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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: March 4 (03/04/15)
Dr. Robert W. Foster, interim president at Southeast Missouri State University, is guest speaker in the evening at the...
Out of the past: March 3 (03/03/15)
The search for a new president of Southeast Missouri State University ends with the announcement that Dr. Kala M....
Out of the past: March 2 (03/02/15)
Union Pacific Railroad officials say the railroad will continue to serve the Cape Girardeau area despite the loss of...
Out of the past: March 1 (03/01/15)
Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, told an audience in Academic Auditorium on the...
Out of the past: Feb. 28 (02/28/15)
The Southeast Missouri State University Faculty Senate resolves to let the university administration know teachers are...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Robert Cashon
Robert W. Cashon, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Monticello House in Jackson. A memorial...
Terri Collins
Due to expected weather conditions, the funeral of Terri Collins of Delta will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Amick-Burnett...
Vincent Dirnberger
NEW HAMBURG, Mo. -- Vincent Cyril Dirnberger, 88, of New Hamburg went peacefully into God's hands Saturday, Feb. 28,...
Herman Edwards
Herman "Bud" Edwards, 83, of Champaign, Illinois, formerly of Mound City, Illinois, died Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the...

Lynn Stamp
Lynn Matthew Stamp, 53, of Jackson passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. He was born Nov. 6, 1961, in Cape Girardeau, to...

Sherry McSwain
Sherry Lynn McSwain, 57, of Scott City died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home. She was born Nov. 30, 1957, in Cape...

Dick Gregory
Dick N. Gregory, 73, of Whitewater passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at his home with his family nearby. He was born...

Sammy Van Arsdale
Sammy Clinton Van Arsdale, 73, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at his home. The family is rejoicing that...

