Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 12/20/13
An effort to resolve an annexation dispute between Cape Girardeau and Jackson remains unsettled; while the Cape...
Out of the past 12/19/13
An inspection of the car belonging to Southeast Missouri State University student Jackie L. Lichte, who disappeared in...
Out of the past 12/18/13
The traditional Anglican service of lessons and music for Advent with Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the morning at...
Out of the past 12/17/13
The Mississippi River hits the lowest level of 1988, with expectation that trend will continue next week; the river at...
Out of the past 12/16/13
A committee of Cape Girardeau and Jackson officials has worked out a proposed agreement that could resolve an...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Joshua Robert Downing, 27, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St....
Lowen Hughes Cattron, 80, of Jackson passed away Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Alma K. MacClurg, 100, of Perryville died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Independence Care Center of...
Fred E. Moore, 74, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 11, 1939, in...
MARBLE HILL, Mo. — Robert Charles Myers, 69, of Marble Hill died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his home near Gravel...
Morris Paschall Jr.
Morris Daniel Paschall Jr., 61, of Scott City died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete...
WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- Janice Fay Pinkerton Reams, 62, of West Plains died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at her home. She was...
Josh R. Downing, 27, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. A...
Lewis S. Dunne, 97, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Friday, Feb. 25, 1916, in...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Daniel R. "Brown Boy" Zamora Sr., 62, of Perryville passed away Dec. 17, 2013, at Saint Francis...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Friday, Dec. 20, the 354th day of 2013. There are 11 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States...
Today in History
Today is Thursday, Dec. 19, the 353rd day of 2013. There are 12 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 19, 1843, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England. On this date: In 1777, Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter...
History in the news
New York town claims a link to 'Wonderful Life'
SENECA FALLS, N.Y. -- Is this where George Bailey lived his wonderful life? Folks in this quaint upstate New York town think so. Or more precisely, they say Bailey's make-believe hometown of Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life" -- including the main street and the steel truss bridge -- was inspired by Seneca Falls...
'Mary Poppins' among 25 US films to be preserved
WASHINGTON -- Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it...
British film actor O'Toole, 81, dies
LONDON -- Known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting...
Cape lawyer appointed to state historic preservation council
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday he appointed local attorney Daniel A. Statler to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. According to a news release issued by Nixon's office, Statler has been appointed to the commission for a term that expires Nov. 15, 2016. Statler is an lawyer in Cape Girardeau who owns The Statler Law Firm and has been active in numerous local civic and not-for-profit groups...
New business to open in N'Orleans building
A local restaurateur plans to open a new business this spring in the building that housed the Royal N'Orleans restaurant, city records show. Mark Dirnberger filed an application Wednesday for a business license to open a prepared food and beverage business called Katy O'Ferrell's in the long-vacant space at 300 Broadway. ...
Historic buildings pose unique challenges for firefighters
From stately Victorian homes to classic brick storefronts, Cape Girardeau is rich with tangible links to the past. Protecting the city's architectural legacy, however, is more science than art or history. Several weeks ago, firefighters closed a side street and reduced Broadway to one lane for about 30 minutes as they investigated a report of smoke at a business in the area...
Pearl Harbor marks anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- About 50 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor paused Saturday at the site to honor those killed and remember the moment that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Alvis Taylor, 90, was serving as an Army medic when the attack began. His superiors, who were doctors, rushed to hospitals to care for the wounded and left him in charge. He went to Pearl Harbor, about 18 miles south of his Army post at Schofield Barracks, with dozens of ambulances...
Bosnia memories preserved in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Selma Avdagic was only an infant when her Bosnian family fled from Sarajevo to St. Louis two decades ago as war ravaged the former Yugoslavia. The college student knows her parents' immigration story well. How her mother, a doctor back home, worked a succession of low-wage jobs in the St. Louis suburbs until she could obtain a U.S. medical license. How her father, who remained behind for another year, was nearly killed by a Serbian soldier...
Former hostages react to Iran's nuclear deal
McLEAN, Va. -- To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear deal brokered by the U.S. and other world powers...
Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be Peter's
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope...
When presidents die, power transfer can be chaotic
NEW YORK -- As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurried into a small room in Minor Medicine, where he stood silently against a wall. After a wait of 35 minutes, presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell entered and approached Johnson, who had been two cars behind Kennedy when the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza...
SEMO professor talks about historic JFK moment
The United States ground to a halt 50 years ago today as news broke that President John F. Kennedy had been shot during a presidential motorcade in Dallas. The memory of Jackie Kennedy, dressed in pink, climbing toward the back of the vehicle that was carrying the slumped president is seared in many people's memories...
Solemn events will mark JFK anniversary today
DALLAS -- Loose gatherings of the curious and conspiracy-minded at Dallas' Dealey Plaza have marked past anniversaries of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, featuring everything from makeshift memorials to marching drummers to discussions about who else might have been in on the killing...
A slice of time, half a century later
PREFACE: Everyone of a certain age has a frozen memory of events that occurred 50 years ago today. These events changed the world, but not for the last time. My memory is no better than anyone else's, and everyone who was old enough to remember the day President Kennedy was shot can tell his or her own story. The story I am telling today is the story I know best: my own slice of time...
Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy
WASHINGTON -- Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans -- including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey -- with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy...
Gettysburg speech commemorated
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered. The inspirational and famously short Gettysburg Address was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom, liberty and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country to pieces...
Do we know exact words of the Gettysburg Address?
It was the biggest assignment of Joseph Ignatius Gilbert's journalistic career -- and he was in serious danger of blowing it. On Nov. 19, 1863, the 21-year-old Associated Press freelancer was standing before a "rude platform" overlooking the still-ravaged battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa. Towering above him was an almost mythic figure: Abraham Lincoln...
Pa. paper: Sorry for panning Gettysburg Address
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It took 150 years, but a Pennsylvania newspaper said Thursday it should have recognized the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the time it was delivered. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, about 35 miles northeast of Gettysburg, retracted a dismissive editorial penned by its Civil War-era predecessor, The Harrisburg Patriot & Union...
Mo. hunters still dedicated to the quail
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bob Borman continues to cling to a dying tradition. He remembers days when little country cafes were filled with orange-clad hunters at this time of the year, when brushy fields were alive with quail, when the season opener was a major event...
Alton, Ill., erects marker honoring famed abolitionist
ALTON, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois city is honoring its ties to famed abolitionist and journalist Elijah Lovejoy with a new marker. The (Alton) Telegraph reported the newly installed, 22-by-44-inch marker commemorating Lovejoy has been unveiled in time for the observance of his death 176 years ago...
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.