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Local History, Newspapers

Baby Give Away

"A live baby given away! Free!" This startling heading for the Red Arrow stores appeared in the Lebanon Rustic newspaper in 1926. This advertising prank had a surprise twist, when the "baby" was revealed.

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Amyx Manufacturing Company

A short history of the Amyx Manufacturing Company, makers of baseball bats, is recounted in this 1950 newspaper article. The Howell County business was ranked fourth in the world with Louisville Sluggers ranked first.  More...
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Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey

 Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey, poet and newspaper columnist, wrote for the Taney County Republican and contributed to the Waste Basket column of the Springfield Daily News.  More...
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First Woman Jury

 First woman jury in Greene County was chosen in 1947.   More...
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Porter Wagoner

 Famous country music singer Porter Wagoner was born in West Plains, Missouri. Wagoner was hired by Si Simon to perform on KWTO radio in 1951. This newspaper article describes the house he purchased on Valley Road.
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Doggie's Valentine

 A whimsical valentine poem published in the Springfield Leader in 1925.  More...
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Kentwood Arms

 The Frisco Employee Magazine collection, available on the Local History page, often contains items of interest in Springfield history. For example, the opening of the Kentwood Arms hotel, built by John Woodruff in 1926.  More...
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Penland Grocery Store

 The old Penland Grocery Store was slated for demolition in 1956. Over seventy years old, the store sold groceries, hay and feed, and served as a community gathering place.   More...
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Springfield Schools and MLK Day 1992

President Ronald Reagan signed into law Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday in 1983.  In 1992, it was not recognized as an official school holiday in Springfield.  However, students were dismissed for the day, as it was considered a teacher-principal work day.  More...
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George Clark's Side Glances

 Springfield Rotarians unknowingly hosted George Clark, well known syndicated cartoonist of "Side Glances".  More...
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William Weaver's Christmas Wedding

 William Weaver recalls the Springfield ice storm and his wedding on Christmas Eve Day, 1848.  More...
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1910 Annexation

 The proposed expansion of the Springfield city limits sparked controversy in 1909. Some thought the new boundaries favored only the affluent, while doing nothing to help those who were not. After some revision a smaller city limit was passed by the voters.  More...
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Oscar Fryer and Benjamin Finkle

 The Springfield News & Leader announced the arrival of Dr. Oscar Fryer to Drury College and his reunion with Dr. Benjamin Finkle.  Fryer attended Drury as an undergraduate and was a student in Finkle's physics class.  Years later, Fryer returned to Drury as Finkle's first assistant in the physics department.       More...
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William B. Coon

 William B. Coon, also known as Uncle Billy, in 1931 was to speak about his reminiscences of Dr. James H. Slavens, the first minister in Springfield.  More...
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Springfield Cubs

 As the Chicago Cubs make their first appearance in the World Series since 1945, many area fans may not know that the Cardinals' greatest rivals once had a farm team in Springfield.  More...

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