Betty Rampley
Betty S. Rampley, 76, of Jackson passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Monticello House. One of six children, she was...
Patricia Simmons
McCLURE, Ill. -- Patricia Jean Simmons, 58, of McClure died at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Anna Rehab and...
Today in History
Today in History (03/04/15)
Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2015. There are 302 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for a second term of office; with the end of the Civil War in sight, Lincoln declared, "With malice toward none, with charity for all."...
Today in History (03/03/15)
Today is Tuesday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2015. There are 303 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 3, 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th state...
History in the news
Plan for Greek housing advances, but draws fire from preservationists (03/01/15) 17
An idea to create a housing option specifically for Greek students at Southeast Missouri State University was advanced by the board of regents Saturday but is drawing fire from residents who worry Greystone Estate and the Shivelbine House will be demolished...
The beauty and brawn of the classic cast-iron skillet, from past to future (03/01/15)
Just a week ago, I had an opportunity to spend time with a family in Brownwood, Missouri. As we were visiting, I noticed a number of cast iron skillets hanging from a rack in the kitchen. I remarked to the owner that I thought they were neat. The owner, well over 65 years old, remarked that she "just loves her cast-iron cookware."...
Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies (03/01/15)
LOS ANGELES -- In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" -- an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him. Two decades later, after proving that with a career that became a blend of roles beyond "Star Trek" along with directing, writing and photography, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel...
Adaptive reuse: Cape County's administrative building began as a Coke bottling plant (02/27/15)
A look back on the history of the building at 1 Barton Square in Jackson reveals its many faces, from Coca-Cola bottling plant to administrative office space. For a time, until the late 1980s, the entire block featured two buildings used by Coca-Cola for offices and production, a garage to repair company vehicles and a house. ...
Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts (02/27/15)
BEIRUT -- Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. At the same time, the extremists also released a video showing the continued destruction of the heritage of the lands under their control. It depicted men using sledgehammers to smash ancient Mesopotamian statues and other artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul...
Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry dies at 94 (02/23/15)
NEW YORK -- Clark Terry, a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter who played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show" and collaborated with jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, has died. He was 94...
Jackson courthouse is crammed with history (02/22/15) 14
If Cape Girardeau County moves forward with plans for a new courthouse in Jackson, it wouldn't be the first time its offices and courts moved from an old facility to occupy the new. It wouldn't even be the second time. Courts in Jackson were housed in many buildings over the years until the historic courthouse standing today was completed in 1908. ...
Surveyors find new height for Washington Monument (02/17/15)
WASHINGTON -- Government surveyors have determined a new height for the Washington Monument nearly 10 inches shorter than what has been recorded for more than 130 years, officials said Monday. The new measurement puts the monument at 554 feet, 7 11/30 inches, as measured from the floor of the main entrance to the top. ...
Scott City works to establish a history museum (02/16/15)
The Scott City community experienced a huge loss when the Illmo Head School House caught fire in late April 2008 and destroyed historical artifacts in it. Members of the Scott City Historical Commission remember it well and the impact it left on the community...
Tradition blocks the renaming of two Perry County towns (02/15/15) 4
Out on Route C is a crossroads that still matters. If you head north into Perry County, up into the winding hills and scattered woods, past sun-bleached barns, grain bins and sensible farm houses, past where the ribbon of highway curls unhurried around corn fields, dry-stalked and dormant this time of year, you'll find it...
'Iconic' Common Pleas Courthouse faces uncertain future (02/13/15) 11
Common Pleas Courthouse is considered by many to be the most iconic building in Cape Girardeau, and for good reason. The building sits on a hill at 44 N. Lorimier St., one of the highest points in the city, with an enviable view of downtown. In its 160 years, the courthouse has seen slave auctions, the eruption of the Civil War and countless civil and criminal trials. ...
'SNL' celebrates 4 decades of 'Live, from New York!' (02/12/15)
NEW YORK -- "Saturday Night Live," which has never shied from self-congratulation with countless best-of, holiday and anniversary shindigs, is doing it again, big-time. "The SNL 40th Anniversary Special," three hours of it, will air live at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC...
Two Cape Girardeau men added to Wall of Valor (02/12/15) 2
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- The newest people inducted Monday into the Wall of Valor at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center span three generations of combat veterans. The wars in which the six men fought were separated by decades and continents, yet many of the honorees share a humility when talking about the actions that earned each a Medal of Valor...
Historic Preservation Commission seeks nominations for endangered buildings list (02/09/15) 1
The Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Endangered Buildings List. Created in 2012, the list helps the commission promote awareness of historic "at risk" buildings in the community. Vacancy, deterioration and likely demolition are threats typically facing buildings on the list. Last year's list featured more than a dozen buildings, including the Broadway Theater and Esquire Theater on Broadway and the Fort D Blockhouse, 920 Fort St...
Mark Twain plaque stolen from New York gravesite recovered (02/09/15)
ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Police say a bronze plaque stolen from Mark Twain's gravesite in upstate New York has been recovered in good condition. In a statement to media, the Elmira Police Department said the 12-by-12-inch likeness of the American writer was recovered Saturday. The statement said details on how it was recovered and whether there will be any arrests won't be available until today...
Sikeston man's World War II life-raft ordeal told in a new film (02/06/15)
An area man's true story of being stranded on a life raft with two other men in the South Pacific during World War II finally has been made into a film -- 73 years later. "Against the Sun," officially released last month in most of the U.S., is based on a 1942 book by Robert Trumbull titled "The Raft."...
Rosa Parks' archive opening at Library of Congress (02/04/15)
WASHINGTON -- Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, reflected later on how it felt to be treated less than equal and once wrote of how tired she was of being "pushed around" -- parts of her history long hidden away. Beginning today at the Library of Congress, researchers and the public will have full access to Parks' archive of letters, writings, personal notes and photographs for the first time. ...
Courthouses' shortcomings cited in county's consolidation plan (01/30/15) 10
Plans to consolidate court services in Cape Girardeau County have given court employees like Patti Wibbenmeyer a chance to talk about the issues they see every day at the historic Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau and courthouse in Jackson. County commissioners have discussed the consolidation of services into a new courthouse for more than a year and have turned to court employees to help them explain why they believe this is necessary for the county...
Poplar Bluff UFO sighting in 1950 included in online database (01/28/15) 5
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- A Poplar Bluff UFO report was among previously classified documents released online recently, but the report does not dispel the mysteries of a bizarre 24-hour period in the fall of 1950. More than 130,000 files from U.S. Air Force "Project Blue Book" were added to the The Black Vault online database last week. The database is the work of UFO enthusiast John Greenewald, who spent years requesting the files through the Freedom of Information Act...
Auschwitz ceremony sends warning of anti-Semitism (01/28/15) 1
BRZEZINKA, Poland -- A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews fearful of walking the streets, and is causing many to flee Europe...
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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....

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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.