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 28
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Eldon Ziegenhorn, who served as a Scott County commissioner for 18 years before retiring due to ill...
Out of the past: July 27
Assistant City Attorney Allen Moss Jr. has announced a new, tougher policy in dealing with municipal drug offenses;...
Out of the past: July 26
GALE, Ill. -- Dismantling of the first of 17 petroleum storage tanks at the defunct Ilada Energy Reclamation plant near...
Out of the past: July 25
Scott County voters will have three distinct choices for presiding commissioner when they go to the polls in the Aug. 7...
Out of the past: July 24
Jackson police chief Robert "Red" Clifton says motorists are using the center turn lane of U.S. 61 from the Shawnee...
View the Missourian's coverage of the Flood of 2011.
Hettie Delyle Brown Welker, 94, of Estero, Florida, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, in...
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Joseph Harding "Joe" Heskett, 91, of Advance passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Saint Francis...
Joseph Thomas Sullivan, 84, of Cape Girardeau passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau....
Jeffrey Lynn Keim, 45, of Whitewater passed away Friday, July 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Sept. 5, 1969, at...
Leonard Holman Jr.
Leonard W. Holman Jr., 59, of Columbia, Illinois, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in...
ULLIN, Ill. -- Lellia Christine Dailey Farris, 74, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, Illinois, died Monday, July 27, 2015,...
Doris Marie Grebe, 87, of Jackson passed away peacefully into Jesus' loving arms Monday, July 27, 2015, at Monticello...
Louise A. Glueck, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, July 27, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center. She was born Dec....
Evelyn Lonelle English, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at her home. She was born May 15, 1922, in...
Jackie Hengst, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Southeast Hospital. He was born Dec. 8, 1941, in...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, July 28, the 209th day of 2015. There are 156 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 28, 1945, a U.S. Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The U.S. Senate ratified the United Nations Charter by a vote of 89-2...
Today in History
Today is Monday, July 27, the 208th day of 2015. There are 157 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." Billboard magazine published its first "music popularity chart" listing best-selling retail records (in first place was "I'll Never Smile Again" recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with featured vocalist Frank Sinatra)...
History in the news
Film looks back at 1974 Sedalia rock festival
SEDALIA, Mo. -- Think Missouri State Fair -- easy enough, it's here in less than a month. Now, picture naked hippies showering at the livestock washing stations while singing "California Dreamin"' -- that's harder, right? Jeff Lujin soon may be able to help with that. In a cluttered Independence basement, he's busy editing a documentary film about something that took place on those fairgrounds 41 years ago...
Statler recognized for preservation post
Daniel A. Statler, Cape Girardeau attorney, recently was recognized for his appointment to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Statler, who owns The Statler Law Firm, was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2013. Statler's term on the council runs until 2016. ...
Georgia debates Confederate carving set in stone and state law
ATLANTA -- Art, monument or embarrassment? The "Confederate Memorial Carving" in a state park outside of Atlanta again is stirring controversy as Georgia officials try to decide what, if anything, to do about a huge sculpture that memorializes three of the South's Civil War heroes but offends to blacks and others...
E.L. Doctorow, author of 'Ragtime,' dies in New York at 84
NEW YORK -- Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its lessons to the past and the future in fiction and nonfiction, has died. He was 84. He died Tuesday at a New York hospital from complications of lung cancer, his son, Richard Doctorow, confirmed...
Remains of victims of Nazi experiments found
PARIS -- It started with a letter, a brief reference to samples taken from the bodies of Holocaust victims used in Nazi medical research. Decades later, the jars and test tubes found behind a glass cupboard in a locked room testified to history's horror...
South Carolina debates statue, segregationist's role in massacre
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As South Carolina pulled down the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, the statue of avowed segregationist and former governor and U.S senator "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman watched. Tillman's statue seems safe for now -- Republican legislative leaders, Democrats in the General Assembly and civil-rights leaders aren't calling for it to come down. ...
Sleuths trace fate of first black male slave freed by Lincoln
MINNEAPOLIS -- Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital. William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who still was a young lawyer, won an Illinois Supreme Court case freeing Costley's mother from indentured servitude -- a status historians say would have been akin to enslavement for the woman and child at that time. ...
Atomic bomb test marks 70th birthday
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- When a flash of light beamed from the arid New Mexico desert early July 16, 1945, residents of the historic Hispanic village of Tularosa felt windows shake and heard dishes fall. Some in the largely Catholic town fell to their knees and prayed...
Testimony from Rosenberg brother released in famous spy case
WASHINGTON -- The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, who was a star trial witness against his sister and brother-in-law in a sensational Cold War atomic spying case, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury and said they had never discussed her role "at all," according to secret court records unsealed Wednesday...
Event to commemorate floodwall mural's 10th anniversary
It's been 10 years since the Mississippi River Tales mural was completed. During that time, its popularity has seemed to grow. The floodwall mural has become part of Cape Girardeau's identity and went a long way toward gaining the public's approval of the floodwall. A commemoration of the mural's 10th anniversary is set for July 30...
Region holds a long history of exotic critters turning up in odd places
From someone finding a python on a front porch to a man catching an alligator in his front yard, it's been an unusual month for wildlife reports in the Cape Girardeau area. But the discoveries, while rare, aren't unprecedented. The Missouri Department of Conversation was contacted Thursday when a Cape Girardeau man found an alligator in the front yard of his home on Giboney Street...
Omar Sharif, of 'Doctor Zhivago', 'Lawrence of Arabia' dies
CAIRO -- In "Lawrence of Arabia," Omar Sharif first emerges as a speck in the distance in the shimmering desert sand. He draws closer, a black-robed figure on a trotting camel, until he finally dismounts, pulling aside his scarf to reveal his dark eyes and a disarming smile framed by his thin mustache...
Red House soon will expand historic offerings
History buffs soon will have more opportunities to learn about the Cape Girardeau of yesteryear as the Red House Interpretive Center expands its offerings. The Red House, which opened in 2003, provides a living chronicle of the river, Cape Girardeau's settlement and its development over time...
Civil War-era soldier buried at San Diego national cemetery
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A Civil War-era Medal of Honor recipient forgotten in an unmarked grave for nearly a century finally got a funeral Thursday when he was given full military honors and reburied at a national cemetery. The Army gave Sgt. Charles Schroeter a rifle salute and a bugler played "Taps" on the cloudy morning at Miramar National Cemetery. ...
Convent on University of Missouri-St. Louis campus saved
BEL-NOIR, Mo. -- After a push from community activists, the old Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Convent in Bel-Noir has been saved from demolition. The University of Missouri-St. Louis announced Monday the planned demolition of the convent has been canceled. University spokesman Bob Samples said school chancellor Thomas George decided to cancel the planned summer demolition so a positive relationship with the community could be maintained...
A world apart: Two women with birthdates in 1800s still alive
When Susannah Mushatt Jones and Emma Morano were born in 1899, there was not yet world war or penicillin, and electricity was still considered a marvel. The women are believed to be the last two in the world with birthdates in the 1800s. The world has multiplied and changed drastically in their lifetimes. ...
Gay-rights activists mark landmark 1965 demonstration
PHILADELPHIA -- Gay-rights activists gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to mark the progress of their movement and pay tribute to those who launched it a half-century ago -- but made it clear the fight for equality was far from over...
Broadway Theater listed on National Register
A downtown Cape Girardeau theater is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Broadway Theater, 805 Broadway, was placed on the register in June, according to a weekly release sent Thursday by the National Park Service, which oversees the register program...
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.. ...
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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.