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The dates listed below for events that have taken place in the history of Springfield and surrounding area have been taken from a number of sources over the years: a chronology put together by Lucille Morris Upton for Springfield Newspapers; information in the History Museum for Springfield-Greene County; and articles in the collection of the Springfield-Greene County Library. They are as accurate as the original material.
1830 Campbell and Miller arrive. The John P. Campbell and Joseph Miller families arrived. Burnett moved five miles east.
1833 First session of Greene County Court. The first session of Greene County Court was held in the home of John P. Campbell, county clerk. The settlement was called Fulbright and Campbell Springs. Court included Samuel Martin, presiding judge, Jeremiah N. Sloan and James Dollison.
1851 Municipal election held An election was held to choose municipal officers; called "an attempt to resuscitate the almost defunct act of incorporation making Springfield a city."
1866 First Catholic Mass The Rev. Father Francis W. Graham came from Rolla to say first Catholic mass here.
1881 More railroads come The Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis (Gulf) Railroad came to Springfield.
1896 Perkins Grand Opera House burns  
1905 Diemer Theater opens Diemer Theater, built by Dr. F.W. Diemer, opened on Commercial Street. Pearl White, a Springfield girl, was among those working in the box office. She became famous in early movies in starring role of "Perils of Pauline," a popular serial.
1909 Basketball game to decide city championship The largest crowd that ever witnessed a basketball game in Springfield saw Normal defeat Drury 37 to 17 winning the city basketball championship.
1912 Last session held in old courthouse The last session in the old courthouse on the square was March 23, 1912, and the structure was torn down in 1914 to make way for HeerŐs store.
1923 Rhodes Produce Company rebuilds after fire. The C. L. Rhodes Produce Co. has completed a $60,000 plant on Mill street just west of Boonville Ave. to replace their building which burned last summer at Campbell and Mill.
1923 Noted violinist Mischa Elman performs at Convention Hall  
1924 Animals moved to Dickerson Zoo Park Larger animals of Springfield Zoo at Phelps Grove Park were being moved to Dickerson Zoo Park.
1945 Utilities companies purchased by city Springfield Gas and Electric Company, with gas, electric and transportation departments, is purchased by the city for $6,200,000 and its name changed to Springfield City Utilities. Springfield City Water Company was added Dec. 30, 1957, at cost of $20,709,776.
1947 Springfield Newspapers plant destroyed by fire  
1952 East Trafficway opens  
1953 KTTS-TV, Channel 10, goes on the air  
1953 Council-Manager form of government approved The council-manager form of government was adopted by city voters. A nine-member council was elected May 5 and held its first meeting May 18. This replaced the commission form of government begun in 1916, which in turn had replaced the aldermanic system.
1955 American Airlines crash at airport. The crash kills 12 and seriously injured 23 with another dying later.
1983 SMSU cancels, then okays, Osborne concert. The university called off a concert by Ozzy Osbourne because of his rumored antics with live animals. The concert went on after a promise was made not to use animals.
1983 KSPR becomes the cityŐs fifth open-broadcast television station.  
1985 Cox Medical Center South opens. The hospital has 510 beds and 11 stories.
1987 Newspapers consolidate Daily News and Leader & Press consolidate into News-Leader.
1988 Assemblies of God again has to face national scandal. In March church leaders ordered Jimmy Swaggart to quit preaching for a year after he admitted involvement with a prostitute.
1989 An 18-inch snow shuts down the city.  
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