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Local History Archives - November 2009

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Steamboats on the White River and the Osage River

 Steamboats made the news in Springfield newspapers- The steamboat Lucy Wing on the White River in 1847 and a new steamboat was launched at Osceola on the Osage River in 1890.  More...
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Secrets of a Turkey Grower

Bill Barrett holding one of his Broad-breasted turkeys"It sure is a relief when you get that Thanksgiving crop on the market." Secrets of a turkey grower are revealed in a 1951 article about Bill Barrett's turkey raising operation near Springfield.   More...
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Amelia Earhart, Part 2

 When Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, it was remembered that her father briefly lived in Springfield, while working for the Frisco.  More...
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Amelia Earhart, Part I

 Amelia Earhart visits Springfield, Mo. in 1931 in an experimental autogiro.  One year later, she was given the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for her non-stop solo transatlantic flight.  More...
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Haunting of an Ex-Moonshiner, Part 2

 In 1959, Gerald H. Pipes interviewed Newt and Alice Bruffett.  This extensive news article has been divided into two parts.  Part 2 covers Newt's moonshining career.   More...
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Haunting of an Ex-Moonshiner, Part 1

 In 1959, Gerald H. Pipes interviewed Newt and Alice Bruffett.  This extensive news article has been divided into two parts.  Part 1covers Newt and Alice's scary encounters with haunted houses.  More...
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