Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Welcome to Look Back Springfield. Come here to relive or learn about how Springfield once was –ten years ago or 200 years ago.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you get the color print of old downtown springfield with the dime stores etc. Can it be bought somewhere? Thanks.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Linda Lou said...

Thanks for the memories!
I will be sure to go through old family photo albums where I have seen old black and white pictures of downtown Springfield to submit so others can enjoy them.

PS: I tried to sign up as a blogger but the page wont accept my name or any other that I tried.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me encantó tu blog. Soy argentina y mi hija Paula vive en Springfield. Trabaja en la SIU. Voy a visitarla en julio. En mi viaje anterior me enamoré de esa ciudad tan tranquila y respetuosa de la naturaleza.

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the commentator about Georgian Restaurant memories: When I was a young working girl, back in the late 1960s, early 1970s, it was the custom for lots of young people to stop at the Georgian for food after a night out. We operated on the supposition that eating food soaked up the alcohol and that a good meal would sober us up. Plus, we were just plain hungry after a night of talking, dancing and drinking!

To the poster with the old Lincoln Library photos: I used to work at the library, from 1966 to 1970. I remember the glass floors in the stacks, which I had always loved when I was a kid. I loved that building - the staircase which had marble steps that were actually worn down after years of foot traffic, and the display cases which were changed every month to reflect a new theme. I remember researching term papers and checking out books for reading lists from my school days.

Working at the library was one of the best experiences of my life - great coworkers, interesting customers, and a fantastic building. People used to come into the building almost every day thinking they were coming into President Lincoln's library - they seemed incredulous that there was no library in town dedicated to the Great Emancipator. Now, there is.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy your visit to Springfield in July. Are you staying with your daughter Paula during the visit?

What are you doing in Argentina? Do you live there permanently?

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Marcia Pehlman Ramsey said...

I remember the 3 AM breakfasts at the Georgian too. Especially after a night of listening to Micki at the piano bar at the Supper Club. Anyone remember him? What was his last name? His wife owned the Merle Norman make up studio across from Thriftys at 5th and Monroe - ah ha Micki Patty I believe.

Marcia Pehlman Ramsey

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hardees started out at 18th and Southgrand it was called Sandys used to pass it on way to washington middle school Yes we walked to school in those days no rides lol I went to Iles,Washington,High school was Lawrence morning Southeast afternoon

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do anyone remember the name of the bar/restaurant down the street from the Sportsman's Lounge?? Pam Henricks

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember driving almost every night through Big Boy, just to see who was there!

Does anyone have a picture of Noonans/Watts drug store. My grandfather owned the hardware store, which is still in business still!!!

4:55 PM  

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