Reflections
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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
One of Sumter's most memorable disasters was the fire that damaged the Masonic building on Liberty Street that also led to the destruction of one of Sumter's most memorable landmarks Jan. 8, 1943. The Neill O'Donnell Building, as the structure was … more
Reflections continues a look at construction undertaken in Sumter in the mid-1960s and the value of some of the properties. It is far from complete, which indicates the extent of the additions to businesses in Sumter and the rapid growth of the … more
This article and next week's Reflections revisit Sumter 50 years ago, when the city was experiencing a period of unprecedented growth. This expansion affected all facets of our economy, both residential and industrial. Local residents were … more
James, known to his friends as "Yank," grew up at Crosswell Home for Children and was described as "a small boy, who was feisty and took nothing from anyone." He attended Edmunds High School, where he participated in football and became a skilled … more
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