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EDITOR'S NOTE: Part two of Reflections continues the look back at Main Street's past; this 1959 article from The Item is edited for clarity. Main Street in 1894, when The Item began initially, had sights and sounds long since gone that … more
Reflections reviews the history of Sumter's Main Street as it grew from 1895 to 1959. The information is presented through the eyes of Hubert D. Osteen, editor of The Sumter Item. The article he produced gives a concise history of our city's primary … more
American Legion Post 15 Adjutant Nick Nero and Fair Manager Mel Curtis have put to rest the rumors that there would be no Sumter County Fair this fall, or that it would be much smaller than before. In fact, they said, the fair will change, but it … more
D-Day was the most critical day of our generation. We are deeply indebted to the press, radio and newsreels, which since the beginning of the invasion have kept us fully informed as to the movements of the Allied Forces. This, the greatest … more
Refrigeration was rare in Sumter in the 1930s, but Sumter residents did have access to the cooling appliances, thanks to an enterprising businessman. Earle Kirby located a business on West Liberty Street that became well known in both service and … more
Reflections revisits the history of the World War II memorial marker that stands on the Sumter courthouse grounds. This monument was initially erected to ensure that those who died in World War II would not be forgotten. It has served as a gathering … more
This issue of Reflections discusses a time when the concept of a festival to celebrate the beautiful gardens created by H.C. Bland was in its infancy. The idea of an iris festival was discussed several years before the original event took place. The … more
This issue of Reflections revisits two of Sumter's most admired homes. These structures were examples of the era of opulent living enjoyed by many who lived in this community. These expansive treasures were either removed to make space for other … more
The "Rex" was one of Sumter's favorite movie theaters. The Rex Theater was a popular gathering spot on Saturday mornings for hundreds of Sumter's youth. The theater has a long history, including several renovations and changes in ownership. Here, we … more
The creator of Memorial Park was Julia Lester Dillon. Sumter's first city park, a serene place of beauty and contemplation, was planned by the city fathers to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The park was designed … more
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