Reflections
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Sumter Community Hospital built on Broad Street

Reflections remembers the contributions made by the Sumter Community Hospital, constructed on the outskirts of the Sumter community in 1949. The hospital's intended purpose was to alleviate overcrowding at Tuomey Hospital, allowing more black … more

Wading pool was popular at Sumter's Memorial Park

Reflections recalls the early summer activities enjoyed by the young people of Sumter in a two-part series. This part focuses on visitors to Memorial Park, and part two will highlight activities at Savage-Glover School. This facility was open during … more

Noted historians preserve Sumter's past

Reflections focuses on five historians of Sumter County: Dr. Anne King Gregorie, Myrtis Osteen, Cassie Nicholes, Portia Myers and W. Ashby "Bubba" McElveen. Residents of the Sumter community owe these individuals a debt of gratitude for recording … more

A nostalgic view of Sumter's past

Reflections returns to the community of Sumter and takes a nostalgic look at the city and how time has wrought many changes to its streets and buildings. Nostalgia is defined by Webster's as "a longing to go back to one's home, home town, or … more

Sumter lawyers hope to preserve relic for posterity

Reflections recalls one of the more interesting variances occurring in Sumter's past. The principal characters were Sumter barristers, Chris Chokas, C.G. Rowland and the oldest building in Sumter's historic district. The building, which was to be … more

Shaw Air Force Base named for Sumter pilot

Reflections remembers Lt. Ervin D. Shaw, who was killed on July 9, 1918, during World War I. He and his gunman were on a mission to locate troops, guns and equipment behind German lines. His plane was attacked by three enemy scout planes and shot … more

Savage-Glover School was a favorite spot for recreation

This is the second in a two-part series that focuses on summer activities that youth enjoyed in Sumter. This part features those attending Savage-Glover to participate in its "Splash Parties." Part one, published Sept. 2, highlighted the wading pool … more

Sumter had several popular swimming holes

Reflections remembers several of the favorite swimming facilities which existed in Sumter during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Weekends would find hundreds of young and old patrons at Pocalla Springs, Second Mill or Poinsett Park swimming … more

A nostalgic look at Sumter, part 2

Reflections returns to the community of Sumter for part two in a two-part series and takes a nostalgic look at the city and how time has wrought many changes to its streets and buildings. Nostalgia is defined by Webster's as "a longing to go back to … more

Moving planes to Shaw Field in 1941

Reflections remembers the trans-continental flight of the BT 13-A training aircraft. These planes were used to train young cadets the principles of flight at the new flight school in Sumter. Shaw Field's acquisition of trainer aircraft remains one … more

Wilson helped create opportunities for children

Reflections remembers the contributions of Emma Wilson to the field of education. This daughter of slaves incorporated her desire for knowledge to create institutions of learning to benefit those around her. She spent the majority of her life … more

Photographer Leonhirth captured Sumter landmarks

Reflections focuses on the talents of Karl Leonhirth, a self-taught photographic artist. Mr. Leonhirth, the son of German immigrants, was born in Sumter and attended city schools. Upon graduation he enrolled in Clevenger College, attaining a degree … more

Noted historians preserve Sumter's past

Reflections looks back at a few of Sumter's historians. This is part two in a two-part series, with the first part published in the Aug. 12 edition of The Sumter Item. Cassie Nicholes: Sumter County's genealogist Miss Nicholes, born in the … more
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