Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: The establishment of Lincoln High School

Reflections revisits the organization and building of Sumter's initial Black high school. Information for this two-part article of the building of Lincoln High School was obtained from The Sumter Item archives; Mrs. Ruth Edens' The History of the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Images of Sumter past, Part II

The second part of this two-part report is a continuation of the effort to recognize those individuals who worked to improve their own lives while also enhancing the community in which they lived. It would be impossible to recognize the multitude of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Images from Sumter past

Reflections recalls that "From the first issue throughout its ensuing years, The Item has devoted its best efforts to promote the development and growth of Sumter in every way that would contribute toward making this community a progressive and … more

Reflections by Sumter Item archivist and historian Sammy Way: Construction and expansion of Sumter's courthouses, part II

Reflections continues its revisit to the growth and expansion of the courthouses of Sumter County. Information used in this research was obtained from The Sumter Item archives and from the writings of Cassie Nicholes, Thomas Stubbs and Dr. Anne King … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The construction and expansion of Sumter's courthouses

Reflections presents a two-part report that focuses on the building of Sumter's courthouses in the small village then known as Sumterville. Part one focuses on the building of the first and second houses of justice near what was referred to as the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: J. Frank Williams, master farmer and preservationist

Reflections looks back at John Frank Williams, who became one of Sumter's most remembered farm agents who lived at Needwood, a beautiful plantation constructed in the Stateburg community; Mr. Williams and his family restored the beautiful antebellum … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Thomas Wilson launches Northwestern Railroad, Part II

Reflections continues its focus on the Northwestern Railroad and the invaluable service it once rendered to the Sumter community. Information for this report was obtained from The Sumter Item archives and the writings of Dr. Anne King Gregorie, Tom … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Thomas Wilson launches Northwestern Railroad

Reflections revisits research conducted on Thomas Wilson and the Northwestern Railroad. Readers will be reminded of a very successful entrepreneur in Sumter County's history. Because of the length of the article, it will be presented in two segments … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Memorial Day: Remembering fallen heroes

In the autumn of 1864, Massachusetts Gov. John A. Andrew wrote to President Lincoln asking him to express condolences to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow believed to have lost five sons during the Civil War. Lincoln's letter to her was printed in the … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Golf is introduced to Sumter community, Part II

Part II of Reflections continues its research on the formation, site selection and construction of Sumter's first golf country club. This brief report represents an encapsulation of numerous articles from 1910 to 1926. The research addresses the … more

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
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