Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rayburn memorial, Oak Ridge Cemetery

One of the most prominent monuments in Oak Ridge Cemetery serves as a reminder of a thoroughly unconventional religious sect that got its start in Williamsville. The monument consists of an eight-foot-tall marble sculpture of a woman atop a 40-foot … Continue reading

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Sangamon County farm statistics, 1860

The 1860 federal census of agriculture for Sangamon County reported the county had 2,237 farms encompassing a total of 379, 512 acres.  The average farm size was about 170 acres. County residents owned 12,607 horses, 8,121 milk cows, 17,363 beef … Continue reading

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Census figures

See Population changes, 1840-2010 for figures on Sangamon County as a whole and for the city of Springfield individually.

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Population changes, 1830-2010

Below are U.S. Census population figures for Sangamon County as a whole beginning in 1830 and for the city of Springfield alone beginning in 1840. (The 1830 Census did not separate out figures for individual communities.) Racial designations below are … Continue reading

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James A. Stubbs masonry

James A. Stubbs (1864-1937) was a builder, brick and masonry contractor and landlord for 45 years in Springfield. His work was generally unmarked,  but many of his buildings still stand and are a distinctive part of the city’s fabric. Stubbs, … Continue reading

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Endurance flying record, 1939

Brothers Hunter and Humphrey Moody beat the world record for endurance flying in a light aircraft — nearly 344 hours — in July and August 1939. The brothers, who lived in Dalton City, set the record flying out of Springfield … Continue reading

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Cemeteries in Sangamon County

The most complete online list of Sangamon County cemeteries seems to be one compiled by findagrave.com. Findagrave includes 278 listings, including both operating and defunct cemeteries, as well as alternate names for many cemeteries. Findagrave also identifies private and family … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi Church, designed by the Springfield architectural firm of Helmle & Helmle and built in the 1920s, has been called “one of the undiscovered treasures of Springfield.” Also see Franciscan Life Center.

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Lincoln Tomb reconstruction and rededication, 1930-31

President Herbert Hoover rededicated the Lincoln Tomb in front of a massive crowd on June 17, 1931. The occasion was the reopening of the tomb following a complete reconstruction, including a new interior. When the memorial was erected in the … Continue reading

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Fiatallis

Fiatallis (earlier Fiat-Allis) was the final corporate name of Allis-Chalmers, which manufactured construction equipment at a plant in Springfield from 1928 until 1985. See Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co. 

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