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Reflections with Sammy Way: Sumterville Post Office began in 1801

This issue of Reflections reviews the history of the postal service in the Sumter community. The paper examines several articles including the writings of Anne King Gregorie concerning the origin of the post office in Sumter. The research also … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Happy Birthday, Thomas Sumter

This week, Reflections looks at the athletic exploits of our city and county namesake in honor of his birthday. Thomas Sumter was born Aug. 14, 1734, and has long been recognized for his fighting ability, business acumen and willingness to serve his … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Women's field hockey, the sport of choice

This issue of Reflections focuses on the popular girls' intramural sport of field hockey. This activity was engaged in by a majority of the young women enrolled in the early public schools. Research will focus on the sport and those responsible … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Recollections of Sumter's Main Street

Reflections revisits Main Street in its formative years and features several of the early businesses that had a profound effect on Sumter's economic success. We have drawn from a number of sources which include the writings of Cassie Nichols, Anne … more

'Know Your Own State' courtesy of Standard Oil

Reflections remembers an innovative program introduced by Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey to the growing number of vacationers and those taking weekend trips during the 1920s. This encouragement to "hit the road" was an ingenious advertising ploy … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

"THERE IS NO LIFE WITHOUT DEATH, NO DAWN WITHOUT SUNSET, NO VICTORY BUT TO HIM WHO HAS GIVEN ALL" According to a Memorial Day website,, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Former site of McLellan's has long history

Reflections presents a brief history of McLellan's 5-10-25 Cents Store, one of Sumter's most remembered department stores. It is torn down at present, and a new building is being erected at the site to house Sumter Original Brewery. The author of … more
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