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Museum at Common Pleas Courthouse
Posted Monday, March 2, at 12:00 AM
Mrs. Arthur W. Thilenius is shown in the museum at Common Pleas Courthouse in 1961. Below is another photo of the museum. (G.D. Fronabarger photos) May 26, 1961 Southeast Missourian Common Pleas Courthouse, New Museum to Be Shown A museum housing many of Cape County's momentos of historic significance, long desired by those who have sought a means of preserving valuable items as a heritage for future generations, will be opened to the public during specified hours from Saturday through Tuesday.. ...

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St. Charles Hotel
Posted Friday, February 27, at 12:00 AM

In January 1861, it was announced in a Cape Girardeau newspaper that a magnificent structure was finally completed: The St. Charles Hotel on the southwest corner of Main and Themis streets. The proprietors, Garaghty & Gail, proclaimed the four-story brick building as modern architecture with verandas, an observatory, picturesque views and large ventilated rooms. ...

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Jazz great Clark Terry remembered
Posted Wednesday, February 25, at 12:00 AM

Dec. 10, 2000 Southeast Missourian Jazz musician Clark Terry performed his trademark "mumbling scat" on Ernie Wilkins' "Mumbles Returns" with the Studio Jazz Ensemble of Southeast Missouri State University at commencement Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000. (Fred Lynch photo)...

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Winter skaters loved Capaha lagoon
Posted Monday, February 23, at 12:00 AM

Jan. 11, 1976 Southeast Missourian Picture postcard scene When the official word came Saturday morning that the lagoon in Capaha Park was ready for ice skaters for the first time this winter, it didn't take long for a crowd to gather. Although few had ice skates, youngsters had no difficulty in improvising fun on the pond...

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Snow delays bus, passenger glad
Posted Friday, February 20, at 12:00 AM

January 18, 1978 Southeast Missourian Unplanned encounter This meeting between a snowbound bus, late passenger, taxicab and city patrolman on Independence near the bus depot early today was not planned. But, being late, or stranded is an increasingly familiar situation for many as Cape Girardeau continues to dig out from this week's heavy snowfall. (Phil Nash photo)...

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Super Snow of 1978
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 12:00 AM

A year before the Blizzard of 1979 produced a record two feet of snow in Cape Girardeau, the city recorded 15 inches of snow Jan. 15-16, 1978. That blizzard rivaled a record snowfall in 1917. This picture shows the cleanup operation on Main Street looking south toward the bridge...

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Brooks School
Posted Monday, February 16, at 12:00 AM

Aug. 14, 1951 Southeast Missourian Brooks Celebration to Mark 76 Years of School Service Celebrating 76 years of service as School District 40, Brooks School will hold its anniversary event Saturday and Sunday. The school is located on Egypt Mills road six miles north of Cape Girardeau. ...

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Sidetracked auto blocks railroad
Posted Friday, February 13, at 12:00 AM

April 4, 1975 Southeast Missourian Imagine the surprise when an unidentified Missouri Pacific engineer found an upended car blocking the railroad tracks at the Morgan Oak overpass this morning. Police said the car, driven by Robert Lynn Davie, had been traveling west on Morgan Oak around 5:30 a.m. ...

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Citizens reject Capaha tennis court site
Posted Wednesday, February 11, at 12:00 AM

June 14, 1974 Southeast Missourian As a group of Cape Girardeau citizens gathered on the hillside at Capaha Park Thursday night to plan ways of stopping the construction of four new tennis courts there, work on the project continued as long as light permitted. ...

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Frony's early photography - audio slideshow
Posted Monday, February 9, at 12:00 AM

Garland D. Fronabarger is shown working in the basement darkroom at the Southeast Missourian. He talks about the beginning of photography at the newspaper in this audio slideshow which includes some of his early work. Below are links to the photographs with the stories behind them...

