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Local History  

Charles Haden

 Joel Haden was the first Register of the Springfield Land Office when it opened in 1835. Assisted by his son Charles, they sometimes sold "thousands of acres of land a day". Charles Haden's recollections of early Springfield and the surrounding Ozark region were reprinted when Charles became very ill in 1898.
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Vincent Price

 Vincent Price, often cast as the villain in film, television and stage roles, stated that in real life he was a pussycat. Price spoke to a sold out Campus Union Ballroom audience at SMSU, now known as MSU, in 1977. Many of his DVDs are available through the Library.  More...
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Board of Trade Building

 Once occupied by Sears & Roebuck and a site of luxurious finishes, the Board of Trade building sat abandoned and neglected for many years. In 1941, the building was deemed a hazard to pedestrians due to falling glass and masonry. Springfield’s fire chief further feared that children playing in the building at night would drop a match starting a fire that would consume the whole block.  More...
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Cannons for War Salvage

 Springfield Park Board agreed to give four WWI cannons for war salvage during WWII. Three were located at Grant Beach Park and one at Phelps Grove Park.  More...
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Ice and Snow 1937

 Ice and snow accumulation in January 1937 caused the collapse of two Springfield businesses. It was reported that many people scraped snow and ice from their roofs for fear that the weight would cause similar collapses.  More...

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