Captured on Film #1
G.D. Fronabarger was the Southeast Missourian's first photographer, beginning in 1932. Numerous men and women have followed in his footsteps, recording Cape Girardeau's history one image at a time on film. Our latest historic photo galleries -- "Captured on Film" -- feature the talents of these photogs before the age of digital cameras. The galleries that made up "Pictures of the Past" and "Mystery Galleries" may be found at www.semissourian.com/history/. Comments or questions about these photos should be sent to librarian Sharon Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published July 22, 1970.
Mississippi River breezes were cool and jackets were welcome Tuesday when 50 Cape Girardeau businessmen took a barge trip down the river as guests of the Corps of Engineers. The Chamber of Commerce prepared a picnic lunch eaten en route. Some of the river buffs, seated on the prow of the barge, here enjoy the scenery and each other's company. From left, Bob Jones, Ralph Hirsch, Rupert C. Meyer and Vernon Landgraf (standing), Paul B. Loiseau, Thomas E. Phillips, Charles Brune, Charles Hutson and Edward M. Kaiser. (Southeast Missourian archive photo)
Published Saturday, Jan. 28, 1956.
Snow shoveling made easy, or at least easier than if they relied on hand scoops alone, is the way these city workmen found the blading machine and high-lift for moving the layer of packed snow and ice from the curbing of Cape's busy streets Friday. The high-lift is shown with a scoop of the slick stuff ready to be put on a truck after it had been scraped loose by a blading machine. The scoops the men have are for picking up what the big shovel misses. (G.D. Fronabarger ~ Southeast Missourian archive photo)
This sculpture was made with snow from the 15-inch snowstorm of Jan. 15-16, 1978 in Cape Girardeau. (Southeast Missourian archive photo)
Published Sept. 10, 1971.
One person attending Thursday night's jamboree at Town Plaza wasn't interested in the speeches, hot dogs, popcorn, rides, music, attendance prizes -- or mixing with fellow workers. This man stretched out in his car and slept through most of the event, undisturbed by the noise. Perhaps he had a rough day at the factory and needed the sleep. (Steve Robertson ~ Southeast Missourian archive photo)
Published June 20, 1966.
The exit ramp from the southbound lane of Interstate 55 at Wedekind Park is turning into a driver's hazard for northbound motorists on Highway 61. Four persons were injured, none of them seriously, Saturday in the collision shown here. The car at left, driven down the ramp, failed to stop at the stop sign (left) and crashed into a northbound car on Highway 61 (foreground, right), driven by Miss Mary Caldwell of Cape Girardeau, the Highway Patrol reported. Both drivers and two others in the Caldwell car were injured. This was the fourth accident at the intersection this year. In addition, many motorists coming down the ramp fail to see the "Do Not Enter" and "No Left Turn" signs shown in the photo and find themselves on a collision course with northbound motorists. Drivers coming down the ramp must cross northbound Highway 61 to enter the southbound lane at far right. (Southeast Missourian archive photo)
Published Jan. 23, 1968.
Former Jackson Chamber of Commerce President Bernard Schaper, right, receives the annual Leadership Plaque presented to him by Clarence Lee Shirrell of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce. (Southeast Missourian archive photo)
Published May 7, 1978.
The varied day-to-day functions of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce are the work of Robert B. Hendrix, executive director, and Linda Minner, administrative assistant. Here they go over one of the many points of business that cross their desks each day at the Chamber headquarters at 601 N. Kingshighway. Hendrix, who joined the Chamber staff in 1972, previously had been with the Springfield Chamber of Commercer. Minner, who attended Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University, has been with the Chamber for nine years. (Southeast Missourian archive photo)