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The history of education and schools in the settlement that became Sumter is very rich. Recounting the extensive story of the development and creation of the area's schools, with illustrations, requires two parts and will conclude next week on April … more
The "Heroine of Bataan," a heroic World War II nurse, Juanita Redmond was connected to Sumter through her brother Robert, who lived here and worked as manager of Edens Super Market. The story of Redmond's exploits and her escape from the Japanese on … more
One of the most innovative programs initiated at Shaw Field during the early stages of its development involved Shaw's need for aircraft mechanics. The Shaw staff realized that with the arrival of increasing numbers of aircraft, maintenance and … more
Sumter’s Lincoln High School produced many athletes who excelled in both academics and athletics. Two exceptionally talented young men were Richard Singleton and Lindberg Moody. These young … more
One of Sumter's most recognizable landmarks was a 226-foot smokestack on South Main Street. This magnificent edifice constructed in 1921 was taken down in 1962 because it had become a liability to those who worked near it. The following account … more
In the 1940s, Sumter's youth became active participants in the war effort by collecting scrap iron, paper, rubber and other materials to help replenish our nation's resources. In October of 1942 it was reported in The Sumter Daily Item that the … more
Sumter Mayor F.B. Creech spoke to the Rotary Club on the improvements achieved by City Council during 1936. He gave a summary of the premier events of 1936 and offered a "forecast of the programs of development under consideration for … more
A pilot program begun in 1942 when the United States was in the early stages of World War II was concerned with preparing the country's young men for the armed forces. South Carolina entered a national program designed to prepare "100,000 high … more
The Haynsworth Building is the oldest structure existing in the Downtown Historical District. According to Cassie Nicholes in her text, "Historical Sketches of Sumter County Vol II," this office was constructed circa 1820 by Dr. Joseph Cox … more
Several cadets in the Flight School at Shaw Field were killed in crashes on and around the base, causing much sadness. However, on July 30, 1942 it was reported in The Sumter Daily Item that the first flight instructor was fatally injured in a plane … more
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