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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
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
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