Monthly Archives: June 2024

Kroger grocery stores

On Dec. 13, 1928, two men, one carrying a revolver, entered the Kroger grocery at 11th Street and South Grand Avenue in Springfield.  They forced employees and a 15-year-old customer into a back room.  When the boy lagged behind, he … Continue reading

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‘Hammock parties,’ 1890s

“Hammock parties” were a way for young people to get together in the 1890s. The problem was how to prevent hammock hanky-panky. The Illinois State Journal outlined the rules in July 1890. The equipment was simple: enough hammocks to hold … Continue reading

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