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Marblehead Quarry

A rock quarry on National was purchased by the city and turned into a city dump in 1918. This dump was later filled in and became the Commons at Jordan Valley.

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The Delaware Spirit

Have you heard the Native American ghost stories centered on the James River? This 1916 newspaper article tells the legend of Red Fox, a Delaware Nation man, and why he may still be seen at his campsite near the Delaware Ford.

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Don Lo Drive In

The Don-Lo Drive-in was demolished in 1982 to make way for the new University Plaza Hotel. It had been in business for twenty three years.

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Myron Harrison Strong

Myron Harrison Strong of Ozark Missouri was closely associated with General Ulysses S. Grant. He recalled his military service with Grant during a 1921 interview.

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Anxious to wed

Was it difficult to secure a marriage license in the 1800's? This newspaper article illustrates just how easy it could be.

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A White New Year's

A New Year's snowfall was captured by Springfield newspaper photographer Betty Love in 1948. The cold kept most people indoors.

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Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women

After being open only two years, the Mary E. Wilson Home for Aged Women reached max capacity. The home’s board of directors launched a fiscal campaign to add an additional sixteen rooms to the home.

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Tracy Richardson

The biography and obituary of Tracy Richardson, soldier of fortune, and veteran of both World Wars. He was best known for his involvement in several conflicts in South and Central America.

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Ghostly Abode

Who was haunting the house on the Everton Road? The ghost house on the Sac River is described in a 1916 Ash Grove Commonwealth article. Several local people had briefly visited the house and expressed no desire to visit again.

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