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One of Sumter's finest researchers and writers, Azile Mellette McCoy, wrote in 1953 what is perhaps the definitive essay on the origin of the Nathalie DeLage Sumter Chapel located at the Thomas Sumter Memorial in Stateburg. McCoy offers a differing … more
This issue of Reflections looks back at the growth and development of a segment of America's airplane industry, the trimotor. This unique flying craft was instrumental in changing the way people and goods were transported by air. This aircraft … more
Research in The Sumter Item archives shows that the Sumter Fair was in existence by 1880 as an event featuring displays of household products such as "breads, cakes, preserves, pickles and etc." There is also mention of "Needle and Fancy Work, … more
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
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