From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders en-us 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 All that remains of the second Elmwood manor is the entrance, seen here during a recent tour of the estate. (Sharon Sanders) 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 Missouri State University. Coordinating the tour was Christy Mershon, assisted by historian... 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 Carl Wielpuetz declares himself a loyal American The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, ushering this country into the Great War. Three days later, an advertisement on an inside page of The Daily Republican caught my eye: Immediately below this advertisement was an article that provides more information about Carl Wielpuetz and the attacks made against him. SLANDEROUS CHARGES AROUSE C. WIELPUETZ Resents Charges That He Is Not Loyal American -- Statement of Facts. The Wielpuetz bakery has an... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0500 A second castle in Cape Girardeau Much has been written about the castle on Bloomfield Road: Elmwood. But did you know there once was a "castle" in downtown Cape Girardeau? It takes a bit of squinting and a lot of imagination, but the Adolph List house near the northeast corner of Broadway and Lorimier Street is described in old Missourian articles as "modeled after a castle on the Rhine." Dr. List built the impressive brick dwelling in 1888 and it stood until November 1937, seven months after the death... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Old federal building demolished 50 years ago Fifty years ago this month, workers began the process of stripping the halls and rooms of the old post office/federal building in Cape Girardeau. They salvaged what was deemed usable in anticipation of the old building's demolition later that month. A story in the March 22, 1967, Southeast Missourian described the process. But it was the accompanying photographs that caught my eye. I have no memory of the old building that stood at the southeast corner of Broadway and Fountain... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Matilda Rodney Block: "Her kindness to the needy was boundless" In 1915 Cape Girardeau historian and railroad entrepreneur Louis Houck published a book entitled "Memorial Sketches of Pioneers and Early Residents of Southeast Missouri." The Naeter Brothers, founders of the Southeast Missourian newspaper, produced the hardbound book. I came into possession of a copy through my mentor, Judith Ann Crow. But I wonder just how many were produced. A note at the beginning of the book indicates that the volume saw limited circulation: "For private... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Indian Park marker dedicated I used an item in the "Out of the Past" column recently about a swimming pool the Civic Improvement Association proposed to build in 1917 at the corner of William and South Lorimier streets. That sparked an email exchange between myself and a Texas friend, who was curious about that location and the ultimate outcome of the century-ago proposal. The conversation made me curious about the history of that location, now known as Indian Park. It's clear from the 1917 articles... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0600 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