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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
With the 2017 Sumter Iris Festival now over, it's appropriate to recognize the contributions of one of Sumter's outstanding citizens, Hamilton Carr Bland. A look back at the early gardeners and horticulturists of the community must include Bland, … more
The Sumter County Military Display is currently housed in Suite 2 of the James E. Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center on South Harvin Street. The display houses more than 4,000 individual photos ranging from World War I to Afghanistan, arranged … more
Following is Part II of a look back at the life and career of L.C. Moise, the Sumter community's first coach of organized football. This excerpt from Moise's autobiography was published shortly after he wrote it in 1950. The first year a coach … more
Lucius Clifton Moise is widely believed to have been responsible for the beginning of football as an organized sport in the Sumter community. He was known to his students as "Professor Moise," a man of many talents. Moise wrote an autobiography … more
American industries played an important role during World War II, as they attempted to involve the general populace in the massive war effort. Product advertisements played a dual role in encouraging moderation of consumption and making citizens … more
Bradford Springs became well known for Harmony College, a school which offered young ladies the opportunity to pursue the classics, music and other refined subjects. In January 1832, Mrs. Frances Bowen opened The Sumterville Female Academy with … more
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
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