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Table Rock Treasure

Is there buried treasure under Table Rock Lake? One of several legends is recounted in this News-Leader article from 1958.


Ash Grove Fire 1894

Ash Grove's Main Street and surrounding areas were swept by fire in 1894. This detailed account lists the business' and homes burned.


Hoosgow on wheels

Road gangs of the past were manned by inmates of the Greene County Jail. Prisoners were transported to work areas in a portable "hoosgow". This article from 1920 describes how the vehicle was used.


Ancestry from home

For a limited time, Ancestry Library Edition, is available to you at home. Use this handy guide to start researching your genealogy using this popular online resource.


Phoebe Couzins

Phoebe Couzins spoke for women's rights in Springfield on May 2, 1870. The following year she would become one of the earliest female law graduates in the United States.


Carrie Nation's notebooks

Carol Erwin of Reeds Spring recalls her experience when Carrie A. Nation visited her family.


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. 


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