The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri

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. 


The Alsup Family Feud

 The Alsup feud is recounted on the eve of a proposed dam in Douglas County. The feud came to an end in a shoot-out with lawmen who were trying to arrest Shelt Alsup, former sheriff of Douglas County. Alsup and his five-year-old daughter were killed.


Drury College swim team 1983

The Drury College swim team consisting of Sean Allison, Dave Volland, Kurt Keuser and Ron Staab took first place in the NAIA 400-yard medley relay in 1983. They set a new NAIA record with a time of 3:25.5.


World War II inductees

A large crowd of well-wishers gathered outside the Greyhound Bus depot to bid goodbye to two contingents of Greene County African-Americans leaving for Jefferson Barracks in 1942.


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


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.

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

Stay Informed

You can receive the latest Local History articles via email or, via RSS feed. Signing up is quick and easy, just click the applicable link below.

Email list RSS feed