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Reflections with Sammy Way: Neighborhood groceries were once common in Sumter

Reflections remembers the local grocery store and how this commercial icon played a key role in the daily life of most Sumterites. These institutions could be found on practically every corner of Sumter prior to the arrival of the large chain … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Lutherans established Sumter church in 1890

Reflections remembers the arrival of the Lutheran congregation to Sumter and chronicles the construction of its house of worship. Research notes that "the Lutherans organized into a congregation in Sumter on March 14, 1890, when six interested … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: American Barber Shop was a Sumter landmark

Reflections remembers the American Barber Shop which was housed on South Main Street. This tonsorial institution was a favorite Saturday gathering place for Sumter's farmers and those needing "a shave and a haircut." Wikipedia Encyclopedia … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Bottling Works was a 1st for city

Reflections features what is thought to be Sumter's first soft drink bottling company known as Sumter Bottling Works. This enterprise bottled and distributed many of Sumter's first soft drinks including Bludwine, Satanet (fruit juice drink) and … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumter physician honored for service to his community, country in WWI

Reflections remembers Dr. Warren H. Burgess, who served as Sumter's physician beginning in 1914 while also a member of the staff of Tuomey Hospital. He volunteered for the American Expeditionary Force in the Medical Corps and went to Europe during … more

Sumter landmarks that have come and gone

Reflections remembers an aerial photograph taken circa 1940s of the skyline of Sumter. The structures identified have been razed, and in some cases new structures have been erected on these sites. 1. The Sumter YMCA 2. The Masonic … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Pearl Harbor attacked 78 years ago

On Dec. 7, 1941, The Item headlines stated that the Empire of Japan had attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. "The White House acknowledged that a bloody toll of 3,000 American military had been killed and wounded in the … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: 1908-09 state champs are undefeated

Reflections remembers one of Sumter's finest athletic programs, the 1908-09 football teams, and the spectacular record they produced in the course of two years. These teams hold records that would be difficult to exceed in any sport. The 1908 team … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumter shops offered variety

Reflections this week remembers the businesses that helped in the development of Sumter's economy and community. This is part two in this two-part series, and these photos represent the diverse range of opportunities Sumter residents had for … more

Sumter businesses: Mainstays of early economy

"It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied." - Gibran Reflections remembers several of the businesses that aided in the development of the Sumter economy and community. The Sumter business community … more

Sumter Veterans Display welcomes visitors on holiday

This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumter was site of medal ceremony

Reflections has researched a World War I soldier killed in action who received the Medal of Honor presented to his family at a private residence in Sumter. According to information obtained from The Watchman and Southron newspaper, James Davidson … more
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