Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 3/15/14
Grapes, nectarines, pears and other summer-time fruits imported from Chile are being pulled from food shelves here and...
Out of the past 3/14/14
Howard H. "Butch" Boyd Jr., who has been acting chief of police in Cape Girardeau since August, is given the position...
Out of the past 3/13/14
Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle has requested a standing grand jury in light of the...
Out of the past 3/12/14
National conservative radio talk-show host Rush H. Limbaugh III entertains more than 1,300 people at the Arena Building...
Out of the past 3/11/14
Steve Cohen, staff evangelist with Jews for Jesus, presents "Christ in the Passover" at Lynwood Baptist Church; the...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Terry Alan Baker, 55, of Scott City died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He...
Earl Douglas Christy, 76, of Matthews, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Sells...
Naomi Lee Crites, 82, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at her home. She was born April 24, 1931, in Jackson,...
Helen Mae Holland, 87, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Aug. 24,...
Tammy Jo Huckstep, 54, of Scott City died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau....
Brayail Moore, 24, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, March 7, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born...
APPLE CREEK, Mo. -- Linus T. Rellergert, 85, of Apple Creek died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical...
Carolyn Jane Schwett-man, 70, of Cape Girardeau crossed over to meet the love of her life Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at...
Burnell C. Turner, 90, of Cape Girardeau passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was...
Herbert Wickham III
Herbert F. Wickham III, 80, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, March 15, the 74th day of 2014. There are 291 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius. On this date:...
Today in History
Today is Friday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2014. There are 292 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 14, 1964, a jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, and sentenced him to death. (Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried.)...
History in the news
Survivors: Pope Francis saved many in dirty wars
SAN MIGUEL, Argentina -- Gonzalo Mosca was a radical on the run. Hunted by Uruguay's dictators, he fled to Argentina, where he narrowly escaped a military raid on his hideout. "I thought that they would kill me at any moment," Mosca said. With nowhere else to turn, he called his brother, a Jesuit priest, who put him in touch with the man he credits with saving his life: Jorge Mario Bergoglio...
World's oldest masks on display in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM -- The oldest known masks in the world went on display in Jerusalem on Tuesday in the largest-ever exhibit of the ghoulish faces, believed to have been created in the Holy Land thousands of years before the time of the Bible. The 11 stone masks, said to have been discovered in the Judean desert and hills near Jerusalem, date back 9,000 years and offer a rare glimpse at some of civilization's first communal rituals...
New York killing still fascinates 50 years later
NEW YORK -- Kitty Genovese's screams for help couldn't save her on the night she was murdered outside her apartment in 1964. Fifty years later, those screams still echo, a symbol of urban breakdown and city dwellers' seeming callousness toward their neighbors...
Gettysburg wax museum selling historical figures
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- A life-size animatronic Abe Lincoln is among the historical figures and tableau scenes from a Gettysburg wax museum set to hit the auction block just months after the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of his "Gettysburg Address."...
Missing St. Louis mural found during renovations
ST. LOUIS -- A 28-foot-long mural that graced St. Louis Union Station starting in the 1940s was thought to be lost. It turns out it was just hiding. The mural "Commerce on the Landing" was painted by Chicago artist Louis Grell and mounted over the station's ticket counter in 1942. At some point it was taken away. No one was sure what happened to it...
Governor nominates Cape residents to optometry, historical records boards
Gov. Jay Nixon has made nominations to seven state boards and commissions, which include two local nominees. Kyle E. Brost of Cape Girardeau was named to the State Board of Optometry. He has operated a family eye business in Cape Girardeau since 1989 and is a paramedical health professional with Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, Mo. He is past president of the Missouri Optometric Association and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry...
Kellermans receive McReynolds Award
Drs. Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman of Cape Girardeau were among four winners of the 2014 McReynolds Award, given annually by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, to recognize individuals or groups that have demonstrated long-term commitment to preservation. ...
