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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.

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The Bank of Billings

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

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Dial phones comes to Springfield

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mike the groundhog

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

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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.

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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.

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Christmas Tree Farms

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

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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.

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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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