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Bears vs Tigers

On September 2, the University of Missouri Tigers face off against the Missouri State Bears for the first time since 1923. Adding to the intrigue, Bears coach Dave Steckel returns to Columbia for the first time since accepting the Missouri State job three years ago.  More...
Local History

Louise Summerfield Hartwig

Cowgirl Louis Summerfield Hartwig, a former Springfield resident, was killed while riding a bronco in the Tex Austin Chicago Roundup in 1926.  More...
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Larry Phillips

A 1968 Fairgrounds Speedway race was won by Larry Phillips by doing a sweeping power slide to get by Bob Perry and leader Lloyd Tabor at the same time. George Baxter finished second, Don Kordalis, third and David Goldsberry was fourth place.
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Fourth of July 1895

A program of Fourth of July events, published in the Democrat in 1895, included horse racing, bicycle races, baseball games, elaborate fireworks and more. It even suggested arnica for the 'maimed, wounded and signed'.  More...
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.  More...
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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...
Local History

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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