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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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Old McKendree Chapel parking detail
Posted Wednesday, September 16, at 12:00 AM

Members of the Cape Girardeau Auxiliary Police took a break from parking cars and traffic control outside Old McKendree Chapel near Jackson, Missouri at an annual service in this undated photo by G.D. Fronabarger. It would have been in 1959 or later. The last service at the chapel before the steel canopy was added was Sept. 14, 1958...

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SEMO District Fair parking 1950s
Posted Monday, September 14, at 12:00 AM

Arena Park is filled with automobiles for the SEMO District Fair in the late 1950s. (G.D. Fronabarger photo) ------------------------ Previous blogs: Harness racing at SEMO Fair Triple Ferris Wheels at SEMO Fair SEMO Fair parking circa 1940 Air marker, SEMO Fair...

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The Ten-Mile Garden along Highway 61
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 12:00 AM

G.D. Fronabarger made these undated pictures of the Ten-Mile Garden between Cape Girardeau and Jackson. The garden was begun in 1931 by the Cape Special Road District with the cooperation of the State Highway Department. Individuals and members of service clubs and garden clubs from both cities participated in the plantings. In 1952, there were 10,000 roses, 1,317 evergreens and 14,000 other varieties of plants along the scenic route...

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Jack Buck, Dan Dierdorf in Cape
Posted Monday, September 7, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 17, 1980 Southeast Missourian Veteran St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck is shown visiting with SEMO State University coed Bridget Riley of St. Peters at Houck Field House Saturday afternoon. Buck and St. Louis Cardinal manager Ken Boyer were on hand for the Dance Marathon and Rock-A-Thon sponsored by the Student Government Association at SEMO State...

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Flying Indians of State College
Posted Wednesday, September 2, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 27, 1960 Southeast Missourian These are some of the Flying Indians of State College, shown against the background of their two airplanes and another plane. From the left are George Wamser of Fredericktown, Jerry McConnell of Cape, Jerry Wilson of Cape, Prof. ...

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Man dwarfed by fallen tree
Posted Monday, August 31, at 12:00 AM

This photo by G.D. Fronabarger is a complete mystery...

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Wanna buy a wildebeest?
Posted Wednesday, August 26, at 12:00 AM

A wildebeest struts its stuff in the ring during the first day of the 5-H Ranch exotic animal auction on April 19, 1990. Auction owner Dave Hale, top center, oversees the sale. (Fred Lynch photo) ------------------------- A $3 visitor pass was sold for the first time at the auction and a free shuttle bus was running from Cape Girardeau motels to the 5-H Ranch...

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River floodwall 1960
Posted Monday, August 24, at 12:00 AM

Feb. 27, 1960 Southeast Missourian The floodwall along the Cape Girardeau riverfront is seen from the traffic bridge to above the foot of Broadway. The flood control project was completed in 1964. (G.D. Fronabarger photo) ----------------------...

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The round sofa at Hecht's
Posted Wednesday, August 19, at 12:00 AM

While waiting to photograph some women modeling furs at Hecht's store on Main Street in August, 1980, I shot a couple of photos of an occupied round sofa in the store. Today, Hecht's is gone, but the round sofa has another life at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in downtown Cape Girardeau...

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Norman Lambert throws rolls
Posted Monday, August 17, at 12:00 AM

Sept. 29, 1981 Southeast Missourian Above, Norman Lambert tosses a roll to Cliff Morris of Sikeston as his wife, Carol, looks on. Below, former football coach Norman Lambert readies his throwing arm. Only this time it's homemade rolls, not a pigskin he's going to throw. The roll throwing has become somewhat of a trademark at Lambert's Cafe in Sikeston. (Tim Landis photos)...

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Courthouse gazebo 1925
Posted Wednesday, August 12, at 12:00 AM

Speakers addressed a crowd from the gazebo at Common Pleas Courthouse Park during the Southeast Missourian Building dedication, Sept. 12, 1925 in Cape Girardeau. (Kassel's Studio photo) Known as a gazebo today, the structure was built as a bandstand in 1913 and has been altered over the years...

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Singing chihuahua
Posted Monday, August 10, at 12:00 AM

July 5, 1961 Southeast Missourian Hitting a high note is a standard accomplishment for "Tiny," this 2-year-old chihuahua owned by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Decker, 412 Albert street. Tiny has been heard by many residents of the neighborhood, who declare she can actually carry a tune...

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Smokestack "soot menace" in Cape Girardeau
Posted Wednesday, August 5, at 12:00 AM

Two smokestacks are seen in Cape Girardeau near the Mississippi River in this photo by G.D. Fronabarger. At left is the International Shoe Co. and at right, the Missouri Utilities power plant. The photo might have been taken in 1949 and mentioned in the second story below...

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Illmo 1953 aerial in detail
Posted Monday, August 3, at 12:00 AM

This aerial photograph of Illmo, Missouri was taken in 1953 by G.D. Fronabarger. ---------------------- Feb. 27, 2005 Southeast Missourian Railroad still runs through history of Scott City By Matt Sanders Scott City's history is intimately tied to the railroad that initially brought the town into existence and still runs through it...

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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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