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Unsolved murders

A newspaper reporter recalls unsolved murders that took place in Springfield and surrounding areas before 1930.

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Jackson Mill

A 1930 article by Docia Karell tells the history of the Jackson Mill near Ava, Missouri. 

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Fake relics

At the first meeting of the Missouri State Archaeological Society, held April 12, 1935, the society addressed the production of fake arrowheads, spearheads and pipes in southeast Missouri and the areas around Springfield and Neosho. 

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Yom Kippur 1906

Rabbi Gross of Cincinnati addressed the congregation of Temple Israel on Yom Kippur in 1906. In addition to his talks, there was reading of text in Hebrew and singing by a finely trained choir.

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McCroskey Home

A photograph of the old homestead of William McCroskey is featured in the Springfield Press in 1929 and names all of McCroskey's children.

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Summer Camps in the Ozarks

Vacation camps for children in the Ozarks region are profiled in this 1932 article and include Kickapoo Kamp, Kuggaho Kamp and Joyzelle Camp.

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The Rountrees

A brief history of the Rountree family in Greene County is recounted in a newspaper article published in 1949.

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How to predict the weather

Local Springfieldians and area farmers share their suggestions about the best way to predict the weather, in a 1934 article. Indicators included how the moon was tilted, wind direction, rain crows, and whether water was dripping in caves.

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Richard Crouthers turns 101

Richard Crouthers, born on the fourth of July in 1862, is congratulated by Social Security on his hundred and first birthday.

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First Juneteenth

The first Juneteenth celebration in Springfield, sponsored by the NAACP, took place June 14, 1997. The event was held to remember the freeing of slaves and promote awareness of the Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 

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Teacher's College vaccination

Two students at State Teachers College, now Missouri State University, developed smallpox and the decision was made to vaccinate 200 students by the city health commissioner, Lon Sharp.

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Unexpected Waterway

In 1958, an unknown waterway was found during the building of the municipal parking lot at Campbell and McDaniel. The channel was covered with structural steel to insure that it would support the weight of cars.

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First female editor

Dorothy Davis of Carthage is elected as the first female editor of the Southwest Standard, the Springfield Teachers College publication. 

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