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Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline
1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...
Out of the Past columns
Out of the past: April 26 (04/26/15)
After nearly a quarter century at the helm of the Cape Girardeau Public Library, Martha Maxwell resigns; Maxwell has...
Out of the past: April 25 (04/25/15)
The Jackson School District's five kindergarten teachers and several parents told the board of education yesterday that...
Out of the past: April 24 (04/24/15)
Trans World Express, which serves the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport, has introduced a news British Aerospace J-31...
Out of the past: April 23 (04/23/15)
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- A statewide conservation and landowner rights group has joined a fight against a Cape...
Out of the past: April 22 (04/22/15)
The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnston of Cape Girardeau are retiring this spring after 40 years of service to United...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.

Michael Crites
Michael Anthony Crites, 54, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Scott City, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Scott...
Janie Dooley
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Betty "Janie" Dooley, 55, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the family home. She was...

William Gentry
William Howard Gentry, 85, of Marion, Illinois, formerly of Scott City, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at his home. He...
Gregory Jones
PERKINS, Mo. -- Gregory "Gregg" Jones, 54, of Perkins passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at the family home. He was...

James Mason
MARQUAND, Mo. -- James Ernest Mason, 40, of Marquand passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015. He was born July 3, 1974, in...
Barbara Perkins
Barbara Ann Perkins, 86, of Lakewood, Colorado, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Lakewood...

Ginger Shearon
Virginia P. "Ginger" Shearon, 61, of Jackson passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Southeast Hospital in Cape...

Mary Susan Wessel
Mary Susan Wessel, 64, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Susan,...
Janie Dooley
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Janie Dooley, 55, of Chaffee died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at the family home. Friends may call after...

