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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Myrl Billings

The obituary of Myrl Billings recalls his heroic deeds during WWI, which caused him to be awarded the French Croix de Guerre medal.

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Victory kisses

Sending Victory Mail with lipstick kisses was not allowed during WWII. Major Orman V. Rowe recommended that correspondence be closed by adding XXX instead.

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Old Pitts Chapel

The old Pitts Chapel at Jefferson and Phelps was sold in 1911 in preparation of the building the new chapel at Benton and Tampa. 

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Cheap Land

This 1888 newspaper article encouraged immigration to Missouri because of the large amounts of government owned land for homesteading.

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