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[edit] Springfield

  • Fifty-six new additions and subdivisions were platted between 1940 and 1955 and hundreds of new homes were constructed as the town stretched outward into a city. The period following the war brought the advent of the developer-built suburban neighborhoods to Springfield. Outside of occasional clusters of worker cottages constructed by mills, most houses constructed prior to the war were built by individuals for their families, some employing builders and/or architects to assist them. After the war, houses were constructed primarily by developers who would build a number of similar houses in an area (often a newly created addition or subdivision) and sell them to families looking to buy ready-built houses. In some cases, developments included as few as five houses or seven houses, but others included between 20 and 40 houses, and still others over 100 houses. Construction on this scale was made possible in part by new technologies, mass production of various building parts, improved design features, and an abundance of workers returning from the war looking for employment.
  • A number of developers and builders contributed to Springfield’s changing residential landscape between 1940 and 1955. Among those mentioned in the Springfield News were A.M. Gilbert, Mel Kern, Todd Construction, Roscoe Perkins, Bauer & Edmunds, H.R. Ketell, Ralph Nicholas, and C.F. Huser (Springfield News 1944-1950). Some of the neighborhoods built by these developers were substantial in size, including Nicholas Gardens (over 40 houses), Maryhurst (136 houses), Mohawk Addition (84 houses), Grovedale (96 houses), and Northgate Addition (352 houses) (Springfield News).
  • The state-owned Fibre Flax Plant, constructed in the 1930s, continued operation until the late 1940s (Springfield News 1941, 1952). A candy factory, pencil factory, and cereal manufacturing plant were listed in city directories during the early 1940s.


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