Monthly Archives: September 2014

Springfield College in Illinois

See Benedictine University at Springfield.

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Springfield Junior College

Original name of what now is Benedictine University at Springfield.

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Benedictine University at Springfield

Benedictine University at Springfield, which began as Springfield Junior College in 1929, abruptly announced the closure of its undergraduate programs in October 2014. The announcement threw into disarray the college plans of more than 500 undergraduates. Initial reports also raised … Continue reading

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The Pasfield House

In 1896, at age 26, George Pasfield Jr., the third in a line of George Pasfields who played major roles in the growth and development of Springfield, began construction of a new residence at Jackson and Pasfield streets. The home … Continue reading

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The Pasfield family (1830s to 1930)

Three men named George Pasfield — father, son and grandson, usually distinguished as “the first George Pasfield,” “Dr. George Pasfield” and “George Pasfield Jr.” — played major roles in the growth of Springfield over nearly a century. 1830s George Pasfield … Continue reading

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William Washington (African-American history interviews)

Born in Springfield, William Washington graduated from Lanphier High School and Springfield Junior College.  He held various jobs until he started the Springfield’s Voice newspaper in 1972.  In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, Washington talked about … Continue reading

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Carmelita Hogan Washington (African-American history interviews)

Springfield native Carmelita Hogan Washington, a graduate of Feitshans High School and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, worked in human resources at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Sangamon State/University of Illinois Springfield. In an interview for the Springfield African-American History … Continue reading

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Peggie Senor (African-American history interviews)

Peggie Senor attended Feitshans High School and Springfield Junior College and married Clarence Senor in 1952; they had seven children. She later was ordained as an Elder in her church and served the ministry in various ways in Springfield and … Continue reading

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Clarence Senor (African-American history interviews)

Born in Springfield, Clarence Senor (1929-2011) was hired by the Springfield Fire Department in 1963.  In an interview for the Springfield African-American History Foundation series, he discussed discrimination in the workplace and the community and changes he saw in Springfield.

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Charles Lockhart Jr. (African-American history interviews)

Springfield native Charles Lockhart Jr. (1927-2013) played in the Feitshans High School band and Springfield’s Colored Municipal Band, then was a member of the U.S. Navy Band while in the service. Returning from the Navy, he first worked for Allis-Chalmers … Continue reading

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