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: July 2
About 10 to 15 residents of the Good Hope and Hanover neighborhood have submitted a petition to the police department,...
Out of the past: July 1
After more than two years of in-house study, Cape Girardeau City Hall this year will begin to implement a revised pay...
Out of the past: June 30
Three Southeast Missouri men were among the 46 members of the 62nd graduating class of the Missouri State Highway...
Out of the past: June 29
Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in the morning for a Missouri Division of Youth Services group home on the campus of...
Out of the past: June 28
The steam-powered dredge Potter of the St. Louis District Corps of Engineers is undergoing routine maintenance and...
View the Missourian's coverage of the Flood of 2011.
McCLURE, Ill. -- Alvin P. Charles, 68, of Grand Junction, Tennessee, formerly of McClure, died Saturday, June 27, 2015,...
Beatrice Redman Stauffer, 93, of Chateau Girardeau and formerly of Sikeston, Missouri, passed away Saturday, June 27,...
Louise H. Williams, 88, of Jackson died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Monticello House in Jackson. Visitation will be from...
Glenn E. Brown, 66, of Jackson died Monday, June 29, 2015, at his home. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. July 9 at the...
McCLURE, Ill. -- Alvin Charles, 68, of Grand Junction, Tennessee, formerly of McClure, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, in...
Ronald Earl Monighan, 85, of Jackson passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. He was born Dec....
Harry Eugene Poe, 84, of Dallas, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Walnut Place in Dallas. He...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wayne Ferrel Preston, 74, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas, died Monday, June 29, 2015, in Mountain Home,...
SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Carolyn Ingersoll Wright of Sun City passed away peacefully June 21, 2015, attended by caring family...
Robbin R. Buchheit, 46, of Old Appleton died Friday, June 26, 2015, at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion,...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2015. There are 182 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."...
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2015. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. Today's Highlight in History: On July 1, 1940, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state opened to traffic despite concerns over its tendency to "bounce" in windy conditions, inspiring the nickname "Galloping Gertie" (four months later, the suspension bridge's main section collapsed into Puget Sound)...
History in the news
St. Louis' mayor narrows scrutiny of Confederate memorial
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis' mayor has scratched plans for a formal panel to decide whether a three-story Confederate memorial should be moved out of Forest Park, instead calling on proposals from people or groups willing to perhaps offer up another public place for the landmark...
Fallen Egypt archaeologist wants international Grand Museum
CAIRO (AP) -- For more than a decade, he was the self-styled Indiana Jones of Egypt, presiding over its antiquities and striding through temples and tombs as the star of TV documentaries that made him an international celebrity. But four years after the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and nearly ended his own career, Zahi Hawass can be found in a cramped Cairo office, lamenting the state of the antiquities bureaucracy he once ruled like a pharaoh and dreaming of a new museum whose fate lies in limbo.. ...
U.S. Capitol's Confederate statues prompt renewed debate
WASHINGTON -- Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks as if he could sit there for eternity...
'Black Lives Matter' spray-painted on Confederate memorial
ST. LOUIS -- Vandals targeted a Confederate Memorial in St. Louis, spray-painting the words "Black Lives Matter" on a statue already facing an uncertain future. Police were called just before 8 a.m. Wednesday after a resident saw the damage on the 32-foot statue in Forest Park. Parks Department workers were cleaning the memorial, and no arrests have been made...
Century-old time capsule from Missouri Capitol opened
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri state workers donning masks and blue gloves with the care of surgeons cut open a 100-year-old time capsule from the Capitol on Thursday, unearthing relics such as a Bible, photos of the Capitol's groundbreaking ceremony and yellowed newspapers...
New exhibit shows history of Southeast nursing program
A recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University has created an exhibit that explores the more than 50-year history of Southeast's nursing program. The exhibit, displayed on the third floor of the Rosemary Berkel Crisp Hall of Nursing, features a timeline of the department's history, a biography of its founder, Helen Kinney, and information on how the department serves the region's need for nurses...
Without a trace: 50 years after she vanished, Beth Gill's family keeps searching
Saturday will pass like any other for most people, but one local family likely will spend the day preoccupied with thoughts of their long-missing loved one. At age 2 1/2, Elizabeth Ann Gill went missing June 13, 1965 -- and the search continues. Headlines through the decades express the public's frustration with the fruitless investigations and mark the passage of time: "Another Lead Discarded as Hunt for Gill Goes On." "Betsy Gill Missing Now For 3 Weeks." "Betsy Gill Gone 13 Months, But Hunt Persists." "Betsy will be 21: Where Is She?". ...
