Chamber of Commerce president upset by violent obscene novel of the Ozark hills

“Mountain Music Lovers On March To Springfield; Chamber of Commerce Looks Askance at Hill Billy Antics; Old Fiddlers Will Torture Ears of Progressive Ozark City,” read a headline from The Jefferson City Post-Tribune. The new broadside was fired by John T. Woodruff, president of the Chamber, who told sponsors of the Ozarks folk festival across…

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Woodruff believed Springfield’s Folk Festival was ‘a lot of freaks’

In the spring of 1934, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce was presented with a very different opportunity to celebrate the Ozarks Empire.  May Kennedy McCord, of KWTO’s radio show “Hillbilly Heartbeats,” was on the advisory committee for the upcoming First National Folk Festival to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, beginning April 29.  Folk-play and…

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Springfield’s Sequiota Park, once a fish hatchery

In 2011 the Springfield-Greene County Park Board held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of a $1.8 million “facelift to the much-needed natural water environment of Sequiota Park.”  Considering the variety and intensity of utilizations of the place over the last century, that expenditure seems justified. Fisher Cave, as the larger cave on the property…

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