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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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Jackie Robinson and the Kansas City Monarchs

Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers International League, the Montreal Royals, in 1945. This surprised the owners of the Kansas City Monarchs, who Robinson played for the previous year.

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Anderson Hogue

A biography of Anderson Hogue, a person of color, can be found in a history of Wright County. When doing family research, do not forget to search non-governmental resources.

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Auto Wagon

Joseph Koenig’s gasoline powered auto wagon made an appearance in Springfield in 1907. Koenig claimed it would reach a speed of thirty miles an hour.

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Missouri's Bicentennial

In July 2021 the Library District will host a traveling exhibit for Missouri's Bicentennial.  View the online version now and discover Missouri's Struggle for Statehood.

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New Year 1933

Harry Durst, Mayor of Springfield in 1933, welcomes the New Year portrayed by Joan Crawford Rice.

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Christmas dinner

In 1986, Hamby's, St. Mary's Guild of Christ Episcopal Church and Northside Christian Church joined forces to deliver over 140 meals to homebound elderly residents.

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Death of Nathan Boone

Colonel Nathan Boone died in 1856.  A brief biographical sketch of his military career was provided in the Springfield Advertiser and Randolph Citizen. 

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