Seabees monument will be unveiled in Bloomfield
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- U.S. Navy Seabee veterans are working throughout the nation to recognize fallen comrades. A monument serving that purpose will be unveiled Saturday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield. A Seabee is a member of the Navy's Construction Battalion; the word Seabee comes from the initials "CB." Seabees often built bases, airstrips and roads for their fellow soldiers...
Calif. gold discovery spurs theories
LOS ANGELES -- Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot. One is that Jesse James' gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. Another postulates that the gold originally belonged to gentleman robber Black Bart, who wrote poetry when he wasn't sticking up stagecoaches...
St. Louis Art Museum displaying Nazi-confiscated artworks
ST. LOUIS -- In a first-floor gallery at the St. Louis Art Museum hangs a life-size portrait of three bathing women and a small red turtle. The painting, by Henri Matisse, changed the course of art, and is considered one of the most influential 20th-century paintings in the United States...
Work on Broadway stormwater project delayed by weather
Inclement winter weather has led to several problems around Cape Girardeau. Perhaps one of the most obvious is the delay it's caused in work along the 200 block of Merriwether Street, which is part of the Broadway Stormwater Relief project. During heavy downpours, water backs up along the sides of Broadway, creating shallow pools as it slowly enters the drainage system. The stormwater relief project will install new pipes underground to convey that water to the Merriwether storm tunnel...
Oliver-Leming House owners among Old Town Cape honorees
Members of the community gathered to honor those instrumental in the rehabilitation and restoration of downtown Cape Girardeau at the Old Town Cape annual dinner on Thursday evening at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. Drs. Bert and Mary Ann Kellerman took home two of the six awards Old Town Cape presented at the event, the first being the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award for the couple's work rehabilitating the Oliver-Leming House, home of the Missouri state flag...
Union County Museum adds local flavor to Smithsonian sports exhibit
COBDEN, Ill. -- The Union County Museum is hosting "Hometown Teams," a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that explores the relationship between towns and their sports teams. The exhibit, which opens Saturday with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. and runs through April 13, features artifacts and tales of championship runs, rivalries and traditions...
Parts of the Sprague might be sold
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) -- The fate of the remaining metal pieces taken from the steamboat Sprague, which was destroyed by fire in 1974, is in the hands of Vicksburg officials. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering whether to display them or declare some of items surplus and sell them as scrap...
Professor offers insight on Frederick Douglass
Before he was revered as a significant figure in civil rights history, Frederick Douglass was a bit of a rabble rouser, Dr. Debra Foster Greene, professor of American History at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., told an audience at the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Sunday...
Altenburg museum marks 175th anniversary of Lutheran immigration
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- You see history just about everywhere you look in East Perry County. In Altenburg, population 350, there's the Log Cabin College, forerunner of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Concordia Seminary in St. Louis; Trinity Lutheran Church, founded in 1867; and the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum, which is observing the 175th anniversary of the immigration of 700 Lutherans from Saxony, Germany. ...
Former Cape police chief Butch Boyd dies at 73
Former Cape Girardeau police chief Howard "Butch" Boyd, 73, died at his home in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. Born in Cape Girardeau in 1940, Boyd, weighed only 3 pounds because of his premature birth and earned his nickname "Butch" from the nurses because he was "a survivor."...
103 Torah scrolls from Hungary found in Russia
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungarian Jewish leaders say they have found 103 Torah scrolls taken from Hungary during the Holocaust in a Russian library. Rabbi Slomo Koves said Tuesday the sacred texts were discovered in the manuscript section of the Lenin State Regional Library of the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod...
Families explore "Civil War Times" at Crisp Museum
Women in hoop skirts and men toting antique rifles greeted visitors at the River Campus on Saturday afternoon. About a dozen Civil War re-enactors set up demonstration tables as part of the Crisp Museum "Civil War Times" event. Dressed in period fashion, they displayed firearms, crafts, games and even teas that were popular during the Civil War...
Ancient baby DNA suggests tie to Native Americans
NEW YORK -- The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana 12,600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas. It's the oldest genome ever recovered from the New World. Artifacts found with the body show the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago and is named for an archaeological site near Clovis, N.M...
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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.