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: Jan. 28
The Rev. Jeffrey Sippy is installed as the 22nd pastor of Hanover Lutheran Church; the afternoon service is conducted...
Out of the past: Jan. 27
Opponents of a recreational lake proposal in Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties plan to testify Tuesday before a...
Out of the past: Jan. 26
A different company will provide weather observations at Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport; a new contract has been...
Out of the past: Jan. 25
A just-completed master plan for the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport calls for spending almost $11.7 million on...
Out of the past: Jan. 24
Coast Guard Officials suspect a five-mile-long sheen spotted a week ago on the Mississippi River north of Cape...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alvin J. Moonier, 86, of Edwardsville, Illinois, formerly of Perryville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20,...
Dorothy "Jean" Williams, 87, of Dike, Iowa, died Friday Jan. 23, 2015, of natural causes at Grundy County Memorial...
Charles F. "Chuck" Buelow, 91, formerly of Clinton, Iowa, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Sunnyview...
Ronald L. McCulley, 57, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Southeast Hospital. Visitation will be from 1...
Susan E. Loomis, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center. A memorial Mass...
Lela Brown Everett, 60, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cairo, Illinois, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Saint Francis...
CAIRO, Ill. -- Richard L. Murphy, 92, of Metropolis, Illinois, formerly of Cairo, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at...
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Laura Diane Buckley, 67, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 4,...
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Rachel Marie "Ricci" Bailey, 22, of Marble Hill was taken from this world Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015....
Clifford Frank Rudesill, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Chateau Girardeau. He was born July 25,...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 28, the 28th day of 2015. There are 337 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Jan. 28, 1915, the United States Coast Guard was created as President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service. ...
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2015. There are 338 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 27, 1945, during World War II, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland. On this date:...
History in the news
New historical marker added to U.S. Grant Trail
Most people don't know about Ulysses S. Grant's brief stay in Cape Girardeau and the role his time here played in the outcome of the Civil War. But the spot where two downtown streets meet is well known by those familiar with Grant's journey, and how it influenced his transition as the Union Army's commanding general and later president of the United States...
County commission approves plan to move courts to Jackson
A citizen advisory committee formed to assess plans for the future of Cape Girardeau County facilities delivered its final report to county commissioners Monday, recommending a plan that would move all court operations to a new courthouse, tear down the administration building and build a parking garage near the courthouse...
Weekend service in Fulton honors Winston Churchill
FULTON, Mo. -- Relatives of Winston Churchill have marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Britain's World War II leader at the Missouri college where he delivered his historic "Iron Curtain" speech. The Columbia Missourian reported that the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College organized a remembrance event Saturday. It included Churchill's granddaughter, Edwina Sandys, and his great-grandson, Duncan Sandys...
King Abdullah dead at age 90
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington's fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms, including nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died, according to Saudi state TV. He was 90...
For fans of Jackson Skating Center, time rolls on
For children of the 1970s, '80s and '90s, the death of Jackson Skating Center is a solemn occasion. "I felt like I was watching my childhood crumble," said 36-year-old Kia Abernathy, who once circled the floor there regularly and happened to drive in recent days, only to realize the cherished old venue was being torn down...
Former St. Louis police officer reunited with baby he rescued in 1963
ST. LOUIS -- Toni DiPina has been trying to solve the mystery of her unknown family since she was abandoned as a baby. The reality is DiPina, at 51, still has no clue where she came from. She does not know why one or both of her parents abandoned her at 9 months on May 26, 1963, on a vacant lot in St. Louis. No one has ever come forward. Not then and not in 2008 when the Post-Dispatch first wrote extensively about her...
Great Southern Bank buys Marquette buildings at foreclosure auction
The Springfield, Missouri, bank foreclosing on the Marquette properties in downtown Cape Girardeau now owns the two buildings after it was the sole bidder in a public auction held Friday at the local Common Pleas courthouse. Great Southern Bank attempted to unload the Marquette Tower and Centre properties in the auction...
Researchers puzzled by discovery of 1882 Winchester rifle
RENO, Nev. -- Researchers are trying to crack the mystery surrounding the discovery of a weathered, rusted Winchester rifle in the mountains of remote eastern Nevada. The gun, manufactured in 1882, was found leaning against a juniper tree on a rocky outcrop in Great Basin National Park during an archaeological survey in November...
