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Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Military Academy and Female Seminary attracted many students

Reflections remembers the inception of two Sumter private institutions that helped prompt increased support for Sumter's educational system. These two boarding schools offered a demanding curriculum taught by a highly qualified faculty. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The 1901 Sumter exposition was declared a success

Reflections offers Part II of the Sumter Exposition featuring the railroads, education facilities, local businesses and myriad other aspects related to a developing South Carolina community. In order to prepare this article, information was secured … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter hosted 1901 exposition

Webster's Dictionary defines an exposition as a "setting forth of facts, ideas, etc.; a detailed explanation." Reflections presents a two-part review of a pamphlet produced by the city of Sumter in 1901 designed to welcome investors, curious … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Paving Sumter's thoroughfares

In part two of Reflections on Sumter's streets, the researcher will discuss the paving of primarily Liberty and Main and how paving streets helped alleviate many of Sumter's transportation concerns. The streets of Sumter had long been a major issue … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Road construction in Sumter County

Reflections reports on the construction of paved roads emanating from the city of Sumter to surrounding townships. The research focuses on new innovations in road building and those concerned residents helping to make this necessary improvement … more

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
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