Reflections
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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
The Cantey-Plowden grocery store that operated in downtown Sumter during the 1920s and into the '40s was a family store that met the criteria expected of the typical "mom-and-pop" store. These businesses were expected to offer personal service; … more
The Sumter County Military Display has reached a significant benchmark - it has begun its 12th year. This tribute to Sumter's veterans began as a classroom project at Sumter High School and has expanded to become one of the largest military displays … more
The Sumter Daily Item published a 50th anniversary section in 1944 that promoted "the development and growth of Sumter that contributed toward making this community a progressive and congenial place to live and do business." One of the areas that … more
From Shaw Field's early construction, its air school grew into a viable and functional entity. Research finds that many individuals, including several from Sumter, made important contributions to the school's growth and development. Contributions … more
Reflections looks back at Main Street Sumter in the late '60s, showing the magnitude of the changes that have taken place in the last five decades of our city's history. Note that some buildings remain, while others are gone or drastically changed. … more
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