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This week, Reflections begins a two-part series on one of Sumter's most attractive buildings, the Imperial Hotel. In part one of the series, we will explore the exterior of the building, the lobby, a barber shop and the hotel's main attraction: the … more
The late Sumter Item photographer Heyward Crowson made numerous flights over the city of Sumter, documenting its growth and expansion. This photo, taken circa 1942-43, covers the South Harvin Street area. Ten specific areas are highlighted here for … more
Sumter was experiencing an unprecedented period of growth in the 20th century. The Item assigned a reporter to canvass the city and report on any residential or commercial construction taking place. The reporter learned that many buildings were … more
Kermit E. Ward was responsible for providing Sumter with quality movie entertainment on Main Street for more than three decades. He helped improve Sumter's motion picture-viewing experience by assisting in upgrading the viewing facilities, … more
During the first half of the 20th century, the old Miller School and its teachers helped create pleasant memories and encouraged creativity in a time when school was a place of magic and learning. In 1902, the small, one-room Winn School was … more
Today concludes the look back in time to Sumter's outstanding sports programs of the first quarter of the 20th century. - In February of 1917, the Sumter Tennis Association met at the YMCA and organized for the upcoming season. The club elected … more
Sumter has had a rich sports history from its inception. The first quarter of the 20th century alone merits examination, in fact. Part I today begins a look back at some of the highlights of teams and athletes from that period, and the two-part … more
About 1883 C.T. Mason became interested in solving the problem of picking cotton by machinery. After several years, he succeeded in perfecting a mechanical device that would remove the cotton from the open boll without injuring the plants, and he … more
Charles Thomas "C.T." Mason Jr., who led a life filled with outstanding accomplishments, was known better by his fellow scientists than by his friends and neighbors. Many of his important contributions are mentioned in his 1928 obituary, a … more
With the United States' entry into World War II, the number of nuptial ceremonies involving Shaw Field and Sumter residents increased greatly. The Sumter Item archives from that period revealed a substantial number of young women who married into … more
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