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Tinymites Party

Three thousand children attended a Tinymite party at the Gillioz Theater in 1928. The event included a trio of local ukulele musicians. 


Pension Vouchers

If an ancestor received a pension payment in the early part of the 1900’s they were required to have a notary public sign a voucher that was then sent to a payment agent. Pension Payment cards, 1907-1933, are available online.


A plan for unemployed boys

Despite city ordinances against letting cows roam, downtown Springfield had "an army" of cows roaming South Jefferson, Elm and Cherry Streets.


Jimmie Driftwood

Jimmie Driftwood, widely known folklorist and singer, visited May Kennedy McCord in 1958 at her Springfield home. Lucile Morris Upton recorded some of his history in a long article for the News-Leader.


Municipal Christmas Tree 1923

The Springfield Traction Company donated 4,000 round-trip streetcar fares so that Springfield school children could attend the municipal Christmas tree celebration.



The Fairgrounds Speedway hosted one of the most unique races ever held at the historic speedway in 1958.     


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. 


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.


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.


Bookmobile 1954

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


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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