Reflections
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Several cadets in the Flight School at Shaw Field were killed in crashes on and around the base, causing much sadness. However, on July 30, 1942 it was reported in The Sumter Daily Item that the first flight instructor was fatally injured in a plane … more
The Cantey-Plowden grocery store that operated in downtown Sumter during the 1920s and into the '40s was a family store that met the criteria expected of the typical "mom-and-pop" store. These businesses were expected to offer personal service; … more
The Sumter County Military Display has reached a significant benchmark - it has begun its 12th year. This tribute to Sumter's veterans began as a classroom project at Sumter High School and has expanded to become one of the largest military displays … more
The Sumter Daily Item published a 50th anniversary section in 1944 that promoted "the development and growth of Sumter that contributed toward making this community a progressive and congenial place to live and do business." One of the areas that … more
From Shaw Field's early construction, its air school grew into a viable and functional entity. Research finds that many individuals, including several from Sumter, made important contributions to the school's growth and development. Contributions … more
Reflections looks back at Main Street Sumter in the late '60s, showing the magnitude of the changes that have taken place in the last five decades of our city's history. Note that some buildings remain, while others are gone or drastically changed. … more
In 1952, Sumter Iris Festival Committee president and WFIG radio station manager T. Douglas Youngblood announced a special appearance that was particularly appealing to young Sumterites. Youngblood was able to secure the appearance of radio child … more
This edition of Reflections returns to Sumter in 1958 when the county was approaching a period of unprecedented growth. This article addresses how Sumter dealt with the mounting issue of traffic coming into and exiting from its main thoroughfares. … more
The first Christmas dinner held at Shaw Field was on Dec. 25, 1941, in honor of the hundreds of young cadets, many of whom were away from family and friends for the first time. The young reporters who wrote the article were biased against … more
75 YEARS AGO - 1942 June 5-June 11 The State Highway Department has set June 30 as the date for reopening of Sumter-Manning Highway (U.S. 521). Paving of the road was recently started near the Clarendon County line, but it has been stopped for … more
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