Reflections
11 results total, viewing 1 - 11

Reflections by Sammy Way: Fallen heroes have provided freedoms we now enjoy

Reflections honors those who gave the full measure of sacrifice to ensure our access to the many freedoms accorded to all American citizens on Memorial Day. The author has selected an editorial written by Hubert D. Osteen Jr., chairman and … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: Post-war businesses shaped downtown

Reflections remembers several businesses that opened in downtown Sumter following the conclusion of World War II. These companies helped shape the Sumter business community, and one became a focal point of the downtown skyline until its removal. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Post-war businesses locate in downtown Sumter

Reflections remembers several businesses that opened in downtown Sumter following the conclusion of World War II. These companies helped shape the Sumter business community, and one became a focal point of the downtown skyline until its removal. The … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Visitors found lodging in grand Sumter hotels

This is the second article in a two-part series about how hotels in Sumter helped contribute to the city's growth in the 1800s and early 1900s. Part one was published in the April 18-19 weekend edition of The Sumter Item and can be read at … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's hotels reflect community's rapid growth

Reflections remembers the construction of numerous hotels in downtown Sumter. These buildings were very important to growth of the Sumter community as it moved into the 19th century. With the arrival of trains in the 1850s and the ensuing influx of … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Go karts became popular in Sumter in '50s

Reflections remembers a miniature auto racing machine that became extremely popular in Sumter. The "karts" or "go-carts" originated in California and were the creation of pioneering engineers Art Engels and Lou Borelli. This article was written … more

REFLECTIONS BY SAMMY WAY: South Carolina confronted 'Spanish flu' pandemic 1918-20

Reflections remembers South Carolina's involvement in World War I and the difficulties encountered with the spread of influenza among troops at home and abroad. This respiratory infection soon … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Item photographer featured in Chinese paper

Reflections remembers the accomplishments of Heyward Crowson in China during World War II. In October of 1945, Mrs. Ruth Crowson received from her husband, who was serving in the Marine Corps, a copy of the Chinese-English Intelligence paper from … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: St. Joseph's Academy, a Sumter first

Part 2 of Reflections remembers the construction of St. Joseph's Academy and its evolution into a leading girls' academy in the South. The author utilized photos and documents from The Sumter Item archives and utilized the writings of Cassie Nicoles … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Catholic parish established in Sumter community

Reflections recognizes St. Patrick's Day and the large number of Catholic immigrants who settled in the Sumter community. The information and photos obtained for this research were taken from The Sumter Item archives. The author will reprint … more

Reflections with Sammy Way: A pictorial expose of Sumter County bridges

Reflections has conducted research on the various designs of bridges found in Sumter County. Webster's dictionary defines a bridge as "a structure built over a river, railroad, highway, etc. to provide a way across for vehicles or … more
Currently viewing stories posted within the past 90 days.
For all older stories, please use our advanced search.