From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders en-us D.A.R. stone also marks Lorimier's Red House Erected by the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution, this boulder marks the site of Louis Lorimier's home near the corner of South Spanish and William streets. (Fred Lynch ~ Southeast Missourian) Recently in this space, we discussed efforts by the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution in 1916-17 to mark the route of El Camino Real, the King's Highway. Cape Girardeau earned itself a marker, as the road made its way right up to the doorstep of the city's... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Stand-alone photos can fill a blog It's been a while since I dug into the file of stand-alone photographs that I sometimes use to fill this blog space. The late 1930s and early 1940s used this newspaper feature quite frequently to show off the talents of photographer G.D. Fronabarger. These are in no particular order. And the only reason they appear in this blog is because they appealed to me. Let's start off with some kids! Published Jan. 15, 1938. Published Feb. 21, 1938. Published Aug. 7,... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 8,000 people turned out for Hotel Marquette opening In 1926 business, civic and government officials in Cape Girardeau secured the promise of a traffic bridge that would span the Mississippi River. Along with that promise came a problem: How would Cape Girardeau accommodate the mass of tourists who would take advantage of the new span? Cape Girardeau in 1926 had only two downtown hotels, the St. Charles at Main and Themis and the Idan-Ha at Broadway and Fountain. Neither was what you would call elegant or modern. And so, the same... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:00:00 -0500 D.A.R. marks the King's Highway This marker was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution and stands at the corner of Spanish and William streets in downtown Cape Girardeau. (Fred Lynch ~ Southeast Missourian) For those of us who spend any time in old cemeteries hunting our elusive ancestors, Daughters of the American Revolution markers at the grave sites of Revolutionary War patriots are easily recognizable. But graves aren't the only thing the D.A.R. have marked. If you've been keeping up with... Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0500 City buses began rolling in Cape Girardeau in 1941 I wasn't around in 1941, when three brand new General Motors city buses rolled onto the streets of Cape Girardeau. But I'll be residents were thrilled with the innovation, especially those who were left hoofing it to work after the street car system suspended operations in 1934. The colorful buses of the Cape Transit Corp., began operating here the morning of April 2, 1941, only about five months later than had been hoped. The bus service was authorized by city ordinance in August... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Quality Corner recreated itself from the ashes of 1916 fire In the days and months that followed the March 15, 1916, fire in downtown Cape Girardeau, business men in town began demanding better, more modern firefighting equipment and prepared to clean up the mess left by the blaze. No firm had a bigger chore of rebuilding than the Buckner-Ragsdale store. Located in the L.B. Houck building at the southeast corner of Main Street and Broadway, the company lost everything to the hungry flames. What made it an even more bitter pill to swallow was... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Three big buildings destroyed in 1916 conflagration The Riverview Hotel (Southeast Missourian archive) One hundred years ago today, one of the worst fires in Cape Girardeau history destroyed three big buildings clustered near the corner of Broadway and Water Street. The fire began In the L.B. Houck Building in the "newly furnished and equipped" Buckner-Ragsdale store at southeast corner of Broadway and Main Street, stretching to Water Street. It then traveled south to the adjoining Terminal Hotel. Flames also leaped Broadway... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Sabin polio vaccine introduced here on day of tragedy A longtime reader of the Southeast Missourian recently brought me a clipping she had saved. It shows a "practice run" for the distribution of the Sabin oral polio vaccine in Cape Girardeau. While the clipping was undated, I was able to find it when I did a search on the name of one of the nurses pictured in the photo: Patricia Bixler. A quick check of the microfilm led me to a surprise. The photograph, accompanied by an article explaining the vaccine distribution at "feeding... Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Ellen Wright home If you look carefully at the left side of this postcard, you can barely make out the figure of a woman standing between a doorway and what appears to be an old pump or tree stump. I can't prove it, but I believe that woman may be the final owner of this impressive house, Ellen Miller Henderson Wright. The old place's claim to fame was as Cape Girardeau's "first courthouse." Used as a trading post in pioneer days, some of the earliest sessions of the County Court... Tue, 01 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Bones removed from creek-side grave The sad, peculiar story of the removal of a grave from the bank of Crooked Creek near Allenville was told on the front page of The Daily Republican newspaper in the winter of 1916. In January that year, workers using draglines and dredges and other monster machines were digging the canals and straightening the streams that would eventually drain the swamps of Southeast Missouri. As crews worked their way along Crooked Creek, Adam Kidd of Hickory Ridge in Cape Girardeau County knew he must... