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Tinymites Party

Three thousand children attended a Tinymite party at the Gillioz Theater in 1928. The event included a trio of local ukulele musicians. 

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Pension Vouchers

If an ancestor received a pension payment in the early part of the 1900’s they were required to have a notary public sign a voucher that was then sent to a payment agent. Pension Payment cards, 1907-1933, are available online.

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Jimmie Driftwood

Jimmie Driftwood, widely known folklorist and singer, visited May Kennedy McCord in 1958 at her Springfield home. Lucile Morris Upton recorded some of his history in a long article for the News-Leader.

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Municipal Christmas Tree 1923

The Springfield Traction Company donated 4,000 round-trip streetcar fares so that Springfield school children could attend the municipal Christmas tree celebration.

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Blue man of Spring Creek

If you have seen a giant of a man covered in hair so black that it looks blue, you are not the first. A 1924 newspaper article gives the account of the Blue Man who had been spotted off and on in Douglas County for sixty years.

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Willa Stewart

Willa Stewart, a Springfield native, performed for many opera companies in London, Rome, Vienna, New York and Chicago, and often performed concerts in Springfield.

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Bookmobile 1954

The Bookmobile in 1954 made many stops to keep children and adults supplied with books during the summer months.

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Harry Blackstone

Harry Blackstone, master magician, entertained guests at the Colonial Hotel while waiting for his car to be repaired. He and his wife had a minor car accident on their way to Texas. They were then on to Hollywood to make a movie.

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