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World War I Veterans Fundraiser

In order to raise money for disabled soldiers from the First World War, several Springfield groups sold "tags" for people to wear. 

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Blue man of Spring Creek

If you have seen a giant of a man covered in hair so black that it looks blue, you are not the first. A 1924 newspaper article gives the account of the Blue Man who had been spotted off and on in Douglas County for sixty years.

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Willa Stewart

Willa Stewart, a Springfield native, performed for many opera companies in London, Rome, Vienna, New York and Chicago, and often performed concerts in Springfield.

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Bookmobile 1954

The Bookmobile in 1954 made many stops to keep children and adults supplied with books during the summer months.

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Harry Blackstone

Harry Blackstone, master magician, entertained guests at the Colonial Hotel while waiting for his car to be repaired. He and his wife had a minor car accident on their way to Texas. They were then on to Hollywood to make a movie.

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1880 Census

Newspaper articles give interesting background on the 1880 Federal Census; including the amount of pay enumerators received.

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FAA building

Hank Billings, author, and Betty Love, photographer, give a behind the scene glimpse of the Springfield Airport in 1961. 
 

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The Green Book

For many Americans, the 1950's were a golden age of driving. For African Americans, travel along Route 66 was a challenge that required them to pack their own provisions because they could not count on receiving goods or services, regardless of how much money they had.

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Rothermel Mill

A short history of the Greene County Roller Mill that was later known as the Rothermel Brothers Milling Company.

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Kilties

What did it take to be a Kiltie? This short article covers some of the requirements sophomore girls needed to meet to become a member of the marching group in 1953.

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Fern Nance Shumate

The obituary of Fern Elaine Nance Shumate gives a history of a local journalist and author and a glimpse into her full life. 

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