Reflections
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Today and next Sunday we revisit two of Sumter's memorable championships: Edmunds High School's State Basketball championship of 1948 and a National Tournament victory in table tennis garnered by Oliver Stubbs. These two achievements illustrate what … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the history and development of Liberty Street, which became one of Sumter's major thoroughfares. Even before the plan for the town was laid out, the General Assembly made provisions for a courthouse and gaol … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on two historic events that had an impact on the Sumter community and its residents. These occurrences were recorded in the local newspapers, books and often through oral transmissions from one generation to … more
According to the Memorial Day website www.usmemorialday.org, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember those who died while serving the United States of America. The site notes that there are more than two … more
This issue of Reflections recalls a correspondence sent by the late Heyward Crowson, longtime Sumter Daily Item photographer, while he was serving in the South Pacific during World War II. Crowson left The Item in 1944 to enlist in the Marine … more
This issue of Reflections examines several photos from the files of the late Heyward Crowson, stellar photographer at The Sumter Item. While taking a series of images of the Iris Parade circa 1955, Crowson positioned himself above the parade … more
The year 1943 proved to be a highlight in the life of Sumter's "Bobcat" Bob Montgomery. The young pugilistic prodigy made a name for himself by winning the lightweight title and producing a year that most fighters dream about. The information and … more
This issue of Reflections remembers Boy Scout Troops 38 and 39 of 1932. These two organizations produced many of Sumter's most decorated soldiers. The oft repeated slogan "The Boy Scouts of Yesterday are the Soldiers of Today" proved prophetic in … more
Based on information from The Sumter Item archives, this story focuses on a 1940s movie dealing with ghosts, romance and airplanes, featuring two of Hollywood's most recognizable actors, Irene Dunne and Spencer Tracy. The producers of the film were … more
Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. was an avid supporter of the U.S. military, especially during World War II. Today's story features numerous WWII advertisements that appeared on the pages of The Sumter Item (then The Sumter Daily Item), all sponsored … more
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