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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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Lon Warford

Lon Warford reflects on his forty-five year service with City Utilities, from 1908 to 1953. He gives an inside look at the care needed to maintain the old carbon arc street lights.

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Old deed

A Dade County deed filed forty-six years after the land was sold, was filed in the recorder's office in 1896. Bledsoe Holder had originally received the land for his military service in the War of 1812.

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Aut Swenson

Austyn Olin ‘Aut’ Swenson, founder of the Swenson Thrillcade auto show, died in 1986. In his life he drove in auto shows, was an Air Force instructor, founded Austyn’s Greater Flying Circus and pioneered a 100 mile auto race in Florida in 1935.

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Mass at Midnight 1900

Special Papal permission was given to have mass at midnight on December 31 in 1899 and 1900, to celebrate the Holy Year decreed by the pontiff.

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Salvation Army

In 1922, Captain and Mrs. Malcolm Keene of the local Salvation Army played a prominent role in making Christmas a happy one for hundreds of poor.

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Christmas Celebrations

Fall by the Wayside: Springfield enjoyed an uncommonly quiet Christmas Eve in 1908.

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Y.M.C.A. Thanksgiving

The Y.M.C.A had a turkey dinner for anyone who had brought in a new member. 

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Thanksgiving in 1918

The "Mansfield Mirror" appeals to readers to make Thanksgiving special to the World War 1 troops overseas. 

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Ghosts

The Springfield correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed locals to record if they believed in ghosts. Published in 1889, the results show a wide variety of beliefs.

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Robert Crow’s Trial

Robert Crow, proprietor of 'Remember the Maine' lunch stand, was taken to court for maintaining a disorderly place of business in 1899.

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Autumn Festival 1897

The fourth Fall Festival at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1897, was considered a prominent event in Springfield.

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Creed Montgomery Young

Creed Montgomery Young retired as custodian of Lincoln School after fifty years of service.

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Southern 500 - A Labor Day classic

Labor Day weekend marks one of the greatest traditions in auto racing -- the running of the Southern 500 at Darlington, South Carolina. Mark Martin, a regular competitor at Springfield's Fairground Speedway, competed in this race in a bid to tie the record for the most consecutive wins in NASCAR's modern era.

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