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Cyclone strikes Haarig 1936

Posted Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 12:00 AM

Nov. 3, 1936 Southeast Missourian

Gross & Ruh Market at the corner of Good Hope and Frederick streets lost its roof when a windstorm struck the Haarig district of Cape Girardeau. This is one of the earliest photographs taken by G.D. Fronabarger.

Storm Strikes in Cape

A terrific windstorm which at times reached cyclonic proportions struck the southwest and south sections of Cape Girardeau Monday night, venting its fury on the Good Hope street business section and causing damaged estimated at $50,000 to $75,000.

Sweeping out of the southwest in the midst of a furious summer-like rainstorm that at times reach the proportions of a gale, the storm dipped and rose from one edge of the city to another, hitting here and there with deadly accuracy. Roofs were torn off, garages tumbled over, an automobile turned up side down, trees were twisted off at the ground and sheet iron roofing material was tossed and twisted like so much straw.

Only one person, a woman, was reported injured, and she only slightly as a timber crashed through the top of an automobile parked on Good Hope street and struck her on the head.

The wind, lasting but a minute, roared out of the southwest and swept in a northeasterly direction through the city, starting in the extreme southwest corner and diminishing in fury as it crossed the Mississippi River between Independence street and the northern end of Smelterville suburb. The wind was accompanied by a heavy rain amounting to 2.02 inches.

Here is another photo of the storm damage on Good Hope from Out of the Past.

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I don't know what is more puzzling - the fact that shape of Good Hope still looks the same or that Smelterville is referred to as a 'suburb'

-- Posted by TW1227 on Wed, Nov 2, 2011, at 8:53 AM

The journalism during those times were so descriptive!!

-- Posted by commonsenz on Wed, Nov 2, 2011, at 9:49 AM

What to call Smelterville has always been a problem for The Missourian. When I was there in the mid-60s, "Smelterville" was banned and South Cape was substituted.

That area was actually made up of four small communities.

I read a letter to the editor from someone who lived in Smelterville taking people to task for not differentiating between them. Those who lived in "real" Smelterville looked down on those who were in the other areas.

-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Nov 3, 2011, at 9:12 AM

Here are some shots of Smelterville in 1966-67. I'm gradually tracking down the kids in the photos.


-- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Nov 3, 2011, at 9:14 AM

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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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