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Robert Brown (Washington Street Mission)

Robert Brown and his daughter and son-in-law, Mary Louisa Brown Miller and Robert Miller, led the Washington Street Mission for more than 60 years. See Washington Hall.

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Charles and Amy Reed (Sangamon County Poor Farm administrators)

Charles Reed (1854-1927) was a livestock farmer and politician. As a farmer, he raised purebred Duroc and Jersey hogs as well as sheep. He was also a strong Republican who served as Sangamon County deputy sheriff and was superintendent of … Continue reading

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E. Cook Matheny

E. C. Matheny was a son of pioneer Charles Matheny and an adventurer himself. Read more on E.C. Matheny in SangamonLink’s entry on the Carrie Post King’s Daughters Home for Women. 

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King’s Daughters Home

See Carrie Post King’s Daughters Home for Women.

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Leander Shoup

Leander Shoup vowed to go down fighting rather than give up his farm for inundation by Lake Springfield. See Lake Springfield holdout, 1933.

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Austin Jones

Austin Jones was a Springfield police officer and detective for 26 years. For more, see Lake Springfield holdout, 1933.

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Lake Springfield holdout, 1933

Leander Shoup vowed to go down in a blaze of gunfire rather than relinquish his 123 acres of farmland to inundation by Lake Springfield. The city of Springfield won a lawsuit to take over the land, a little over a … Continue reading

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C.W. Hotz (hotel operator)

C.W. Hotz and his wife Hazel managed the Argus Hotel, 214 S. Fourth St., for several years in the 1930s. Hotz also was a Lincoln collector and property developer. See First Lincoln Home.

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Argus Hotel, 214 S. Fourth St.

The Argus Hotel was the longest-lasting of several hotels that operated between 1895 and 1985 at 214 S. Fourth St. See First Lincoln Home.

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Z.W. Mitchell, African-American activist

Zedekiah “Z.W.” Mitchell, though a resident of Springfield for only a few years, was the controversial leader of the movement that eventually created the city’s Douglass Community Center, a social and cultural agency that served African-Americans for 30 years. See … Continue reading

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