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Fred Lynch

Knaup Floral 1929

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012, at 12:00 AM

Oct. 3, 1929 Southeast Missourian 25th anniversary edition

John Knaup purchased the Charles Gelvin floral operation on June 15, 1920, at the northeast corner of William and Pacific streets. Gelvin had established the first commercial greenhouse in Cape Girardeau at that site. Knaup operated the business from 1920 until his retirement in 1976, when his sons assumed its management.

Editor's Note:

From 1893 through 1934, trolley cars provided transportation through Cape Girardeau. The trolley tracks turned the corner at William and Pacific streets.

The book, When Missouri Took the Trolley, by Andrew D. Young, details the route of the trolley in Cape Girardeau:

International Shoe on North Main south to Broadway, west on Broadway, north on Henderson, west on Normal, south on West End Blvd., east on William, south a block on Pacific, east on Good Hope, north on Spanish, east on Independence a block to Main, north on Main to Broadway. Two blocks were added on Spanish south from Broadway to Independence, then a block east to Main, avoiding Broadway hill.


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  • I was sitting in the drive-thru line at the Hamburger Express yesterday waiting for my order when I said to my mother, "You'd never know there were greenhouses over there, would you?"

    Here's what's there today:


    The house and the wall with stones embedded in it look the same.

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Jul 30, 2012, at 9:25 AM