Reflections
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The Sumter Item remembers the courageous military memberswho lost their lives at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 76 years ago. Duringthis attack that led to a declaration of war by the United States,2,403 men … more
This issue of Reflections remembers the early development of the Cantey-Plowden grocery store located in downtown Sumter during the 1920s and into the '40s. The Cantey-Plowden family store met the criteria expected of the typical "mom-and-pop" … more
This issue of Reflections remembers the first Thanksgiving celebration at Shaw Field in November 1942. In addition to being the first post celebration, it took place during World War II, our nation's most desperate global struggle. "Although the … more
Reflections remembers the beginning of a dynamic Sumter industry begun by Chester F. Korn, noted entrepreneur. At the turn of the 20th century, the Sumter community underwent an industrial transformation under the leadership of such visionaries as … more
As Veterans Day approaches, Reflections remembers the sacrifices of those who served in our country's military. This edition focuses on a young man whose life epitomized the youth of his era and their willingness to serve, protect and defend the … more
The 1949 football season began with a heightened sense of optimism. With fourteen returning seniors featuring a seasoned quarterback, veteran linemen and an outstanding running back, many fans eagerly anticipated the season opener. The coaches of … more
This week, Reflections looks back at the inception of Shaw Field, an important period of Sumter's history. The military base played an integral role in the economic growth and development of the Sumter community. Many contributions made by civilian … more
Part two of a look back into Sumter's past invites the reader to focus on individuals whose contributions helped expedite the growth of our community. Of course, time and space preclude the author from mentioning the multitudes who have aided in the … more
Today's look at Sumter's past is the first of two parts designed to provide readers with a glimpse of homes and businesses that are either no longer in existence or have been changed through renovation. This series takes the reader back to early … more
One of Sumter's most remarkably beautiful spots was located near the heart of historic Stateburg. The gardens were located north of the Columbia Highway about 10 miles from downtown Sumter and were privately developed by the late Dr. J.R. Dunn, an … more
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