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Monday, July 28, 2014
Cape cop directs Broadway traffic
Posted Monday, July 28, at 12:00 AM
G.D. Fronabarger made this undated photo of a Cape Girardeau policeman directing traffic on Broadway at the intersection of Sprigg Street, possibly about 1956. -------------------------------- The 1956 city directory lists these businesses visible in the picture:...

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Junior High shop class 1956
Posted Friday, July 25, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger took this picture at the Junior High, formerly Cape Central High School and later the Schultz seventh grade center. We found it was published Jan. 7, 1963 after it was featured in Pictures of the Past Gallery 43. Here is the caption:...

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Federated Store on Broadway
Posted Wednesday, July 23, at 12:00 AM

This picture taken in 1941 at Broadway and Ellis street shows the H.L. Marsh Federated Store, which opened in 1940, at 735 Broadway in Cape Girardeau. (Kassel's Studio photo) In the building across the street, Joe L. Moseley, Inc., jewelers and optometrists occupied the ground floor with Southeast Missouri Commercial College on the second floor...

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Houck Woods aerials
Posted Monday, July 21, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger took these aerial photos of Houck Woods, the area of trees situated at the southwest corner of South Sprigg and Highway 74, now Southern Expressway, in Cape Girardeau. In the top photo, Smelterville is seen at the top of the photo. Florsheim Shoe Co. is at the right side, and the trailer court is seen to the east of South West End Boulevard...

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Smelterville refugees at Houck Woods
Posted Friday, July 18, at 12:00 AM

July 31, 1951 Southeast Missourian A tent community has grown in Houck Woods, occupied by families driven from their Smelterville shacks by the flood. More than a dozen families have borrowed or rented tents to live in temporarily. Two of the families declared they weren't going back to their former abode, while three others said they wouldn't if they could find some place else to live. ...

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Smelterville flooded 1951
Posted Wednesday, July 16, at 12:00 AM

July 30, 1951 Southeast Missourian Flood water of the Mississippi River is beginning to leave the blighted Smelterville area in south Cape Girardeau after driving out some 150 families more than two weeks ago. The picture shows a row of houses on Pecan street between the railroad tracks and the river. Water is nearly touching the roofs of the porches. The river stage had fallen 18 inches from its peak of last week. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)...

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River reaches 41.8 feet in 1951
Posted Monday, July 14, at 12:00 AM

July 26, 1951 Southeast Missourian These photos were made when river had reached its highest stage, 41.8 feet, of its current rise. They were made to preserve as a matter of record, showing as they do the effect of the high water in a part of the downtown river section. ...

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Traffic heaviest on Broadway in 1947
Posted Friday, July 11, at 12:00 AM

Traffic moves in the 300 block of Broadway past the Southeast Missourian building in this undated photo by G.D. Fronabarger. July 10, 1947 Southeast Missourian Traffic in Girardeau Heaviest on Broadway Vehicular traffic in Cape Girardeau is heaviest on Broadway, east and west of Sprigg street, a count made by the State Highway Department in June shows...

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Teen Town
Posted Wednesday, July 9, at 12:00 AM

Sept. 22, 1961 Southeast Missourian Teen Town offers varied forms of recreation for youngsters to release some of their surplus energy. Here, Central High School pupils engage in a ping pong match, some as participants and others as spectators waiting their turn at the table. From the left, Dave Allen, Mary McBride, Patty Cox, Charles James and Hughie Wolters. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)...

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Happy Hollow cleanup 1935
Posted Monday, July 7, at 12:00 AM

Happy Hollow cleanup by WPA workers in November 1935. (G.D. Fronabarger photos) ------------------------------ Nov. 16, 1935 Southeast Missourian WPA workers, on the malarial control work in Happy Hollow and the Alta Vista drive construction, were off duty today, under the customary schedule of Works Progress Administration. The men are to work 35 hours per week. Fifty are employed on the street job and 21 on the Happy Hollow ditching job...

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STOP! Sprigg and Broadway
Posted Friday, July 4, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger photographed the intersection of Sprigg and Broadway in the 1950s. Several elements shown pose the question: Why was the picture taken? A working traffic signal has a stop sign below reading, "STOP Light Off." Or perhaps it reads, "Light Off STOP."...

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Cape expands to stone cross
Posted Wednesday, July 2, at 12:00 AM

This picture by G.D. Fronabarger was used in the Aug. 2, 1958 Southeast Missourian to show where the proposed new boundary line of the city would cross Highway 61 near Cape LaCroix (Three-Mile) Creek. A line was drawn bisecting the little parklet where the stone cross to early-day religious leaders stood. ...

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Restored General Baptist Church
Posted Monday, June 30, at 12:00 AM

The restored General Baptist Church, Broadway and Spanish St., is shown with its new annex in this photo by G.D. Fronabarger. A similar photo was published in the Feb. 1, 1958 Achievement Edition of the Southeast Missourian. Here is the story: Restoration of Old Church an Accomplishment of Note...

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Guth Brothers Block & Brick Co.
Posted Friday, June 27, at 12:00 AM

This picture was taken for an advertisement in the Feb. 1, 1958 Achievement Edition of the Southeast Missourian by G.D. Fronabarger. It shows the Bergen Tri-Matic block machine used by the Guth Bros. Block Co. at 120 N. Broadview in Cape Girardeau. It has a capacity of over 1000 blocks per hour...

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Trail of Tears road construction
Posted Wednesday, June 25, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger made this picture in the late 1950s during construction of Trail of Tears State Park. This blog contains several links to blogs about Trail of Tears State Park: John L. Wescoat: the Trail of Tears State Park story...

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Carps Super Store
Posted Monday, June 23, at 12:00 AM

Before Hobby Lobby came to Cape Girardeau in 1993, its building had seen other stores over the years. Carps Super Store opened Aug. 14, 1968 at 211 S. Kingshighway. Next was Mohr Value. Then Wal-Mart. Carps had a store at 25-27 N. Main St. in the 1930s and 1940s. Their slogan was "The store where you can do better than ever."...

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Viaduct Court
Posted Friday, June 20, at 12:00 AM

Our librarian, Sharon Sanders, did some digging in the archive to find out about the Viaduct Court. Her comments are included below. Above is a photo postcard. Below is a photograph from microfilm from an advertisement published June 27, 1947 which announced new management by Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Hawkins, owners, and Texaco products for sale...

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St. Paul Lutheran Church demolition
Posted Wednesday, June 18, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger took these pictures of the demolition of the old St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. It appears that he had enough time to be "Two-shot Frony." The dust cloud seems to indicate a pause between the second and third photos. The third photo was published in the Southeast Missourian on May 17, 1961 with this caption:...

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Ford Groves century
Posted Monday, June 16, at 12:00 AM

The Ford dealership started by Fred A. Groves, above, in 1914 is marking a century of service in Cape Girardeau this year. Shown is an early photo of the showroom at Sprigg and Themis. The Fred A. Groves Motor Co. moved to this building at Sprigg and Themis in 1924. The business began in the Himmelberger-Harrison building in 1914. (G.D. Fronabarger photos)...

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Haman Service Station
Posted Friday, June 13, at 12:00 AM

The Haman Service Station is shown in the early 1930s. The building's canopy was removed in 1935. The business was located on the west side of Highway 61 near the West Broadway intersection, slightly north of the Alvarado, which was on the east side. The owners, Albert and Kate Haman, also operated a restaurant next to the service station...

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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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