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Posted Friday, February 6, at 12:00 AM

June 29, 1968 Southeast Missourian Lums, a national restaurant chain, has completed its new building in the 2100 block of William street, and will announce an opening date in the near future. Robert J. Dohogne, who has been in the real estate business in Columbia, will manage the restaurant for a Milwaukee group holding the franchise. Mr. and Mrs. Dohogne and their two sons and a daughter, have moved from Columbia to 2609 Janet...

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Statler Motor Co./Weiss Motor Co.
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 12:00 AM

In 1928, Louis Hecht and Charles Miller commissioned Reither and Lindsay, architects, to design a new garage at 43-45 S. Main St. in Cape Girardeau. Gerhardt Construction Co. was awarded the construction contract. The building measured 116 feet by 84 feet with floor space of 9,744 square feet. The one-story buff brick building was designed with Spanish Mission influences, including parapets and cherry red brick coping...

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Parking meters good for penny shortage
Posted Monday, February 2, at 12:00 AM

Sgt. Burl Statler, parking meter officer of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, empties coins from parking meters along Broadway into his old tin bucket. Oct. 20, 1974 Southeast Missourian Meter money helps ease penny shortage By Reginald E. Mitchell...

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Small Animal Shelter predates Humane Society
Posted Friday, January 30, at 12:00 AM

Jan. 26, 1975 Southeast Missourian Animals impounded at the Small Animal Shelter in Arena Park will have somewhat better conditions in their temporary home. A moderate amount of renovation work is underway at the shelter, and is expected to be completed soon. ...

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Schonhoff Dairy barn converted to church
Posted Wednesday, January 28, at 12:00 AM

The old Schonhoff barn, a landmark in the city of Cape Girardeau, will remain one in the future, said the Rev. Jack Strickland, pastor of the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church. (Southeast Missourian, Jan. 17, 1975) ----------------------------- In 1910, Franz Schonhoff established a dairy farm on the west side of Cape Girardeau, spanning the south and north sides of Independence Street. ...

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Dino's Inn
Posted Monday, January 26, at 12:00 AM

A short item in the Dec. 5, 1970 business column by G.D. Fronabarger announces a new pizza restaurant in Cape Girardeau. The photograph was published in the Feb. 27, 1971 Achievement Edition. There are new faces on the local commercial scene. Dino's Inn, an eatery catering to pizza and ravioli lovers and their proper accessory food items, opened this week at 1034 Broadway in a building leased from Fred Dormeyer. ...

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West Cape Girardeau aerial in detail
Posted Friday, January 23, at 12:00 AM

This aerial photograph by G.D. Fronabarger shows the west side of Cape Girardeau in the early 1960s. The Town Plaza, which opened in 1960, is visible in the upper middle of the photo. The Mississippi River is visible at the top. Interstate 55 is at the bottom of the photo...

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'Mad Hungarian' in Cape
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 12:00 AM

Jan. 21, 1975 Southeast Missourian 'Mad Hungarian' visits Cape by Mike Dougherty Missourian sportswriter Photo by Fred Lynch Al Hrabosky, ace reliever of the St. Louis Cardinals, came to Cape Girardeau Monday night, humbly proclaiming that he was "the greatest athlete," and that he would return next year at this time as a member of the world championship baseball team...

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Trains and Things, Lindy Line Restaurant
Posted Monday, January 19, at 12:00 AM

May 25, 1975 Southeast Missourian Trains and Things, a railroad museum, and the Lindy Line Restaurant, are all incorporated in this project at Independence and South Henderson to be opened Thursday by its owners and operators, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lindy. ...

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Burger Chef flooded out
Posted Friday, January 16, at 12:00 AM

March 28, 1977 Southeast Missourian Workmen remove the tables and benches from the Burger Chef on William street as the clean up begins after Sunday night's flash flood. No damage assessments have yet been made to indicate the full extent of the monetary loss resulting from the more than 7 inches of rain which fell on the Cape LaCroix and Walker Creek watersheds...

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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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