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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: May 25 (05/25/15)
The board of directors of Citizens Against the Lake is trying to arrange a meeting with Gov. John Ashcroft to encourage...
Out of the past: May 24 (05/24/15)
Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce president Robert B. Hendrix calls new clean-air legislation "a disaster" and U.S....
Out of the past: May 23 (05/23/15)
The Cape Girardeau City Council is requesting that the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department alter the...
Out of the past: May 22 (05/22/15)
After two and a half hours of deliberation, two petitions, 19 citizen appearances and two motions, the Cape Girardeau...
Out of the past: May 21 (05/21/15)
The Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau is expected to crest later today at 39.8 feet, about one foot below the earlier...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.

Deborah Bueter
LEOPOLD, Mo. -- Deborah Ann Bueter, 60, of Leopold passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her...

Dan Cobble
Dan Wilson Cobble, 77, of Jefferson City, Missouri, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was...

Wesley Gregory Jr.
Wesley E. Gregory Jr., 86, of Cape Girardeau passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Southeast Hospital. He was born...

Gladys Lawrence
Gladys Mae Lawrence, 93, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape...

Omer Seiler
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Omer James Seiler, 80, of Marble Hill transitioned from earthly life into the heavenly one at 3:15...
Henry Smith
MORLEY, Mo. -- Henry Ulys Smith, 82, formerly of Morley, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, in Tucson, Arizona, from...
Thelma Treece
Thelma Treece, 92, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, May 22, 2015, at her home. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m....

Rita Yarborough
Rita Marie Yarborough, 88, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was...

Aline Valleroy
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Aline L. Valleroy, 85, of Perryville died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Independence Care in Perryville,...

