Reflections
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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
The ensuing two issues of Reflections remind our readers of the heroic character and willingness to sacrifice exhibited by our military veterans. The two examples of heroism to be revisited occurred in different environments and situations; however, … more
Reflections looks back at the history of a three-story structure that stands on North Main Street. The building was completed in 1929 to house a branch of the Montgomery Ward & Co. that was expanding the number of its stores at that time. Since … more
This issue of Reflections, using information and photos from The Sumter Item archives and the South Carolina Highway Historical Marker Guide, looks back at the creation of the Sumter County Historical Commission and the important work begun by this … more
This segment of the research will address the actual construction of the new modern facility as reported in several Item articles. In August of 1904 the Sumter Hospital was incorporated and stock valued at $20,000 was sold without difficulty. … more
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