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Local History Archives - May 2010

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Bill Holland

 Bill Holland, winner of the 1949 Indianapolis 500, won a sprint car race at the Springfield fairgrounds in 1959.  More...
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Nelson Mill

 Nelson Mill, owned by John 'Peg Leg' Nelson, was a large water mill on the James River just over the Greene County line.  Built sometime before the Civil War, it was destroyed by fire around 1910.  More...
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The Chadwick Line

 The closing of the railroad line to Chadwick, Mo., in 1933 gives rise to memories of the first sight of a steam engine and the mysteries of the telegraph.
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Tiny Town

 What do you do when home sales are slow?  Have a home show.  In 1919 and again in 1925 Springfield builders offered prize money to local school children for the best scale model homes they could build.  Contractors, material suppliers and home furnishing companies set up booths around Tiny Town to encourage sales.   More...
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Harry Truman Visits Springfield in 1952

 Harry Truman Day is May 7 this year.  An article in "Bias" magazine describes Harry Truman's visit to Springfield in 1952 for the 35th Division reunion at the Shrine Mosque.  Truman served in the 35th Division during World War I.  More...

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