G.D. Fronabarger shot these undated photos possibly in the 1950s.
June 30, 1937 Southeast Missourian
First Boat Races of Year to Be Staged on River at Cape Sunday
Cape Girardeau's first boat races of the season will be held Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock on the Mississippi River, sponsored by local boat owners who were members of the Cape Girardeau Yacht Club last summer and of which E. French Gallagher is commodore.
Already definitely arranged are two events, and several of the local boatmen will go to Chester, Ill. Thursday in an effort to interest racing boat owners there in bringing down a number of their craft for an additional event. Merchandise prizes are to be awarded the first and second place winners.
One of the events will be a free for all race, and this will be staged first over a 2-mile course from south of Cape Rock to near the traffic bridge. The second will be a race for time record. There is no official record for Cape Girardeau motorboat racing and an effort will be made to establish a speed time record in the event Sunday afternoon.
There will be many fast boats on the river, both inboards and outboards. Last summer when a race was sponsored by the yacht club, several hundred persons witnessed the event.
Boat Races on the River 1955