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Local History  

Cannons for War Salvage

 Springfield Park Board agreed to give four WWI cannons for war salvage during WWII. Three were located at Grant Beach Park and one at Phelps Grove Park.  More...
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Ice and Snow 1937

 Ice and snow accumulation in January 1937 caused the collapse of two Springfield businesses. It was reported that many people scraped snow and ice from their roofs for fear that the weight would cause similar collapses.  More...
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Caroline McBride

 Obituaries often contain interesting biographies, such as Caroline McBride's, who helped to organize the first local PTA, one of the first in Missouri, and President of the Springfield Board of Education in 1924.  More...
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Springfield Diary 1953

 Selections from ‘Springfield’s Diary’ give a short and exciting look at the year 1953 -- a year of drought and ice storms, new businesses and new locations for old business, and above all the year of the cobras.  More...
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Gold Rush!

 The California Gold Rush produced many articles in local newspapers. Two such articles appeared in the February 25, 1850, Southwestern Flag -- one advertising for teamsters to work their way west and the other detailing the expenses of the trip and things to take.  More...

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