[SeMissourian.com] Fair ~ 73°F  
River stage: 25.41 ft. Rising
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Downtown Main Street low aerials
Posted Monday, May 25, at 12:00 AM
A couple of pedestrians are seen looking up at the photographer snapping pictures from a helicopter above the downtown businesses on Main Street in 1976. In this previous blog, downtown Main Street is seen at night: Main Street White Way...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


'Culpepper' star Geoffrey Lewis at Rialto
Posted Friday, May 22, at 12:00 AM

April 4, 1972 Southeast Missourian Geoffrey Lewis, center, a star of "The Culpepper Cattle Co.," was at the Rialto Theater Monday night to introduce his new movie and sign autographs. From left, his fans are Michael C. McCoy, Miller City, Ill.; his son Mark McCoy, Mrs. McCoy, Mr. Lewis, Miss Paula Kester and Dan Minks, both of Cape Girardeau...

Read more   Post comment


Freak accident - smashed 'bug'
Posted Wednesday, May 20, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 16, 1972 Southeast Missourian Smashed Bug Police Ptlm. Carl E. Pease gathered details of this freak accident at Morgan Oak and South Sprigg Tuesday afternoon which actually looks worse than it was. The driver of the car, Teri L. Estes of Chaffee, escaped injury when the car was caught beneath the tank truck as it was turning right. ...

Read more   Post comment


Salvation Army expands on Broadway
Posted Monday, May 18, at 12:00 AM

Dec.14, 1974 Southeast Missourian Cape Girardeau's Salvation Army is expanding into two buildings in the 200 block of Broadway that will bring all of its services into one location. The Salvation Army Citadel at the right has been in use for nearly three decades. The small white brick house in the center will become an office center while the former Cape Institutional Foods building at left will include a thrift store and a dormitory for transients...

Read more   Post comment


"UFO-distorted" glasses examined
Posted Friday, May 15, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 5, 1973 Southeast Missourian Investigation today centered around a pair of eyeglasses which were worn by Eddie Webb, 45, of Greenville, who claims he saw an unidentified flying object and was hit in the face by a ball of fire which blinded him Wednesday near Cape Girardeau. ...

Read more   Post comment


Trucker claims UFO blinded him
Posted Wednesday, May 13, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 4, 1973 Southeast Missourian Eddie Webb of Greenville, who says he was temporarily blinded by a flash after he observed an unidentified flying object on Interstate 55 near Cape Girardeau early Wednesday, rests at his home and draws a sketch of the object he observed. He wears the dark glasses to protect his eyes from the light as he is still unable to see more than three feet, and then only with blurred vision. See his sketch below...

Read more   Browse comments (4)  Post comment


Tom Runnels, Marble Hill sculptor
Posted Monday, May 11, at 12:00 AM

Sept. 8, 1971 Southeast Missourian Marble Hill sculptor Tom Runnels bends a steel rod which will become the leg of a work he is just beginning. See more photos of Runnels below. (Stephen Robertson photo) Tom Runnels: 'I don't want to be a rich man...I do want to be a good sculptor'...

Read more   Post comment


Independence St. railroad tracks
Posted Friday, May 8, at 12:00 AM

May 31, 1979 Southeast Missourian A contractor employed by Missouri Pacific Lines has begun work on resurfacing pavement around the railroad tracks on Independence. Larry Stanton of Murphysboro, Ill., was operating the roller Wednesday afternoon near Pacific Street...

Read more   Post comment


North Main then and now
Posted Wednesday, May 6, at 12:00 AM

Aug. 21, 1964 Southeast Missourian A $50,000 reconstruction effort on North Main Street has begun with the removal of old pavement south of the International Shoe Co. plant seen in the background. Two contracts for work, both awarded to Superior Concreters, total $50,678.50 and are to be complete within 90 days, the contracts state. ...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


Leming Hall bites the dust
Posted Monday, May 4, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 12, 1972 Southeast Missourian The eastern walls of old Leming Hall were the first to go when Crites and Sailer Construction Co. began demolition of the structure Wednesday to make way for a Student Union building at SEMO University. A group of interested students watch as the one-ton steel ball does the job...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


New school for Illmo, Fornfelt, Ancell
Posted Friday, May 1, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 2, 1957 Southeast Missourian Size and ground design of the new school building for the area about Illmo, Fornfelt and Ancell is given in this air picture. Located on a tract directly west of Ancell, the building will be 560 feet in length and faces south 300 back from the highway leading to Chaffee. ...