Red House invites public to Saturday speaker series
The Red House Interpretive Committee invites the public to attend its 2015 speaker/workshop series, held on Saturdays this summer. Each event in the series, held at the Red House on South Main Street in Cape Girardeau, is free. They begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately one hour, all highlighting different aspects of pioneer history in the Southeast Missouri region. All ages are welcome, and participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair...
Chaffee Historical Society museum may reopen soon
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- The Chaffee Historical Society is back on track to reopening its museum. The museum, 109 S. Main St. in Chaffee, was the home of the Lankford Drug Store that was opened in 1928 by former mayor Lesley Lankford. For about the last year and a half, the building has been empty because of structural issues of an adjoining building. But in May, historical society treasurer Barbara Arnold said an inspector approved the society to move back into the building...
Film taken before Amelia Earhart's last flight surfaces
LOS ANGELES -- It was a clear spring day in 1937 when Amelia Earhart, ready to make history by flying around the world, brought her personal photographer to a small California airport to document the journey's beginning. Al Bresnik took dozens of still photos, including a few that likely have been seen by millions. His brother John, who tagged along, made a dark, grainy 3.5-minute home movie almost nobody saw -- until now...
Home once owned by musician Steve Miller added to historic register
WILLIAMS, Ore. -- A modern-style Oregon house once owned by Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The William J. and Sarah Wagner Lippincott House was designed by architect Winifred Scott Wellington, a faculty member at University of California, Berkeley...
'Napalm girl' photographer returns with iPhone, Instagram
TRANG BANG, Vietnam -- He stands in a lane of Vietnam's Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says -- that's where it happened. That's where the screaming children appeared. That's where he made the picture that the world couldn't forget...
Untouched cave to provide clues to Black Hills history
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The National Park Service is excavating the mouth of an unexplored cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and researchers believe it could help broaden our understanding of how the region's climate has changed over thousands of years...
Port road will be named Monday after engineer Garms
A road just south of Cape Girardeau, leading commerce to and from the river, once was only an element of a future plan. Then came Irvin Garms, determined to make the port access highway happen, and he did. On Monday, a section of Route AB, or Nash Road, will be named in honor of Garms. ...
Local labor reformer Fred 'Nook' Kelley has died
Labor reform pioneer Fred "Nook" Kelley, 76, died Friday morning, leaving behind a widely respected legacy of "labor and management, working together." That was the motto of the Craftsman International Union, which Kelley founded in 1983 in an effort to bring collaborative solutions to an economy plagued by labor woes. ...
Former Missouri first lady brings many memories to Cape
In her 87 years, Betty Cooper Hearnes has more stories than most, not to mention a frank humor that was on display when she visited the Cape River Heritage Museum on Saturday morning. "Now that he's told you how old I am," she said after being introduced, "I'll tell you it's a lie."...
Old Town Cape receives grant for new interpretation boards at mural
A grant awarded to the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau and Old Town Cape will help with redesigning and reprinting the interpretation boards along the downtown mural. Old Town Cape announced receiving the $2,500 Missouri Humanities Council grant in a news release Wednesday...
With Medal of Honor award, family learns WWI hero wasn't kin
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Two days before President Barack Obama announced a posthumous Medal of Honor for black World War I soldier Henry Johnson, a family got staggering news about the legacy of heroism that had inspired them for generations and through three wars. They weren't related to Johnson by blood after all...
Black, Jewish WWI heroes receive Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON -- Declaring it's never too late to make things right, President Barack Obama posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor on two World War I veterans whose heroic acts nearly 100 years ago went unrecognized in an age of discrimination. In a tearful, joyful East Room ceremony recalling the battlefield triumphs as well as the prejudices of 20th-century America, Sgt. ...
Chaffee's historic Harmon Field pool marks 75th year
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- This year, the historic Harmon Field Swimming Pool in Chaffee is celebrating 75 years after undergoing a face-lift during the offseason. On Saturday, a season opener for the above-ground pool was hosted by the Chaffee Parks and Recreation Department with free swimming all day as well as a barbecue and music for the swimmers' entertainment...
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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.