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GLO Center opening

The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks, GLO, opened in 1996. The center, on Commercial Street, was to be a place for gay men, lesbians, and their friends and families to gather for social activities and support.


The Bank of Billings

A short history of the Bank of Billings was given by John K. Hulston in 1989.


Dial phones comes to Springfield

Southwestern Bell Telephone and Springfield newspapers announce the switch from manually operated systems to dial telephones in 1949.


Marblehead Quarry

A rock quarry on National was purchased by the city and turned into a city dump in 1918. This dump was later filled in and became the Commons at Jordan Valley.


The Delaware Spirit

Have you heard the Native American ghost stories centered on the James River? This 1916 newspaper article tells the legend of Red Fox, a Delaware Nation man, and why he may still be seen at his campsite near the Delaware Ford.


Don Lo Drive In

The Don-Lo Drive-in was demolished in 1982 to make way for the new University Plaza Hotel. It had been in business for twenty three years.


League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters was originally named The Women’s Equal Suffrage League. The group changed its name in 1919.


Myron Harrison Strong

Myron Harrison Strong of Ozark Missouri was closely associated with General Ulysses S. Grant. He recalled his military service with Grant during a 1921 interview.


Anxious to wed

Was it difficult to secure a marriage license in the 1800's? This newspaper article illustrates just how easy it could be.


Mike the groundhog

Dickerson Zoo Park's groundhog "Mike" predicted winter weather in 1968.


Auto racing

Ozarks racing fans were treated to a thrilling battle for the 1976 Missouri State Asphalt Championship. Dave Watson and Springfield's Larry Phillips traded the lead three times in the 100 lap feature before disaster struck Phillips' car.


A White New Year's

A New Year's snowfall was captured by Springfield newspaper photographer Betty Love in 1948. The cold kept most people indoors.


Christmas Tree Farms

The Hall family and others chose to cut their own Christmas tree at the Sunshine Christmas Tree Orchard in 1989. 


Cabbage Patch Kids Mania

Cabbage Patch mania struck the Battlefield Mall in 1983. The Circus World store received only 25 dolls for the holiday season.


Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women

After being open only two years, the Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women reached max capacity. The home’s board of directors launched a fiscal campaign to add an additional sixteen rooms to the home.


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