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Wedgefield woman married president Van Buren's son

Reflections celebrates President's Day with the story of "the lovely" Sara Angelica Singleton. The daughter of Col. Richard Singleton, Sara married Abraham Van Buren, son of President Martin Van Buren. This marriage elevated a young girl from … more

Academy educated girls for 65 years in Sumter

"On Sumter fields, they sow the seed. Guard it with tender care, Nor count the pain, but hope to gain A harvest rich and rare, With time's swift flow, the seed shall grow, Its buds to leaves unfold, And Sisterly bands lend aiding … more

Storm of 1924 caused extensive damage in area

Reflections returns to April 1924 and recalls one of Sumter's worst natural disasters. Citizens who remembered this incident refer to it as one of Sumter County's most deadly and expensive weather disasters before Hurricane Hugo. The tornado … more

Sumter businesses thrived in late 1800s

Editor's note: This is part two in a series about population and business growth in Sumter in 1894 reprinted from an article written in The Sumter Herald, which is no longer printed. The article was titled "Sumter of Forty Years Ago, or 1894 - The … more

Sumter saw steady growth in late 1800s

Reflections remembers an article written in The Sumter Herald, a remarkable newspaper no longer in print. The article concerns an investigative report written about the social, political and economic status of Sumter in the year 1894. The article … more

Lt. A. C. Carrigan reviews highlights of 35 years on the Sumter police force

After completing 35 years of faithful service, Lt. Archie Carrigan was asked by The Sumter Item to talk about a few of his recollections of the police department for the local citizenry. "I have been asked to make a brief sketch of the history of … more

Sumter's Dr. Hughson was skilled, beloved

Editor's note: This is the second part of a Reflections series covering the accomplishments of two of Sumter's well-known doctors born in the 1800s. Part one, which ran Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, focused on Dr. John J. Bossard. Information and photos … more

Sumter's Dr. Bossard acclaimed in S.C.

Reflections looks back at the life and times of two of Sumter's most respected and beloved medical doctors. This article features Dr. John J. Bossard and Dr. J. S. Hughson and is to be presented in two episodes. Next week's Reflections will feature … more

Christmas season has always been important to Sumter and Shaw

Reflections looks back at the celebration of Christmases past in the Sumter community as well as yuletide observance on Shaw Field during World War II. This article invites readers to look at the problems confronting the community as it prepared for … more

Speedway was opened in 1957, held 2,000 fans

The Gamecock Speedway was scheduled to open in March of 1957 under the management of promoter Wade Shugart. The newly constructed stands positioned along the straightway were designed to seat 2,000 fans. The new facility was to also feature … more

'A date which will live in infamy ...'

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

Cantey-Plowden opens cash and carry grocery store

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

Shaw Field's 1st Thanksgiving

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
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