Tag Archives: World War I

Nellie Browne Duff

Nellie Browne Duff  (1888-1971) was a reporter, screenwriter, veterans’ advocate, aviatrix and provocateur in Springfield from 1917 until the late 1920s. She later moved to the Bellingham, Wash., area, where she apparently continued with some of the same pursuits. Duff … Continue reading

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‘Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight’ (Vachel Lindsay)

Vachel Lindsay‘s best-known poem, “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight,” was included in his collection The Congo and Other Poems. The collection was published in 1914, and “Walks” is eerily prescient about the disaster World War I would become. Abraham Lincoln … Continue reading

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Lafore Lock

Note: This entry was significantly expanded in July 2021. Springfield’s Lafore Lock Post 755 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is named after World War I U.S. Army Pvt. Farley Lafore Lock. Lock died Oct. 18, 1918, of wounds he … Continue reading

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World War I Homecoming Celebration

Sangamon County honored its veterans of World War I with a daylong Homecoming Celebration on June 24, 1919. The event began with a parade that started in downtown Springfield and ended at Washington Park. The memorial service there was described … Continue reading

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