BEING A GLACE AT THE PROMINENT MANUFACTURERS, BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL MEN OF SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD MARBLE WORKS
C C Middleton, the present proprietor of this establishment, is the successor of Middleton Bros.,
under whose management it was conducted for a number of years. He manufacturers to order every style of plain
and ornamental monuments, tombstones, etc., and is prepared to execute marble work of any description at very
short notice. Mr. Middleton employs none but superior hands, and as the result of it, his work excites
admiration whenever seen.
The works are located on Boonville street between Olive and Water, near the bridge
M. BOWERMAN, SIGN AND CARRIAGE PAINTER
Mr. Bowerman follows the profession of ornamental sign and carriage painter, and is, we are
credibly informed, the best workman in the city. We had the pleasure of seeing in his shop a number of buggies
and light wagons being manipulated under his skillful hands, and can bear cheerful testimony that he is
entitled to the encomiums passed upon him. We were also shown a number of beautiful signs, some finished,
others partly so, that were all deserving of much praise. Mr. Bowerman informs us that he uses none but the
best of materials: and that his charges are reasonable, we were assured by other parties. His shop is on Peach
alley between St Louis and Olive streets.
SIMMONS & TRAVERS
This firm is composed of P P Simmons and O H Travers, who have united their abilities in the
practice of law. They are both rising men and will promptly attend to any business entrusted to them. They
will practice in all the courts of the twenty-first judicial circuit, and make a specialty of commercial and
real estate litigations. Counsel to regular clients free of charge. Office in City Hall building.
M A & L M MOBERLY
These ladies have a store on South street, near the St James Hotel, where they keep a good
stock of millinery and fancy goods. They also deal in patterns and do dress making. Ladies will find them
both competent and obliging.
MISS L CROWDUS
At this establishment, South street, near the Square, will be found an excellent assortment
of millinery goods, dress trimmings, notions, etc. Miss Crowdus is eminently qualified to please all, has
long been a resident here and is deserving of patronage. She endeavors to keep pace with the wants of her
customers by having the latest styles of goods at the earliest possible moment.
CHARLES PERKINS, CARRIAGE MANUFACTURER
Mr Perkins has been in Springfield for several years and has made an enviable reputation as
a manufacturer of carriages and buggies. He has had some thirty years experience in the business, is
practical in all its details and overlooks all the work done in his shop. A strong, durable vehicle is
what is needed here. Mr Perkins has succeeded in producing this without sacrificing beauty. We saw in his
warerooms specimens of his handiwork that were at least equal, if not superior, to any of Eastern
manufacture, and as he sells home-made work lower than foreign work is sold for, he commands as well as
deserves a large share of patronage. The blacksmith, wood-work and paint shop are all under one roof, but
the large stock he always keeps on hand necessitates another building for a wareroom. His establishment
is on Boonville street, between Chestnut and Center avenue.
JAMES LEMONS & CO., GROCERS
This firm is composed of James Lemons and W B Sabin, and are engaged in a general grocery
and provision business. They have a well assorted line of goods which they sell cheap for cash. They also
pay the highest market price for all kinds of produce at their store. East side of Boonville street,
between Water and Jackson.
RICHARDSON & FOLEY, ABSTRACTS OF TITLES
Richardson and Foley, at an expense of three thousand dollars and two year's time, have
completed a set of Abstract of Titles to the land in Greene County, from the government entry down to the
present owner. Mr. Foley has charge of the books, and writes the Abstracts in so simple a form, that every
one can understand them. He says that the carelessness heretofore existing is surprising, that not one
title in ten is perfect; the chain of title is broken by some deed not being recorded, or the deed is bad,
and very frequently the acknowledgment is worthless. We advise every citizen and farmer to go at once to
his office, and get a written Abstract; it may save you hundreds of dollars and endless litigation. They
charge reasonable fees. Mr Foley is also a Notary Public, and writes deeds with neatness and dispatch,
negotiates loans on mortgage and commercial paper so as to realize ten per cent in gold to the lender.
SPRINGFIELD WOOLEN MILLS
Mr M K Smith, the proprietor of this enterprise, came to Springfield from Topeka, Kansas. In
1871 he commenced building the first and only woolen mill here, which he completed in 1872 at a cost of
$15,000. On the 1st of July of the present year ('73), a severe storm ensued that destroyed two stories of
the mill, and inflicted a damage of about $3,000; but Mr Smith, with indomitable energy, succeeded in
repairing the damage so far as to be running again by the 22d of the same month. He at present employs about
fifteen hands, and has a capacity to turn out about 500 yards of cloth daily. There is no other woolen mill
nearer than 65 miles, and it is more than 100 to any other. Producers of wool come many miles to this mill,
and it is the means of their buying large quantities of goods from our merchants.
THOMAS U FLANNER, PHYSICIAN
Dr Flanner came to Springfield entirely for hygienic reasons, and not for the purpose of
practicing his profession. However, his reputation for a skillful physician soon followed him, and he is at
present in a large practice. Dr Flanner having decided to make Springfield his home, takes a deep and earnest
interest in all that concerns her future prosperity. He is a very active member of our present City Council,
and is a decided advocate for improvement.
