Pavement Ends
James Baughn

The surprise at 818 North Fountain

Posted Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 12:30 AM


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  • Let's hope the University doesn't buy the property...

    -- Posted by Pocestnik on Thu, Mar 21, 2013, at 9:35 AM
  • Here's information about the Sherwood-Minton House.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Mar 21, 2013, at 4:43 PM
  • This is something that all History folks should join together in saving!

    -- Posted by jimb7641 on Fri, Mar 22, 2013, at 10:04 AM
  • My parents, Lindel and June Pender, occupied this home from 1972 until 1999. They were told it had served as a laundry for the smallpox hospital. There is a very large, filled-in cistern directly behind the house.

    -- Posted by daffodil42 on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 1:24 PM
  • This was my grandparents home, Lindell and June Pender, up until the death of my grandmother in the late 1990's. The "well capped with red granite blocks" is actually a decorative wishing well my grandfather, and accopmplished builder, made for my grandmother. The wooden peices he attached to it have long since disintegrated. I grew up hearing stories of the small pox hospital located here during the civil war, as well as the "ghost" stories about it and the house. From the basement, actually just a root cellar, you can still see the remnants of the old log structure. The building in the back is painted the same green as the house was until the new owners after grandmas death painted it this beige. Grandpa built the house as a guest house to match the bigger structure. The front of the house is actually where the back was originally, as the street was moved and used to run along through where the garden area is in the back. The front door comes out right onto the street because the new "Fountain street" was run so close to the edge of the house. I have many fond memories here of my grandparents and of the history lessons about my hometown of Cape Girardeau. My grandparents tried repeatedly to bring notice to officials regarding the house's history, as did my mother and aunts after my grandparents deaths. But to no avail. I think it is a shame the house has been allowed to ruin and my possibly be beyond repair since I have moved away. Seeing it online like this brings good memories, yet saddens me greatly as well.

    -- Posted by nursetink9 on Thu, Apr 25, 2013, at 9:10 PM