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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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Last Public Land Deed

 The last tract of government land in Greene County became the property of William F. Morgan in 1909.  More...

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