Monthly Archives: November 2013

Joe DeFrates

Joe DeFrates was the founder of Chilli Man Chilli and a two-time winner of the International Championship Chili competition in Terlingua, Texas. See Chili ‘chilli’ in Springfield.

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The Sugar Bowl restaurants

Springfield had two Sugar Bowl restaurants, both on South Grand Avenue, which between them lasted from 1919 to 1959. Teddy Gray (1892-1977) was the main operator of the 11th Street and South Grand Sugar Bowl, while Alex Karon (1893-1972) was primarily identified … Continue reading

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Gertrude Wright

Gertrude Wright, who was the first African American to graduate from Springfield High School, went on to marry Clement Morgan, a lawyer in Massachusetts. Both Wright Morgan and her husband played prominent roles in W.E.B. Dubois’ Niagara Movement, designed as … Continue reading

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‘Iron Man’ Joe McGinnity

Joe McGinnity, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame known better as “Iron Man McGinnity,” played baseball and ran a tavern in Springfield in the late 1890s. See Pre-1900 baseball. 

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State Sen. Hugh Magill

State Sen. Hugh Magill (1868-1958) was the original sponsor of the 1913 law that gave Illinois women the right to vote. See Women’s suffrage in Illinois; see also Auburn.

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Josephine Snowden Meek

Josephine Snowden Meek was salutatorian of the Springfield High School midwinter graduating class in January 1907; she might well have been valedictorian except that she was black. See Black honor student controversy, 1907.

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Black honor student controversy, 1907

White students in the January 1907 graduating class at Springfield High School objected when it appeared that two black students, both girls, were in line to become the class’s valedictorian and salutatorian. In a suspiciously sudden reversal of fortune, however, … Continue reading

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Eva Carroll Monroe

Eva Carroll Monroe (1868-1950) founded and directed the Lincoln Colored Home, 427 S. 12th St., the first orphanage for black children in Sangamon County. See Lincoln Colored Home.

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Judge John Wickliffe Taylor House

The 20-room Judge John Taylor House built in 1857, housed the Home and Hospital for Fallen Women starting in 1868 and later the Ambidexter Institute, an “industrial school” primarily for African American boys. The Taylor home, 12th and Cass streets … Continue reading

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James Adams (1828 pioneers)

James Adams (1783-1843), was a New Yorker who arrived in Springfield in 1821, apparently in flight from a forgery indictment in his native state. Adams found himself involved in controversy — legal, political, and marital — in Illinois as well. … Continue reading

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