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Reflections reports on the opening of a modern bottling plant built by Coca-Cola . on the corner of Council and West Liberty streets in 1920. This issue deals primarily with the buildings that housed this enterprise and does not address the complete … more
Reflections continues its review of military history and instruction in the public schools. An article written in support of military instruction was printed in The Watchman and Southron newspaper on July 22, 1911. The article receiving support from … more
Two of Sumter's short-lived private education facilities existed at the time the city was establishing a system of public education. The Sumter Military Academy and the Female Seminary had plans to … more
Reflections continues research concerning automobiles and service stations. This issue features the use of "Slogans and Advertising" utilized by the station owners to help motorists remember the names of their stations and to hopefully acquire … more
A young man from Mayesville led two separate, local teams to state championships in 1940 and 1941; Ellis Cook, a Mayesville High School baseball player for both the 1940 American Legion P-15's and the 1941 Mayesville High team. Cook became one of … more
Reflections returns to a time in Sumter's history when retail and wholesale stores were becoming established in the city's business community. One of the more successful of the early stores had an interesting beginning and was supposedly not well … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the efforts of the citizens of Sumter to create educational opportunities for its citizens. The Sumterville Academy was made possible through a gift to the community by John B. Miller in 1837, "of a one-acre site … more
The public is invited to visit the Sumter Military Display today from 2 until 4:30 p.m. in observance of our country's Independence Day. The military display is housed in Suite 2 of the James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center on South … more
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
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