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Yesterday’s WHO is it Wednesday showed Edward E. Greiner (E.E.), a Springfield industrialist and civic leader and Renaissance Man. He was born March 26, 1893 in Buffalo, New York. When the Buffalo Steam Roller Company merged with the Kelly-Springfield Road Roller Company in 1916 to become Buffalo-Springfield, the Greiner’s came to Springfield where C.M. Greiner took over as president and his sons E.E. and C.F. took roles in the company with E.E. eventually becoming president.

During his many year in Springfield, he was vice president of the Lagonda National Bank and an avid sportsman, a yachtsman, aviator, boxer, trapshooter, golfer, and tennis player. In 1928, E.E. and his brother, C.F. Greiner started the Springfield Municipal Airport (now the fairgrounds) . For a number of years, E.E. was president of the Little-Greiner Flying Service, Inc., which operated the airport under lease from the city. He served overseas in both World Wars, as a first lieutenant in the transport service in WWI and as a major in the Resources Control Section in aircraft production at Wright Field during WWII.

He raised Angus cattle at Eastways Farm on Grant Road, was a member of the WWI Last Man’s Club, and was an antique car buff, an expert horseman and former president of the Greenwood Hunt and Polo Club and former president of the Springfield Country Club. Greiner was also an accomplished actor and president of the Springfield Civic Theatre for a time and in the 1920s, he published a book of poetry. When Buffalo-Springfield merged with Koehring in the 1950s, E.E. Greiner moved to Florida, where he died in 1974.
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This 1939 bird's eye view looking southeast from downtown Springfield comes from the large collection of local photographer W. Huston Moores, whose images document Springfield's history from the 1930s until his death in 1973. The collection shows snapshots of daily life, candid shots of people around town, weddings, parties, downtown pictures, homes, landscapes and more. Mr. Moores' late daughter, Jean Moores McCulloch was a dedicated volunteer for the historical society who spent over 20 years going through her father’s vast collection and identifying each and every photo, making the priceless collection accessible for future generations. ... See MoreSee Less

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