From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders en-us Evaluating Kelso's legacy: City water plant and the Alvarado Today's blog continues the examination of Judge I.R. Kelso's legacy at Cape Girardeau and beyond. In this seventh article written after Kelso's death, the publishers of the Missourian described Kelso's work with a public utilities company that led to the construction of a new water plant in Cape Girardeau, as well as his own construction of the Alvarado service station. As the article states, Kelso developed the Alvarado "between the big things (he) accomplished for the... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: The Frisco franchise, part 3 This blog continues an examination of the legacy of attorney I.R. Kelso, as seen through the eyes of the publishers of the Southeast Missourian newspaper. After successfully negotiating a new franchise agreement, the Frisco Railroad began working to fulfill the various conditions of the pact. But that work would be interrupted by World War I. This article concerning Kelso's legacy deals with his work to get a new passenger station built here and his employment by a new utility company... Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: The Frisco franchise, part 2 Last week's blog featured information concerning I.R. Kelso's involvement in franchise dealings between the city of Cape Girardeau and the Frisco Railroad. After much back-and-fourth between the two, and after several public hearings on the matter, a tentative plan was explained to the citizens by Kelso, who had been appointed special attorney by the city for the franchise talks. The fifth article on Kelso’s civic legacy gives some of the plan’s details. This... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: The Frisco franchise, part 1 The Southeast Missourian continued its examination of attorney I.R. Kelso's civic legacy in the weeks after his death in 1951. This fourth article explored the turbulent franchise agreement between the city of Cape Girardeau and the Frisco Railroad. This image of the Frisco passenger station on Water Street in Cape Girardeau was taken from the 1906 city directory. (Southeast Missourian archive) Published Dec. 14, 1951: SOME EVALUATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE RENDERED CAPE... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: First Christian Church The First Christian Church was located at the northeast corner of Sprigg and Themis streets. (Southeast Missourian archive) The third article dealing with the legacy of I.R. Kelso tells the story of how a Methodist church in Cape Girardeau became the home of First Christian Church. Of course, Kelso had a lot to do with that transformation. Published Dec. 13, 1951: SOME EVALUATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE RENDERED CAPE GIRARDEAU BY I.R. KELSO ARTICLE No. 3. If the... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: Prominent men of Kelso's time Louis Houck (Southeast Missourian archive) After the death of I.R. Kelso in St. Louis on Nov. 21, 1951, the publishers of the Southeast Missourian produced a series of articles examining the life and civic works of the Cape Girardeau/St. Louis attorney. Here's the second article concerning the efforts of prominent men like Kelso, Louis Houck, D.A. Glenn, M.E. Leming, John H. Himmelberger, William H. Harrison and Will Hirsch to make Cape Girardeau prosper through the workings of... Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Evaluating Kelso's legacy: Shoe factory Through the efforts of I.R. Kelso, the Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Co. opened a factory on North Main Street in Cape Girardeau in 1906. (Southeast Missourian archive) In last week's blog, I discussed the death of attorney Isaac Reynolds "I.R." Kelso. This week, and for several weeks following, I'll bring you a series of articles about Kelso's legacy, as seen through the eyes of the publishers of the Southeast Missourian, George and Fred Naeter. The publishers... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 I.R. Kelso I'm always on the lookout for a topic to write about in this blog. Recently, it occurred to me that I should do something about Isaac R. Kelso, a prominent lawyer in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. Kelso went by his initials, "I.R.," and all the stories I have ever read about him referred to him as "I.R. Kelso." It wasn't until I looked at his death certificate that I learned his full name. Not even his obituary in The Southeast Missourian used his Christian... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Downtown Cape's first 'skyscraper' Here are a couple of trivia questions for you: What downtown building was Cape Girardeau's first skyscraper? And what Broadway structure's exterior was scaled not once, but twice, by "human flies?" If you answered "the Himmelberger-Harrison Building" for both, you're correct. In the summer of 1906, The Daily Republican newspaper announced that Cape Girardeau was getting its first "sky-scraper," a five-story office structure to be built by the... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 St. Vincent's builds a new school Last week in this blog, we recalled the demolition of the St. Vincent's Parochial School, located south of Old St. Vincent's Catholic Church at the corner of Spanish and William streets. The school was built in 1877 as a boys school. St. Vincent's Young Ladies Academy at Spanish and Good Hope streets educated both local girls and girls sent here from distance, boarding them. But after the latter school shuttered its doors in 1923, the boys school became co-ed. By 1948, St.... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Old St. Vincent's grade school razed What was hinted at in a letter to the editor published in the Southeast Missourian on Aug. 24, 1971, became reality a few months later: Old St. Vincent's Parochial School on South Spanish Street was razed. The letter -- signed with the initials "J.B." -- warned: "Gone with the wind. Unless a miracle occurs, that will, before the end of August, be the fate of St. Vincent's Parochial School on Spanish Street built in 1877 by the historic church that has graced Cape... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 WWI farewells took on a somber tone Last week in this space, I told you of Cape Girardeau County's "First Eight," the first group of draftees who departed from Jackson on Sept. 5, 1917, to train for the Army in World War I. An article from The Daily Republican related that seven of the eight left with "faces shining with smiles and apparently eager to go." At Jackson, "relatives and friends stood about to cheer them on their way. The boys were in fine spirits, laughing, and joking." While... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Cape County's 'First Eight' In September 1917, Uncle Sam went about collecting the young men of this nation to serve in what was called at the time "the First National Army." All across the country, likely young men registered for the military draft. In Cape Girardeau County, the first of these men came to be called "the First Eight." Those eight would-be soldiers were Linus C. Morton, Emra A. Fulbright, William Hobbs, Norman Buell Proffer, Joseph C. Roussell, Hathorne H. Ranney, Lyman Steele and... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Local heroes rescued fountain In the summer of 1982, water stopped flowing in the Courthouse Park (now Ivers Square) Memorial Fountain. The Cape Girardeau County Court, which was paying for the water, closed the tap. It wasn't an arbitrary decision on the part of the county judges. The pump that controlled the flow of the water wasn't circulating it properly. That led to monthly water bills amounting to hundreds of dollars. And the county didn't have the thousands needed to fix the problem. But Cape Girardeau... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 The evolution of a park In June of this year, the Cape Girardeau City Council voted to rename Common Pleas Courthouse Park as Ivers Square, recognizing former slaves James and Harriet Ivers. According to research by Denise Lincoln, an authority on Cape Girardeau's black Civil War soldiers, James Ivers enlisted in the Union Army on June 18, 1863. He died of consumption on Oct. 1, 1863, while serving at Helena, Arkansas. His widow, Harriet Ivers, purchased a home at the southwest corner of Middle Street and... Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 1953 train derailment took the life of a Lilbourn Guardsman G.D. Fronabarger photographed more than 400 National Guardsmen who escaped injury in a train derailment on July 25, 1953. The group was assembled by Lieut. Col. H.F. Wickham, commander of the troop train, and they made up Company A, Dexter; Company B, Caruthersville; Company C, Lilbourn; Company D, Charleston; First Battalion Headquarters Company, Sikeston; Company K, Kennett and Company L, Bernie. In the background can be seen the rear end of the derailed train. A total of 448 men,... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500 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