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Local History and Genealogy Department

The Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO
Phone: (417) 616-0534
Fax: (417)883-9348
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Local History  

Reinhoff Home

 The Dr. William Reinhoff home on St. Louis Street was torn down in 1938 to lessen the taxes on the property.  The property was for sale at the time. A lovely description of the interior of the house gives a glimpse into bygone days.
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Benjamin J. Harrison

Benjamin J. Harrison was regarded as one of Springfield’s "wealthy men".  His Minute Biography outlines his business successes and failures.  Minute Biographies were a regular feature in the Leader-Press. The articles provided an abbreviated, and oddly punctuated, sketch of the individual’s life.

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High School Yearbooks

 The Local History Department has a large collection of yearbooks from Springfield High Schools. We are missing a few issues and are asking for your help to fill the gaps.  More...
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Mining along the James River

 Owners of mining concerns along the James River and Pearson Creek were still waiting for their "big strike" as described in this 1891 newspaper article. Some of the named mines were the Gumbo and the Kodack [sic] both on McFarland land and also the John E. Phelps and Tom Kershner diggings.There were also mines in Boone Township.  More...
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Taneycomo Flood 1927

 A November 1927 newspaper article reported that repairs to Powersite Dam, from the previous April's flooding, would cost $250,000. Postcards of the dam area are included with this article.  More...

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