WOOLF'S CLOTHING AND SHIRT DEPOT
The proprietors of this establishment are J L Woolf and George Woolf, well known in St Louis
as the proprietors of "Woolf's Shirt Depot," so long located there. They have been in Springfield six years,
where they are firmly established. This firm keep the only exclusive Clothing and Gents' Furnishing Stock in
the city. Also, Trunks, Valises, Hats, Caps, etc. Considerable of their trade is in jobbing, as they have a
large stock, and sell at wholesale as well as retail. They are located in the large brick store, east side
FRANK S HEFFERNAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW
Mr Heffernan is a very promising young lawyer. He was admitted to the bar in 1866, and has been
practicing here for some six years. He was educated at the "Hamlin University" of Redwing, Minn., and the
"Great Western College," of Milwaukee. Mr Heffernan pays particular attention to criminal practice and real
estate litigation, and devotes his entire attention to professional business. He practices in the seventh,
thirteenth, fourteenth and twenty-first judicial circuits, and in all the Federal and Supreme Courts of the
WITHROW & BRIERLY, GROCERS
This is a new firm here, composed of S D Withrow and T H Brierly, formerly from St Louis, but
more recently from Mississippi, where they have been engaged in cotton planting for a number of years. They
have bought property here, paying cash for it, which looks as if they had confidence in Springfield, and were
determined to remain. Their store is on South street, near the corner of Walnut, where they have opened with a
large and first-class stock of family groceries. These goods are well selected, and bought at the lowest
prices, for cash; so that customers will not only have the advantage of cheapness, but also the important
one of finding everything fresh.
A BANKS, ARCHITECT
Mr Banks has but recently come amongst us, having selected Springfield for his home entirely
for climatic reasons. He is an architect and superintendent of some ability, and not destined to hide his
light under a bushel. Although he as so recently become a citizen of this place, he has secured the
superintendence of the new Odd Fellows Hall, now in process of construction on South street, and a number
of other buildings of lesser note. Office, southeast corner of the square, over the stove store of J H
MRS ZENGLER, MIDWIFE
This lady resides on the east side of Boonville street, between Water and Olive, where she
can be found by any who may require her services in the above mentioned profession. She is a professional
nurse of considerable experience, and will do her utmost to please her patrons.
M J ROUNTREE & CO
The gentlemen who compose this firm are the proprietors of the celebrated Concord Nursery,
located on east Elm street. They deal in fruit and ornamental trees of all kinds, and have, perhaps, the most
complete stock of evergreens, green house plants, flowers, etc., that could be found in the country. They have
just finished at considerable expense a new and commodious green house, and are prepared to fill orders for
all descriptions of plants and flowers.
Mr Rountree, the senior member of the firm, is an active member of the Horticultural Society
and has devoted many years to his business, more from the love of it than from a desire for gain. Strangers
visiting Springfield will find that look at the Concord Nursery will amply repay the trouble.
DAY, GEAR & CO
This firm is composed of George S Day, John Gear and S W Lloyd. They are large contractors and
builders, and are at present engaged in building the county poor house. All of them are practical men who
give their undivided attention to their business. This, together with the fact that Mr Day is a large
manufacturer of brick, gives them a decided advantage over many others. They are reliable, pleasant men to
deal with, and we wish them every success.
WEAVER & WOOD
Both of these gentlemen are natives of this place. In ante bellum times Mr Weaver was a member
of the well known firm of Sheppard, Kimbrough & Weaver, but the war put an end to their merchandising, as it
did to so many other old houses. Mr Weaver was too young and energetic to remain inactive, and the present
partnership was formed in 1863 we believe, at a time when the vicissitudes of business were great. The
surrounding country had been laid waste, customers were scarce and goods hard to get, yet worst of all there
was no security for them as they were liable to seizure at any time. However, by careful business management
and that good fortune that always smiles on the brave and deserving, they were successful. They have built up
a large business that is constantly increasing. They have, at their store, northeast corner of the square, a
large stock of dry goods, hats and caps, boots and shoes, groceries, etc. also, an extensive lumber yard adjoining.
CRAWFORD & CRAVENS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
On the north side of the Public Square, over the First National Bank, will be found the law
office of Crawford & Cravens. Mr Crawford, the senior partner, has as extensive an acquaintance as any
one in southwest Missouri, having practiced in the various courts of this district for more than thirty years.
Mr. Cravens is a native of the State and has been engaged in the practice of law in Springfield for four years.
He gives his exclusive attention to business, and is devoted to his profession. The firm have a large and
lucrative practice in which they are very successful.
COX & WENGLER
This firm are the successors of Thomas H Cox & Co. Mr Cox has been selling goods for seventeen
years and has been in business at this present stand for the past seven years. Mr Wengler is an old St Louis
merchant, having sold goods there for nearly twenty years. Though both of so great experience they are yet
young men. Possessing, as they do, those qualifications so seldom found in one person-experience, good business
ability and youth-they are destined to be successful. They do business on Boonville street, at the southeast
corner of Olive, where may be found an extensive assortment of dry goods, clothing, hats and caps, boots and
shoes, and the thousand and one articles that are conveyed to the feminine mind by the one word NOTIONS. Of
this latter they make a specialty, and the numerous ladies that are to be seen entering and leaving their
establishment is sufficient proof that it is well known.
A J WEST, DENTIST
Dr West has resided in Springfield since 1869, and is in the enjoyment of an excellent and
remunerative practice. He is a good dentist, well up to the advancements of the age, and takes a lively interest
in his profession. Dr West's office is on the north side of the Square, corner of Boonville street.
