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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.
More 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 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 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 Once a busy shipping point on the old Memphis Railroad, Turner station had become a flag stop for the post office by 1958. The old depot, long out of use, was torn down by the Frisco Railroad in 1958. This article gives some of the history of the Turner area.
More John Hutchison, one of thirty-nine surviving Union veterans, was interviewed by Eddie Bass. He shared his personal history and colorful army stories in this 1950 newspaper article. More Cowgirl Louis Summerfield Hartwig, a former Springfield resident, was killed while riding a bronco in the Tex Austin Chicago Roundup in 1926. More A 1968 Fairgrounds Speedway race was won by Larry Phillips by doing a sweeping power slide to get by Bob Perry and leader Lloyd Tabor at the same time. George Baxter finished second, Don Kordalis, third and David Goldsberry was fourth place.
More A program of Fourth of July events, published in the Democrat in 1895, included horse racing, bicycle races, baseball games, elaborate fireworks and more. It even suggested arnica for the 'maimed, wounded and signed'. More "A live baby given away! Free!" This startling heading for the Red Arrow stores appeared in the Lebanon Rustic newspaper in 1926. This advertising prank had a surprise twist, when the "baby" was revealed. More A short history of the Amyx Manufacturing Company, makers of baseball bats, is recounted in this 1950 newspaper article. The Howell County business was ranked fourth in the world with Louisville Sluggers ranked first. More Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey, poet and newspaper columnist, wrote for the Taney County Republican and contributed to the Waste Basket column of the Springfield Daily News. More First woman jury in Greene County was chosen in 1947. More
Famous country music singer Porter Wagoner was born in West Plains, Missouri. Wagoner was hired by Si Simon to perform on KWTO radio in 1951. This newspaper article describes the house he purchased on Valley Road.
More The Frisco Employee Magazine collection, available on the Local History page, often contains items of interest in Springfield history. For example, the opening of the Kentwood Arms hotel, built by John Woodruff in 1926. More