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- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
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- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Graves of Col. George Thilenius and family get stone markers
A prominent figure of Cape Girardeau history, Col. George C. Thilenius, who was born in 1829 and died in 1910, was buried in the Old Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau. Recently, his grave and those of his wife, Margarethe, and daughter, Emma, were given grave markers.
In his heyday, Thilenius volunteered his services to the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War and rose to the rank of colonel in the militia, commanding the Third Missouri District. As a delegate to the Drake Convention in 1865, Thilenius signed the historic ordinance that abolished slavery in Missouri. He established a mercantile store, a flour mill, winery and soda water factory. Thilenius served as mayor from 1867 to 1873 and was instrumental in establishing the first public elementary school and in bringing the State Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University, to Cape Girardeau. Thilenius also helped to secure appropriations for college improvements during his term as representative to the General Asembly of Missouri from 1898 to 1901.
Thilenius' great-granddaughter, Marjorie Thompson, resides in Cape Girardeau at the home he built in 1873, called Longview.