Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 7/10/14
Fire rekindled yesterday afternoon in the gutted Broadway Park Apartment Building, 115 N. Fountain St., but was...
Out of the past 7/9/14
The congregation of the New Testament Bible Baptist Church, 209 E. Cape Rock Dr., voted to disband on May 10; having...
Out of the past 7/8/14
A pot left unattended on a stove in a second-floor apartment triggered a three-alarm blaze that gutted the Broadway...
Out of the past 7/7/14
Large dirt-moving equipment is being used to grade the 25-acre plot purchased by the Jackson School District for...
Out of the past 7/6/14
Motorists who detour over Route N through Rockview, Missouri, between Chaffee, Missouri, and Scott City, are glad to...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
BELL CITY, Mo. — Flora Mae Everley, 76, of Bell City died Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Dexter, Missouri.
GLENALLEN, Mo. -- Juanita McCall, 69, of Glenallen died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Woodland Hills Nursing Center in...
Robert F. "Bob" Nenninger, 71, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Saturday, June 28,...
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Tuppence Walters, 58, of Chaffee died Monday, June 30, 2014, at her home. She was born March 26, 1956,...
Brian C. Workman, 50, of Clearwater, Florida, formerly of Scott City, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at his home. He was...
Joyce Barnett, 80, of Scott City died Monday, July 7, 2014, at her home. She was born Sept. 13, 1933, in St. Louis, to...
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Virginia Myrtle James, 93, of Marble Hill passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Jackson Manor in...
Gerald McCoy Jr.
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Gerald "Archie" McCoy Jr., 43, of Marble Hill passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Saint Francis...
Joyce Barnett, 80, of Scott City died Monday, July 7, 2014, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete at Amick-Burnett...
ADVANCE, Mo. -- Priscilla Ann Clippard, 78, of Advance passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Thursday, July 10, the 191st day of 2014. There are 174 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 10, 1999, the United States women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California...
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell. On this date:...
History in the news
1956 Grand Canyon crash game-changer in air travel
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- In the mid-1950s, air travel was a shadow of the highly advanced operation of checks and rules seen today. The skies were largely uncontrolled, and pilots outside major U.S. cities relied on sight to avoid catastrophes. Then, two commercial airplanes crashed over the Grand Canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the deadliest aviation disaster of the time and helping spur an overhaul to flight safety. ...
US survivors of WWII battle recall Saipan attack
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Even after seven decades, Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux won't talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is by his side. It was Sidur who found the severely wounded Mailloux hours after both survived Japan's largest mass suicide attack in the Pacific. ...
Shevardnadze, ex-Georgian president, dies at 86
TBILISI, Georgia -- Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union's foreign minister, he helped topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, but as the leader of post-Soviet Georgia his career in the public eye ended in humiliation when he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement...
Downtown building falls apart Thursday
The front of the building at 633 Good Hope St. collapsed just after 1 P.M. Thursday as workers were repairing the brick exterior. The property was unoccupied, but the police and fire departments evacuated several occupants of the adjacent buildings and cordoned off the road between South Sprigg and South Frederick streets...
'Someone got away with murder': Six decades later, identity of Bonnie Huffman's killer remains unknown
The note -- written on torn, now-yellowed paper in a traditional, slightly shaky cursive -- arrived in a postage-paid business reply envelope marked, "Please give to man who wrote articles on Huffman case." It implored a reporter to visit its author at her home north of Benton, Missouri, "and please keep plans quiet."...
War hero, Olympian Zamperini dies at 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97. Zamperini's death was confirmed by Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. A family statement released early Thursday said Zamperini had been suffering from pneumonia...
The Fourth and the founding of Jackson
Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate the occasion, take a moment to remember our forefathers who sacrificed so much to make us an independent nation some 238 years ago. Also remember those people who through the years have made sacrifices to keep us free...
Historic preservation expert has roots in Southeast Missouri
For having the right to boast about her part in the transformation of the A.C. Vasterling building, a previously abandoned and foreclosed structure built in 1903 on the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau, architect Rebecca Ward is humble and not a fan of the attention...
Ste. Genevieve entrepreneurs make careers out of creativity
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. -- Sam Conlon is battling an addiction. OK, "battling" might be a generous description. "Perpetuating" might be a more accurate word to describe what she's doing as she and her friend Shannon McBride ease a display rack across the hardwood floor of the third historic building Conlon has bought since she came to this town about 60 miles north of Cape Girardeau 13 years ago...
History buffs race to preserve dialect in Missouri
OLD MINES, Mo. (AP) -- A small circle of history researchers is racing to capture the last remnants of a little-known French dialect that endures in some old Missouri mining towns before the few remaining native speakers succumb to old age. So-called Missouri French is spoken by fewer than 30 people in Old Mines, southwest of St. Louis, although dozens of others can still rattle off phrases from childhood songs or overheard conversations involving their parents and grandparents...
Jackson readies for 2-day bicentennial bash
The centerpiece of Jackson's yearlong bicentennial celebration will take place July 4 and 5, with activities ranging from pageants and parades to races for people and rubber ducks -- and helicopter rides and fun in the mud. Jackson's Independence Day celebrations are known to be fun, and this year's two-day event promises even more events and activities. ...
Veteran actor Eli Wallach dies at 98
NEW YORK -- As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled -- in acting and in life -- by a mischievousness and an abiding playfulness that made him a tireless performer, an enduring family man and, of course, one immortal scoundrel...
Extinct pigeon subject of new Smithsonian exhibit
WASHINGTON -- It was the moment that humanity learned we had the awesome power to erase an entire species off the face of the Earth in the scientific equivalent of a blink of an eye: The passenger pigeon went from billions of birds to extinct before our very eyes...
Mother Jones monument to be restored
ST. LOUIS -- Union workers are chipping in to give a makeover to a monument for firebrand labor activist Mother Jones, more than 80 years after their predecessors and school kids scrimped pennies during the Great Depression to build the towering structure at her Illinois grave site...
Picasso painting reveals hidden man under surface
WASHINGTON -- For artist Pablo Picasso, 1901 was a pivotal time to experiment and find his unique style. At 19, he was living in Paris, painting furiously and dirt poor, so it wasn't unusual for him to take one canvas and reuse it to paint a fresh idea...
Vietnam memorial to pass through Southern Illinois in September
A traveling Vietnam memorial wall that last made an appearance in Cape Girardeau decades ago will visit the region once more in September. The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall will be in Carbondale, Illinois, Sept. 11 through 14 at the practice football field on the Southern Illinois University campus, in conjunction with Southeast Missouri State University and other entities...
Padre great, MLB Hall of Famer Gwynn dies at 54
He died from oral cancer he attributed to chewing tobacco use
Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dead at 82
LOS ANGELES -- Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio host with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the Top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, has died. He was 82. Danny Deraney, publicist for Kasem's daughter, Kerri, said Kasem died Sunday morning. A statement issued by the family says he died at 3:23 a.m. surrounded by family and friends at a Washington state hospital...
State of Missouri office to vacate Marquette Tower
The State of Missouri will be leaving the Marquette Tower in downtown Cape Girardeau, according to a news release from the building's ownership group. The move was rumored to occur after the state Department of Mental Health announced in early June that it would be moving to another location...
'Freedom Summer' changed South 50 years ago
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. -- As a teenager growing up in a Jim Crow society, Roy DeBerry wasn't waiting for white folks to come down to Mississippi and "save" him. But in the summer of 1964, the factory worker's son was glad to see people like Aviva Futorian...
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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
Browse our collection of mystery photos.
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.
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.