The Turnverein was a German-American club founded in Springfield in 1855 to promote physical fitness and social activities. After moving around to several locations within the city, the organization opened their own building on State Street in 1885. This location served as the club’s home during the years that Ted lived in Springfield. Ted’s parents and grandparents were all loyal members of the Turnverein and this organization played an important role in Ted’s early development.
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