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Frank Tracy (banker)

Frank W. Tracy (1833-1903) was president of the First National Bank and an investor, alderman, school board member and civic leader. See First electrified home.

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First electric lights

Many Springfieldians got their first exposure to electric lights from two traveling circuses in 1880. Within a year, however, the city’s first power station was powering 10 “very brilliant” lights downtown, and a group of prominent businessmen had created the … Continue reading

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Roland and Isaac Diller (Old Settlers Society)

Roland and Isaac Diller, father and son, were friends with Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln family as well as mainstays of the Old Settlers Society of Sangamon County for more than 60 years. See Old Settlers Society of Sangamon County.

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Thomas W.S. Kidd (publisher)

“Capt.” Thomas S.W. Kidd published the Sangamo Monitor, later renamed the Morning Monitor, from 1873 until 1898. See Sangamo Monitor.

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Morning Monitor

The Morning Monitor was the name given the former Sangamo Monitor in 1880. The Sangamo Monitor, founded as a weekly newspaper in 1873, became a daily in 1877, leading to the nw name. See Sangamo Monitor.

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Marguerite Beechler Soma, teacher

Marguerite Beechler Soma (1894-1997) recounted some of her experiences teaching at Ridgely School from 1914 to 1926 to Ridgely students who were researching the school’s history in 1997. See Ridgely Elementary School, 1914-1926.

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Springfield Improvement League

The Springfield Improvement League, an all-women’s organization founded as a result of the 1914 Springfield Survey, took on a number of initiatives until folding in about 1935. See Newsboys vs. the mayor, 1921.

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Capt. John Inman (GAR national commander)

John B. Inman was the only Sangamon County resident elected (1925-26) national grand commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. See Commemorative plaques, South Old Capitol Plaza.

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Commemorative plaques, South Old Capitol Plaza

Eighteen commemorative plaques adorn the parking ramp entrance kiosk on the south Old Capitol Plaza in Springfield. Most date from when today’s Old Capitol State Historic Site served as the Sangamon County Courthouse, and most are in their third location … Continue reading

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Last Civil War veteran

Hiram Shumate of Riverton, the last living Sangamon County resident to have served in the Civil War, died on Jan. 1, 1948.

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