Read more   Post comment


Big Oak Tree namesake felled
Posted Wednesday, April 29, at 12:00 AM

Mississippi County's state park lost its namesake Oct. 27, 1954, when the towering, 334-year-old burr oak was felled by a State Park Department maintenance crew as about 200 spectators looked on. Big Oak Tree State Park is located 12 miles south of East Prairie. See story below. (G.D. Fronabarger photos)...

Read more   Post comment


Bridge dedication pageant 1928
Posted Monday, April 27, at 12:00 AM

Participants of the bridge pageant when it was dedicated in 1928 pose for a photo that was taken on the grounds of St. Vincent's College. See close-up sections below. Sept. 3, 1978 Southeast Missourian, excerpt On Sept. 3, 1928, Cape Girardeau was the place to be. ...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


Wittenberg bomb shelter
Posted Friday, April 24, at 12:00 AM

This photograph was published in the Southeast Missourian on Oct. 7, 1966 with a story announcing the dedication of a new river ferry service between Wittenberg, Missouri and Grand Tower, Illinois. Here is an excerpt: Leaving the ferry, it is but a short drive by automobile to this historic old town of Wittenberg. ...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


Tower Rock Ferry
Posted Wednesday, April 22, at 12:00 AM

The Tower Rock Ferry operates between Grand Tower, Illinois and Wittenberg, Missouri in 1979. Below, Sonny Irmer guides the ferry. (Mark Bliss photos) Oct. 3, 1979 Southeast Missourian, excerpt Mighty river still majestic By Mark Bliss Mark Twain once wrote that to be a "pilot was the grandest position of all. The pilot, even in those days, had a princely salary--from $150 to $250 a month, and no board to pay. Two months of his wages would pay a preacher's salary for a year."...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


'Battle of Lexington' at Capaha Park
Posted Monday, April 20, at 12:00 AM

April 20, 1975 Southeast Missourian The British Redcoats were busy marking up U.S. Minutemen casualties in the first-round confrontation of the Battle of Lexington held at Capaha Park Saturday afternoon in celebrating the 200th birthday of the U.S. The Redcoats were portrayed by the National Guard. Below, the U.S. Minutemen were portrayed by the Beaver Bend Swamp Rangers. (Fred Lynch photos)...

Read more   Post comment


The Beanery at Scott City
Posted Friday, April 17, at 12:00 AM

Bob Camp Jr., left, puts a lunch order "on the hook" for conductor Steve Augustine aboard a Union Pacific freight train traveling through Scott City, Missouri. Camp operates The Beanery that serves 30 trains a day on the run. (Fred Lynch photo) Feb. 16, 1993...

Read more   Post comment


Highway 61-Broadway aerial in detail
Posted Wednesday, April 15, at 12:00 AM

Here are close-up sections of an aerial photo made by G.D. Fronabarger in the 1950s. Each has a link to a previous blog about the building. Arena Park is seen to the left. The photo below shows General Sign Co., at left, next to the Seven Up Bottling Co. plant at Broadway and Kingshighway...

Read more   Post comment


August W. Birk, 'stumpscape' artist
Posted Monday, April 13, at 12:00 AM

May 10, 1985 Southeast Missourian August W. Birk stands by his sculpture of a golfer made from the stump of an elm tree in his front yard. The figure has been created entirely by Birk using his chainsaws. (Fred Lynch photo) Fore! This golfer won't be taking any wild shots...

Read more   Post comment


A closer look at Tacky Day
Posted Friday, April 10, at 12:00 AM

May 22, 1956 Southeast Missourian Central High School seniors had their day of fun Monday when they staged their pre-graduation stunt of Tacky Day. Dolled up in all sorts of get-ups, some representing comic book characters and others using their own ideas, the youngsters had a day of frolicking which started when they assembled for this picture and an impromptu square dance at the school's entrance. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)...

Read more   Browse comments (1)  Post comment


View all blog posts (882)

f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch
Archives
Blog RSS feed [Feed icon]
Comments RSS feed [Feed icon]
Send email to Fred Lynch
Login
Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

Hot topics
Downtown Main Street low aerials
(1 ~ 1:49 AM, May 25)

'Culpepper' star Geoffrey Lewis at Rialto
(0 ~ 3:43 PM, May 15)

Freak accident - smashed 'bug'
(0 ~ 3:43 PM, May 15)

Salvation Army expands on Broadway
(0 ~ 3:43 PM, May 15)

Trucker claims UFO blinded him
(4 ~ 10:21 AM, May 15)