WALDO G BOOTH, HARDWARE
Waldo G Booth is the successor to the firm of Peck & Booth, well known here as extensive hardware
dealers. About two years ago Mr Booth purchased the interest of Mr Peck, and has since had the exclusive
proprietorship. Previous to his removal to Springfield Mr Booth was for twenty years a member of the firm of R
W Booth & Co, corner Pearl and Walnut streets, Cincinnati, and had charge of the house for ten years. His
object in coming to this place was simply to get out of a large city, and for purposes of health.
Mr Booth is president of the Springfield Board of Trade; he is regarded as one of our most
enterprising and liberal citizens. His store is at the southeast corner of the Square, a large, handsome
three-store brick building, filled to repletion with a complete stock of hardware. The stock of this house is the
largest of any in the city, and more than half their trade is wholesale, extending into all the surrounding
counties and northern and northwestern Arkansas. They keep two salesmen constantly on the road. Besides the regular
line of hardware, Mr Booth keeps Blacksmiths' and Wagon-makers' material, glass, house furnishing goods, and a
large assortment of guns and pistols.
GEORGE FLUTH, CIGAR MANUFACTURER
Among the many important manufacturers of Springfield, that of cigar making takes a prominent
position. Mr Fluth has perhaps as large an establishment as any one here, and is deserving of much praise for his
persistent efforts to build up our manufacturing interests. The soil here is peculiarly adapted to tobacco, and
there is no reason why we should have to import a single cigar. Mr Fluth employs eight hands, and makes about
30,000 cigars a month, as his revenue returns show. He employs St Louis hands, pays Union prices, and makes as
good a cigar as can be produces anywhere. These he sells at St Louis prices, and our merchants and other
purchasers, by buying of him, will not only save freight and time, but will keep the money in the country for
circulation. He is the sole manufacturer of the celebrated "Four Ace" and "Golden Crown" cigars. His trade south
and west of here is constantly increasing. Mr Fluth also keeps a full line of smokers' articles. Manufactory on
South street, near St James Hotel.
F A EVERETT
Mr Everett keeps a china, glass and queensware store on the west side of the Square. His house was
established early in 1869, and was the first in the city to keep a full or exclusive line of queensware. Mr
Everett imports a portion of his stock of china and other wares direct from England. He does a good wholesale
and jobbing business in Northern Arkansas and the adjoining counties of Southwest Missouri. Personal attention
to business and the care he exercises in packing goods for shipment have secured him his trade.
There is also a hat department connected with the establishment in which are always to be found
the latest and most fashionable styles. Mr Everett being a pra[c]tical hatter possesses an advantage over most
merchants in the selection of his goods. His business is annually increasing.
BANK SALOON - O R KINNEY, PROPRIETOR
The "Bank" is one of the most popular places of public resort in the city. It has been recently
fitted up in as good style as any here. Its popular proprietor, Mr Kinney, strives to please his patrons and
always keeps the best wines liquors and cigars.
He has also a billiard room in connection with the saloon, where an enjoyable hour can be passed.
The "Bank" is closed from 12 PM to 6 AM.
VICTOR SOMMERS & CO
The "Trade Palace," of which these gentlemen are the proprietors, is at the north-west corner
of the Public Square. Here can be found almost everything that one could desire, dry goods, clothing, hats
and caps, boots and shoes, and so on ad infinitum. They have been in this city five years, buy direct from
the manufacturers, and always keep a full and fresh stock. Their business is large and profitable.
N BERGLUND, BOOT AND SHOE MAKER
Mr Berglund is a man of some twenty-five years experience at this present business. He has been
in Springfield some two years, having removed from Chicago. He employs a number of hands, and has a good run of
patronage. We are told that Mr Berglund commenced business here with a capitol of $1.10. We hope he will make
a fortune as a reward for his energy and enterprise. Citizens here generally speak in high terms of his work.
His shop is on College street, opposite the Metropolitan Hotel.
MISS M A GARDNER
Miss Gardner, formerly of St Louis, has been in business here for over a year, and has met with
such success as to create bright anticipation for the future. She deals in millinery, dress trimmings, fancy
goods, etc. In connection there is a dressmaking department under the management of Mrs A E Lilly and Miss
Abbie M Gardner. Miss Gardner is also the agent in Springfield for E Butterick & Co's celebrated patterns
and shears. Her store is on South street, first building south of the St James Hotel.
KASSLER & PAXSON, UNDERTAKERS
Julius Kassler and Ely Paxson are the gentlemen composing this firm, and keep a full stock of
coffins, caskets, burial cases, etc., and all articles pertaining to their line of business. They have
recently added to their equipment a new and elegant hearse, and are perhaps better prepared than any in the
south-west to give satisfaction to those who may be so unfortunate as to require their services. In addition
to the regular undertaker's business they are prepared to do all kinds of cabinet work to order. Office on
College street, opposite Metropolitan Hotel.
E T SCHOLTEN'S BILLIARD HALL AND BOWLING ALLEY
There is no place of public resort in Springfield where one can pass a pleasanter evening than
at the Billiard Hall and Bowling Alley of E T Scholten. Here one can relieve himself of ennui, or the mental
depression resulting from the wearisome confinement of business. Here the clerk can find innocent amusement
that will cause him to forget the petty annoyances of the day, and the merchant relieve his over-taxed mind
by light and healthy diversion. The Bowling Alley is always kept in first class order, and those who prefer
"the gentleman's game," will find the tables well kept, and the balls and cues in perfect condition. The bar
is supplied with a full line of choicest liquors and cigars, and the attentive proprietor seems ever anxious
to please. It is located on South alley, near the south-west corner of the Square; a place at once central
MASSEY & ONSTOTT
Massey & Onstott are well known in Springfield as successful business men. They are located on
the east side of the Square, where they keep a large auction and commission house. Goods are disposed of by
this house at both public and private sale, and purchasers can often find rare bargains in bankrupt and force
Mr Massey, the senior member of the firm, has been a resident of Springfield thirty-nine years,
and informs us that he has helped to drive Indians and rattlesnakes from what is now the Public Square. Mr
Onstott is a young man esteemed for his many sterling qualities. They are doing a very successful business.
