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: Dec. 1
Four county courthouses in Southeast Missouri -- Scott, Mississippi, Bollinger and Ripley -- will be closed Monday...
Out of the past: Nov. 30
When Jackson postmaster John C. Crites was sworn into office Aug. 12, 1966, it cost 5 cents to mail a first-class...
Out of the past: Nov. 29
A group of Cape Girardeau residents has formed SEA (Southeast Area) Cape Cleanup Committee, with a goal of making...
Out of the past: Nov. 28
The city of Cape Girardeau is planning to straighten the jagged route of North Main Street near the site of the...
Out of the past: Nov. 27
The former Cape Girardeau WISER building, 1111 Linden Ave., will be auctioned off next month, but an agency board...
View the Missourian's coverage of the Flood of 2011.
** Shirley Bell
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Shirley Bell, 61, of Mounds died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Southeast Hospital in Cape...
GIPSY, Mo. -- Ronald Dale Wallace, 72, of Gipsy passed away Nov. 27, 2015, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape...
ALTON, Ill. -- Myrtle "Freda" Alfreda Matthews, 90, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Cedarhurst Assisted Living in...
** Wallace Bobo
MOUND CITY, Ill. -- Wallace Bobo, 79, of Mound City died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at Union County...
Judith L. "Judi" Abernathy, 75, of Jackson died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at her daughter's home in Bragg City, Missouri....
Kathleen Maxine Barringer Fisher Adams, 96 years, 11 months and 20 days old, passed from this earth to be with her Lord...
SCOPUS, Mo. -- Marion Ray Baker, 88, of Scopus passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at The Lutheran Home in Cape...
OLMSTED, Ill. -- Charles Grant Britt, 60, of Bardwell, Kentucky, formerly of Olmsted, passed away at 5:49 p.m. Friday,...
Mark David Collier, 55, of Gordonville died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at his home. He was born Sunday, Sept. 11, 1960, in...
Steve Craddock, 61, of Jackson died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. A...
Today in History
Today in History
Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2015. There are 30 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus; the incident sparked a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks...
Today in History
Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2015. There are 31 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1965, "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader, a book highly critical of the U.S. auto industry, was first released in hardcover by Grossman Publishers...
History in the news
Opponent of Japanese-Americans' WII treatment to be honored
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Relatives of a civil-rights attorney being honored posthumously this week with a Presidential Medal of Freedom for challenging the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II are alarmed by opposition to Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S...
Zoning may scuttle man's plans for historic Pike Lodge
From schoolhouse to frat house to simply "house," the building at 2815 S. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau has a storied history. What lies in store for its future, however, remains uncertain. It served as a rural, two-room schoolhouse for Marquette School from 1924 to 1968 before being bought by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity of Southeast Missouri State University in late 1974 to be used for social events. No one lived at the property the fraternity dubbed "Pike Lodge."...
Missouri project helps find path of the Trail of Tears
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An unlabeled, nearly 200-year-old map, stored in the Missouri State Archives, became the starting point to discovering the earliest roads in Southeast Missouri, specifically ones the Cherokee may have followed on the Trail of Tears...
Film of Hitler confidants set for Smithsonian Channel debut
PITTSBURGH -- American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Adolf Hitler's inner circle describe the dictator's final hours in filmed interviews when "The Day Hitler Died" premieres on the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary marks the first time viewers outside Germany will see the filmed interviews by Michael Musmanno, a Navy attorney who presided at one of the Nuremberg war-crimes trials and later became a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice...
Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies at age 96
BERLIN -- Helmut Schmidt, the chancellor who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism and became a respected elder statesman, died Tuesday. He was 96. Schmidt died at his house in Hamburg, according to German weekly Die Zeit, of which Schmidt was a co-publisher...
New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint dies at 77
NEW ORLEANS -- Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, who racked up hits like "Working in the Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade" as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer before he gained new fame as a performer, died Tuesday, not long after a performance in Spain. He was 77...
Cape's downtown historic district nears expansion
A downtown historic district in Cape Girardeau is one step closer to expansion. An application was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office in July seeking to add the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Broadway to the Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District...
