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First Veterans Day observance

Armistice Day was officially changed to Veterans' Day in 1954. Springfield's first observance took place at Grant Beach Park near the memorial to Greene Countians who died in action in World War I. 

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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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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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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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