Out of the Past columns
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...
Out of the past 3/10/14
A new Southeast Missouri State University Center for Earthquake Studies will open here next month; its executive...
Out of the past 3/9/14
Southeast Missouri State University would get $30.4 million in state general revenue next year under a recommendation...
Out of the past 3/8/14
Cape Girardeau city officials are considering allowing the municipal golf course pro shop to be operated privately...
Out of the past 3/7/14
A preliminary inspection by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department indicates no apparent structural damage...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Mary Jo Ressel
ORAN, Mo. — Mary Jo Ressel, 57, of Oran died Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete at...
FROHNA, Mo. -- Marguerite Engert, 88, of Frohna died Monday, March 10, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m....
Lila Eileen Garner, 78, of Scottsboro, Ala., passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at her home. Survivors include two...
Wendell Wayne Toton, 84, of Scott City died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau....
John Wellington Childers, 81, of Jackson died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at his home. He was born March 4, 1933, in Reed,...
Daniel W. "Danny" Biri, 43, of Jackson, formerly of Perryville, Mo., died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at his home. He was...
Danny W. Biri, 43, of Jackson died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ford...
Irene Borkowski, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau.
FROHNA, Mo. -- Donald Ruehling, 76, of Frohna died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He...
Dr. David Crowe
Dr. David P. Crowe, 62, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1951, in...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 11, 1954, the U.S. Army charged that Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., and his subcommittee's chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommittee. (The confrontation culminated in the famous Senate Army-McCarthy hearings.)...
Today in History
Today is Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On March 10, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed an order assigning Ulysses S. Grant, who had just received his commission as lieutenant-general, to the command of the Armies of the United States (Grant assumed his new command two days later, relieving General-in-Chief Henry Halleck). ...
History in the news
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...
Panel ponders changes to Missouri flag
After 100 years, the Missouri state flag could see a few changes. A Missouri House committee held a public hearing last week to consider legislation that would create a commission to study the flag. Under House Bill 1241, the commission would include eight members appointed by the governor from each congressional district plus the Secretary of State or their designee, who will serve as chairman of the commission...
Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said...
Pope's announcement changed church
VATICAN CITY -- It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunderclap on the Catholic world: A year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear (and in a Latin not all could easily follow) that he was becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium. ...
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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.