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One of the Secret Service agents who was with President John F. Kennedy when he visited Springfield in 1962 said he remembers a rifle was confiscated along the president's motorcade route that day."I just heard word that they picked up somebody that was carrying a rifle and that they were taking (the rifle) to a gun shop," Gerald Blaine, 86, said in a recent phone interview.Blaine spoke to The State Journal-Register following a recent revelation that local police arrested a 20-year-old man and... [Read More]
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The 1960s was a decade of tumult. The death of President John F. Kennedy. Race riots. School integrations. The space race with Russia. Nationally it was a decade of division. But small towns like Midland continued a way of life where ballgames started with the National Anthem. Picnics were held in Emerson Park. Fourth of July parades marched down Main Street. The family ate meals together. Kids played under the street lights after dark. Softball games were held in vacant lots and seeing the Court House at Christmas time was worth a trip into town. Steve Miller was... [Read More]
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