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Labor recruitment

John M Gracie hired a Springfield company to film his 24,000 acre Arkansas plantation to recruit workers. His advertising campaign was a major success, and he hired and moved twenty families from the Springfield area.


Motorcycle Club

The Rhodes Cycle Company of Springfield organized a meeting of motorcycle enthusiasts for the purpose of promoting rides to nearby towns.


Soldiers claims wanted

An act of Congress allowed qualifying military veterans additional government land, which a Springfield entrepreneur offered to purchase in this 1876 advertisement.


Ray Eldon Pike

Ray Eldon Pike, a popular musician in the Springfield area, died in an automobile accident in 1932. Here are his obituaries and pictures of his bands.


The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart, a play about the Aids epidemic in the early 1980's, premiered peacefully at SMS after a month of rallies, petitions, and news conferences in 1989.


Edward Rickman

Edward G. Rickman turned 100 in 1964. A brief biography outlines his remarkable life.


Japanese Garden Festival

In 1995, the Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene Park held a Japanese Garden Festival sponsored by the Botanical Society of Southwest Missouri.


Church Tear Down

In 1929, the First Presbyterian Church decided to sell their property at Jefferson and Olive streets to build a new church at their current location on Cherry Street. 


1950 Census

The National Archives and Records Administration will release the 1950 census on April 1, 2022.


Dr. Carlie Souter Smith

Dr. Carlie Souter Smith passed away in 1981. She was a well known eye, ear, nose, and throat specialist in Springfield. She was one of the first women to serve on the Springfield City Council.


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