Monthly Archives: February 2018

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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The Helmle family, architects and builders

Three generations of the Helmle family left their mark on the built environment of Springfield. The original Helmles in Springfield were George William Helmle, a skilled woodcarver from Germany, and his wife, Elise Marschutz Helmle, who arrived in Springfield in … 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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The first Lincoln home (214 S. Fourth St.)

Immediately after their marriage on Nov. 4, 1842, Abraham and Mary Lincoln rented a single room at the Globe Tavern, 315 E. Adams St. In the fall of 1843, following the birth at the Globe of their son Robert, the … Continue reading

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Douglass Community Center

The Douglass Community Center offered civic, social and educational opportunities to African-American residents of Springfield when most similar organizations were closed to blacks. The Douglass center (apparently named after abolitionist Frederick Douglass) opened in 1926. It was phased out as … Continue reading

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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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Centennial Co-Operative Educational Congress, 1918

Black Springfieldians observed Illinois’ 100th anniversary in 1918 with a three-day conference examining the status, progress and prospects of the state’s African-American community. Some 3,000 people attended the Centennial Co-Operative Educational Congress, held Sept. 22-24, 1918, at the Illinois State … Continue reading

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