(previous page) ripe judgment and rare business qualities, give value to his opinions, says Springfield will have 60,000 people in ten years, because there is room and need for such a city at this point, and that every farm, mill, factory and mine opened within a radius of 150 miles will influence the growth of the town.
Mr. H. M. Heckart, for the last ten years a successful local dealer in jewelry and kindred merchandise, and a gentleman of fine business gifts, says, new railways, new factories, new mines, new capital and new incoming people will carry our population to 70,000 in the next ten years.
J. W. Allmon, a sensible, level-headed dealer in real estate, whose long residence in this region and thorough knowledge of the surrounding country and its resources, give decided value to his opinions, says the city is bound to double its population and wealth within ten years.
Mr. John R. Ferguson, the popular County Recorder and Secretary of the Board of Trade, thinks the past growth of the city from natural causes and without the stimulous of speculative booms, together with the satisfaction of newcomers, lead to the conclusion that we shall have at least 60,000 people in ten years.
Mr. John Foley, the popular and efficient City Collector, believes that in view of the rapid and healthy growth of the past few years, and, the flattering report sent out by new settlers, it is reasonable to suppose that the city will have 60,000 people in the next ten years.
Col. John H. Bouslog, one of the foremost real estate men of the city, expresses unbounded faith in its future, and has shown his confidence by investing all his available means in well selected properties.
B. T. King, the Vice President and General Manager of the Scott Investment Co., and one of the most sagacious, public-spirited and successful business men of the city, believes that Springfield is destined to a commanding position among the commercial and industrial cities of the Southwest, and that nothing but the indifference of its capitalists and property owners is likely to prevent its advancement to 76,000 people in the next ten years.
Dr. W. Reinhoff, a leading physician and successful investor in local realty, says the business activity and thrift of the city is in striking contrast with towns of the same class on the European continent, and feels confident of its early growth to 60,000 population.
Parce & Burlingame, leading dealers in farm machinery, etc., and gentlemen of fine judgment and business standing, think the fortunate central location of the city is bound to attract more railways and factories, and that 60,000 is not a high estimate for the next ten years.
Mr. A. W. Ollis, of the enterprising real estate firm of A. W. Ollis & Co., and the accomplished president of the Merchants Exchange, believes Springfield will have 75,000 within ten years, and that such an increase will be no more remarkable than the growth of the last five.
Ramsey & Otterson, who are among the foremost real estate firms of the city, and are men of sterling enterprise and judgment, believe in 100,000 people for Springfield in the near future, and base their opinion largely on the growth of the last seven years.
Mr. Rob’t G. Campbell, a prominent attorney, and one of the most active and enterprising real estate dealers in the city, thinks the location of Springfield will make it a great railway and trade center for the Southwest, and that its fine climate and other local advantages will aid in securing a large and desirable population, and that it is likely to become a leading central city on the most popular southern route from ocean to ocean.
R. L. Bone, one of the leading abstractors of the city, thinks the certainty of two or three new trunk railways lines, the steady growth of manufacturing interests and the rapid development of the central Southwest, of which Springfield is already the leading central city, are sure to double its population in the next ten years.
Mr. Ed. V. Williams, a successful dealer in boots, shoes and clothing, is quite sanguine of the future, and believes the city will double its present size and wealth within the coming decade.
F. E. Atwood is confident of 100,000 people for Springfield, and has attested his faith in the growth of the city, by liberal investments in valuable realty.
John P. Hubble, one of the leading insurance men of the city, thinks it quite likely to double its wealth and population within a few years.
Mr. J. T. Gray, a public spirited real estate and loan broker, whose purse and heart are in every worthy public enterprise, is confident the city will advance to 60,000 people in the next eight years.
Mr. E. A. Barbour, the City Attorney, and a bright and growing man in the profession, says: We have 20,000 more people than in 1880, and the same ratio of increase in the next decade will give us 90,000. In any event we are surely growing into a large and beautiful city. We have the location, climate and material advantages to attract good men, capitalists, railroads and factories, and make a noble city.
Mr. R. E. Everett, of the Springfield Planing Mill and Lumber Co., and one of the brightest men of the city, says: We will more than double our population in the next ten years. Every year adds greatly to the inducements for capital seeking active use in business or investment. Our large and rich tributary country is fast settling and developing. Our trade is increasing in the same ratio. The business of my own firm has grown over 300 per cent. in three years. Last year it went to $225,000 and extended over Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. We can reach the whole Southwest from Springfield. Our population will exceed 50,000 in five years from now.
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