Local History and Genealogy Department

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4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO
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Local History  

Street view of Campbell 1945

A photograph of Campbell Street in 1945. Parking meters on the west side of the street had been removed to increase traffic flow. Several businesses can be seen in the newspaper photo.
Local History  

Maple Park Cemetery

 In 1876, Maple Park Cemetery association began selling shares for fifty dollars to purchase land for a new cemetery. The associations proposed purchasing the fair grounds which were owned by the Agricultural Association. The article’s author was disappointed to see the fair grounds sold, but delighted to have a cemetery closer to town.  More...
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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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