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Reflections looks back at the celebration of Army Day in Sumter. This special event focused on paying tribute to and remembering America's servicemen. While the Army Day observance was celebrated on a large scale in Sumter in 1946 and continued … more
The Sumter Iris Festival had a relationship with one of America's favorite game shows of the 1950's and '60's. Several of the winning contestants who became Queen for a Day visited the festival during their reigns. The popular show originated on the … more
Last week, Reflections took a look at some of Sumter's street corners, where many merchants, churches and even schools chose to locate, knowing that the increased traffic would give them more visibility. While street corners also qualify as … more
The term street is derived from the Latin term strata, meaning "paved way." Today "Reflections" returns to Sumter's past to observe its early urban and suburban development. The primary focus of the article is the significance of the street … more
Multiple references, specifically the Encyclopedia Britannica, define cola as being "carbonated soft drink containing an extract made from Kola nuts together with sweeteners and other flavorings." Colas became popular worldwide after pharmacist John … more
The athletic exploits of our city and county namesake are less known than Revolutionary War Gen. Thomas Sumter's fighting ability, business acumen and willingness to serve his community and nation. However, little time has been spent researching his … more
Reflections reports on the opening of a modern bottling plant built by Coca-Cola . on the corner of Council and West Liberty streets in 1920. This issue deals primarily with the buildings that housed this enterprise and does not address the complete … more
Reflections continues its review of military history and instruction in the public schools. An article written in support of military instruction was printed in The Watchman and Southron newspaper on July 22, 1911. The article receiving support from … more
Two of Sumter's short-lived private education facilities existed at the time the city was establishing a system of public education. The Sumter Military Academy and the Female Seminary had plans to … more
Reflections continues research concerning automobiles and service stations. This issue features the use of "Slogans and Advertising" utilized by the station owners to help motorists remember the names of their stations and to hopefully acquire … more
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