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65810-1723
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Emma Fassnight Steury

 Emma Fassnight Steury reminisces about Springfield shortly after the Civil War on the eve of her ninety-third birthday. She describes her family's move from Michigan when she was 7, purchase of the property that would become Fassnight Park and visiting the new Atlantic and Pacific Railroad when it made it's way to town.  More...
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Ralph Ott

 Springfieldian Ralph Ott's in-depth obituary details his life in the art world. He was commissioned to paint one of the murals in the state capitol, "Power from the Hills" and "The Lord's Supper" in Springfield's St. Paul Church.  More...
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Fixing Up for the Fair

 In 1963, the Ozarks Empire Fair Board added buildings and spruced up the fairgrounds in preparation for the 27th annual exposition. Photojournalist Bob Keller documented the additions and changes.  More...
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Ullmann Building

 In 1947, remodeling began on the three-story Ullmann Building. The top two floors of the 44-room hotel were removed, leaving the first floor to be repurposed as Rubenstein’s clothing store  More...
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Fourth of July

 Memories of old-time Fourth of July celebrations excerpted from interviews in Bittersweet magazine.  More...

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