Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: Gliders played an important role in Normandy Invasion

Reflections looks back at an important segment of the U.S. military joined by numerous soldiers from the Sumter community. The Glider Infantry program proved an integral part of the armed forces and played an important role in the Normandy Invasion, … more

Reflections by Sammy Way:: Two medical infirmaries served Sumter community

Reflections remembers the development of early medical infirmaries. Webster's Dictionary defines an infirmary as "a place for the care of the sick, injured or infirm. A building or room, as in a school, that served as a hospital or dispensary." The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Gen. Thomas Sumter was responsible for postal service coming to Sumter

Reflections looks back at the early development of mail delivery in Sumter. Research required that the location of Sumter's post offices be determined. The report also discusses several postmasters who took charge of this important segment of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Chip's - A new drive-in business locates in Sumter

Reflections looks back at the arrival of a national fast-food restaurant chain in Sumter. This event marked the beginning of numerous eating establishments of this type to commit to building in the Sumter area. The author used articles and photos … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's railroad depot remembered

Reflections remembers the Atlantic Coast Line freight and passenger depot and its effect on the economy and residents of the Sumter community. The author used articles and photos from The Sumter Item archives and photos provided by the late Bubba … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter landmarks remembered

Webster's Dictionary defines a landmark as "any prominent feature of the landscape, as a tree or building, serving to identify a particular locality." This issue of Reflections remembers several of the prominent buildings which were landmarks in … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter known for its beautiful, tree-lined streets

Reflections remembers the initiation of tree-lined streets of early Sumter and the attention they helped bring to the rapidly growing city. Research notes the impact of Julia Lester Dillon for her management of the trees and the greening of our … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter boxers were successful in the ring

Reflections remembers two men who entered the field of pugilism and became highly successful. Bob Montgomery and Buster Newberry, who each won national titles, established Sumter as a boxing center in the Southeast. The author used articles and … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter business leaders important to local economy

Reflections remembers two of Sumter's important retail business concerns. This research focuses on Tomlinson's and Ryttenberg's stores. The report utilizes articles and photos taken from The Item archives and articles from a 1934 edition of The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: 178th Field Artillery had long record overseas with Fifth Army

Reflections remembers the achievements of the 178th Field Artillery, a National Guard unit activated during World War II serving in North Africa, Sicily and the Italian peninsula. This company was noted for its skills in battle and commitment to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part III

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools, part II

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. The author used historic data retrieved from The Sumter Item archives. An article written by John Mitchell in the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The history of Sumter-area schools

Reflections remembers the development of Sumter's education system and the construction of numerous schools attended by local students. Due to the length of the history of the Sumter school systems, it will be presented in three parts. The author … more
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