From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders en-us Dr. A.C. Magill turned personal tragedy into triumph Dr. Arthur Clay Magill came to Cape Girardeau in September 1909, a year after personal tragedy reshaped his life. In the years that followed, he worked to obliterate the disease that devastated his family. Don Gordon, a member of the Southeast Missourian's news staff, wrote an article for the Associated Press in 1962 that told the long-time science teacher's story. Published April 27, 1962: BATTLE TO STEM TYPHOID BY DR. A.C. MAGILL; TACKLED AILMENT IN 1908 AS A YOUNG... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Family search yields story of John William Daugherty Like many genealogists, I like to flesh out the facts I gather about long-deceased relatives with items from old newspaper. There's a wealth of these publications available for viewing on the Internet, on both paid and free sites. Cheapskate that I am, one of my favorite sites for exploring old newspapers is the Library of Congress: Chronicling America. The site allows you to tailor your search of digitized images by state or by the name of the publication:... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 UPDATE: Missing Murdoch's saber isn't really missing Many of you probably read the article in the Southeast Missourian recently detailing the discovery of Col. Robert Gould Shaw's Civil War sword. Shaw, you will remember from the movie "Glory," commanded the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, an all-black unit. Shaw carried the recovered sword with him when he led his troops in an ill-fated attack on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, in 1863. Shaw died in that battle. Fifty-four... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 TWIKA standard became airport landmark If you were a kid growing up in the Cape Girardeau area in the 1960s and '70s, chances are you remember the tall global sign that marked the Cape Girardeau Municipal (now Regional) Airport. (G.D. Fronabarger ~ Southeast Missourian archive) In those early years of my life, my family often drove down to Scott County on weekends to visit relatives. I always knew we were close to our Cape Girardeau home, when I spotted that iconic symbol next to the highway. Originally, the... Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 A cross for Tower Rock Tower Rock in Perry County, Missouri, is a sight to see, especially from a small boat in the middle of the Mississippi River. Big Sis and I got to experience just that in 2016 through Southeast Missouri State University's Continuing Education program and the kind folks with the Missouri Department of Conservation, who supplied the three boats that ferried our tour group up the to that big lump of limestone and back again. Along the way, we learned about the history of the river... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Tarzan Jr., visits Cape Johnny Sheffield wore his Cub Scout uniform, when he appeared in Cape Girardeau in July 1942. (Southeast Missourian archive) Tarzan Jr., swung into Cape Girardeau the summer of 1942, not on strategically placed jungle vines, but aboard a Frisco passenger train. Johnny Sheffield, 11, was already a veteran actor, when he arrived here on July 21, 1942. After beginning his career on stage in 1938, he was chosen the following year from among 300 juvenile actors by Johnny Weissmuller --... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500 War removes Cape's mayor W. Hinkle Statler (Southeast Missourian archive) When H. Hinkle Statler was elected mayor of Cape Girardeau on April 14, 1940, at age 30, he was the youngest man to ever claim that political plumb. The feat is even more impressive, when one considers that the man he defeated for the job was four-term incumbent Mayor Edward L. Drum. Elected to serve as a city commissioner with Statler that day was Raymond E. Beckman. Just two years later, Beckman would take Statler's place as... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Yes, George Washington's cousin is buried at OL (Fred Lynch ~ Southeast Missourian) I had a surprise visit in June from a friend from Spring, Texas. After covering all the usual topics of family, friends and work, the conversation turned to genealogy. It was inevitable, really. My friend is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and I shared with her my own pursuit of that honor. Somehow, our talk jumped to Old Lorimier Cemetery and some of the people buried there whose graves have been marked by the... Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Dr. William H. Lawrie Sr. and the Booker T. Washington Theater On Dec. 14, 1916, after several failed attempts by forward-thinking white residents, Dr. William H. Lawrie Sr., a black physician of Cape Girardeau, announced plans for the opening of a movie theater in the 200 block of Broadway. Several motion picture houses operated in Cape Girardeau at that time, but all were for whites only. A small item in a November 1914 edition of The Daily Republican noted that Mary Himmelberger, wife of timber and lumber magnate J.W. Himmelberger, intended to bring... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500 William Brunke made the bricks that made Cape Girardeau Many of the names of the architects who designed the residences and commercial houses that litter historic Cape Girardeau have survived: Edwin Branch Deane, L.B. Blackwood, J.B. Legg, Thomas P. Barnett, E.W. Parlow, A.F. Lindsay, Fred Dormeyer Jr., Hal Lynch and John Boardman, just to name a few. But few of the names of the laborers who dug the foundations, hung the steel or framed the walls for those buildings have survived. That's why I was surprised and pleased to run across a small... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500 A house that looked the same front and back Some time in the 1840s, Cape Girardeau's premier builder of homes, Edwin Deane, was contracted to construct a residence for flour mill-owner Ben Horrell of New Orleans. Seeking to escape The Big Easy's oppressive summer heat and unhealthy fevers, Horrell picked Cape Girardeau for his summer home. For about $30,000, Deane built the residence on South Spanish Street, on the present location of the Knights of Columbus Hall. Tradition says the house's east and west facades looked the... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Carnegie medal presented twice to Ruby Lindsay Hargis In April 1924, school teacher Marjorie Haines Hobbs and her 15-year-old pupil, Ruby Lindsay, were enjoying a hike in the woods north of Cape Girardeau, apparently an exercise the friends frequently enjoyed. As they started to cross a train trestle over Little Flora Creek six miles north of the city, they were startled by an oncoming work train. While Ruby stepped safely off onto a beam that projected over the creek, Hobbs froze in fear. Ruby came to her rescue, pulling her to safety, but... Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0500 The sacrifice of brothers Roland and Elwin Busch I hadn't planned on writing a Memorial Day-themed blog this year. In fact, I had already pulled together an article about a girl who won a Carnegie Medal for saving the life of her teacher. That's before I came across a story from June 1967 about the death of Capt. Elwin H. Busch, while serving in the Air Force in Vietnam. He was the son of Judge and Mrs. Roland G. Busch Sr. While any death in military service is a tragedy, this one was compounded by the fact that Capt. Busch's... Tue, 30 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 A 1918 fire consumed second Elmwood Manor The remains of a gateway at Elmwood manor served as a backdrop for photographs during a recent tour of the estate. (Sharon Sanders) (This blog was altered to correct information regarding the above photograph.) In April my sister and I were privileged to be two of the 35 persons who toured Elmwood -- the historic home of Louis and Mary Hunter Giboney Houck -- off Bloomfield Road. The tour was made possible through the efforts of the good folks at Continuing Education at Southeast... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 War increased demand for photos In the days leading up to World War II, as had happened before the War to End All Wars, photographers around the country were besieged with requests for portraits of young men and women and of family groups, mementos of those young men who were preparing for war and for those they would leave behind. In Cape Girardeau that demand for soldiers' and sailors' pictures began early in 1941, a result of the call of young men to military training camps. A Feb. 15, 1941, article on the front... Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 The death of Judge Benjamin Franklin Davis Benjamin Franklin Davis Back in 2011, one of the first blogs I ever wrote dealt with the history of the house at the southwest corner of Themis and Fountain streets, which was then in the process of being restored. I mentioned then that the house was built by Cape Girardeau lawyer Benjamin Franklin "B.F." Davis, who met his unfortunate demise in the spring of 1918. Published May 15, 1918, The Southeast Missourian: JUDGE B.F. DAVIS DROWNED TUESDAY EVENING; BODY WAS... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Carroll house razed in 1941 for A&P store One of the things I enjoy most about my job is introducing readers to the Cape Girardeau of years past. It's icing on the cake, when I can include images of those yesterdays. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a good photograph of the house I'm writing about today: the Carroll house. The only image I can find of the house is from a pre-1941 aerial taken by G.D. Fronabarger. The two-and-a-half-story Carroll house can be seen in the center of this aerial taken by... Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500 'James' Laskaris and the Coney Island In the spring of 1942 residents of the United States had only one thing on their minds: War. Practically every page of the local newspaper had some news about the conflict: Head shots of men and women entering service or being promoted to new ranks and new dangers; rationing of rubber and sugar; classes geared toward airplane mechanics or aviation; cuff-less men's trousers; scrap metal drives and war bond rallies. On March 27, 1942, a local restaurateur pledged in a front-page article in... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Cape's bicycle track had a short run In early 1898 Frank Dunlap, with the help of his wife, Mary Charlotte (Van Frank) Dunlap, a Cape Girardeau native, began remodeling the Riverview Hotel on the river in downtown Cape Girardeau. They intended to convert the old hotel into a sanitarium, where the ill might come to regain their health. One of the first descriptions carried in The Weekly Democrat newspaper of Frank Dunlap was this: "Frank Dunlap... is the man who made a trip around the world on a bicycle. He is well known... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Sodality pre-dates establishment of church Next year, the congregation of St. Mary's Cathedral, pictured above in the early 1900s, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church. Just by chance, I found an article relating to the formation of the parish that offered a few details that I had never seen before. One of those details is the fact that the cathedral's St. Anne's Sodality was actually established in 1867, a year before the church. And, if the article is to be believed, it was the women who were members... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500