Museum's train room provides look at Scott City, circa 1945
The freight trains that trundle along Scott City's main street throughout the day pass by the Scott City Historical Museum, where a handful of residents for years have worked to curate a collection of area history. To Gail Crader, a retired professor who oversees the museum's records room, the museum represents a microcosm of Scott City's small-town spirit of cooperation...
Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago today
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Great Lakes have claimed thousands of ships since European explorers began navigating the waters in the 1600s, but few have captured the public's imagination as has the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, in Lake Superior...
Tour gives glimpse of black Civil War veterans' lives
Mary Lacey grew up in Cape Girardeau and remembers visiting Fairmont Cemetery as a young girl. But back then, she thought black people were buried only in the northeast portion. "I even asked, but until today, I didn't even know there were any blacks buried in this part of the cemetery," she said, standing among the oldest of Fairmont's graves...
South Korea, Japan work to resolve World War II sex-slave issue
SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks Monday after a 3 1/2-year freeze and agreed to try to resolve the decades-old issue of Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II. The agreement is a step forward but not a breakthrough. ...
Former senator Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former U.S. senator Fred Thompson, a folksy Tennessee lawyer whose career led him from politics to Hollywood and back again, died Sunday. He was 73. At 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, Thompson appeared in at least 20 motion pictures and in the TV series "Law & Order." His film credits include "In the Line of Fire," "The Hunt for Red October," "Die Hard II" and "Cape Fear."...
'I'm just livin': World War II veteran Herbert Buchheit looks back on 102 years of faith, love and life
Herbert Buchheit's wartime photographs bear equal resemblance to his single baby picture, circa 1913, and his current 102-year-old self. More than any one physical characteristic, Buchheit's most apparent and enduring feature is his unaffected air. He smiles as he earnestly tells stories, and laughs often, even though not all of his experiences have been good...
School on historic register boasts prominent pup's grave site
ROLLINSFORD, N.H. -- A school named to the National Register of Historic Places has an unusual feature on its grounds: the grave site of a dog considered to be the father of the American Cocker Spaniel. The marble block at the edge of the Rollinsford Grade School's playground marks the remains of Obo II, who was born in the United States in 1882 and died in 1895. ...
Exhibit showcasing Thomas Hart Benton artwork to open next week
An exhibit and activities throughout November will celebrate and explore the artwork of Thomas Hart Benton. "Thomas Hart Benton: American Mythologies" will open Nov. 6 Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The public is invited to several events in November celebrating Thomas Hart Benton's life, his work and his impact on the history of American Art. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 24. Admission to the exhibit and the events are free...
Gateway Arch turns 50 with a nod to those who built it
ST. LOUIS -- Half a century to the day since they closed out the Gateway Arch's construction, workers whose nerves of steel helped build it reunited Wednesday for its anniversary, some joking the now-iconic stainless-steel monument has aged better than they have...
Gateway Arch poised for 50th birthday
ST. LOUIS -- A half century ago, workers hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch -- the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West...
Preservation Conference award winners
At the Missouri Preservation Conference in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday through Friday, several local organizations and individuals were given Legacy Awards for significant contributions to historic resources in the state. Top, from left, are Bill Hart, executive director of Missouri Preservation; and Molly Hood, Christa Zickfield, Kevin Taylor, Marla Mills, Donna Denson and Steven Hoffman, all representing Old Town Cape. ...
Preservation dinner held Thursday night
Steven Hoffman of Southeast Missouri State University and Marla Mills of Old Town Cape visit during the Missouri Historic Preservation Convention dinner Thursday night at Southeast.
Plague spread 3,000 years earlier than 1st thought: 2,800 BC
LONDON -- The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people -- a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve. To find evidence of the prehistoric infection, researchers drilled into the teeth of 101 individuals who lived in Central Asia and Europe some 2,800 to 5,000 years ago. ...
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U.S. Colored Troops honored
African-American Civil War veterans were honored with a living-history program Sunday, Nov. 9, 2015 at Fairmont Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Spirit of '45 - Missouri Veterans Home
The Spirit of '45 event Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at the Missouri Veterans Home commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Aug. 14, 1945.
Mississippi River Tales mural
The River Heritage Mural Association presents the history of Cape Girardeau with 24 painted panels on the Mississippi River floodwall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ceremonies in Cape Girardeau and Jackson Sept. 11, 2011 commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
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.
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.
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 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.