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Thanksgiving in 1918

The "Mansfield Mirror" appeals to readers to make Thanksgiving special to the World War 1 troops overseas. 



The Springfield correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed locals to record if they believed in ghosts. Published in 1889, the results show a wide variety of beliefs.


Robert Crow’s Trial

Robert Crow, proprietor of 'Remember the Maine' lunch stand, was taken to court for maintaining a disorderly place of business in 1899.


Autumn Festival 1897

The fourth Fall Festival at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1897, was considered a prominent event in Springfield.


Creed Montgomery Young

Creed Montgomery Young retired as custodian of Lincoln School after fifty years of service.


Southern 500 - A Labor Day classic

Labor Day weekend marks one of the greatest traditions in auto racing -- the running of the Southern 500 at Darlington, South Carolina. Mark Martin, a regular competitor at Springfield's Fairground Speedway, competed in this race in a bid to tie the record for the most consecutive wins in NASCAR's modern era.


Lost Towns

The lost towns and forgotten villages of Greene County were mapped by Arthur Paul Moser.



Firefall '82

Springfield's first Firefall concert took place in 1982. With musical entertainment provided by the Springfield Symphony, fireworks were timed to correspond with such selections as the 1812 Overture and God Bless America.


Springfield Traction Company Expands

 Springfield Traction Company expanded streetcar service to cover the new Frisco repair shops in 1909. The new routes would include the Atlantic Street line, north of the shops, and the Park Avenue line, to extend to the south side of the shops.


Temperance Lecturers in 1886

The Springfield Daily Leader announced that temperance lecturer Francis E. W. Harper was coming to town and compared her lectures to another speaker, John Sobieski.


Tent Theatre

Drs. Robert K. Gilmore and Irene Coger, founders of the MSU Tent Theater, were surprised by the turnout of the first season in 1963. Instead, every performance had a full house. 


Leon "Abner" Weaver

The death of Leon "Abner" Weaver, famous in vaudeville and movies, was noted in the News & Leader May 28, 1950. 


Lieutenant Colonel Paul A. Frey

In 1931, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Frey was honored by the John J. Pershing Post No. 9 United Spanish War Veterans. He was granted honorary membership in the post. 


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