Bobby Baugh
Robert J. Baugh, 60, of Jackson passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He was...
Today in History
Today in History (05/25/15)
Today is Monday, May 25, the 145th day of 2015. There are 220 days left in the year. This is the Memorial Day observance. Today's Highlight in History: On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston in the first round of their world heavyweight title rematch in Lewiston, Maine. ...
Today in History (05/24/15)
Today is Sunday, May 24, the 144th day of 2015. There are 221 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 24, 1935, the first major league baseball game to be played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1...
History in the news
Database offers records of early prison inmates (05/22/15)
A new online database is offering access to records of some of the earliest inmates who served time in the Missouri State Penitentiary. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday the Missouri State Penitentiary Database is available at missouridigitalheritage.com/MSP...
Fears mount over Palmyra as IS expands territory in Syria (05/22/15)
DAMASCUS, Syria -- Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast's most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian desert town of Palmyra, seizing control Thursday of its temples, tombs and colonnades within hours...
Historic Kage School restored (05/17/15) 3
Seventy-three years later, Barbara Deimund Swink still remembers the day her brother was born -- and that she wasn't happy about it. It was one of the few days she had to miss school. Her brother, Keith Deimund, had never heard that story, and, with a laugh, apologized to his sister for the inconvenience...
B.B. King's blues legacy lives on in Mississippi (05/17/15)
INDIANOLA, Miss. -- Outside Indianola, B.B. King was a blues superstar, a guitar legend who inspired Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and countless other musicians. But in this small farming town in north Mississippi, he was known as Mr. Riley. And he'd return each year to meet with friends and relatives, and to play the blues for townspeople out in the sun on Church Street...
A look back 35 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption (05/17/15)
SEATTLE -- Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around. Today, the volcano has become an outdoor laboratory for the study of volcanoes, ecosystems and forestry, as well as a major recreational and tourist destination...
Relative pens book about local flying ace Ira Biffle (05/15/15)
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Ira Biffle Airport in Marble Hill, Missouri, is named after a famous pilot from The Show Me State. Biffle was a native of Patton, Missouri, in Bollinger County. Once known as Twin City Airport, on Feb. 11, 2013, the airport was renamed in honor of Biffle...
A Holocaust survivor remembers: Lost in the rubble of Warsaw (05/11/15)
WARSAW, Poland -- The young boy emerged from the rubble of Warsaw, clinging to the skirt of a woman he knew only as Mrs. Wala. Then she turned and walked away, and 7-year-old Mieczyslaw Kenigswein was alone, lost in the Holocaust. It was 1944. That boy now is 78, an Israeli with a Hebrew name, Moshe Tirosh. ...
West Point names barracks for black graduate who was shunned (05/11/15) 1
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Benjamin O. Davis Jr. entered West Point in 1932 as its only black cadet and spent the next four years shunned. He roomed alone, and no one befriended him. The future Tuskegee Airman and trailblazing Air Force general later said he was "an invisible man."...
Soldier's gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home (05/10/15)
MILLVILLE, Mass. -- This is the story of a loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent, who didn't know whether she would see her boy again. The elaborate pillow sham he sent her, lost for more than 70 years, has finally come home, just in time for Mother's Day...
Open house Sunday at Kage School (05/08/15)
After a year of remodeling and restoration, Rick Hetzel and Cheryl Mothes, the owners of the Kage School, will be hosting an open house Sunday to showcase their two-bedroom, fully furnished guest cottage, which soon will be available for rent. The open house is scheduled to take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the old schoolhouse at 3110 Kage Road...
Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92 (05/07/15)
DALLAS -- Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92. The World War II veteran and author, often praised for his eloquence and oratorical skills, was living in a nursing home when he died early Wednesday morning, according to the Harveson and Cole funeral home in Fort Worth. Funeral arrangements were pending...
Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel (05/06/15)
JERUSALEM -- The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is going on rare display at Israel's leading museum in an exhibit tracing civilization's most pivotal moments. The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll, from a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem, never before has been displayed in Israel publicly and has been shown only in brief exhibits abroad, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority...
Merkel joins survivors, U.S. vets to mark Dachau liberation (05/04/15)
DACHAU, Germany -- It was a shocking, horrifying "beautiful day." Survivors and liberators alike recalled Sunday the horror of the Dachau concentration camp and the relief of its liberation 70 years ago. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to keep alive the memory of Nazi crimes and give no quarter to current discrimination or anti-Semitism...
Commemorating a century at Centenary (05/03/15)
Occupied for the first time on April 4, 1915, Easter Sunday, the Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau recently celebrated its centennial. It replaced a building that burned to the ground a year earlier. The current building was remodeled in 1975, but it has stood for a century...
Fate of Nepal's heritage uncertain amid quake damage (05/03/15)
KATHMANDU, Nepal -- The blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu's gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa have long stared silently from a lush hilltop overlooking this city nestled in the Himalayan foothills. But since Nepal was shattered by a large earthquake a week ago, those eyes have gazed upon a nation in mourning -- and on a microcosm of its despair inside the ancient temple itself...
Many eighth-graders score poorly on U.S. history, civics exam (04/30/15) 1
WASHINGTON -- Time for another history lesson. Only about a quarter of eighth-graders showed solid performance or better in U.S. history, civics and geography on tests known as the Nation's Report Card. The 2014 results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday were similar to those four years ago when the assessments were last administered...
Japan premier offers condolences for WWII dead in historic speech (04/30/15)
WASHINGTON -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered condolences Wednesday for Americans killed in World War II in the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress, but stopped short of apologizing for wartime atrocities. Abe came to Capitol Hill after a morning visit to a Washington memorial to more than 400,000 American service members who died in the conflict. His remarks to a packed chamber a day after meeting President Barack Obama were received warmly by lawmakers...
Out of the Past: April 30 (04/29/15)
1990 Larry Dowdy, an official of the Little River Drainage District, tells the Lower Mississippi River Commission changes in federal wetlands regulations last year will have a devastating impact on farming and the economy. At a public hearing aboard the Corps of Engineers vessel Mississippi, Dowdy tells the commission, "The wetlands issue becomes more and more asinine each day."...
Area town adds history to its hill (04/27/15) 3
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Marble Hill is about two weeks away from opening a cultural center so enveloped in history, a newer building can't compare. Sharing an address, the Mayfield Cultural Center and Bollinger County Museum of Natural History are undergoing updates to provide the town with new history...
Missouri soldier killed in 1970 buried after memorial (04/27/15)
CENTRALIA, Mo. -- A Vietnam War soldier has been buried next to his parents in Missouri more than four decades after he died in an Army helicopter crash. The remains of Rodney Griffin, a Centralia man who was 21 in 1970 when his helicopter was shot down in Cambodia, were taken Saturday to a cemetery in Mexico in a flag-draped casket...
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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.

Browse our collection of mystery photos.
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.