Reflections
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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
Sumter's first encounter with a group of heavily bearded men was in April 1934 when they stopped in Sumter for a short time while on their way home from playing baseball in Florida. These visitors "presented a curious and striking spectacle and … more
Two of the more interesting athletic programs came to Sumter to play our local semi-pro baseball team and the YMCA junior basketball team. The Olsen's All-American Red Head Basketball Team and the House of David Baseball teams were scheduled to … more
The life and military career of Willie Lee Ashley was one of outstanding achievements. Ashley would earn a place in our local history because of his educational pursuits and his achievements in aviation. He had a lifelong love affair with airplanes … more
This issue of Reflections remembers H.N. "Hutch" Hutchinson, one of Sumter's most respected coaches and his 1948 basketball team that won the State AA Basketball Championship. Hutchinson was born in Spartanburg on Nov. 12, 1919. His family moved … more
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