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Sumter's 1st car was a Locomobile

Reflections remembers research done on the arrival of the automobile in the Sumter community. An article published in 1963 by reporter Jobie Dixon presents an insightful perspective on this event. Additional resources were taken from The Sumter Item … more

Women take to the air during World War II

Reflections will utilize an article written in 1943 concerning the early WASP squadrons and discuss their achievements and contributions to the World War II effort. This article was written by NEA Staff Correspondent Ann Stevick and will be … more

Sumterites played key roles in D-Day invasion

Reflections remembers two Sumter men, who like thousands of others from across the nation took part in the massive D-Day invasion. Sim T. Wright and Bertrand Waring would take an active role in this most remembered Allied assault on "Fortress … more

Looking back at the Sumter Hotel

Reflections looks again at Hotel Sumter, which reigned as Sumter's most modern accommodation available to visitors to this community in 1901. Those stockholders who were investing in this project offered several options regarding where this … more

Remembering Sumter's North Main Street

Reflections returns to the origin of the town of Sumter and remembers one of its first streets, North Main. According to information obtained from an article which appeared in an issue of The Item, when "the town of Sumter was laid out in the early … more

Downs and touchdowns: The 1943 SHS football team

Reflections remembers the 1943 Sumter High football team. This unit consisted of a small, inexperienced group of young men who played football during one of the most trying periods in American history. The seniors on this team realized that at the … more

Iris Festival is lengthy tradition in Sumter

In celebration of the 78th year of the Iris Festival, the country's longest-running continuous festival, Reflections presents slides taken by the late Hubert D. Osteen in 1948 and 1949 of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the festival parade. The festival … more

Historic homes adorn Sumter's downtown

This issue of Reflections focuses on the exceptional number of historic homes within the Sumter community. From 1890 to 1940, the city experienced a period of unprecedented growth and development brought on by the influx of new businesses and the … more

Civic Center brings changes to Sumter

This issue of Reflections focuses on the changes wrought by the construction of the Sumter Civic Center. We have asked our readers to identify 15 buildings from a photo of Sumter's skyline circa 1970, which may have been altered or torn down. The … 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

Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

According to a Memorial Day website,, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember those who died while serving the United States of America. The site notes that there are more than two dozen … more

Sumter nurse spearheaded free milk program

Reflections focuses on the contributions made by Miss Antonia Gibson for the children of Sumter. Her unwavering commitment to improving the standard of health of Sumter's citizens earned her numerous awards and accolades. This article focuses on her … more

Keith's Garage, 'We Never Close'

Reflections remembers Keith's Garage, one of Sumter's most utilized automotive repair shops during the '20s, '30s and '40s. The business establishment proclaimed that it was capable of repairing all makes and models of wrecked trucks and cars. … more
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