Like Mr. Charles Love, Tom English was a vital part of Springfield for many years. His job was with the Springfield Fire Department, but that was also his love. And he knew Springfield well.
One day he wrote down his memories of the town and the memories were meant to jog our own remembrances. He asked, do you remember:
- The little peanut and popcorn wagon in front of McIntosh Grocery? (Do you even remember McIntosh Grocery?)
- Mr. E. Kirk’s hamburger stand in front of Paul’s Store? He opened for business at 5 a.m. and closed for the day at 5 p.m.
- The little bandstand where concerts were held in Cheatham Park – not the school, but the City Cemetery?
- The small water tank? It was the only Springfield water supply except for the “pump at the powerhouse” and Sulphur Fork at First Avenue.
- The old “steam wildcat whistle” at the powerhouse? It was blown when there was a fire until a district alarm system was bought.
- The three watering troughs? One was on the west side of the Square. One was at the fork of South Main and Batts Boulevard. One was at 18th Avenue and Batts Boulevard.
- The old gym on 4th Avenue at Cheatham Park? (Mr. English remembered playing basketball there in the early 1920’s.)
- Football practice at the corner of North Walnut and 4th Avenue? The Chautauqua tent was put up at the same location from time to time.
- Carney’s barbecue? It was sold on the street from a tub. He would wipe his hands on the horse’s tail before his next sale.
- The old Courthouse before it was remodeled? There was a rock wall and an iron fence where farmers could hitch their horses.
- The circus parades on Main Street? They included John Starks and Son, as well as Coles’ Wild Animal Show.
- Dan Porter’s tobacco factory? In front was a little white house for the office. It became Kemper’s Loose Floor and later burned. Now it is a parking lot for the Springfield Baptist Church.
- Cobb Grocery on North Main? It later housed McFaul’s Printing Company.
- The Goodie Eat Shop?
- The old Hancock building, which had once been a livery stable? After that it was a tobacco loose floor with Hancock’s office on the north side and the Langenback Bus and Taxi Cab office on the south.
- The Commercial Hotel, which later became the Colonial Hotel? When it was torn down, the new building was the home of the 1st National Bank.
The last question takes us to the corner of Fifth Avenue East and North Main Street. There are many more questions to answer.
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