EMERY & COMSTOCK
Emery & Comstock have the largest stock of furniture southwest of St Louis. They have been
established in Springfield a number of years and have built up a trade that extends for more than one hundred
miles south and west, in fact nearly all the furniture sold in Northern Arkansas and the extreme southwestern
counties of this State comes from this house. They not only are large dealers in furniture, but manufacture a
considerable portion of their stock. A considerable number of men are given steady employment in their factory,
which is, we believe, the only one in this portion of the State. All their goods are made of the best material
and are warranted. Mr Emery is one of our most liberal and enterprising citizens. Mr Comstock is a resident
of St Louis, and has been for many years actively engaged in the furniture business there. This connection
enables them to lay down their goods here at lower rates than can their competitors, and as a natural result
they undersell them.
Besides the regular line of furniture, they keep the most complete stock of carpets, mattrasses [sic] and
upholstery goods of any firm in the city. They occupy a large brick building on St Louis street, near the
Square, and have the entire three floors filled with goods. You will find as good an assortment and as low
prices as in St Louis.
JOHN BEUERMANN, BOOT AND SHOE MAKER
Mr Beuermann makes fashionable boots and shoes to order, and not only knows how to conduct a
successful business, but is himself a very skillful artizan as we can ourselves testify. He is well and
favorably known here, having been a resident for some six years. Prior to his location here, he was engaged
in the manufacture of boots and shoes in St Louis, where he met with excellent success. Mr Beuermann deserves
a continuation of the public patronage. His shop is on Boonville street, between Olive and Mill, west side.
F E WILLEKE, JEWELER
This gentleman has one of the best stocks of watches, clocks, jewelry, etc., of anyone in the
city. Has served an apprenticeship and had a number of years practical experience in the business in New York
city. He has been in Springfield long enough to establish a good trade and to convince the public that he
fully understands his calling. He keeps a good assortment of spectacles as can be found anywhere. Location,
Boonville street, adjoining Green County National Bank.
A C SCHELL, DENTIST
Dr Schell is an experience Dentist, and comes to Springfield well recommended. He has been
forced to give up an extensive practice in Lima, Ohio, on account of ill health. He has located permanently
in Springfield, where he expects to spend the balance of his life. Dr Schell has already secured a good practice,
and expects by close attention to his business and fair dealing with his patients, to be successful.
J H FAIRMAN
Mr Fairman has recently purchased the Star Meat Market, and intends keeping a first-class meat shop.
Also, flour, feed, etc. Mr. Fairman was burned out in the late fire. He understands his present business, and
will keep every variety of fresh meats. The Star Meat Market is on South Street, near the St James Hotel, and
under the present management will no doubt become very popular.
WHITEHEAD & PATTERSON
These gentlemen are located under the Metropolitan Hotel, where they keep one of the largest Paint
Shops in the city. House and sign painting is their principal business, and having had some seventeen years
experience in it, a portion of the time in the cities of St Louis, Cincinnati and Buffalo, they may be considered
as proficient. They have resided here long enough to build up a good trade and the reputation of excellent workmen.
W A KNOTT
The Springfield Planing Mill, one of our most important manufactories, is the property of Mr Knott.
He came from Springfield, Ohio, in June '66 and in April of '68, purchased an interest with T W See in his present
business. January 1st, 1872, Mr Knott purchased the entire mill, and immediately commenced enlarging it. He put in
new planers, blind machinery, etc., and now has the largest and most complete planing mill in the south-west. He
manufactures sash, doors, blinds, window frames, store fronts, brackets, mouldings, columns, etc., in endless
variety, that are not surpassed in quality by any manufacturer west of St Louis. The present capacity of the mill
is about $20,000 worth of work per annum; but we are pleased to note that business is steadily increasing. Mr
Knott, although young, enjoys an excellent reputation as a business man, and in matters of public improvement, is
always to be found in the front rank.
L A NEWTON, INSURANCE AGENT
The Insurance Agency of L A Newton was established in 1867, and has been conducted more with a
disposition to conservatism than a greed to carry large lines of unremunerative business to the companies he has
represented. As an evidence of this, his losses to the fire companies have been only about $2,800 out of a
respectable and satisfactory business. Mr Newton is an old resident of Springfield, and should continue to receive
the hearty support of her citizens. He represents only the best companies, such as the old "Mutual Life," of New
York; the "Hartford Fire," of Hartford, Connecticut; "North British and Mercantile Ins. Co.," of London and Edinburg,
etc. The combined assets of the companies represented by him aggregate over $85,000,000.
GILLESPIE & HEGARTY, GROCERS
These gentlemen, at the corner of Boonville and Mill streets, carry a good stock of Family Groceries,
and though the firm is one of but recent formation, they are already giving some of the older houses a lively tussle
in the struggle for business. Both of them are pushing, enterprising men, and are pleasant to deal with.
