Reflections
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The four DuBose brothers used their creative abilities to develop a business concept that proved invaluable to the Homefront during World War II and to the Sumter community. Two of these enterprising young men started a business establishment in … more
Burton M. Hovey, selected as the project officer for the Air Corps basic flying school to be constructed at Sumter, had an outstanding career. On the Shaw project, Capt. D.A. Cooper acted as the assistant project officer. The young Maj. Hovey was … more
Sumter was seemingly obsessed with flight during the 1940s and '50s, as evidenced by the large number of eager individuals who sought to learn how to operate an airplane during that time. With the arrival of Sumter's airport, the community was … more
Parrish Dray Line was one of Sumter's most successful businesses of the 1940s. The term "dray," according to Webster's Dictionary, means "a strong low cart or wagon without sides used for hauling heavy loads." Its first known usage dates back to the … more
Today, Reflections remembers one of Sumter's most concerned citizens, A.T. Heath Sr. Heath supported the city's growth and advancement and also encouraged the annual recognition of "the citizen who did the most to further the community's interests." … more
Today, Reflections recounts the life and career of Maj. John Paul Gerald, Sumter's highest-ranking officer lost during World War II. This young man showed exceptional ability in the classroom as well as on the battlefield. Gerald's feats inspired a … more
In 1936, John Riley presented his research on the positive aspects of the Sumter community. The broadcast over radio station WBT in Charlotte was advertised as being accessible by people … more
Reflections has uncovered a research paper given during a radio program in 1936 and presented by one of Sumter's most respected and successful residents. John Riley created a successful real estate and insurance business, coached the American Legion … more
The early 1940s was marked by the athletic career of one of Sumter High School's stellar sportsmen, James Farmer, who was recognized as one of Sumter's finest two-sport standouts. A hard-throwing pitcher and a "pile-driving fullback" were phrases … more
The heroic actions of four Shaw Field enlisted men resulted in their becoming the first troops assigned to this base to receive the coveted "Soldier's Medal." The recipients of the medal were Master Sgt. Winston N. Howell Jr. and Pvt. Archie B. … more
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