Category Archives: Photos and photosets

Paving crew, early 1900s (photo)

A paving crew, nearly all African Americans, installs brick paving in the 300 block of East Lawrence Avenue. The work apparently took place sometime after 1904, since the Dana-Thomas House (then Susan Lawrence Dana’s home), far left, appears to be … Continue reading

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Radio brings the 1929 World Series to Springfield (photo)

A group of men listens to the World Series by radio at A. Dirksen & Sons furniture store, 412 E. Washington St., on Oct. 29, 1929. The Philadelphia Athletics, under Connie Mack, won the game, 3-2, and the series, 4 … Continue reading

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Refrigerator delivery, ca. 1930 (photo)

Norge Rollator refrigerators delivered and waiting to be installed at the Plaza Apartments, 1000-18 S. Seventh St., in about 1930. (Sangamon Valley Collection)

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Sangamon County centennial marker dedication, 1921 (photo)

Above, children and others at the 1921 dedication of a marker at Second and Jefferson streets commemorating the decision a century earlier to designate Springfield as the seat of Sangamon County government. The marker was provided by the Springfield Chapter … Continue reading

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Springfield Fire Department, 1925 (photo)

Springfield Fire Department Engine Co. No. 1, circa 1925. The driver of the middle truck is identified as Patrick Hayes. (Sangamon Valley Collection)  

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Springfield Survey, 1914

The Springfield Survey was a massive study of local schools, prisons, and other institutions undertaken in 1914 by the¬†Russell Sage Foundation¬†with the help of hundreds of local volunteers. The survey was initiated by a group of Springfield citizens who were … Continue reading

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Police Officer Porter Williams, 1916 (photo)

Porter Williams held the rank of detective sergeant in the Springfield Police Department when he was shot to death during rioting by coal miners on Sept. 25, 1932. Williams’ killer was never identified. The Springfield Police Department now sponsors the … Continue reading

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A. C. Connor’s Meat Market

A.C. Connor opened Springfield’s first cash-and-carry meat market at 628 E. Washington St. in 1907. From left: A. C. Connor, Howard Nation, Harvey Connor, Mable Worthington, Julius Schlauber, Joe Englehart and Mr. Cadwallader. Original content copyright Sangamon County Historical Society. … Continue reading

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Photosets: My Old Postcards (Randy Von Liski)

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