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Large Sumter exposition held in 1901

Reflections returns to the city of Sumter in May of 1901 to report on a large exposition held in the city that year. An exposition is defined by Webster's as "a large public exhibition or show, often international in scope." This cultural, social, … more

Wedgefield woman married president Van Buren's son

Reflections celebrates President's Day with the story of "the lovely" Sara Angelica Singleton. The daughter of Col. Richard Singleton, Sara married Abraham Van Buren, son of President Martin Van Buren. This marriage elevated a young girl from … more

Sumter businesses thrived in late 1800s

Editor's note: This is part two in a series about population and business growth in Sumter in 1894 reprinted from an article written in The Sumter Herald, which is no longer printed. The article was titled "Sumter of Forty Years Ago, or 1894 - The … more

Looking back at the Sumter Hotel

Reflections looks again at Hotel Sumter, which reigned as Sumter's most modern accommodation available to visitors to this community in 1901. Those stockholders who were investing in this project offered several options regarding where this … more

Sumter was manufacturing haven in early 1900s

Editor's note: Following is the second of a two-part article. The piece regarding a 1901 exhibition in Sumter is based on a report retrieved from The Item archives. Part one ran in the March 10 edition of The Sumter Item. "There is a great … more

Storm of 1924 caused extensive damage in area

Reflections returns to April 1924 and recalls one of Sumter's worst natural disasters. Citizens who remembered this incident refer to it as one of Sumter County's most deadly and expensive weather disasters before Hurricane Hugo. The tornado … more

Historic homes adorn Sumter's downtown

This issue of Reflections focuses on the exceptional number of historic homes within the Sumter community. From 1890 to 1940, the city experienced a period of unprecedented growth and development brought on by the influx of new businesses and the … more

Unknown soldier buried at Sumter Cemetery site

Reflections remembers the writings of Caroline S. Coleman as she reported on several historic events. Joseph Reedy's most interesting account of her jaunts into states to the north includes an item concerning the Unknown Soldier of the 1860s whose … more

Academy educated girls for 65 years in Sumter

"On Sumter fields, they sow the seed. Guard it with tender care, Nor count the pain, but hope to gain A harvest rich and rare, With time's swift flow, the seed shall grow, Its buds to leaves unfold, And Sisterly bands lend aiding … more

Shelor Building unique in Sumter

Reflections remembers the proposed construction of a modern building on the corner of Sumter and Canal Streets in 1946 to be known as the Shelor Building. The building was the only vestige of art deco-style architecture built in the city. Webster … more

Dr. B. T. Williams was a pioneer in his field

This issue of Reflections focuses on the life and contributions of Dr. B. T. Williams, one of the earliest black dentists to establish a practice in Sumter. Dr. Williams, along with Dr. Thomas B. Davis, Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Dr. Irby D. Davis Jr., … more

Sumter saw steady growth in late 1800s

Reflections remembers an article written in The Sumter Herald, a remarkable newspaper no longer in print. The article concerns an investigative report written about the social, political and economic status of Sumter in the year 1894. The article … more

Keith's Garage, 'We Never Close'

Reflections remembers Keith's Garage, one of Sumter's most utilized automotive repair shops during the '20s, '30s and '40s. The business establishment proclaimed that it was capable of repairing all makes and models of wrecked trucks and cars. … more
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