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SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI, AND SURROUNDINGS • 1889


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(previous page) are developing a liberal, progressive and thoroughly cosmopolitan civilization. They found here a beautiful country, battle-scarred and desolated by the barbarism of civil war; and, putting away sectional animosity, in the spirit of unity and concord, are resolutely building up the waste places and transforming the country into a region of bloom and fruition. In the midst of an intensely active and practical life, they find time and inclination for the cultivation of the social graces and books and flowers and art, the founding of schools, churches and newspapers, and the building of temples to the spiritual and ideal. Within the region tributary to Springfield are more than one hundred prosperous towns and villages, accredited with populations ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 each. Within the same territory are not less than 2,500 free public schools and 1,000 churches. In GREENE COUNTY alone, of which Springfield is the capital, there are 108 organized school districts, 116 school houses, and ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, (next page)

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