James Mason
MARQUAND, Mo. -- James Mason, 40, of Marquand passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at his home. He was born July 3,...
Today in History
Today in History 4-26-15 (04/26/15)
Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015. There are 249 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Port Royal, Virginia, and killed. (As he lay dying, Booth looked at his hands and supposedly gasped, "Useless, useless.")...
Today in History (04/25/15)
Today is Saturday, April 25, the 115th day of 2015. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses. Delegates from some 50 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize the United Nations...
History in the news
History professor: U.S. still 'breathing the legacies of the Civil War' (04/17/15)
The North won the Civil War, the South lost, and Missouri was somewhere in the middle. Southeast Missouri State University's annual Harold Holmes Dugger lecture, presented by Christopher Phillips on Thursday night, examined the complex and sometimes contradictory cultural and political tides that emerged in the wake of the Civil War...
Cape Girardeau endangered buildings list grows (04/17/15) 8
The number of properties added to the Endangered Buildings list this year nearly doubled from last year's numbers, largely thanks to the number of first-time submissions for several buildings. From former storefronts to personal homes, the buildings on the list vary in history, purpose and level of deterioration...
Walking tour, 'I Spy' contest mark Historic Preservation Month (04/17/15) 1
Cape Girardeau's Historic Preservation Commission is gearing up for Historic Preservation Month in May with a familiar event and a new competition. The commission's annual walking tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. May 1 at the southwest corner of Broadway and Frederick Street. This year, the tour will focus on historic structures along Frederick and conclude at the Cape River Heritage Museum, 538 Independence St., which will offer refreshments and historic displays...
As death of Lincoln marked, caretakers of tomb face setbacks (04/16/15)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln's tomb are on the defensive over an unflattering critique in National Geographic magazine and looming budget cuts that could threaten management of the historic site, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War president's assassination...
Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies (04/15/15)
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -- Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. His family said in a statement released through his manager, Mark Lyman, that he died "peacefully" at his home in Baton Rouge after a yearlong struggle with cancer. The cause of death was liver failure, Lyman said...
Southern California hospital to open psychiatric museum (04/14/15)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A Southern California psychiatric hospital in operation since 1893 plans to open a museum that will showcase the changing nature of treatment over more than a century. The Sun newspaper reported Sunday that the Patton State Hospital Museum will feature more than 140 artifacts, including original machines used in electroconvulsive -- or shock -- treatments...
Turkey recalls ambassador over pope's genocide words (04/13/15)
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis on Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of Armenians by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks "the first genocide of the 20th century" and urging the international community to recognize it as such. Turkey immediately responded by recalling its ambassador and accusing Francis of spreading hatred and "unfounded claims."...
Video: Islamic group destroys ancient ruins (04/13/15)
BAGHDAD -- Islamic State militants hammered, bulldozed and ultimately blew up parts of the ancient Iraqi Assyrian city of Nimrud, destroying a site dating back to the 13th century B.C., an online militant video purportedly shows. The destruction at Nimrud, located near the militant-held city of Mosul, came amid other attacks on antiquity carried out by the group now holding a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in its self-declared caliphate. ...
Events, exhibits mark 150 years since Lincoln assassination (04/12/15)
Wednesday marks 150 years since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Historic sites, museums and communities around the country are hosting exhibits, performances and events to mark the anniversary. Here are details on a few. Lincoln was shot April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. ...
Chair in which Lincoln was shot center stage on anniversary (04/08/15)
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Jeff Buczkiewicz stood before the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated 150 years ago. He peered silently into the glass-enclosed case at the rocking chair, then snapped pictures for posterity. "You just get drawn into these things," said Buczkiewicz, 47, who came from suburban Chicago with his family to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. "It is a tragic part of our history and our country. I think it's important to take it all in."...
Actor who played 'Dukes of Hazzard' sheriff dies at age 88 (04/08/15)
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Prolific character actor James Best, best known for playing the giggling and inept Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard," has died. He was 88. His wife of 29 years, Dorothy Best, said that Best died Monday night in hospice care in Hickory from complications of pneumonia...
Cape recycling program marks 25 years, looks to future (04/05/15)
Saturday marked 25 years since the city of Cape Girardeau began its recycling program. The city and the League of Women Voters sponsored the original pilot program. They began with about 60 households and picked up recycling the first Wednesday of every month...
Southeast Missouri State's 24 years of Division I men's basketball have been marked mostly by NCAA violations, firings and mediocrity (04/05/15) 23
Five former coaches, three NCAA investigations and just one NCAA tournament appearance are all the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team has to show for its move to Division I athletics.
Way of the cross: Old St. Vincent parishioners will celebrate Easter amid 190 years of history (04/05/15)
Stations of the Cross -- a series of 14 images that delineate that last day of the life of Jesus Christ -- are arrayed at intervals along the walls of the nave of Old St. Vincent Church in downtown Cape Girardeau. Each compact three-dimensional tableau is captioned to describe the scene -- "Jesus is taken down from the cross," says the penultimate sculpture, and the final view explains, "Jesus is laid in the sepulcher." Together, the stations, sometimes referred to as Way of the Cross, present a prayer and a pilgrimage to remind the faithful of Jesus' suffering and death.. ...
Professor to lecture about Missouri in Civil War (04/03/15)
"Southern Cross, North Star: The Cultural Politics of Civil War Memory in Missouri and the Middle Border, 1865-1915" will be the topic when the Harold Holmes Dugger Lecture is presented April 16 at Southeast Missouri State University. The lecture, sponsored by the Southeast Department of History, will be delivered by Christopher Phillips, professor of history at the University of Cincinnati...
Library of Congress acquires rare Civil War images (03/30/15)
WASHINGTON -- A Houston housewife who quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress. The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, 87-year-old Robin Stanford delivered the historic stereograph images from her collection to the library...
Royals, Cumberbatch help bury comeback King Richard III (03/27/15)
LEICESTER, England (AP) -- A maligned monarch found under a parking lot was buried in pomp Thursday, as Britain embraced comeback King Richard III, a long-reviled ruler who is experiencing a remarkable posthumous renaissance. Royalty, religious leaders and actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined archaeologists, Richard's distant relatives and curious Britons for a service in Leicester Cathedral that saw the king's bones buried with dignity, 530 years after his violent death...
Record-breaking show 'The Fantasticks' to close in May (03/26/15)
NEW YORK -- The off-Broadway phenomenon "The Fantasticks" will pack away its confetti and cardboard moon this summer, ending a record-breaking run that started when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Producers of the stalwart, low-tech show said Wednesday the musical will close May 3, the 55th anniversary of the show's opening in 1960. It will have run 20,672 performances in two city venues, with a gap of four years when it went silent...
Lorimier statue taken down for repairs (03/24/15) 2
The wooden statue of Louis Lorimier may be finding a new home by the end of the summer. The statue of Cape Girardeau's founder was carved into a tree stump at Cape Rock Park in September 1997. Since then, it's continued to be worn and damaged by weather, and city workers have taken the statue to its maintenance shed to be dried and be repaired...
Greece fights German bailout demands with Nazi-era claims (03/23/15)
BERLIN -- It was 1943, and the Nazis were deporting Greece's Jews to death camps in Poland. Hitler's genocidal accountants reserved a twist: The Jews had to pay their train fare. The bill for 58,585 Jews sent to Auschwitz and other camps exceeded 2 million Reichsmark -- more than 25 million euros ($27 million) in today's money...
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Timeline of the Southeast Missourian newspaper
The Southeast Missourian newspaper celebrated its centennial in 2004, publishing a timeline of its history. This is an updated version of that timeline....

Our latest historic photo galleries -- "Captured on Film" -- feature the talents of Missourian photographers before the age of digital cameras. Comments or questions about these images should be sent to the newspaper's librarian, Sharon Sanders, at ssanders@semissourian.com

Our new series of old photographs by G.D. Fronabarger. Some are mysteries, others not so much. As with the Mystery Galleries, we encourage your comments to librarian Sharon Sanders at ssanders@semissourian.com.

