From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/ en-us The world changed Dec. 7, 1941 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67591 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67471 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67463 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67460 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67404 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67299 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67172 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 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67225 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 Navy Days brought LST to Cape Girardeau in 1945 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67262 As I write this blog, my feet are still aching from all the walking and standing my sister and I did during the weekend's glorious Cape Girardeau Heritage Days. From concerts to tours and demonstrations, to colorful quilts and a touching memorial at Fairmount Cemetery, the first few days of October were everything a history lover like me could want. One of the things we skipped, though, was the tour of LST 325 (Landing Ship Tank 325, as my brother pointed out). Not because we weren't... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Sorghum making a fall tradition http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67086 My friend, Louise Duncan, has told me on several occasions how her father and mother, Silas W. and Mary Cardwell, operated a sorghum mill near Dutchtown. According to Louise, the Missourian did a story on the Cardwell operation, but despite my best efforts, I haven't been able to find that article. I did find the Cardwell name attached to a sorghum operation "on the Rauh farm west of Dutchtown" as early as 1943. According to Mary Cardwell's obituary in 1996, the family... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Commerce lad survived the wreck of the USS Memphis http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67175 In the summer of 1916, the USS Memphis -- an armored cruiser that had been launched by the U.S. Navy in 1904 -- was destroyed, when errant waves tossed the ship about in the harbor of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Internet sources such as Wikipedia note that the Memphis, which had been anchored in the harbor, could not get away quickly enough to avoid being battered by the waves. The ship rolled dramatically and began taking on water through its gun ports, ventilators and, eventually,... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500 St. Mary's makeover that never was http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67007 Artists' concept drawings have always fascinated me. I love to compare what architects conceived for a project to what was actually built. Or, in the case of St. Mary's Cathedral, NOT built. In the spring of 1937, a scheme was hatched to re-make St. Mary's Church in Cape Girardeau (it wouldn't become a cathedral until 1956) and enlarge the grade school to its south. The Southeast Missourian carried an extensive explanation of the work to be done, as well as two concept... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500 A few of Frony's '41 fair photos http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/67038 September in Cape Girardeau can mean only one thing: The SEMO District Fair. In 1941, Girardeans enjoyed what they called the second year of the "renewed" district fair. An institution since 1855, the fair had its financial ups and downs. But in 1929 the exposition came to a screeching halt. After the fair closed its usual run on Sept. 21, 1929, the city -- which had owned the fairgrounds since 1916 -- sold off its various fair buildings: the hog house, the barns, the judge's... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500 1951 train derailment in Cape Girardeau http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66888 Thankfully, train derailments are few and far between in Cape Girardeau. That was one of my first thoughts when I stumbled across the story of a 1951 train derailment in the Red Star district of the city. The second was, "Man, I wish we had the negatives for these photographs." Even when copied from the microfilm, the photos taken that day by G.D. Fronabarger are impressive. What's also impressive is that no one was injured in the accident. Published Saturday, Aug. 18,... Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0500 1960 map illustrated early history of park area http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66789 This photograph of a river overlook in Trail of Tears Park was taken by G.D. Fronabarger in 1961. (Southeast Missourian archive) Three years after the state of Missouri accepted the land in northeast Cape Girardeau County for the development of park that commemorates the Trail of Tears, The Southeast Missourian published a hand-drawn, full-page map of the park. The names of the various sites in the park that bore historic significance were labeled, and an accompanying article traced the... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Sky dancers thrilled Cape Girardeau crowd http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66709 The son of a good friend of mine is an enthusiastic participant in the swing dance craze. I wonder what he would think about the two dancers -- Bette and Bob -- who jitterbugged high over Broadway in November 1939, much to the delight of large, thrill-seeking crowds. The event was sponsored by a number of Cape Girardeau businesses: Libson Hosiery Shop, Buckner-Ragsdale Co., Sunny Hill Farms Dairy, Walther's Furniture Co., Bartels Mercantile Co., J.C. Penney Co., Cape Cut Rate Drugs,... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Controversy accompanied construction of Naval Reserve building in Cape Girardeau http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66763 This site at the entrance to Arena Park from U.S. 61 was the Navy's first choice for its new Naval Reserve Training Center in 1964. (Southeast Missourian archive) Earlier this month, the former Naval Reserve building at Arena Park was demolished to make way for a new Cape Girardeau Police Department headquarters. The training center had stood at that spot since 1969. Unlike its demise, which only elicited a few objections, the selection of a site for the center created enormous... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Bergmann-Bartels dissolved partnership in 1916 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66650 Bergmann-Bartels store, 521-523 Broadway. Aside from the news out of Europe about the growing conflicts there and the excitement locally of a circus coming to town, the big news the third week of August 1916 was the dissolution of the big Bergmann-Bartels grocery and dry goods store on Broadway. The business had been around since 1902, and the proprietors -- William C. Bergmann, Alvin Bergmann and Will G. Bartels -- were among of the most respected merchants in Cape Girardeau. The... Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Fiberglass giant has been gone 25 years http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66469 For nearly a decade, a fiberglass giant towered over Houck Stadium, welcoming Southeast Missouri State University Indian football fans on cold winter days. A 27-foot statue of an American Indian made its way from Sikeston, Missouri, to Cape Girardeau's proud football emporium on the Southeast campus early in August 1981 and remained there until the summer of 1991. The only reference to its coming was a stand-alone photograph published Aug. 4, 1981, in the Southeast Missourian. The... Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0500 The disappearance of Roy E. Schneider http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/fromthemorgue/entry/66342 Roy E. Schneider is a man of mystery. In fact, that's not even his real name. The native of Cape Girardean County was born Roy Ehrenschneider on Feb. 21, 1894, to George and Mary Krehbiel Ehrenschneider. At the time he entered military service in 1917, Roy shortened his surname -- for obvious reasons -- to the more conventional Roy Ernest Schneider. I've found stories about him from time to time in the pages of the Southeast Missourian. Some claimed that he was a hero pilot of... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0500