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Reflections by Sammy Way: Segalock fasteners: Making marked progress

Reflections remembers a valued post-war industry which became established in the Sumter community, Segalock Fasteners. This modern facility " had initially established itself in the Gamecock City in January of 1948 in a 6,500-foot plant located on … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Hundreds of bales of cotton in Sumter's Main Street became a fire hazard in 1892

Reflections examines one of the most pressing concerns associated with the cotton harvest in the Sumter community. Early businessmen frequently engaged in purchasing cotton bales and piling them in the downtown streets prior to moving them to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Coca-Cola Community Room given to City

Reflections looks back at Carolina Coca-Cola's gift to the City of Sumter of a meeting and dining place known as the Coca-Cola Community Room. The grand opening for this facility was scheduled for November 1941. The structure was advertised as "the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Poultry cup awarded to Sumter; golf course comes to Manning

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 21 - Oct. 27 - Auxiliary policemen and heads of civilian defense branches were honored at a chicken supper given at Cain's Mill by the City Civilian Defense Department. Seventy men were present. Each section of the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Robert Mills 'A man of versatile genius'

Reflections remembers Robert Mills, described as an "architect, engineer and historian, a man of most versatile genius." Born in Charles Town, Mills advanced rapidly through the ranks of men whose accomplishments did much to create this nation. … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter football gets new home

Reflections looks back at the movement of a Sumter public school's football program to the upscale stadium at the fairgrounds during the World War II era. The first football games were first played on the "old race track just beyond Judge Green's … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Landmark aircraft was on display at TEC for 16 years

Reflections remembers when Shaw Air Force Base presented the City of Sumter an RB-66 photo reconnaissance jet plane as a memorial. "The first such plane delivered to the Air Force was named City of Sumter. The project was initiated by former base … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Griffin wins 1949 title as top marble shooter in S.C.

Reflections remembers a young Sumter Junior High School sixth-grade student who won the 1949 State Championship in marbles. Johnny Griffin won the crown by defeating four opponents in the state tournament held in Winnsboro. Information and photos … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Shaw cadet crashed in Wateree Swamp

Reflections remembers the events leading to solving the mystery of a missing Shaw Field cadet. In 1943, Gerald T. Held of Chappaqua, New York, was on a routine flight when his plane crashed. The ensuing search, led by Maj. William J. Esch, … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter builds a bus station

Webster's Dictionary defines a bus as "a large motor coach that can carry many passengers, usually along a regular route." Reflections remembers several of the bus station sites which served the populace of Sumter. Resources used to write this … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Item photographer Heyward Crowson won top S.C. press award

Reflections remembers a spectacular explosion which occurred at the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad yard in September 1968, and The Sumter Daily Item photographer Heyward Crowson was there to capture photos. One photo earned Crowson first place in … more

Reflections by Sammy Way - Remembering RuVelle, Sumter's popular women's clothing store

Reflections looks back at RuVelle, which became a popular women's clothing store in Sumter. This fashionable dress shop was founded in 1936 and rapidly became one of the most exclusive gathering places for Sumter's discerning shoppers. The name of … more

Reflections remembers Dr. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson Burgess

In honor of Black History Month, Reflections looks back at the accomplishments of a master educator, Dr. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson Burgess. She spent the majority of her life motivating and inspiring a countless number of students who clamored to get … more

Thrilling era of Shaw football ends with the 1957-'58 season

The concluding segment of the Shaw Air Force Base football program covers the 1957-'58 season. The Commanders experienced a number of changes including playing on a different field and a new head coach. The team's level of play reached new heights … more
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