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Photo galleries
Kent Library 75th anniversary
Kent Library marks its 75th anniversary with a program Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Southeast Missouri State University.
Kent Library marks 75 years
The 75th anniversary of the dedication of Kent Library was celebrated Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. This gallery contains photographs of the library's namesake, Sadie Kent, and of the facility from its inception through its massive enlargement in the 1960s.
Iconic Images from the Southeast Missourian
Here are some noteworthy photographs published by the Southeast Missourian in its 110-year history.
McLain's Chapel
McLain's Chapel as seen Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Civil War Times
Family Days at the Museum - Civil War Times Saturday, Feb. 15, at the River Campus.
Kennedy assassination - Nov. 22, 1963
Fifty years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, an assassin's bullet took the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 36th president of the United States, in downtown Dallas, Texas. Photos by the Associated Press tell the story of that tragic event and the sad days that followed.
Grand Reopening of Academic Hall
Students, faculty and visitors take in the renovations of Academic Hall, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, during the grand reopening ceremony of Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall.
The 1993 Flood - 20 Years Later
A look back at the areas affected by the 1993 flood.
Endangered Buildings List
The Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission releases its list of endangered buildings. View photos of the buildings as seen on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Broadway, Main Street historical photos
Early photographs show how commercial buildings on Broadway and Main Street in Cape Girardeau looked nearly a century ago.
Glenn House repairs
The railing on the balcony and front porch of the Glenn House have been replaced using cedar, and the floor of the front porch has been replaced with composite. The bases of the porch columns have been repaired, leaving them in near original condition.
Oliver-Leming House, Missouri State Flag
Historical photos of the Oliver-Leming House in Cape Girardeau.
Drainage in Southeast Missouri
Historical photos of drainage operations in Southeast Missouri.
John S. Cobb School sign dedication
The former John S. Cobb School site, Merriwether and Ellis, memorial sign dedication Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. In 1890, the Lincoln School was built for the education of Cape Girardeau's African-American students. The building was razed in 1954 after a fire damaged it a year earlier.
Louis Lorimier Bicentennial Commemorative Celebration
People gathered at Old Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau Sunday, June 24, 2012 for the Louis Lorimier Bicentennial Commemorative Celebration.
Historic Preservation Walking Tour
About 40 people took the Historic Preservation Walking Tour on Broadway from Pacific Street to Middle Street Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Cape Girardeau. It was sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission. Click this link for the walking tour handout.
Avenue of Flags dedication 1987
The Avenue of Flags was dedicated May 25, 1987 with Congressman Bill Emerson at Cape Girardeau County Park North.
Downtown Historic Home & Garden Tour
Old Town Cape's third annual Downtown Historic Home & Garden Tour Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Cape Girardeau.
John Glenn orbits Earth 50 years ago
Astronaut John Glenn orbits the Earth in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft on Feb. 20, 1962. Twenty years later, U.S. Sen. John Glenn appears in Sikeston, Mo. on behalf of Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau, 8th District Democratic candidate.
Remembering 9/11
Ceremonies in Cape Girardeau and Jackson Sept. 11, 2011 commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
9/11 in Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missourian photographers captured the local scene on 9/11 and the following days.
9/11 Then and Now
These Associated Press photos show the before and after of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City.
Downtown Cape Girardeau clock turns 25
People come out to celebrate the clock at the intersection of Themis and Main streets 25th birthday Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in downtown Cape Girardeau. A custom birthday hat sat atop the clock as people listened to tunes from the Jerry Ford Band, munched on hot dogs and cupcakes and sang "Happy Birthday" to the clock.
A vacant Pinhook, Mo.
Floodwater from the breached Birds Point levee has left the town of Pinhook, Mo. void of residents as seen on Thursday, June 16, 2011.
Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway after the breach
The waters in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway are receding, leaving behind a desolate Mississippi County landscape as seen on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Steam locomotive in Cape Girardeau
Train fans get up close to Union Pacific's steam locomotive No. 844 on display Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Cape Girardeau.
Railroads historical gallery
Railroads have played a role in the history of Cape Girardeau. Here is a collection of photos from the history of rail travel in the area, taken from the Southeast Missourian archives.
Rural Schools historical gallery
Rural schools in the surrounding Cape Girardeau area. Most of the buildings no longer exist.
Racing historical gallery
Racing of all kinds has always been popular in Cape Girardeau. Here are photos of boat races, horse races, car races and other types of races that took place in Cape Girardeau over the years.
Memorial Day historical gallery
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The holiday grew out of the tradition of decorating the graves of the Civil War dead. In Cape Girardeau, early observances included musical programs and patriotic speeches conducted in the shade of the Courthouse Park. Those in attendance would then parade to Old Lorimier Cemetery, where veterans' graves would be cleaned and decorated with flowers and flags.
Flash Flooding in Cape Girardeau
Major flooding occurred along Cape LaCroix Creek in the Town Plaza area of Cape Girardeau after more than six inches of rain fell on May 15, 1986.
Cape's Movie Theaters
A collection of Cape Girardeau's movie theaters over the decades.
Cape Girardeau aerials historical gallery
Garland D. "Frony" Fronabarger took hundreds of aerial photos of Cape Girardeau during his tenure as the Southeast Missourian's photographer. Fronabarger joined the newspaper in 1927 and retired in 1986. Staff members have chosen a few to share.