Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: 1909: A year of prosperity and change in Sumter: Part II

Part two of Reflections continues its "look back" to the year 1909. The second installment continues to discuss the arrival of the 20th century and how it ushered in momentous transformations in living styles, mechanical devices and philosophies … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: 1909, A year of prosperity and change in Sumter

Reflections remembers the Sumter community and the numerous structural changes and societal advancements made by its citizenry during this era. This two-part issue discusses the arrival of the 20th century and how it ushered in momentous … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The first football coaches at Sumter High

Reflections remembers the initial coaches of Sumter High School football. The research focuses on the first men who led the development of football as one of Sumter's primary athletic interests. "Looking Back on Sports," written in 1939 by John … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Red Rock Soda comes to Sumter in 1946

Reflections remembers the arrival of Red Rock Soda to the Sumter community shortly after the conclusion of World War II. This popular soft drink was "founded in 1885 by Lee Hagan and G. T. Dodd of Atlanta, Georgia," according to Wikipedia … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Freeman Hoyt began one of Sumter's oldest businesses

Reflections revisits an article written by Thomas M. Stubbs, a man described by Cassie Nicholes as a Sumter native "dedicated to the preservation of the historic lore of Sumter." He was born in Sumter on July 21, 1898, and was the great-grandson of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Hurricane Hugo: 'South Carolina's Storm of the Century'

Thirty-two years ago, Sumter and South Carolina were confronted with a massive natural disaster. "Hurricane Hugo would make landfall near Charleston harbor just before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989. With winds clocked at 138 mph, this … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter remembers tragic day, Sept. 11, 2001

Reflections remembers what Wikipedia Encyclopedia has called "the deadliest terrorist act in world history." This appalling attack occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in the deaths of 2,977 people - including 19 hijackers who committed … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's Civic Center gets green light

Reflections remembers the City of Sumter in the early 1960s and the quest to construct its public buildings in one area. The desire not to disperse them throughout the city was an innovative concept proposed by Sumter's government officials. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter inventors starting in the 1800s

This issue of Reflections reviews several of Sumter's first inventors. The research revisits an article written for The Sumter Daily Item in October 1969, which is reprinted with a degree of editing because of its length. Information used in … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Opera House was originally known as Market Hall

Reflections looks back at many transitions undergone by what is known today as the Sumter Opera House. Before Jan. 1, 1856, the name "Sumterville" was attached to a budding village in honor of Gen. Thomas Sumter of Revolutionary War fame; after this … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: 1973-74 fuel shortage created extensive gas lines

Reflections presents Part II of the trio of adversities that wreaked havoc in the Sumter community during the past half-century: the '73-'74 oil crisis. The piece is primarily a pictorial expose of selected photos taken from The Sumter Item archives … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Blizzard of '73 shocks residents of Sumter

Reflections remembers a trilogy of adversities that wreaked havoc in the Sumter community during the past half-century: the snowstorm of '73, the '73-'74 oil crisis and Hurricane Hugo. The snowstorm was the storm of the century that struck Sumter on … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School, part II

Part II continues a brief report of the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this segment was obtained from The Sumter Item archives, Ruth Edens' The History of the Development of Secondary Education in … more
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