OK MILLS, ALLEN MITCHELL & CO, PROPRIETORS
In our notices of prominent firms and manufacturers here we feel it our duty to make mention of Allen
Mitchell & Co., and perhaps cannot better do so than by subjoining the following notice from the Southwest: "The oldest,
and perhaps the most popular manufacturing establishment in Springfield, is the O K Flouring Mills, situated on the corner
of Main and Mill streets, and owned and operated by Allen Mitchell & Co. The building of this mill was commenced in
1860, and was greatly retarded by the war. In 1865 it was partially destroyed by fire; but the indomitable energy of Mr
Mitchell was too great to permit so important an institution to be blotted out, and hence he immediately commenced to
rebuild it. Early in 1866 he had the present very commodious brick building erected and equipped with the most improved
machinery. Mr Mitchell is a practical miller in the strictest sense of the word, and the reputation he has acquired for
his various brands of flour is a fortune within itself for an establishment of this kind.
The quality of flour is designated as one, two, three and four ace, that being the brand; the latter is, of
course, the highest grade, and is unexcelled. There are two run of burrs for wheat, with a capacity of twenty-five bushels
per hour, and one run for corn, capable of grinding fifteen bushels per hour.
A strictly merchant business is done, grain being bought and flour sold, or the former exchanged for the
latter. This system gives greater satisfaction than the old way of grinding for toll, as both parties know just what
they are to get when the bargain is made and before the grain is unloaded. The O K mills are consequently very popular,
and receive a patronage in every way commensurate with the energy and enterprise of their proprietors.
JAMES ANTHONY, CIGAR MANUFACTURER
Mr Anthony came to Springfield some six years since in company with two brothers, and commenced the
manufacture of plug tobacco. They were very successful in this enterprise and did much to build up the tobacco interest
in this section of the State. Some two years since they sold their business to other parties, and about a year ago, Mr.
James Anthony opened in his present location on the south side of the Square, at the intersection of South street. He
is now doing an extensive retail business and a wholesale trade that in the State of Texas alone is of considerable
magnitude. Mr Anthony's cigars have acquired such a reputation in Northern Texas that it is all he can do with his
present force to fill orders, and there is every prospect of a large increase in the demand. At his store a full line
of smokers' articles will be found including all the most celebrated tobaccos of eastern manufacturers.
MASSEY, MCAFEE & PHELPS
This firm is composed of Benjamin U Massey, Charles B McAfee and Colonel John S Phelps. Colonel Phelps,
the senior member, has resided in Southwest Missouri for the past thirty-five years, and there is probably no man in
the State who is better known than he. Colonel Phelps has always taken an active part in politics, and for eighteen
consecutive years represented this district in congress and still holds a conspicuous place in his party in this State.
He is known as an active and energetic lawyer.
Captain McAfee served with distinction in the Federal army during the late war. After its close he
located in Springfield, forming a partnership with Colonel Phelps under the style of McAfee & Phelps, for the practice
of law. He is known as an excellent practitioner.
Benjamin U Massey, the junior, was for seven years in the employ of the old firm of McAfee & Phelps,
and his promotion to a partnership is a sufficient recommendation of his legal ability. They practice in all the courts
of the State and the United States court at Jefferson City. The examination of land titles, preparations of abstracts
and real estate litigations are made specialties of by this firm.
JOHNS & KENDALL
This firm is composed of T R Johns and Frank Kendall, who formed the above partnership on June first of
the present year, for the purpose of doing a lumber business. They have selected an excellent location, on Campbell
between Mill and Phelps ave., next to Knott's planing mill, and propose to keep a large stock of all kinds of lumber
at their yard here, as well as the one owned by them in North Springfield. Mr Johns comes from Hamilton, Ohio; Mr
Kendall from Illinois. They have both the reputation of good business men, and seem deserving of every success.
JOSEPH T RICE
Mr Rice is the present Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County. He is a graduate of the Albany, New York
Law College, and has been practicing in Springfield since 1869. In addition to his regular official practice, Mr Rice
enjoys a very considerable practice in the different courts of this district. He attends strictly and closely to his
business, and is winning the confidence and esteem of the public.
Mr Kaiser has lately located in Springfield, where he has opened one of the largest and most complete
Saloons in the city. His stock, fittings, etc., are all new, and it is his intention to keep an establishment second
to none. The saloon is situated on College street, opposite the Court House.
W N YORK, WAGON MAKER
From those in position to judge, we are informed that Mr York is one of the most skillful wood workmen
in the city. He makes every description of wagons, but desires to confine himself more exclusively to light wagon
and carriage work. Being a practical workman himself, and doing a large share of his own work, he is enabled to
compete with any one as regards prices, and as to the quality of his work, it speaks for itself.
J P SHIPMAN, BLACKSMITH
Mr Shipman keeps a first-class blacksmith shop on St Louis street, between the Square and Jefferson
street. He has devoted the best years of his life to his business, and where he is known, needs no commendation.
Although there is no partnership existing, the blacksmith shop of Mr Shipman, the wagon shop of W N York, and the
paint shop of M Bowerman, are conducted somewhat in connection, and all three being first-class workmen, customers can
rely on the very best quality of work in each of the different branches. They are all excellent, reliable gentlemen,
and we trust it will be remembered by those who may have anything to do in their several lines.