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Frony reminisces Garland D. Fronabarger, who was also known as "One-Shot Frony" or just plain "Frony," is probably best known to today's Missourian readers because of his photographs. Almost weekly, some image of Frony's finds its way onto this website or into the pages of the Southeast Missourian. But when I knew Frony back in the 1980s, he rarely took photos for the newspaper. When I knew him he was the Missourian's business writer, a position he held for many, many... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: Appleton revisited As we begin to wind things down with our look at the small towns featured in The Daily Republican's 10th Anniversary Edition of 1915, we double back to pick up three more items about the progressive town of Appleton. Over the past few months, this blog has reprinted stories about the people and businesses from Whitewater, Burfordville, Allenville, New Wells, Dutchtown, Pocahontas, Neelys Landing, Friedheim, Oak Ridge, Tilsit, Gordonville, Daisy and, lastly, Appleton. All that remains in... Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: Appleton The publishers of the Daily Republican's 10th Anniversary Edition may have seen Gordonville as "hustling" and Daisy as "beautiful," but they declared the town of Appleton, with its own roller mill and beer brewery, as "progressive." PROGRESSIVE TOWN OF APPLETON History of Appleton, Mo. (By L.B. Boren) Appleton is located at the extreme north end of Cape Girardeau County, about 14 miles north of Jackson, the county seat. It is situated on... Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0600 'Mother' Kelly raises 13 orphan children Longtime readers of this blog may remember back in 2014 I wrote a piece about Mattie Adams and her orphanage in Cape Girardeau. By all accounts, Mattie was a big-hearted woman whose goal in life was to provide safe homes for the area's parent-less youngsters. While stories of Mrs. Adams' home had been preserved through the years as rumors and legends, I had never seen anything concerning a similar figure of Scott County, from whence my ancestors came. That is, until recently. A... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: More about Daisy Last week's blog featured a few items about the "Beautiful town of Daisy." The 10th Anniversary Edition of The Daily Republican contained two more articles about business men who called Daisy home: farmer Tom B. Crites and merchant E.W. Harris. The photo below shows the Harris merchandise store, and what could be all the male residents of Daisy. E.W. Harris, Daisy, Missouri Every city and town has a central location around which ebbs the life of the municipality. Daisy also has that... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: Beautiful Town of Daisy Once more delving into the 1915 "10th Anniversary Edition" of The Daily Republican, we've come to the beautiful town of Daisy. The photos below show some of the homes in Daisy, as well as the depot for the Cape Girardeau Northern (Houck) Railroad and the public school. Beautiful Town of Daisy Daisy is beautifully situated on the Cape Girardeau Northern Railroad, on the uplands which separate the headwaters of Caney and Little Apple creeks. It is in the center of a densely populated... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Cape County volunteers prepared for war In the fall of 1940, the United States was inching slowly toward a new world war. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, probably recognizing the inevitability of the United States' entry into that conflict, began redirecting federal funds from non-essential projects to the buildup of the military. That included funds for a new post office building in Cape Girardeau, but that's a blog for another day. Word soon came down that National Guardsmen would be sent to camps for extended training. Just... Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: The hustling town of Gordonville revisited We paused in our study of the articles related to Gordonville in The Daily Republican's 10th anniversary edition for a Christmas blog. This installment finishes off those Gordonville stories with items about the Bangert General Store and the Bank of Gordonville. H.W. BANGERT, GORDONVILLE, MISSOURI Mr. Bangert owns and conducts one of the nicest and best-kept general stores in the county and has, from a small beginning, built up a trade that is only procured by strict honesty and... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 Letters to Santa were all the rage once In the earliest years of the Southeast Missourian, one of the mainstays of the Christmas holiday season was the publication of youngsters' letters to Santa Claus. For some reason, I took note of the letters from 1915 as I was working on Out of the Past columns. What struck me most about them was that almost all asked for the same three things: Candy, nuts and fruit. What in this modern world we pick up without thinking at our local supermarket, children a century ago considered treats to... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600 10th Anniversary Edition: Gordonville's roller mills (This aerial showing the roller mill at Gordonville was taken by G.D. Fronabarger in 1949.) Last week's blog, a re-printing of an article from The Daily Republican's 10th Anniversary Edition, introduced us to the hustling town of Gordonville. We know continue that theme with a lengthy article about the Gordonville Roller Mills. Gordonville Roller Mills A most important industry, practically the life nerve of Gordonville, is the plant of the Gordonville Roller Mills, and a most complete... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 -0600