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Barbed wire

See Osage Orange (hedge apple).

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Italian Villa fire (1932)

The explosion that wrecked the Italian Villa nightclub on East Monroe Street in 1932, killing two, was never explained. Suspicion, fueled by testimony from passersby, the track records of the club’s owners, and a rash of explosions around central Illinois … Continue reading

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A&P supermarkets

A&P was the first grocery chain to label its Springfield stores “supermarkets.” One A&P on South Grand Avenue was converted to the supermarket concept in April 1940. A second A&P at Fifth and Mason streets was the first local store … Continue reading

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Moran Market

Moran Market (also known as Moran’s Market) was the first self-service grocery store in Springfield. More here.

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William Ide (Bear Flag Rebellion)

William Ide, who lived in Sangamon County for six years, traveled on to California in 1845 and became the leader of Americans who challenged Mexican rule in what was called the Bear Flag Rebellion. More information.

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William Todd (Bear Flag Rebellion)

William Todd of Springfield emigrated to California in 1845 and later designed the flag of the short-lived California Republic. More information. 

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William Fetzer & Co.

William Fetzer & Co. was a farm equipment manufacturer in Springfield from 1908 to 1918. The firm’s move to Springfield from Ohio was a major boost for development of the Harvard Park subdivision. See Harvard Park.

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Edna White (heroic elevator operator)

Edna White was an elevator operator in the DeWitt Smith Building, Fourth and Monroe streets, when it caught fire March 12, 1918. She stayed at her post to ferry people from the top floors of the building to safety at … Continue reading

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Dr. Don Deal

Dr. Don West Deal performed the first blood transfusion ever done in Springfield. See First blood transfusion. 

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Charles O. Stone

Charles O. Stone was Springfield humane officer from 1903 to 1907. See Humane officer report, 1904.

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