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When is Groundhog Day?

Do you witness Groundhog Day on February 2 or February 14? The Springfield Leader did not take sides in the controversy, but instead saw it as an opportunity to forecast the weather twice. More

Martin Luther King Service

Springfieldians plan a tribute to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., April 6, 1968, by establishing a King's Family Foundation Fund and an interracial and interdenominational public service at the First Baptist Church on South Avenue. More

KY3

Springfield Television, Inc., that would become KY3, applied for a FCC permit to build a 60,000 watt station at 999 West Sunshine in 1951. The tower and antenna would be the tallest structure in Southwest Missouri. More

Christmas in the Ozarks

Enjoy a selection of Ozarks Christmas photographs found on From the Darkroom. This collection consists of thousands of photographic negatives and prints from the News & Leader, Leader and Press, and the Daily News. More

Barry County Fair 1909

An article dated October 21, 1909 in the Cassville Republican recounts the big Barry County fair held the previous week.The article reports the winners in pears, horses, cattle, poultry, needlework, baking, canned goods, jellies, pies, and pickles.
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An Ozark Sensation

The burning of the Ozark water mill and finding a bomb in a livery stable caused a great sensation in Christian County in 1899. More

Junior Art at the Art Museum

The Springfield Art Museum had one hundred participants in the junior art classes offered in 1957. The youngsters entertained their families at an open house and display of their work. More

City Prisoners

The City of Springfield refurbished the old calaboose to house prisoners after the county jail raised it's prisoner fees. It was estimated that the city would save two thousand dollars a year.  More

Turner Station Depot

Once a busy shipping point on the old Memphis Railroad, Turner station had become a flag stop for the post office by 1958. The old depot, long out of use, was torn down by the Frisco Railroad in 1958. This article gives some of the history of the Turner area.
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John Hutchison

John Hutchison, one of thirty-nine surviving Union veterans, was interviewed by Eddie Bass. He shared his personal history and colorful army stories in this 1950 newspaper article. More

Bears vs Tigers

On September 2, the University of Missouri Tigers face off against the Missouri State Bears for the first time since 1923. Adding to the intrigue, Bears coach Dave Steckel returns to Columbia for the first time since accepting the Missouri State job three years ago. More

Louise Summerfield Hartwig

Cowgirl Louis Summerfield Hartwig, a former Springfield resident, was killed while riding a bronco in the Tex Austin Chicago Roundup in 1926. More

Larry Phillips

A 1968 Fairgrounds Speedway race was won by Larry Phillips by doing a sweeping power slide to get by Bob Perry and leader Lloyd Tabor at the same time. George Baxter finished second, Don Kordalis, third and David Goldsberry was fourth place.
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Fourth of July 1895

A program of Fourth of July events, published in the Democrat in 1895, included horse racing, bicycle races, baseball games, elaborate fireworks and more. It even suggested arnica for the 'maimed, wounded and signed'. More

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