“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Yellow Bonnet Girl

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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. Yellow Bonnet Girl Marker
Inscription.  To your left, atop what was once a Springfield Grocer Company building, is the sole surviving Yellow Bonnet Girl sign. In the mid-1900's, this familiar, much-loved label was the symbol for products of the Springfield Grocer Company. The "Girl" adorned everything from coffee cans to syrup bottles and match boxes.

Springfield Grocer Company was founded in 1865 as the dry goods company Dyer, Massey and McCann. The company grew, expanded, changed names, and with its Yellow Bonnet Girl, flourished in the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's under the leadership of Ben McDonald.

The business relocated to south Springfield in 1977, and with continued guidance from McDonald's descendants, the Tynes family, has remained an integral part of the region's business community. As of 2005, Springfield Grocer Company was Springfield's oldest surviving business institution.

Yellow Bonnet Girl was restored by the Springfield Program for the Public Area with financial support from the Tynes family and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
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By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. Yellow Bonnet Girl Marker
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Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 37° 12.647′ N, 93° 17.646′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of North Campbell Avenue and West Water Street, on the left when traveling south on North Campbell Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 323 N Patton Ave, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butterfield Overland Stage (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Three Black Men Lynched (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Store in Greene County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gillioz Theater (approx. ¼ mile away); John T. Woodruff (approx. ¼ mile away); The Colonial Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Springfield (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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May. 13, 2021