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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
John Randolph: Proud of the Cape FD uniform
Posted Tuesday, May 26, at 12:00 AM
The story of John Robert Randolph is a brief one. He was born in Oran, Missouri, on June 3, 1888, the son of Sam and Martha Ellis Randolph, and died on March 5, 1923 in Cape Girardeau. His father died when John was just 6, and his mother remarried a gentleman named James Roynes. The 1900 Federal Census shows that John was then residing with his mother and step-father in Sylvania Township in Scott County, Missouri, along with three of John's siblings: James, Gracie and Bessie...

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Survivors remember 1949 escape
Posted Tuesday, May 19, at 12:00 AM

This week marks the 66th anniversary of the tornado that struck Cape Girardeau, killing 22 people and laying waste to everything in its path. I won't bore you with a retelling of the happenings of May 21, 1949. If you would like to read the stories and view the photos once more, you can find them on our web page devoted to that event: http://www.semissourian.com/1949tornado...

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Golden wedding anniversaries in the Stehr clan
Posted Tuesday, May 12, at 12:00 AM

The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stehr in 1940 prompted The Southeast Missourian newspaper to not only print a photograph of the happy couple, but a front page story about the long marriages prevalent in the Stehr clan as well. The item caught my attention because my mother, Frances, was a Stehr, the daughter of Raymond and Clara Glaus Stehr. She was related to each of the five couples mentioned in the article...

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10th Anniversary Edition: A lumber yard, a mercantile and a meat market
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 12:00 AM

What do the Henderson Lumber Yard, Heinberg's Mercantile and the Mueller Meat Market have in common? Two things, at least: All were located in Jackson in 1915 and all were featured in the Southeast Missourian's 10th Anniversary Edition. (Charles W. Henderson's Lumber Yard Office. The photograph was taken from a souvenir booklet published about 1900.)...

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10th Anniversary Edition: Jackson's Central Hotel
Posted Tuesday, April 28, at 12:00 AM

The Southeast Missourian's 10th Anniversary Edition, which we have been examining in this space over the past few weeks, contains numerous articles, long and short. One of the shortest concerns Jackson's Central Hotel. Its proprietor at the time was Adolph Tommack, one of a long list of operators and/or owners of the hostelry...

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10th Anniversary Edition: Miscellaneous bios
Posted Tuesday, April 21, at 12:00 AM

The Southeast Missourian's 10th Anniversary edition contains numerous short biographies of businessmen from Cape Girardeau County. Most of these have portraits, but they have proven rather difficult to scan. I thought I would combine several of these bios into this blog. Where possible, I'll include photos...

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10th Anniversary Edition: Exchange Bank of Jackson
Posted Tuesday, April 14, at 12:00 AM

One of the longest articles in The Daily Republican's 10th Anniversary Edition, published in 1915, was devoted to the Exchange Bank of Cape Girardeau. It required a whole page in the publication and included photographs of the bank and its officers...

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10th Anniversary Edition: Jackson newspapers, churches
Posted Tuesday, April 7, at 12:00 AM

Returning once more to The Daily Republican's 10th Anniversary Edition, published in 1915, we take a look at a brief history of newspapering at Jackson, as well as the county seat's "splendid churches." JACKSON NEWSPAPERS AMONG THE OLDEST The first printing press in Jackson was set up in 1819 by T.E. ...

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A snowy Easter in 1940
Posted Tuesday, March 31, at 12:00 AM

This past winter seemed like the winter that wouldn't end to some of us. Still, the residents of Southeast Missouri don't have much to complain about. We could have had a winter like our friends in the Northeast. Still, it seemed like, just when we were on the brink of spring and that flowers would soon be bursting forth at any second, we were hit by that snow. And then that second snow...

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10th Anniversary Edition: Wessell's Furniture Co.
Posted Tuesday, March 24, at 12:00 AM

Last week, we started looking at the interesting articles and photos that make up the Missourian's 10th Anniversary Edition. Published in March 1915, it offers a snapshot of Cape Girardeau County government and commerce a century ago. Several business from Jackson were featured in the edition, including this week's subject...

