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'Know Your Own State' courtesy of Standard Oil

Reflections remembers an innovative program introduced by Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey to the growing number of vacationers and those taking weekend trips during the 1920s. This encouragement to "hit the road" was an ingenious advertising ploy … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

"THERE IS NO LIFE WITHOUT DEATH, NO DAWN WITHOUT SUNSET, NO VICTORY BUT TO HIM WHO HAS GIVEN ALL" According to a Memorial Day website,, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was designated to remember … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Former site of McLellan's has long history

Reflections presents a brief history of McLellan's 5-10-25 Cents Store, one of Sumter's most remembered department stores. It is torn down at present, and a new building is being erected at the site to house Sumter Original Brewery. The author of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Brick streets were once common in Sumter

Reflections looks back about a hundred years to a time when Sumter had few brick-paved streets. Most were lined with large oaks, however, which provided shade and beauty for the Sumter community. Most Sumterites were proud of their brick streets and … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Sumter Chicks begin play at Riley Park

Reflections remembers the arrival of a Tri-State Baseball League representative to the Sumter community in 1948. The name of this new organization was selected by a board of directors "at an organizational meeting held at the Coca-Cola Community … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter as seen from the sky in 1942

This 1942 aerial photo shows parts of Sumter which include the former Atlantic Coast Line passenger station (1) which was torn down in 1972. The photo also shows the complete C. T. Mason Telephone facility (2) (Currently the James E. Clyburn … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Segalock fasteners: Making marked progress

Reflections remembers a valued post-war industry which became established in the Sumter community, Segalock Fasteners. This modern facility " had initially established itself in the Gamecock City in January of 1948 in a 6,500-foot plant located on … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Hundreds of bales of cotton in Sumter's Main Street became a fire hazard in 1892

Reflections examines one of the most pressing concerns associated with the cotton harvest in the Sumter community. Early businessmen frequently engaged in purchasing cotton bales and piling them in the downtown streets prior to moving them to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Coca-Cola Community Room given to City

Reflections looks back at Carolina Coca-Cola's gift to the City of Sumter of a meeting and dining place known as the Coca-Cola Community Room. The grand opening for this facility was scheduled for November 1941. The structure was advertised as "the … more

Yesteryear by Sammy Way: Poultry cup awarded to Sumter; golf course comes to Manning

75 YEARS AGO - 1944 Oct. 21 - Oct. 27 - Auxiliary policemen and heads of civilian defense branches were honored at a chicken supper given at Cain's Mill by the City Civilian Defense Department. Seventy men were present. Each section of the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Robert Mills 'A man of versatile genius'

Reflections remembers Robert Mills, described as an "architect, engineer and historian, a man of most versatile genius." Born in Charles Town, Mills advanced rapidly through the ranks of men whose accomplishments did much to create this nation. … more
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