HORNBEAK & OLIVER
This firm have been established in Springfield for seventeen years, and by honorable and fair dealing,
have made themselves an enviable reputation. They are gentlemen of sterling business character and accomplished
attainments. Mr Hornbeak has been a resident of Greene County for thirty years, and has been active in business
during the entire period. They deal extensively in dry goods, notions, hats and caps, boots and shoes, groceries,
etc., and carry one of the largest, if not the largest stock, of any house in the city. Considerable of their
business is wholesale, and they ship goods to nearly all the different towns in the State, south and west of here.
They also have a large trade with northern and north-western Arkansas. They buy all their goods only from first
hands, in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and St Louis, and as they save the profit usually made by jobbers, are
enabled to sell at corresponding low rates. The Laflin and Rand Powder company have given Messrs. Hornbeak & Oliver
the exclusive agency here, for their celebrated manufactures. They are located in a commodious brick store on the
west side of Boonville street, between Olive and Mill
MACK & HUBBARD, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
The above firm was formed in 1872, since which time they have enjoyed a fair share of practice. Mr
Mack is one of the oldest members of the Springfield bar, and is an experience criminal lawyer. He is an ex-state
senator and representative. Mr Hubbard, though young in the profession, is a very active and promising member of it.
These gentlemen give prompt attention to making collections for St Louis, Chicago, New York, and other cities.
J A NATTRASS, DENTAL SURGEON
Dr Nattrass is a licentiate of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Canada. He came to
Springfield in 1863 and passed through the varying scenes of the last years of the war. He has seen the city grow
from a mere hamlet to its present proportions, and has the consolation of knowing that he has done his share in
its upbuilding and that he has grown in business with it. He is very popular as a dentist, and gives satisfaction
to a large number of patrons. In his office he makes and administers nitrous oxide gas for the painless extraction
of teeth. His dental rooms are on South street, first building south of the St James Hotel.
JOHN SCHILLING, BOOK BINDER
Mr Schilling has established a book bindery in Springfield which is, we believe, the only one in the
southwest. He does all kinds of binding, periodicals, books, pamphlets, etc., and is prepared to manufacture all
kinds of blank books. He also keeps on hand and manufacturers to order every description of paper boxes. His
location is in Phoenix building, South Street.
AMERICAN HOUSE, H M HERRICK, PROPRIETOR
This house has lately been taken by the present proprietor, who has completely renovated and refitted
it in good style. It is open for the public, and Mr. Herrick is prepared to give good accommodations to regular
and transient boarders at very low rates. The house is desirable located on Boonville street, between Olive and Mill.
JOHN GROVES, PAINTER
Mr Groves carries on the business of house and sign painting on Boonville street, between Olive
and Mill. He came to Springfield just after the war before the ashes had been cleared away. In the few years he
has resided here he has succeeded in acquiring considerable property and in building up a large and remunerative
business. His success is entirely owing to his close attention to business, and , to use his own expression, "he
would starve to death at any thing else." Mr Groves also practices the concomitants of his trade, whitening, wall
coloring, paper hanging, glazing, etc.
BRAY & KENTON, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
This firm has the advantage of a large experience in the general practice, and all business placed in
their hands is attended to with promptness. Real estate litigations and the investigation and perfecting of land
titles is made more of a specialty than any other branch of the business. They practice in all the State Courts,
and in the United States, Circuit and District Courts in Missouri.
S B MORTIMER, BOOT AND SHOE MAKER
This gentlemen is now permanently located for the manufacture to order of a superior article of Boots
and Shoes. He has been for a number of years the agent of the Adams Express Company, and in this connection has
made the acquaintance of most of our business men. Mr Mortimore is an excellent workman, and enjoys too good a
reputation to be willing to sacrifice it by doing any poor work. His shop is on Boonville street, near Middleton's
H F DENTON'S LIVERY FEED AND SALE STABLE
Mr Denton is one of Springfield's most popular citizens, and is an enterprising, liberal, and public
spirited gentleman. Opposite the Metropolitan Hotel may be found his stable, the largest, most complete and best
in the city. He has a complete outfit of new buggies, barouches, etc., and a well selected stable of horses for hire.
In addition to the livery business, Mr Denton runs a large bus to and from all trains and is very
reasonable in all his charges. He has also the contract for sprinkling the streets, and keeps a number of wagons
employed in supplying water to those who may desire this needful article. Parties desiring conveyances of any kind
for picnics, excursions, pleasure or business, will find Mr Denton better prepared to supply their wants than any
one else in Springfield.
F H FISK, PHYSICIAN
Dr F H Fisk has been a resident of Springfield for some years, during which time he has had
unprecedented success in the treatment of diseases. He has made the study of diseases his lifetime business, and
having a natural love for the profession of medicine and surgery, devotes his entire time to acquiring a knowledge
of diseased conditions in all their varied forms by careful study and close observation of individual cases,
together with extensive reading.
Culling knowledge from any and all sources, he is not bound to any set theory as promulgated by any
school of medicine, clique or organization, but reads the books, journals and magazines that are issued by the
different schools and factions, searching for the truth, holding fast to that which is good and rejecting the false
Having had an extensive practice in the treatment of diseases of women and diseases of the eye, he
can be confidently recommended to those suffering from these maladies. Consultation either at his office or by
ST JAMES SALOON AND GARDEN
This place is located on South street, next door to the St James Hotel, and is the only public garden
in the city. Tables and seats in the open air present attractions for those who wish to indulge in liquid
refreshments and wish to escape from the stifling air of a saloon. On Saturday evenings music and fire-works are
added to the attractions. The proprietors seem determined to make it a popular resort, and are succeeding.
