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Reflections remembers one of Sumter's most beautiful and upscale jewelry stores to open in the downtown area. This new post-World War II business was part of the numerous stores that helped increase Sumter's downtown growth. This new enterprise, … more
This issue of Reflections takes a look at photos taken across the Sumter area through the decades. more
Reflections recalls the movie "A Guy Named Joe" filmed in 1943 with various scenes being shot in Sumter, South Carolina. Hollywood press noted, "It would be England for most movie goers in the forthcoming MGM production, but for the people of … more
Reflections celebrates Women's History Month by remembering the women who flew airplanes during World War II. At the beginning of the war, the Army Air Corps was faced with a critical shortage of pilots, both combat and non-combat. To cover this … more
Today's Reflections addresses the development of Sumter's most significant floral garden. H. C. Bland, upon entering retirement, desired to develop his own fishing pond, which evolved into Bland Pond and eventually became an integral part of Swan … more
This issue of Reflections recalls the life and work of John Julius Dargan. According to an article written in The State newspaper by Adger Brown, Dargan served his state and community by undertaking several careers and community endeavors. Brown … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the history of the bell, which was at one time found in every school room. This artifact has a history, as research has divulged its early existence in China and India; the Bible has mentioned it as early as the … more
This issue of Reflections revisits the city of Sumter circa 1889 when it was experiencing steady growth. This research addresses businesses, financial institutions, growth of its populace and changes in governance of its constituents. Data and … more
Reflections looks back on the career of a dirt track racer and his love for the sport and his being a positive role model for the young fan base. The man selected, who was highly admired by the author as a youth, was Charlton McLeod from Clarendon … more
Reflections remembers those Black Americans who played a role in local and national history to help establish what became known as Black History Month. In April 1941, according to Col. R.E. O'Neill, commanding officer of his post, "Qualified Black … more
Reflections focuses on Sumter's entry into the Tri-State Baseball League in 1948. The newly arrived baseball organization led to the formation of the Sumter Baseball and Exhibition Co. Inc., which would operate the team. The following were elected … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the introduction of the glider into military applications. Several men assigned to this new weapon completed their training at Shaw Field before enlisting in the glider pilot school at Twenty-Nine Palms, … more
Reflections revisits one of Sumter's initial brick work companies. The following article appeared in the Watchman and Southron on Dec. 24, 1910, concerning the fire that destroyed the Sumter Brick Works company operated by Abe Ryttenberg. The plant … more
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