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. 20
At least 51 members of the Missouri Army National Guard were in Panama when U.S. troops struck Panamanian military...
Out of the past: Dec. 19
In what has been described as a move unprecedented in this century, the Coast Guard has closed a 200-mile stretch of...
Out of the past 12/18/14
The city of Cape Girardeau has taken over operation of the air traffic control tower and now wants to assume control of...
Out of the past: Dec. 17
LaCroix United Methodist Church receives its charter in a special morning service, with district superintendent Kenneth...
Out of the past: Dec. 16
The final step in the transition from a nursing service to a full-scale county health department will be made later...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
ORAN, Mo. -- Bonnie M. Stacy, age 84, of Oran passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at Chaffee Nursing Center in...
VILLA RIDGE, Mo. -- Thomas Marion Simmons, 67, died Dec. 17, 2014, at his Villa Ridge home surrounded by his family....
Lillian Louise Reimann, 94, of Egypt Mills died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Jackson Manor. She was born February 14,...
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Ora Mae Hart, 96, of Advance died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape...
Lou Vera Lange, 86 of Scott City died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born...
Rickey L. Buie, 58, of Portageville, Missouri, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Landmark Hospital in Cape Girardeau....
VILLA RIDGE, Mo. -- Thomas Marion Simmons, 67, of Villa Ridge, formerly of Commerce, Missouri, died Wednesday, Dec. 17,...
ANNA, Ill. -- Helen Brimm, 89, of Anna died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Titusville, Florida. Helen was born March 15,...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- George E. Bush Sr., 95, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape...
Lillian Louise Reimann, 94, of Egypt Mills died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Jackson Manor. Visitation will be from noon...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2014. There are 11 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union as all 169 delegates to a special convention in Charleston voted in favor of separation...
Today in History
Today is Friday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2014. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1974, Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as the 41st vice president of the United States in the U.S. Senate chamber by Chief Justice Warren Burger with President Gerald R. Ford looking on (in a first for the Senate, the proceeding was televised live)...
History in the news
University advances plan to develop Greek Village site
An idea that's floated around Southeast Missouri State University for years -- to create a housing option specifically for Greek students -- came much closer to reality with a vote of the board of regents Thursday. The board approved seeking design services for the long-talked-about Greek Village, which could begin to take form, at least in terms of planning, as early as March...
Scientists: Alcatraz escapees could have survived
SAN FRANCISCO -- The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the 1962 escape, said the three men could have made it to land north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they left between 11 p.m. ...
Governor cites need for Missouri Capitol repairs
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon stepped through mud and used his fingers to snap off one of the many skinny stalactites that have formed from water leaks under the Missouri Capitol on Monday as he sought to draw attention to the need for repairs to the century-old building...
Century later, Jewish soldier may get top medal
ST. LOUIS -- Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety...
Bill upping status of World War I museum advances
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Liberty Memorial in Kansas City is one step closer to gaining ramped up national status. The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that would designate the landmark as the nation's World War I Museum and Memorial. Both Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and pushed for the provision in this year's annual defense bill...
German court throws out Nazi massacre case
BERLIN -- A German court on Tuesday threw out the case against a former SS man accused of involvement in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France, saying there was not enough evidence to bring the 89-year-old to trial. Cologne, Germany, resident Werner C., whose last name has not been revealed in accordance with German privacy laws, was charged with murder and accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter of 642 civilians in Oradour-sur-Glane in southwestern France...
Attacks on Pearl Harbor commemorated during observance at Mississippi River
About 10 people gathered Sunday at the Cape Girardeau riverfront to remember those who died at Pearl Harbor, marking the United States' entry into World War II. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise military strike at the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. It was supposed to be a time of discussing peace, but the attack killed approximately 2,500 people and injured another 1,000...
Survivors mark Pearl Harbor anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Veterans who survived the Pearl Harbor attack that launched the United States into World War II attended Sunday's 73rd anniversary ceremony with the help of canes, wheelchairs and motorized scooters. Wearing purple orchid lei, about 100 Pearl Harbor and World War II survivors attended the ceremony overlooking a memorial that sits atop sunken battleship USS Arizona. Many of them arrived well before the sun came up...
Mismanagement alleged at Pearl Harbor memorial
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- The USS Arizona is one of the nation's most hallowed sites, an underwater grave for more than 900 sailors and Marines killed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and sank their ship in 1941. Now, it's the scene of alleged mismanagement...
Closing statements: Circuit judge set to retire after 22 years
The Honorable William L. Syler stood in the middle of his office in jeans and Converse sneakers, fiddling with a tape measure as he surveyed his surroundings. "It's amazing how much stuff you can accumulate in 22 years," he said. The longtime Cape Girardeau County circuit judge pulled a card table from a jumble of boxes and furniture in one corner...
Pearl Harbor observance
John Yallaly tosses a wreath into the Mississippi River at the annual American Legion Post 63 Pearl Harbor observance Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 in Cape Girardeau. (Fred Lynch)
Letter that inspired Kerouac found
LOS ANGELES -- It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre -- 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of "On The Road" and, during a three-week writing binge, revised his novel into a style similar to Cassady's, one that would become known as Beat literature...
Local veterans interviewed for historical recordings
Volunteers from the Missouri Veterans History Project recorded interviews Friday with two local service members, Homer Schnurbusch and John "Doc" Yallaly. The state organization is part of a national program through the Library of Congress and American Folklife Center. ...
Motown singer Jimmy Ruffin dies at age 78
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee Ruffin Jr., the late singer's children, confirmed Wednesday that Ruffin had died. There were no details about the cause of death...
Letters by famous women are auctioned
PARIS -- An unprecedented collection of 1,500 documents from some of history's greatest women is being auctioned in Paris, including everything from Catherine the Great's letter shunning her lover, to Brigitte Bardot's plea to cancel the release of a song that ended up being banned in several countries owing to its sexual content...
Methodist church in St. Joseph keeps history alive
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Inside a cabinet at Ashland United Methodist Church stand dozens of scrapbooks, the years written on the spines in precise handwriting. Inside the books are documents from decades of traditions, people and changes at the church, an important glimpse into a history that dates back to the 1840s...
Jane Byrne, Chicago's 1st female mayor, dies
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jane Byrne became part of Chicago history when she was elected its first female mayor. She became part of city lore because of how she won: beating an incumbent who voters thought had bungled the reaction to a blizzard that paralyzed the streets...
Catholic Campus Ministry celebrates 100 years
Although it has existed 100 years, Catholic Campus Ministry on the Southeast Missouri State University campus has changed with the times, becoming more active in its mission of bringing people to a relationship with Jesus Christ through the church. It does this through missionaries, Masses and social gatherings for special occasions...
Men from different parts of Missouri maintain strong bond after serving in WWII
Combat experiences often draw men closer together than brothers. The same is true for Ivan Lee and James Mansker, two World War II Army veterans whose friendship has spanned about 70 years...
Sikeston WWII veteran was held six months as POW in Germany
SIKESTON, Mo. -- In 1943, 18-year-old Judson Willis Jr. wanted to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps, but Uncle Sam had other plans. After a year of training in Texas, Willis graduated as a navigator. And navigate he did -- from Texas across the country to Virginia then across the ocean to southern Italy. His stint in the military would also take him to Germany as a prisoner of war, after liberation onto France before returning to the U.S., where Willis eventually would settle in Sikeston...
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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.