Reflections
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Reflections revisits the life and times of Dr. A. J. China and recalls his numerous innovations and successes in the field of pharmacy. The data and photos used to prepare this article were obtained from The Sumter Item archives and the writings of … more
Reflections revisits one of Sumter’s most memorable restaurants, Big Jim’s. This culinary magnet is etched in the memories of countless Sumterites who ate at the restaurant or its … more
Reflections revisits two of Sumter's successful business establishments during the 1930s: The Whilden-Clements Livestock Co. and The White-Kennedy Shoe Store. These two commercial outlets demonstrated creativity and a willingness to meet the demands … more
This issue of Reflections revisits two of the most respected female educational institutions, St. Joseph's Academy and the Sumter Institute. Research indicates that women seeking a quality education migrated to these schools from all parts of the … more
Reflections remembers the large number of mills and various industries that were created by settlers of the Sumter District during the early 1800s. Many of these early settlers were willing to invest capital and energy in order to seize … more
Reflections revisits the Christmas tradition of welcoming Santa Claus to our community, which according to an article prepared for The Sumter Item by Emily Fishburne began in 1926. Fishburne's article noted that Helena Bultman was living in Clinton, … more
Reflections recalls one of the largest lumber businesses in South Carolina which had a strong impact on the economy of this area. D. W. Alderman established Alcolu, a small Clarendon County village, as a mill town. The majority of the residents were … more
Reflections recalls numerous events occurring in Sumter that had an impact on its growth and development. Many of these events were chronicled in the writings of Dr. Anne King Gregorie, Cassie Nicholes and are in The Sumter Item archives. Some of … more
Reflections revisits an article written concerning America's entry into World War II and how Sumter began preparation for its role in this monumental conflict. On Dec. 7, 1941, The Sumter Item headlines stated that the Empire of Japan had attacked … more
Reflections recalls one of Sumter's most creative artisans and his impact on the world of art. He was noted for his prolific career as a painter, which garnered him both local and national acclaim. The Sumter Item archives, the writings of Portia … more
Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series about hotels from Sumter's past. Read part one at www.theitem.com/reflections or in the Weekend Edition, Nov. 19-21. Perhaps one of the most popular hostelries in Sumter was the Jervey House, … more
This two-part issue of Reflections revisits the construction of numerous hotels, inns and boarding houses in downtown Sumter. These buildings were important to the growth of the Sumter community as it moved into the 19th century. With the arrival of … more
Reflections recalls a 1959 article by Item reporter John Mitchell, concerning data found in a metal box in the cornerstone of the Hugh C. Haynsworth home after its removal from the lot on the corner of Calhoun and Magnolia streets. The house, which … more
Wikipedia Encyclopedia identifies Armistice Day as "a day commemorated every year on Nov. 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne, France, at 5:45 a.m. for the cessation of hostilities on the … more
Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series about Noah Graham Osteen's life serving the Sumter community through the newspaper trade. The first part was published in the Oct. 22-24 Weekend Edition. Read part one online at … more
Reflections remembers Noah Graham Osteen and his desire to master newspaper production and to record the events and achievements wrought in Sumter through print. This piece was written using data obtained from The Sumter Item archives and from the … more
This issue of Reflections revisits the Sumter community when there was a public outcry for a solution to the hazards associated with crossing several ACL tracks. This massive piece of concrete … more
Reflections revisits information presented by T.P.A. (Travelers Protective Association) members during a convention held in Sumter in 1908 concerning how the community had grown since its inception. … more
Reflections remembers the Villa Maria as the most sought-after tourist lodge in downtown Sumter. This home was on North Main Street, the most traveled street in Sumter before the opening of the Lafayette bypass. This beautiful edifice, managed by … more
Reflections remembers the proposed construction of a modern structure, the Shelor Building, on the corner of Sumter and Canal streets in 1946. The building was the only vestige of art deco-style architecture built in the city. The new facility would … more
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