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J.W. Gerhardt, longtime contractor
Posted Wednesday, November 25, at 12:00 AM
Feb. 25, 1967 Southeast Missourian J.W. Gerhardt, still a busy man after nearly 60 years of contracting here, took time to remove his hat and gloves, but not his topcoat, before grabbing the telephone to conduct a pressing business matter. Mr. Gerhardt, founder and still head of the Gerhardt Construction Co., has supervised the erection of many major buildings in Cape Girardeau and elsewhere. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)...

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Carting a camel for Christmas
Posted Monday, November 23, at 12:00 AM

Nov. 23, 1988 Southeast Missourian A nine-foot tall papier mache camel is unloaded from a truck at Cape County Park North Tuesday, Nov. 22, 1988, the creation of art students at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Ed Smith, shown at right, and his Sculpture I class made a life-size nativity scene for the second annual "Christmas Lights in the Park" which officially opens at 6 tonight. (Fred Lynch photo)...

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Last WWII hangar falls at Cape airport
Posted Wednesday, November 18, at 12:00 AM

Wall of Harris Field hangar knocked down Center of roof collapses after opposite wall falls Last old hangar falls to the ground March 20, 1980 Southeast Missourian Last WWII hangar falls at airport By John H. Ramey The last of four hangars which were part of Harris Field during World War II was demolished Wednesday, leaving only one of the field's original 40 buildings still standing at Municipal Airport...

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Switchboard swamped at SEMO
Posted Monday, November 16, at 12:00 AM

Dec. 22, 1975 Southeast Missourian Miss Jackie Toll is one of the SEMO State University students who handles the thousands of daily calls coming through the campus switchboard in the basement of Dearmont Quadrangle. In addition, the operators--there are usually two on duty during the day--must dial long distance calls from the university and log all calls. The switchboard tieups are a major reason why there are often complaints about the university's telephone service...

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Friday the 13th reminder
Posted Wednesday, November 11, at 12:00 AM

Aug. 13, 1971 Southeast Missourian Maybe he's superstitious Today is Friday the 13th and John Voss looks like he has some second thoughts about sweeping under the ladder where older brother Dee is working. For those who highly regard 13 as an unlucky number, John provides a reminder to be careful. The boys' parents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Voss, 1645 North Spanish...

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Don McNeely said it would
Posted Monday, November 9, at 12:00 AM

Don McNeely gives a weather update June 21, 1993, from the KFVS12 studio in Cape Girardeau. McNeely died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at age 88, according to relatives and several former colleagues at the television station. (Fred Lynch photo) June 27, 1993 Southeast Missourian...

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Future of Main Street - 1980
Posted Wednesday, November 4, at 12:00 AM

Aug. 3, 1980 Southeast Missourian Future of Main Street viewed bright as ever By Sally Wright Owen Every town had one. Three-quarters of a century ago, it was something right out of "The Music Man," trolley cars, the Wells Fargo wagon, ice cream parlors with shiny marble counters, the mercantile, scroll-back benches for resting and reminiscing, cobblestone streets and gaslights...

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Southeast Missourian paperboys
Posted Monday, November 2, at 12:00 AM

These Southeast Missourian paperboys were photographed sometime before the tile murals were added to the Missourian building in 1947. ------------------- Previous blog: Missourian paperboys 1941 ---------------------- Sharon Sanders wrote two blogs about the Southeast Missourian tile murals:...

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Ozark begins DC-9 jet service to Cape
Posted Wednesday, October 28, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 27, 1980 Southeast Missourian These people, making their way to Ozark Air Lines flight 959, were among the first passengers to fly from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis via regularly scheduled DC-9 jet service. The DC-9 flight at the Municipal Airport today marked the end of Ozark Air Lines' turbo-prop aircraft service to the city...

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Parking meters ordered out of Cape
Posted Monday, October 26, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 16, 1980 Southeast Missourian Parking in Cape Girardeau is free as of today. Lt. Shannon Kelley, of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, is shown here taping up meters along Lorimier street. The City Council Wednesday night voted to remove parking meters and suspend meter fees...

