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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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Dorothea Grant

See Widow’s letter, 1841.

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‘Alley saloons’

In a 1922 column, Illinois State Journal writer John E. Vaughn explained why many saloons in 19th-century Springfield were located in alleys. See The Sazarac.

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Sangamo/Schlumberger Watthour Meter Serial Log

Hat tip: The following information, designed to help people determine the manufacturing dates of their Sangamo Electric watthour meters, was provided by SangamonLink reader David Dahle. Our thanks to him. Sangamo/Schlumberger watthour meter serial log Year                      Serial Numbers      … Continue reading

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Haskell Viaduct (Illinois State Fairgrounds)

The Haskell Viaduct was a pedestrian bridge that connected the Exposition Building to the Poultry Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds from 1897 until, probably, the mid-1920s. The Poultry Building (today’s Artisans Building) also was completed in 1897, but in … Continue reading

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Virginia Stuart Brown (Lincoln Home)

Virginia Stuart Brown, a descendant of Abraham Lincoln’s first law partner, was the last resident custodian of the Lincoln Home. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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Albert Edwards family (Lincoln Home)

Albert S. Edwards, his wife Josephine and daughter Mary Edwards Brown were custodians of the Lincoln Home from 1897 to 1924. See The Lincoln Home After the Lincolns.

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