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Betty from Springfield

 A photoplay, titled 'Betty from Springfield', featuring local Springfield people and views was shown by the Kiwanis Club in 1922 at the Princess Theater on Commercial Street.  Three hundred people attended.

The Chadwick Line

 The closing of the railroad line to Chadwick, Mo., in 1933 gives rise to memories of the first sight of a steam engine and the mysteries of the telegraph.

Exemption in the Civil War

 The young housekeepers, a year after marriage / lith. & pub. by N. CurrierA newspaper's tongue-in-cheek advice on how to get out of war service in 1862.  Wonder if it worked? More

Haunting of an Ex-Moonshiner, Part 1

 In 1959, Gerald H. Pipes interviewed Newt and Alice Bruffett.  This extensive news article has been divided into two parts.  Part 1covers Newt and Alice's scary encounters with haunted houses. More

Ghosts in the House

 A chilling tale of a haunting in the Cassville, Mo. area and what a witch doctor recommended.

Dr. William K. Hall

 Dr. William K. Hall has been indexing the Springfield newspapers for many years.  The result is an invaluable tool for genealogists and researchers. More

The Old City Cemetery

 Stock photoThe Springfield Old City Cemetery near Campbell and State Streets was relocated in the 1800's...or was it?   More


 Stock photoCharivari or Shivaree were a loud and noisy way to welcome young newlyweds to their home.  Enough noise was generated to have laws restricting "chivarees" in the Springfield city limits. More

Old Central High School

 The old Central High School building at Jefferson and Olive streets was razed in 1910 to make way for the Frisco office building. More

The Ray House

 Ray house circa 1958One of the most prominent attractions at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield is the Ray House, a silent witness to the bloody battle there on August 10, 1861. More

Ghosts on the trolley

 Ghosts on the trolley lines in 1892.  What started as an editorial against tellers of ghosts stories seems to have sold papers because two more grisly tales followed soon after. More

Gospel for Bloomer Girls

 Woman with bicycle wearing bicycling costume; 2 piece package enclosure for Pope Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Conn., manufacturers of Columbia BicyclesAlternative religious services for bicyclists proposed in St. Louis’ Forest Park area in 1897. More

Family Pets in 1901

 The importance of family pets in the early 1900’s is illustrated in an obituary of the Dameron family’s pet horse. More

Workin' on the railroad

 Unit 2014. E8. Frisco. Built 1950 by EMDA newspaper article about the Hall family of the Frisco Railroad could inspire you to search for your family members. More