T H B LAURENCE
Has been engaged in the practice of law in this city since 1867, and is a man of good legal ability,
and attends promptly and strictly to business entrusted to his care; by which he has built himself up a good
practice. Mr Laurence is esteemed both as a civilian and lawyer, and we bespeak for him a remunerative future.
CHARLES ALTINGER, GUNSMITH
Mr Altinger is the only Gunsmith in the city. Firearms are an essential part of a Southwesterner's
outfit, and Mr Altinger does a good business in sales and repairs. He has been in the business all his life, and is
so confident of his ability, that he warrants all his work for one year. He has a large stock of both new and
second-hand firearms at this shop on Boonville, between Olive and Mill.
CAYNOR & ELZEY
These gentlemen are large manufacturers of Tobacco. Although the present style of the firm is new,
Mr Caynor has been in the tobacco business for a number of years. They employ from twelve to fifteen hands, and use
about 25,000 pounds of leaf annually in the production of plug Tobacco. None but the best leaf is used by this firm,
and their goods have a wide reputation for excellence. Both of these gentlemen are well known here, and are highly
esteemed as good citizens and business men.
E D BUDINGTON
Mr Budington is the representative and manager of the Howe Sewing Machine Company, in south-west Missouri.
He is an experience machine man, and has sold many in the city and vicinity. Mr Budington's headquarters are in the
Metropolitan Hotel building, where he will at all times be pleased to exhibit the Howe, and to explain its advantages
to any and all comers, in that agreeable and plausible manner so peculiar to himself.
It is often that a town is judged by its hotel accommodations. If this rule should be applied to
Springfield, we know the decision will not be averse. In this respect she is well provided, and among other hotels
here, is the Metropolitan, one of the largest outside of St Louis, in the State. It is built entirely of brick, is
four stories high, and is 100 by 110 feet. The building was commenced in 1870, was finished for occupancy in 1872, and
was built by a joint stock company at a cost of $55,000. It is now owned by five individuals. The Metropolitan has 80
rooms, with accommodations for 150 guests. Is well lighted and ventilated throughout. The Western Union Telegraph company
have an office in the hotel, and the Post Office is on the ground floor. Busses run to and from all trains.
FARRIER & GARDNER
This firm are the successors of Richards & Farrier, and sell dry goods, groceries, hats and caps,
boots and shoes, notions, etc. they have been doing business under the present style of firm for only two years, but
both are old experience merchandisers. They are courteous affable gentlemen who keep a good stock of goods. In addition
to the above mentioned articles, they keep constantly on hand plaster, cement and hair. Store in Phoenix building,
South street, nearly opposite the St James Hotel.
O H GUFFIN, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Mr Guffin is the only exclusive musical dealer in the south-west. He is well known in the surrounding
counties, having taught and conducted musical festivals and conventions in the principal towns in them, and is regarded
as very successful. He is musical director of the Springfield Choral Association, and occupies a similar position in a
musical association at Carthage. Mr Guffin takes a deep interest in all matters pertaining to music, and is striving
hard to educate the popular mind to a more correct appreciation of its beneficent influence. His untiring exertions in
this direction for the past three years are now producing their fruits, and we are told that there is more interest taken
in musical matters than ever before in Southwest Missouri. There is also a constantly increasing demand for instruments.
This, to a casual observer, may appear a mere matter of business, but there is more in it than that. Music is the
concomitant of refinement, her twin sister, and an advance in the former betokens a corresponding movement in the latter.
Mr Guffin may be found in the Metropolitan Hotel building. He sells the well know Arion and parlor Gem
pianos, and the celebrated "Estey" organ. Also, deals in sheet music and musical merchandise of all kinds. Those who
have the good fortune to know him, regard him as a liberal minded gentleman and a good business man.
J H GAGE
Mr Gage came to Springfield some years since to engage in the Stove and Tinware business. His business
from a small beginning has continued to increase, until now he carries the largest stock in the city. Being closely
connected with some of the leading stove manufacturers of St Louis, Mr Gage possesses decided advantages in the purchase
of goods. He is located at the southeast corner of the square.
Nicholas Kelly has been in the Grocery business all his life, he informs us. Some three years since he
came from St Louis to Springfield and opened a regular first-class grocery store, where purchasers can find not only
staples, but all the luxuries usually kept by large establishments. He is in the enjoyment of a good trade, as he
deserves to be. Mr Kelly's store is near the Metropolitan Hotel, on College street.
BODENHAMER & CO
This firm is well established, being the successors of the oldest real estate firm in Southwest Missouri.
They do a general real estate business in Greene, Stone, Christian, Lawrence and other adjoining counties, and have
correspondents in all of them. Mr Bodenhamer being Recorder in the United States Land Office here, is always posted in
regard to public lands. Mr Milner, the junior of the firm, practices law in addition to his regular business. Office
on College street, near the Metropolitan Hotel.
J P HILL
This gentleman is well and favorably known to most of the older citizens of this place. In years gone by
he pursued the stove and tinware business, but retired from it for some time. He has again returned to it, and his
old friends and acquaintances will, no doubt, remember him in his new location, on St Louis street, near the Square.
