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World War I Veterans Fundraiser

In order to raise money for disabled soldiers from the First World War, several Springfield groups sold "tags" for people to wear. 


Blue man of Spring Creek

If you have seen a giant of a man covered in hair so black that it looks blue, you are not the first. A 1924 newspaper article gives the account of the Blue Man who had been spotted off and on in Douglas County for sixty years.


Willa Stewart

Willa Stewart, a Springfield native, performed for many opera companies in London, Rome, Vienna, New York and Chicago, and often performed concerts in Springfield.


Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS)

The Ozarks Genealogical Society (OGS) has provided leadership in genealogical research and the preservation of local history and family records since 1969. Emphasis is on southwest Missouri and areas east of Missouri from which most Missourians migrated during the westward expansion.

Bookmobile 1954

The Bookmobile in 1954 made many stops to keep children and adults supplied with books during the summer months.


Harry Blackstone

Harry Blackstone, master magician, entertained guests at the Colonial Hotel while waiting for his car to be repaired. He and his wife had a minor car accident on their way to Texas. They were then on to Hollywood to make a movie.


1880 Census

Newspaper articles give interesting background on the 1880 Federal Census; including the amount of pay enumerators received.


FAA building

Hank Billings, author, and Betty Love, photographer, give a behind the scene glimpse of the Springfield Airport in 1961. 


The Green Book

For many Americans, the 1950's were a golden age of driving. For African Americans, travel along Route 66 was a challenge that required them to pack their own provisions because they could not count on receiving goods or services, regardless of how much money they had.


Rothermel Mill

A short history of the Greene County Roller Mill that was later known as the Rothermel Brothers Milling Company.



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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