elections
Nov 13 Proper theater facilities—acoustics—old Columbia Theater and "Ben-Hur"
Nov 20 Vaudeville and the Pastime Theater in Columbia
Nov 27 South Carolina towns as described in "A Book of the United States" printed in 1838—Charleston, Columbia, Beaufort, and Camden included
Dec 4 Chatauqua in Columbia
Dec 11 Edinburgh, Scotland, and train ride to London
Dec 18 Presentation of Columbia visitors to King George V in 1927 in connection with a royal reception of the National American Legion Commander
Dec 25 White Christmases in Columbia


Jan 1 Antebellum residences in Columbia—Tradition that the "long time between drinks" remark was made in Columbia at 1502 Hampton Street (the Shaw residence)

Administrative Notes

Location: PU-4
Accession Number: 13075
Processed: Terry W. Lipscomb, Project Archivist (June 1999)
Notes: Information concerning copyright must be secured in writing from the Director of the South Caroliniana Library.


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