You’ve heard the expression “Man Cave,” but have you ever been in a real one?

This is your chance.

Jim Beasley’s man cave is one of the sites on this year’s Christmas Tour of Homes. If you know Jim, you know that this will be a treat. If you don’t know him, you must meet him – or at least tour his man cave.

A.F. (Alonzo Frank) Trimble was Jim’s grandfather. He bought the property at auction on Jan. 2, 1933.

Later all of Trimble’s property was placed into the Jim Akin Trimble trust. Jim Akin Trimble was Jim Beasley’s grandmother, and he was named for her. She, like Jim, had an unforgettable personality.

Others will remember Jim’s parents, Bud and Ann Polk Trimble Beasley, or his brother, Trim. The Trimble/Beasley name has been connected with the property at 72 North Main for all these years.

Another name associated with that property is the name of Clayton Lawing. He is the man who introduced the Dairy Queen to Springfield. It was located in the very building where Jim Beasley now relaxes.

According to local historian Bill Jones, Lawing and his family moved to Springfield just after World War II.

He wanted to buy into a Dairy Queen franchise. That business had been in existence since ever since one was started in Joliet, Illinois, in 1940.

Lawing applied for a business license in 1953, and the ice cream store that he wished for was built just past the Coca Cola Bottling Company.

It was across the street from the Springfield Woolen Mills, which meant that business would be good. That proved true, and everyone came to try the little cones of ice cream “with the curl on top.”

One could walk right up to the window and buy a cone for a dime.

Eventually, Memorial Boulevard was constructed, and Clayton Lawing followed his business sense. He moved the Dairy Queen to a place beside the Key Motel. Bill Jones remembers that, at the time, the Key Motel was a clean, hospitable place, complete with a swimming pool for guests.

And the new Dairy Queen offered more than ice cream. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries could be purchased and taken home or a meal could be eaten in the busy restaurant.

One still remembers the fascination of the little ice cream cones at the first Dairy Queen in Springfield. And one will be fascinated by the use of the building now. Luckily, it was not torn down and will be open for the Christmas Tour of Homes.

The Christmas Tour, as always, is on the second Sunday in December. This year that is Dec. 8. Sites will be open from 1-5 p.m.

Signs at each site will help ticket-holders pinpoint addresses.

Tickets are now available online. The cost is $20.

It should be noted that tickets will not be available at individual homes this year.

In the Eagle’s Eye is sponsored by the Robertson County Historical Society. Call 615-382-7173 for more information.

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