From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders en-us Ever hear of the Coffee Drinkers Friendship Club? Fellow blogger Fred Lynch sent me an email recently, saying I should do a blog on the Coffee Drinkers Friendship Club. He also provided several clippings about the club and the good works it did. Easier suggested than accomplished, I have found. We have no clip file on the CDFC, but I did find a story from 1949 that indicated the philanthropic club was organized in January 1948. Its members raised money for various good causes, including the national Polio Epidemic Emergency Fund. In the... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Civil War executions Among the books and binders that populate the Southeast Missourian's library is one three-inch-thick black binder with the unoriginal title of "Book A." Book A, and its unremarkable companion Book B, contain handwritten historical notes by the late George Naeter, one of the founders of the Southeast Missourian. In most cases, they are items that appeared in the "Out of the Past" column, carefully categorized by such topics as schools, businesses, churches, etc.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Host of new regulations, programs followed Pearl Harbor attack In the weeks that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Americans were faced with a plethora of new regulations and programs designed to aid the war effort. Some I had heard about or read of before, but others were completely new to me. I've gathered up a few of them in this blog. Published in the Southeast Missourian Feb. 9, 1942: When daylight saving went into effect today, shoe factory workers in Cape Girardeau went to work one hour before daylight. The above photo,... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Lealon Jones' first book Lealon N. Jones was supervisor of English at the old Campus School at Southeast Missouri State University for 42 years and still found time to write. During his 82 years of life, he published five novels, and his obituary in 1985 said a sixth would be published after his death. Jones' first book -- "Eve's Stepchildren" -- was published in 1942, and The Southeast Missourian noted the accomplishment with a photograph and article on Jan. 24, 1942. The above photograph... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Charles W. Stehr Charles W. Stehr (Southeast Missourian archive) Last week's blog reviewed the brief history of the Chero-Cola bottling works in Cape Girardeau. Prompting the write-up was a photo of an advertisement that once graced the west wall of the C.W. Stehr Mercantile in the 600 block of Good Hope. Carl "Charles" William Stehr was a native of Cape Girardeau. He was born Dec. 17, 1862, the son of Conrad and Mary Martinowsky Stehr. (In doing genealogical research on this line, I had... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Chero-Cola: "A tasty beverage..." In the spring of 1993, when the walls of the old Orpheum Theater on Good Hope Street came tumbling down, a vision of Haarig's past was revealed. This sign was painted on the west wall of the former C.W. Stehr Mercantile store. It was revealed when the Orpheum was razed. One of our photographers at that time, knowing I was related to the Stehr family, captured this view of the sign, and it was published in the Southeast Missourian on May 21, 1993. Chero-Cola was a short-lived... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 The complicated history of the Orpheum Theater The Orpheum Theater opened on Good Hope Street in Cape Girardeau in 1917. No, wait. It opened in 1913. No, no, that's not right. It really opened in 1909, but it was originally the Grand. Confused? I'll confess, I was when I started digging into the history of the Orpheum as I prepared to note its centennial. But, in truth, the theater that eventually became the Orpheum was originally the Grand Theater. Missourian clippings indicate the Grand opened its doors in December 1909... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Himmelberger house damaged in fire Late in December 1941, fire severely damaged the pretentious home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Himmelberger at 325 N. Sprigg St. While the conflagration did extensive damage to the home, the occupants -- Charles and Louise Himmelberger -- were uninjured. The 1941 blaze wasn't the first time the house was damaged by flames. On Sunday, Feb. 26, 1939, firefighters answered an alarm to the house at 5:40 in the morning. While the fire was contained to a single room on the first floor, the rest of... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Old Lorimier home to Scripps marker This image of the Scripps marker in Old Lorimier Cemetery accompanied the 1938 article reproduced below. It was taken by G.D. Fronabarger. (Southeast Missourian archive) Among the most unusual grave markers at Cape Girardeau's Old Lorimier Cemetery is that of William Scripps and his wife and daughter. The stone, shaped like three individual grave markers, was erected in the 1820s, before there were paved streets to the old burial ground. It is likely the stone was hauled to this... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600 A trapper's story John Ackman, a Cape Girardeau County farmer of the Neelys Landing area, told the story of an old hunter, who taught him how to trap beaver and other varmints. It's an interesting tale, retold in 1940 by Missourian correspondent John Putz, that I thought I would share. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Christmases past In the spirit of the season, I dug up a couple of articles dealing with the way Christmas was celebrated in years past. Here's hoping you and yours have a very merry Christmas. Published Dec. 22, 1941: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Local reaction to Pearl Harbor attack (G.D. Fronabarger ~ Southeast Missourian archive) Last week in this space, I brought you several articles detailing the Missourian's coverage of local sailors who lost their lives in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. In researching that blog, I wondered what the local reaction to America's entry into World War II was. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, several Missourian articles dealt with the men and women who were known to be living and working... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 The world changed Dec. 7, 1941 The world changed on Dec. 7, 1941, as the United States of America was ushered into World War II, willing or not. That morning, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands, killing around 2,400 Americans, including two sailors from Cape Girardeau County. While we easily remember the name of the first man killed from Cape County -- Lloyd Dale Clippard -- how many of us know the name Noble Harris? Young Harris of Fruitland died on the Arizona. One of his shipmates, who was also killed... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Odd little items make up this blog From time to time, I like to put together a blog of unrelated stories. Unrelated, except that they're all a bit odd and can't easily fit into a blog on a broader subject. Take, for example, this first item. The photograph, which is filed in our archive under "Sports," has always caught my eye when I thumb through that folder. I didn't know the story behind it until I came across it while researching the "Out of the past" column. Published Oct. 4, 1966, in... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Cape Rock artist died in 1941 Unless you're very familiar with St. Louis artists of the past, or are a student of Cape Girardeau history, you probably have never heard of F. Humphrey Woolrych. Woolrych was born in Sidney, Australia, the son of Francis Woolrych, an Englishman according to most sources, although F. Humphrey's death certificate clearly states that his daddy was born in Australia. F. Humphrey's exact date of birth is also a bit of mystery, with some sources (including his death certificate)... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600 20th anniversary of May Greene School Nowadays, young people have never heard of May Greene or her long history as an educator in Cape Girardeau. About the only thing to remind the public of this pioneer teacher is the small park that bears her name at the northeast corner of Themis and Fountain streets. But in years gone by, Miss May's name also graced a neighborhood school in the south end of town. She was held in such esteem that the board of education unanimously named the new, Ranney Street school in her honor on May... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Cape Girardeau once had a paint factory Late in October 1941, Charles E. Peterson, a senior landscape architect working on the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the National Park Service in St. Louis, traveled to Cape Girardeau looking for clay. Aided by several locals, Peterson found what he was looking for and returned to St. Louis with about 100 pounds of material "mined" from an embankment on Cape Rock Drive near Twin Trees Park. Peterson was hoping to locate the source of the clay used to make paint that had... Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Coerver house becomes surgical hospital A small note appeared in a recent Out of the Past column based on the following article from the Friday, Sept. 29, 1916, edition of The Daily Republican. DR. SCHULZ TO TAKE OVER COERVER PROPERTY OCT. 24 -- RUMORS OF WEDDING Dr. G.B. Schulz, who recently purchased the Coerver property at the corner of Broadway and Frederick Street for a consideration of $12,000, will move into the home Oct. 24, so reports were heard about town today. Friends of Dr. Schulz stated that he would be married... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Brown mansion destroyed in 1916 I have always found it curious that, although it wasn't demolished until 1916, I have never been able to find a photograph of the Wilson Brown mansion in Cape Girardeau. Brown, a former Missouri auditor and lieutenant governor, had the house constructed in 1840 on property now bounded by Frederick, Middle, Good Hope and Morgan Oak streets. The only image I have seen of the mansion appears on "A Capitol View of Cape Girardeau," a drawing of the town, with drawings of individual... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Red granite church dedicated in 1941 The First Church of God, also known as Emerald Street Church of God, is a unique church structure. While most religious edifices in Cape Girardeau are built of brick and light-colored stone, the church at 500 Emerald St., sports a showy red granite exterior, courtesy of its late pastor, the Rev. J.H. Shirrell. Along with preaching the Word of God, Shirrell was a building contractor. He and members of his congregation were responsible for the work done to the church in 1941. In October of... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500