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A glimpse of Cape County in 1915
Posted Tuesday, March 17, at 12:00 AM

Last year, the Southeast Missourian observed its 110th anniversary. Our special section commemorating the start of this publication didn't appear on the actual anniversary, Oct. 3, but rather was published several weeks later. The Naeter Brothers, who began publishing this newspaper in 1904, also celebrated its 10th anniversary with the printing of a special section. ...

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Cape hotrod took home first-place trophy
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 12:00 AM

I'll admit, the sport of auto racing doesn't do much for me. I can't remember a time when I've voluntarily sat in front of a television watching speeding cars making continuous left turns around a track. But even I enjoy looking at hotrods when they line the downtown's Main Street or Capaha Park. I admire the skills it took to assemble the cars and trucks...

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Cape Rock painted pink
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 12:00 AM

Unidentified vandals turned Cape Rock pink in the winter of 1965. It wasn't the first time (nor the last) miscreants vandalized one of this town's most loved and photographed monument. Shortly after civil engineer Dennis Scivally and the men from the Cape Special Road District hauled the boulder from an old building site on North Main Street to that promontory on the Mississippi River in 1933, vandals "defaced" the rock. ...

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John G. Putz, historian and poet
Posted Thursday, February 26, at 12:00 AM

John G. Putz (above) served as this newspaper's Jackson correspondent for 40 years. I first became familiar with him through articles the Missourian published on different aspects of the history of Cape Girardeau County. Judging by the quality of his writing, I just knew that, when I pulled up his obituary, I would find he graduated from the Cape Girardeau Normal School, or some other institute of higher learning. ...

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The forgotten La Mascot
Posted Thursday, February 19, at 12:00 AM

History records numerous steamboat tragedies on the Mississippi River, including the explosion and sinking of the Sultana near Memphis in 1865 and the fire that destroyed the Stonewall at Neelys Landing four years later. Around 1,800 persons, many paroled Union soldiers, lost their lives in the Sultana tragedy. On the Stonewall, nearly 210 were killed...

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Valet Laundry was owned by an optimist
Posted Thursday, February 12, at 12:00 AM

This newspaper received a number of comments when this photograph appeared in an online gallery of some of G.D. Fronabarger's work, and again when it was featured as the "Picture of the Past" in a Sunday edition of the Southeast Missourian. Callers and e-mailers identified it as a building that stood at the corner of North Spanish and Mason streets and was torn down when Isle Casino was built...

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Photo recalls 1922 Sulphur Springs train wreck
Posted Thursday, February 5, at 12:00 AM

The New Broadway Theater in Cape Girardeau, 1922. (Southeast Missourian archive photo by Lueders Studio) Contrary to what you may be thinking, this isn't a blog about the New Broadway Theater in Cape Girardeau. This blog is about the photo itself and the sign hanging from the theater's marquee...

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Boxing inaugurates Arena Building
Posted Thursday, January 29, at 12:00 AM

Here's a bit of trivia you may not know: The first public event staged at the A.C. Brase Arena Building in Cape Girardeau was a Golden Gloves boxing tournament, organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce (the Jaycees). Development of the land that would become Arena Park and construction of the civic arena began in the spring of 1937. ...

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We all scream for ice cream
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 12:00 AM

Gladys Smith of Scott City called me recently to identify the photo below, which we ran on a Sunday History Page. The woman, Gladys told me, was Emma Bennett, and the boy obviously enjoying ice cream scraped from the paddles of an old-time ice cream freezer was Emma's son, Robert...

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Longtime employees retire from newspaper
Posted Thursday, January 15, at 12:00 AM

The beginning of a new year in 1965 meant the end of the careers of four, longtime employees of the Southeast Missourian: Fred C. Gerecke, Flora Deneke, Jean L. Giroir and Herbert Howes. Together, they had 124 years of work experience at the newspaper...

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The Southeast Missourian's resident historian Sharon K. Sanders blogs about interesting pieces of local history pulled from the newspaper's morgue -- the place where our old editions are kept.