- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)5
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
County archives hold historical treasures
The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center is a treasure trove full of historical tidbits just waiting to be uncovered.
Case in point:
A few folks at the center recently stumbled across several Revolutionary War documents while helping search for information on a veteran of that war who is buried near Fruitland.
The three-person archive staff -- Steve Pledger, Cathy Stoverink and Jane Jackson -- came across a county court book that had the words "Rev appls" on it. It was a list of Revolutionary War pension applications.
In all, 13 applications were found in the court books last month, which brings the total to 21 similar applications that have been uncovered in the archives.
It may not sound exciting at first, but the requests from the Revolutionary War veterans included a wealth of information, such as what battles they were in, where they were living and facts about their personal lives and what they went through in the war.
This information will help paint a better picture of the role Cape Girardeau County soldiers played in the war. While Cape Girardeau already has a rich history, new information like this makes it all the richer.