Monthly Archives: October 2013

John Bressmer Co.

The John W. Bressmer Co. was founded as a dry goods store in 1861 and later expanded into a full-fledged department store, selling men’s and women’s clothing, furniture and household items. With Myers Brothers, it was one of downtown Springfield’s … Continue reading

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Bridgeview Beach, 1942 (photo)

Beaches at Lake Springfield were segregated until 1952. The Lake Springfield Beach, near Lindsay Bridge, was open only to whites. Blacks were restricted to using Bridgevew Beach, which was on the south side of the lake. The city of Springfield … Continue reading

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Clayville Historic Site

See Broadwell Inn.

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Broadwell Inn

Moses Broadwell (1764-1827), a Revolutionary War veteran, moved to Sangamon County with his family in 1820 and settled along Richland Creek, a mile east of the present-day community of Pleasant Plains. There they built a home and a traveler’s inn … Continue reading

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Rev. Henry Brown

Rev. Henry Brown (1823-1906) was an African Methodist Episcopal preacher in Springfield and elsewhere. He worked in various capacities for the Abraham Lincoln family and led “Old Bob,” the Lincoln family horse, in President Lincoln’s funeral procession. He also was … Continue reading

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The Bunn family

Grocer Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-97) and his younger brother John Whitfield Bunn (1831-1920) began a family whose energy and initiative have helped mold Springfield for more than 150 years.  Their business interests have ranged from the original Springfield Marine Bank … Continue reading

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Bunn School cooking class, 1910 (photo)

A cooking class at Bunn School, circa 1910. The school was at 12th and Division streets. (Photo: Sangamon Valley Collection)

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Bunn-O-Matic Corp.

George Regan Bunn (1915-2002), while managing the Capitol Wholesale Grocery Co. in the mid-1950s, started a division dedicated to coffee brewing equipment. In 1957, he perfected the world’s first flat-bottomed fluted paper coffee filter, a step that revolutionized coffee brewing, … Continue reading

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Business Men’s Association

See Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

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Camp Dunne, 1916 (photo)

Camp Dunne was a temporary military mustering facility at the Illinois State Fairgrounds prior to the United States’ entry into World War I. The 1st Infantry, commanded by Col. Joseph Sanborn, became part of the 33rd Division. Edward F. Dunne … Continue reading

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