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Edward Rickman

Edward G. Rickman turned 100 in 1964. A brief biography outlines his remarkable life.


Japanese Garden Festival

In 1995, the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park held a Japanese Garden Festival sponsored by the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri.


Church Tear Down

In 1929, the First Presbyterian Church decided to sell their property at Jefferson and Olive streets to build a new church at their current location on Cherry Street. 


1950 Census

The National Archives and Records Administration will release the 1950 census on April 1, 2022.


Dr. Carlie Souter Smith

Dr. Carlie Souter Smith passed away in 1981. She was a well known eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Springfield. She was one of the first women to serve on the Springfield City Council.


Myrl Billings

The obituary of Myrl Billings recalls his heroic deeds during WWI, which caused him to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre medal.


Victory kisses

Sending Victory Mail with lipstick kisses was not allowed during WWII. Major Orman V. Rowe recommended that correspondence be closed by adding XXX instead.


Old Pitts Chapel

The old Pitts Chapel at Jefferson and Phelps was sold in 1911 in preparation of the building the new chapel at Benton and Tampa. 


Cheap Land

This 1888 newspaper article encouraged immigration to Missouri because of the large amounts of government owned land for homesteading.


History in Flames

Springfield's Municipal Government shredded old documents as City Hall made way for progress.


Mrs. Claud Rathbone

Mrs. Claude Rathbone was interviewed for the newspaper's Culinary Corner feature as she prepares a Thanksgiving meal.


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