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Local History  

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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