Cape Girardeau County History Center soon will open in Jackson
Carla Jordan is looking forward to the March opening of the Cape Girardeau County History Center. The center will be at 102 S. High St. in Jackson, in the former location of The Andrew Jackson Bridal Co., which moved to Cape Girardeau in August. Jordan, a preservationist who also works with the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum in Altenburg, Missouri, has been working with the Cape Girardeau Historical Society to help develop the location and get the ball rolling on its operations...
Marquette foreclosure auction still set for Friday
The Marquette properties in downtown Cape Girardeau remain scheduled to be sold in a public foreclosure auction Friday. Nancy Browne, an attorney at The Limbaugh Firm that is representing Great Southern Bank in foreclosure proceedings on the Marquette Tower and Centre buildings, said late Wednesday she hadn't been instructed to call off the sale after it was postponed for one week last Friday...
Auction of Marquette Tower halted -- for now
A planned public foreclosure auction of the Marquette Tower and Centre buildings was postponed Friday. The two downtown Cape Girardeau properties were set to be offered to cash bidders on the steps of the Common Pleas Courthouse. But an attorney for the Springfield, Missouri, bank that holds the note on the properties announced a one-week continuance instead while a potential sale is evaluated...
Home as historic adventure In restoring their spacious house, Robert and Kaye Hamblin discover Cape Girardeau's past and bring it into the present
When it comes to uncovering the history of a home, married duo Robert "Bob" and Kaye Hamblin have dug up their home's roots down to the foundation. The Hamblins have lived at 313 Themis St. for the past 12 years, and still they're finding odds and ends to fix up on their Victorian style home...
Fate of Common Pleas remains a worry in county consolidation plans
Removal of court services from Cape Girardeau and county security concerns were among the top issues discussed at an open-house meeting Thursday night at the Osage Centre about the future of Cape Girardeau County facilities. The Cape Girardeau County Commission formed an advisory board about a year ago to review three options proposed by Treanor Architects. ...
Marquette buildings' owners try to stop foreclosure auction
The future of one of downtown Cape Girardeau's largest and most recognizable buildings is uncertain, as the Marquette Tower and Centre are planned to be offered Friday in a public foreclosure auction. The buildings are included in a successor trustees sale set for Friday at the Common Pleas Courthouse, although the owner, G&S Holdings LLC, has filed an injunction request to try to stop the sale...
Mark Twain plaque stolen from monument at New York gravesite
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from a monument at Mark Twain's gravesite in upstate New York. The superintendent of Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira said Monday that the 12-by-12-inch likeness of the American writer was likely stolen between Christmas and New Year's Day...
Jim Crow-era shooting revisited in new documentary
LIVE OAK, Fla. -- On a sticky hot Sunday in August 1952, a wealthy black woman named Ruby McCollum walked through the "colored entrance" of a doctor's office in the small north Florida town of Live Oak and fatally shot a white doctor, state Sen.-elect Clifford Leroy Adams...
Ex-New Yor governor Mario Cuomo, famed for oratory, dies at 82
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn't quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82...
Group of musicians exposes Missouri organs' hidden history
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A group of Missouri organ musicians and enthusiasts are traveling the area to revive the history and sound of the instrument. Members of the Joplin Area Organist's Association organize "organ crawls" to visit some of the state's best instruments, the Joplin Globe reported...
10th anniversary of tsunami marked with tears
PERELIYA, Sri Lanka -- A packed train in Sri Lanka that was swept off its tracks by waves as big as elephants. A boat patrolling off Thailand's shore hurled more than a mile inland. Streets in Indonesia turned into roaring rivers that carried people to their deaths...
'Sons of Liberty' tells tale of America's founders
BOSTON -- Don't let the powdered wigs and oil paintings fool you: Samuel Adams, John Hancock and the other eventual Americans who changed the course of history were a ragtag band of secretive and sometimes mischievous young radicals. Just ask Paul Revere, aka actor Michael Raymond-James, who's part of the cast of "Sons of Liberty," a new miniseries premiering in January on the History Channel...
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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 email@example.com
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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.