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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: Nov. 24 (11/24/15)
For the first time this year, the Cape Girardeau Evening Optimist Club is selling locally grown Christmas trees. The...
Out of the past: Nov. 23 (11/23/15)
Two commissioners of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority have been named to new four-year terms by their...
Out of the past: Nov. 22 (11/22/15)
Thanksgiving Day. Once a year, Vera Wagner becomes "the gravy lady"; she is a regular volunteer at the Salvation Army's...
Out of the past: Nov. 21 (11/21/15)
Building of a new bridge on Highway 25 over the Diversion Channel is among the top state road projects slated for...
Out of the past: Nov. 20 (11/20/15)
Once again, the Nell Holcomb School District is readying a search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Wayne C....
View the Missourian's coverage of the Flood of 2011.

Charles Brockett
Charles Kenneth Brockett, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Southeast Hospital. He was born June...
Pete Garner
Pete W. "Petenis" Garner, 49, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape...

Marticia "Marty" Schrader
Marticia "Marty" Schrader, 89, of Cape Girardeau passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, surrounded by her...
Larry Rogers
SEATTLE -- Larry G. Rogers, 61, of Seattle, formerly of Chaffee, Missouri, died unexpectedly Nov. 19, 2015, in Seattle....

Pauline Jacobs
Pauline Wise Jacobs, 94, of Cape Girardeau and formerly of Commerce, Missouri, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the...