BARNES & DONHAM
These gentlemen are well and favorable known in Springfield. They have recently taken the agency for the
Domestic Sewing Machine, or as it is more popularly known, the "Light Running Domestic." This machine, in St Louis and
other cities where it has been introduces, is fast becoming a favorite, and is succeeding some of the better known
machines. Under the management of these gentlemen, we feel confident it will find favor here. In the history of the
machine, its manufacturers say:
The light running "Domestic" was originally manufactured in the West. Seven years of invention and
experiment were needed to mature and perfect it; the object being to produce a machine of great simplicity, direct
application of power, and great range of work, combined with the least possible change in adapting it to different
purposes. The result is a double-thread lock-stitch machine, running lighter and more easily operated than any other
shuttle machine Many people may never have heard of it, owing to the large amount of unoccupied territory, but if
agencies were as widely organized as those of other companies, its sales would largely exceed those of any other machine.
Though costing more and higher in price than any of the standard machines, it has met with a success surprising to its
best friends; its popularity is another proof of that wise disposition of the people, which is a marked feature of the
present time, to regard the cost of an article as a subordinate consideration.
Messrs. Barnes & Donham are located on Boonville street, corner of Olive, where they will exhibit the
merits of the Domestic to all who will call.
CHARLES E PEMBERTON
Mr Pemberton is the agent in Southwest Missouri for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and has been very
successful. He employs about twenty sub-agents, and is now selling over one hundred machines a month. The machine he
represents is very popular, and they claim for it that this New Family Machine is capable of a range and variety of
work such as once thought impossible to perform by machinery. We claim, and can show, that it is the cheapest, most
beautiful, delicately arranged, nicely adjusted, easily operated, and smooth running of all the family sewing machines.
It is remarkable not only for the range and variety of its sewing, but also for the variety and different kinds of
texture which it will sew with equal facility and perfection, using silk twist, linen or cotton thread, fine or coarse,
making the inter-locked-elastic-stitch alike on both sides of the fabric sewn. Thus, beaver cloth or leather may be
sewn with great strength and uniformity of stitch; and, in a moment, this willing and never wearying instrument may be
adjusted for fine work on gauze or gossamer tissue, or the tucking of tarlatan, or ruffling, or almost any other work
which delicate fingers have been known to perform. By calling on Mr Pemberton, at this office under the Metropolitan
Hotel, the truth of the foregoing statement can be tested.
This institution of learning was organized and chartered in July of the present year. It takes its name
from its principal founder, Samuel F Drury, Esq., of Olivet, Michigan.
About one hundred thousand dollars, in money and property, has been already pledged to it. Of This
amount about one-half has been contributed by the citizens of Springfield and vicinity, and the remainder by friends
of education from outside the State. Still larger sums from abroad are expected.
The site chosen for the college is a peculiarly fine one. It comprises about twenty-five acres of open
field and oak grove which slopes very gradually from toward the the south and west, lying on Benton Ave three-quarters
of a mile northeast from the Public Square and the same distance south from the railroad station in North Springfield.
Few American colleges have so fine a compass as this must prove when properly laid out by the landscape gardener and
adorned with fine college buildings.
Through only organized as a college in July, the first building, of brick and containing six excellent
school rooms, is already, at date of writing, (September 1, 1873,) well advanced toward completion, and advertisements
are out for the opening of the first college term of study on the 25th of September, inst.
It will afford equal advantages to both sexes according to the modern and now popular method.
The college has two very full and complete courses of study, the classical, same as that in the older
colleges of the country, and the scientific, in which the study of modern languages and physical science is made
Connected with the College proper is a preparatory department, having the best features of an excellent
grammar school, and a first class scientific and classical academy. Scholars enter here for a longer or shorter
period-prepare themselves for college, for business, or for school teaching.
The plan of the College contemplates the erection of extensive dormitory buildings for students of each
sex. One for young ladies, will, it is expected, be erected the present year. Here lady students from abroad will
reside with the Lady Principal, very much as in the usual boarding school. Other buildings will follow as the patronage
of the College demands it.
The charges for instruction in Drury College will be kept just as moderate as possible, in order to
render these advantages accessible to youth of humble means. Hence a large fund for the support of instructors is
necessary. Here, as in other colleges worthy of the name, the fees exacted from students for tuition, forming only an
insignificant portion of the actual cost to the college of the work of instruction.
The founding of Drury College has been undertaken by members of the Congregational denomination of
Christians, and a majority of the Board of Trustees is permanently restricted to that denomination by the provisions of
the college charter, and of certain pecuniary foundations for its support. At the same time, the Trustees disclaim any
intention to promote the interests of sectionalism in any form.
The Board of Instruction for the present, as announced in a recent circular, consists of Rev N J Morrison,
D D, President of the College, Instructor in Mental and Moral Philosophy; Rev George H Ashley, Principal of the
Preparatory Department and Instructor in the Classics, German and Physics; Mons. Paul Roulet, Instructor in French and
Mathematics; Miss Florence White, Principal of the Ladies' Department and Instructor in English Branches. Other
instructors will be added as the patronage of the college shall demand.
Springfield is admirably fitted to be the site of a successful and influential college. It is the natural
business and social center of a wide extent of country-the chief town in fact of all southwest Missouri. The climate is
peculiarly healthy and agreeable, attractive alike to the residents of the warmer and lower regions of the south and west,
and to people in States farther north, who seek to place their children at school out of reach of the intense cold.
Placing itself in close sympathy with the work of general education among the people, and seeking
especially to train accomplished teachers for the schools of S. W. Missouri, under judicious management, Drury College
must rapidly advance to a position of much influence, and to the front rank among American colleges.