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Fourth Presbyterian Church

Fourth Presbyterian Church at Seventh and Reynolds streets was created in 1908 as a Portuguese congregation. It ultimately merged with what is now Clementine Memorial Church, 2075 N. 11th St. See Portuguese immigrants.

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Rev. Robert Kieser (Fourth Presbyterian Church)

Robert Kieser was pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Reynolds streets, from 1948 to 1959. See Portuguese immigrants.

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David Beam (farmer, miller, politician)

David Beam built a house in Cotton Hill Township, southeast of Springfield, in the 1830s that later became entangled in the debate over whether to build Hunter Lake as a backup water supply to Lake Springfield. See Pensacola.

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J.H. Collins, school superintendent

J.H. Collins served as Springfield school superintendent from 1888 to 1905 and from 1907 to 1913, a total of 23 years. He remains the local school-district’s longest serving superintendent. See Lincoln Library’s grandfather clock for more.

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Springfield school superintendents (list)

For a list of Springfield school superintendents, see Education beginnings in Springfield.

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‘Waiting for Maud,’ Oak Hill Cemetery

A gravestone at Oak Hill Cemetery east of Springfield pays tribute to a dog that, according to folklore, never recovered from the death of its young owner. Maud Rodgers, who lived with her parents in the Riverton/Clear Lake area, died … Continue reading

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Hatcher automotive service fire, 1921

The Hatcher automobile dealerships, an outgrowth of the Johnston-Hatcher Co. home furnishings store, built a service facility in the 700 block of East Adams Street in 1920. It was demolished by fire the next year. See Johnston-Hatcher fires, 1907 & … Continue reading

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Johnston-Hatcher fires, 1907 & 1913

The Johnston-Hatcher Co. sold home furnishings of all kinds from 1899 to 1949 in downtown Springfield. The store, however, fell victim to two of the city’s most devastating early 20th-century fires. Johnston-Hatcher was the creation of two sets of brothers … Continue reading

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Saputo’s Twins Corner

Saputo’s Twins Corner was the original name of Saputo’s restaurant, Eighth and Monroe streets. For a brief account, see Pizza in Springfield.

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J. Frank Prather, shorthorn cattle breeder

J. Frank Prather was important to the development of shorthorn cattle in Sangamon County, in Illinois and in the U.S. He owned the Price-Prather House, a National Register of Historic Places site in Williamsville, from 1882 until 1927. See Price-Prather … Continue reading

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