Shirley Childers
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Shirley Ann Childers, 73, of Chaffee passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the family home in Chaffee....
Charles Brockett
Charles Kenneth Brockett, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau....
Mark Collier
Mark Collier, 55, of Gordonville died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Ford and Sons...
Shirley Childers
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Shirley Childers died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at her home in Chaffee. Arrangements are incomplete at...
Pauline Jacobs
Pauline Wise Jacobs, 94, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Commerce, Missouri, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the Lutheran...
Today in History
Today in History (11/24/15)
Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2015. There are 37 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 24, 1865, Mississippi became the first Southern state to enact laws which came to be known as "Black Codes" aimed at limiting the rights of newly freed blacks; other states of the former Confederacy soon followed...
Today in History (11/23/15)
Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2015. There are 38 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Maryland, became the first colonial American entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act...
History in the news
Opponent of Japanese-Americans' WII treatment to be honored (11/24/15)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Relatives of a civil-rights attorney being honored posthumously this week with a Presidential Medal of Freedom for challenging the treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II are alarmed by opposition to Syrian refugees resettling in the U.S...
Zoning may scuttle man's plans for historic Pike Lodge (11/23/15) 8
From schoolhouse to frat house to simply "house," the building at 2815 S. Sprigg St. in Cape Girardeau has a storied history. What lies in store for its future, however, remains uncertain. It served as a rural, two-room schoolhouse for Marquette School from 1924 to 1968 before being bought by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity of Southeast Missouri State University in late 1974 to be used for social events. No one lived at the property the fraternity dubbed "Pike Lodge."...
Missouri project helps find path of the Trail of Tears (11/23/15) 1
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An unlabeled, nearly 200-year-old map, stored in the Missouri State Archives, became the starting point to discovering the earliest roads in Southeast Missouri, specifically ones the Cherokee may have followed on the Trail of Tears...
Film of Hitler confidants set for Smithsonian Channel debut (11/13/15)
PITTSBURGH -- American television viewers get their first chance to see and hear Adolf Hitler's inner circle describe the dictator's final hours in filmed interviews when "The Day Hitler Died" premieres on the Smithsonian Channel. The documentary marks the first time viewers outside Germany will see the filmed interviews by Michael Musmanno, a Navy attorney who presided at one of the Nuremberg war-crimes trials and later became a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice...
Former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt dies at age 96 (11/11/15)
BERLIN -- Helmut Schmidt, the chancellor who guided West Germany through economic turbulence and Cold War tensions, stood firm against a wave of homegrown terrorism and became a respected elder statesman, died Tuesday. He was 96. Schmidt died at his house in Hamburg, according to German weekly Die Zeit, of which Schmidt was a co-publisher...
New Orleans musical legend Allen Toussaint dies at 77 (11/11/15)
NEW ORLEANS -- Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, who racked up hits like "Working in the Coal Mine" and "Lady Marmalade" as a behind-the-scenes songwriter and producer before he gained new fame as a performer, died Tuesday, not long after a performance in Spain. He was 77...
Cape's downtown historic district nears expansion (11/10/15) 3
A downtown historic district in Cape Girardeau is one step closer to expansion. An application was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office in July seeking to add the 600, 700 and 800 blocks of Broadway to the Broadway-Middle Commercial Historic District...
Museum's train room provides look at Scott City, circa 1945 (11/10/15) 1
The freight trains that trundle along Scott City's main street throughout the day pass by the Scott City Historical Museum, where a handful of residents for years have worked to curate a collection of area history. To Gail Crader, a retired professor who oversees the museum's records room, the museum represents a microcosm of Scott City's small-town spirit of cooperation...
Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago today (11/10/15)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Great Lakes have claimed thousands of ships since European explorers began navigating the waters in the 1600s, but few have captured the public's imagination as has the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, in Lake Superior...
Tour gives glimpse of black Civil War veterans' lives (11/09/15) 7
Mary Lacey grew up in Cape Girardeau and remembers visiting Fairmont Cemetery as a young girl. But back then, she thought black people were buried only in the northeast portion. "I even asked, but until today, I didn't even know there were any blacks buried in this part of the cemetery," she said, standing among the oldest of Fairmont's graves...
South Korea, Japan work to resolve World War II sex-slave issue (11/03/15)
SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks Monday after a 3 1/2-year freeze and agreed to try to resolve the decades-old issue of Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II. The agreement is a step forward but not a breakthrough. ...
Former senator Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dead at 73 (11/02/15)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former U.S. senator Fred Thompson, a folksy Tennessee lawyer whose career led him from politics to Hollywood and back again, died Sunday. He was 73. At 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, Thompson appeared in at least 20 motion pictures and in the TV series "Law & Order." His film credits include "In the Line of Fire," "The Hunt for Red October," "Die Hard II" and "Cape Fear."...
'I'm just livin': World War II veteran Herbert Buchheit looks back on 102 years of faith, love and life (11/02/15)
Herbert Buchheit's wartime photographs bear equal resemblance to his single baby picture, circa 1913, and his current 102-year-old self. More than any one physical characteristic, Buchheit's most apparent and enduring feature is his unaffected air. He smiles as he earnestly tells stories, and laughs often, even though not all of his experiences have been good...
School on historic register boasts prominent pup's grave site (11/01/15)
ROLLINSFORD, N.H. -- A school named to the National Register of Historic Places has an unusual feature on its grounds: the grave site of a dog considered to be the father of the American Cocker Spaniel. The marble block at the edge of the Rollinsford Grade School's playground marks the remains of Obo II, who was born in the United States in 1882 and died in 1895. ...
Exhibit showcasing Thomas Hart Benton artwork to open next week (10/30/15)
An exhibit and activities throughout November will celebrate and explore the artwork of Thomas Hart Benton. "Thomas Hart Benton: American Mythologies" will open Nov. 6 Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus. The public is invited to several events in November celebrating Thomas Hart Benton's life, his work and his impact on the history of American Art. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 24. Admission to the exhibit and the events are free...
Gateway Arch turns 50 with a nod to those who built it (10/29/15)
ST. LOUIS -- Half a century to the day since they closed out the Gateway Arch's construction, workers whose nerves of steel helped build it reunited Wednesday for its anniversary, some joking the now-iconic stainless-steel monument has aged better than they have...
Gateway Arch poised for 50th birthday (10/27/15)
ST. LOUIS -- A half century ago, workers hoisted into place the final of 142 stainless steel sections of the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch -- the shimmering tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and pioneers for whom St. Louis served as a gateway to the West...
Preservation Conference award winners (10/26/15)
At the Missouri Preservation Conference in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday through Friday, several local organizations and individuals were given Legacy Awards for significant contributions to historic resources in the state. Top, from left, are Bill Hart, executive director of Missouri Preservation; and Molly Hood, Christa Zickfield, Kevin Taylor, Marla Mills, Donna Denson and Steven Hoffman, all representing Old Town Cape. ...
Preservation dinner held Thursday night (10/23/15)
Steven Hoffman of Southeast Missouri State University and Marla Mills of Old Town Cape visit during the Missouri Historic Preservation Convention dinner Thursday night at Southeast.
Plague spread 3,000 years earlier than 1st thought: 2,800 BC (10/23/15)
LONDON -- The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people -- a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve. To find evidence of the prehistoric infection, researchers drilled into the teeth of 101 individuals who lived in Central Asia and Europe some 2,800 to 5,000 years ago. ...

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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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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 ssanders@semissourian.com.

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Photo galleries
U.S. Colored Troops honored
African-American Civil War veterans were honored with a living-history program Sunday, Nov. 9, 2015 at Fairmont Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Spirit of '45 - Missouri Veterans Home
The Spirit of '45 event Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at the Missouri Veterans Home commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Aug. 14, 1945.
Mississippi River Tales mural
The River Heritage Mural Association presents the history of Cape Girardeau with 24 painted panels on the Mississippi River floodwall.
SEMO Port Authority historical photos
The Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority was dedicated April 28, 1990.
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.