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Reflections by Sammy Way: Golf is introduced to Sumter community

Reflections begins a two-part report on the establishing of Sumter's initial country club and the introduction of the sport of golf to the city of Sumter. Research reveals the individuals who played an important role in making a country club a … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Numerous historical sites were once found on Sumter's West Liberty Street

Reflections remembers the large number of historic buildings that framed the Sumter skyline circa 1953. Many of these structures were built near Liberty Street, which was one of the three original streets laid out on "the plat drawn by William L. … more

Baseball clubs: An important part of Sumter's early history

The origin of baseball, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia, occurred in "1845 when baseball legend Alexander J. Cartwright, as an amateur player in New York City, organized the New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, which formulated a set of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The founding of the YWCA in Sumter

Reflections remembers the establishment of the Young Women's Christian Association and those responsible for its inception in the Sumter community. This research will focus on the development of the YWCA in Sumter until 1946. Reflections will … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Farmers Bank and Trust helped to produce substantial growth in Sumter in early 1900s

Reflections remembers one of the earliest banking concerns to evolve in Sumter and the financial genius who ensured its success. The Farmers Bank and Trust sprang from the mind of C. G. Rowland, a North Carolina transplant to the Sumter community. … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The intersection of Sumter's New and Broad streets

Reflections remembers one of the more impressive intersections found among the roadways of Sumter. Numerous prominent families chose to build magnificent residences on these two streets, particularly at the intersection. The information and photos … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Auto dealers continue to impact Sumter: 1920-1950

Reflections revisits an article written concerning Sumter's numerous auto dealerships and the role they played in the growth of auto usage in the Sumter community. America's love affair with the automobile experienced a rapid expansion during the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Municipal Ball Park was renamed in honor of Congressman John J. Riley

Reflections remembers the decision made by Sumter City Council to rename Municipal Park in honor of John J. Riley in a special ceremony. The former Municipal Ball Park would now be referred to as Riley Park, with the dedication ceremonies featuring … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Dining out in Sumter past

Reflections attempts to satisfy numerous requests for an additional article pertaining to the number and location of the many restaurants, coffee shops, grills and diners that were prevalent in the Sumter community during the 1920s, '30s, '40s and … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: City owes library board debt of gratitude

"A community which does not know its own history is like a man without a memory." - President Woodrow Wilson Reflections remembers the publication of Dr. Anne King Gregorie's History of Sumter County in 1954. The announcement of the … more

Reflections by Sumter Item archivist Sammy Way: Sumter secures lighted streets

Reflections remembers one of the seminal moments in Sumter's history with the acquisition of lighted streets. The city had long desired making downtown more visible at night in order to continue commerce and to reduce the possibility of crime. Many … more

Reflections by Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: James H. Aycock, planter and entrepreneur

Reflections recalls a country store once strategically located in Wedgefield, remembered by many as the center of commercial activity in the area. The building was constructed by an entrepreneur, James H. Aycock from North Carolina, who realized its … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter has been visited by several presidents

Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines Presidents Day as "Washington's birthday, being a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732. The … more
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