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A.T. Yoachum

The obituary of Augustine Yoachum gives interesting insight to the history of Christian County, the Ozarks region, and some background of the mysterious Yoachum silver dollar.


Paul Mueller Convoy

A 1981 shipment of 10 giant milk coolers departed from the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield on their way to Pennsylvania. It represented the largest single shipment in the company's history to that date.


New Year's Resolutions

Various city and county officials share their New Year's resolutions with the News & Leader in 1933.


Noah Burger's Christmas

An excerpt from Noah Burger's personal notebook recalls his childhood Christmas after his family moved to Missouri in the 1890's.


Frisco Coal Chute

The beginning and the end of the Frisco coal chute is documented in two articles, fifty years apart. The coal chute was deemed unnecessary after diesel locomotives replaced steam engines.


Captain John McCoy

Captain John McCoy, who served in the Civil War, traveled to Springfield to apply for a pension. He was a politician in Arkansas before and after the war.


Wahshungah monument

The tombstone for Wahshungah, known as the last chief of the Kaw Nation, was carved by W.O. Johnson, a Springfield firm. Bids for the contract were from firms in Guthrie, Oklahoma City, and Kansas City, among others. 


Osage Murder Mystery

A member of the Osage Indian tribe fled to Springfield to hide from potential murderers in the 1920's. Many members of the nation were killed during this time to gain control of their mineral rights during the oil boom.


Marvel Cave

Explore Marvel Cave and the Lost River with William Powell in this 1921 article. As a bonus, learn about several of the world records set in the cave over the years by balloonists. 


Labor recruitment

John M Gracie hired a Springfield company to film his 24,000 acre Arkansas plantation to recruit workers. His advertising campaign was a major success, and he hired and moved twenty families from the Springfield area.


Motorcycle Club

The Rhodes Cycle Company of Springfield organized a meeting of motorcycle enthusiasts for the purpose of promoting rides to nearby towns.


Soldiers claims wanted

An act of Congress allowed qualifying military veterans additional government land, which a Springfield entrepreneur offered to purchase in this 1876 advertisement.


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