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St. Augustine in Kelso restored
Posted Wednesday, October 21, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 3, 1980 Southeast Missourian The Most Rev. Bernard F. Law, bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, center, addresses the crowd that filled St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso Friday night at a rededication service in honor of the restoration of the church. Also shown are the Rev. Raymond Orf, left, pastor of St. Augustine; the Rev. James Reynolds, pastor at Willow Springs and the Rev. Joseph Gosche, pastor of St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau...

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Golden Gloves boxing returns to Cape
Posted Monday, October 19, at 12:00 AM

Jan. 15, 1980 Southeast Missourian Johnny Vavak of Cape Girardeau parades triumphantly around the ring after knocking out Rick Stanfell of St. Louis during the first minute of their bout Monday night at the Arena Building. Below, Vavak accepts the outstanding boxer trophy from Congressman Bill Burlison at the conclusion of the 17-bout Golden Gloves card. (Fred Lynch photos)...

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Zonta "Evening of Fashion" 1980
Posted Wednesday, October 14, at 12:00 AM

Aug. 12, 1980 Southeast Missourian Tyson King and Meghan Talley stole hearts as they appeared in matching outfits from Children's Bazaar at the Zonta Club's second annual Evening of Fashion in Cape Girardeau. See story below. Don Strohmeyer adds a touch of sophistication to the "Dress for Success" segment of Zonta's Evening of Fashion...

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Illmo-Scott City consolidates
Posted Monday, October 12, at 12:00 AM

March 3, 1980 Southeast Missourian If the consolidation of Illmo and Scott City continues as planned, this sign will be obsolete after Tuesday's consolidation transition election. The ballot Tuesday will be the second consolidation transition election. If the proposition receives more votes than the last election, the merged community will be called Scott City. If not, the name of the town will be Newport...

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Franklin School, then and now
Posted Wednesday, October 7, at 12:00 AM

April 4, 1958 Southeast Missourian Balmy weather brings out the energy in youngsters. These pupils at Franklin School, Thursday, keep the swings going during the play periods, while hundreds of others busy themselves on the school grounds in various games. (G.D. Fronabarger photos)...

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Lang's Shoe Store
Posted Monday, October 5, at 12:40 AM

Lang's Shoe Store, 19 N. Main Street, was photographed in September 1925. The store was owned by August Lang. ------------------------------------ Jan. 30, 1924 Southeast Missourian A. Lang will begin the complete renovation of his shoe store at 19 North Main as soon as the weather permits. ...

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Steamer "Gordon C. Greene"
Posted Wednesday, September 30, at 12:00 AM

The steamer Gordon C. Greene, formerly the Cape Girardeau, moved up the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau in this undated photo by G.D. Fronabarger. The Sept. 26, 1951 Southeast Missourian reported the riverboat tied up at the Cape Girardeau riverfront for a time to pick up mail and supplies. The boat was on a return leg of a cruise from St. Louis to Chattanooga, Tenn. with 120 passengers aboard. The boat ceased trips on the river later in 1951. See below for more history...

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Connie Crete
Posted Monday, September 28, at 12:00 AM

Connie Crete was a figure atop a sign at Cape Ready Mix in Cape Girardeau, as seen in this 1980 photo. Cape Ready Mix was started by Clarence Shirrell in 1951 on Independence just east of West End Blvd. The company moved to 513 S. Kingshighway in 1956...

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McClure, Illinois aerial in detail
Posted Wednesday, September 23, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger took this undated 1940s-era aerial photo of McClure, Illinois. Below are buildings which have been identified by Anola Gill Stowick. Submitted by Anola Gill Stowick: 1. This was a store that eventually turned to apartments. 2. Clyde Pierce's house...

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Wimpy's Day
Posted Monday, September 21, at 12:00 AM

Freeman Lewis, center, who bought Wimpy's for the Lewis family in 1942, arrives for Wimpy's Day, standing with Rob Lewis and Kathy Lewis Fishel, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. More photos may be viewed in this gallery:...

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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.

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