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John S. Phelps Funeral

The 1886 burial of ex-governor John S. Phelps is described in depth in the Springfield Daily Leader. The article lists the many Missouri dignitaries in attendance, the order of procession, and describes the service before he was laid to rest in Hazelwood Cemetery.

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Greenlawn Cemetery

Judge Ben J. Diemer made the announcement that he was opening a cemetery on the north side of town. In 1905, Greenlawn Cemetery consisted of forty acres and Mr. Diemer intended to plant over two hundred maple trees.

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Ashworth/Dade House

The former Ashworth home was located on land that had been used for the first school in Greene County. A former resident gives a description of the Jordan Valley in early days.

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Ava Fire

Around midnight of August 15, 1898, four buildings and most of the contents on the Ava public square were consumed by fire in just one hour. 

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