125 Years of Jews in Greene County, Missouri: A Mini-Memoir

By Mara W. Cohen Ioannides

Mara holds her book, Jews
 of Springfield in the Ozarks 
In 2018, Temple Israel celebrates 125 years in Greene County. The first Jews arrived in Springfield in the early 1860s and the community expanded after the announcement the railroad would arrive in Springfield in 1870. The first congregation was organized in 1893.

I joined Temple Israel in Rogersville in 1996, the year the congregation moved there from its longtime location in Springfield. I came from New Jersey in 1993 to take a position in the English Department at Missouri State University.

Growing Up in Mentor: A Mini-Memoir

By Brenda Burger Mings

Brenda Burger Mings
I was born and raised in Mentor, Missouri, an unincorporated town about seven miles east of Springfield. My maternal grandfather, William A. Bryant, and a son-in-law of his, each owned half-interest in the Bryant & Bradley General Store in Mentor. Grandfather also was a blacksmith at the store. The two of them drove a horse-drawn wagon to Springfield for supplies. The store had a post office until 1906.

I never knew my grandfather. He died in 1922 at the age of seventy-seven. He came from Illinois and