- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Chaffee man charged with attempting to have ex-wife killed (8/20/17)3
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Former Chaffee officer faces DWI charge (8/20/17)2
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
110 and counting
Before the airplane.
Before the atom bomb.
Before the Southeast Missourian there was Florence Poe.
Cape Girardeau's eldest resident celebrated her 110th birthday at Fountainbleau Lodge last week.
Her big day was indeed grand with a five-piece orchestra and a crowd of more than 200 people. It's hard to imagine the things Mrs. Poe has seen in her 11 decades of life. She has lived through so many of this country's ups and downs, through wars and depressions, through booms and advanced technology.
Mrs. Poe, a Farmington native, is certainly no show-off, although she never denies her age because she's so proud of how good she looks. But the number?
"It doesn't impress me," she said when asked about turning 110. "It's just another birthday."
With all due respect, Mrs. Poe, we at the Southeast Missourian are impressed.
Poe raised four girls during the Great Depression. She has nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-great-grandchild.
Impressive indeed, Mrs. Poe.
Congratulations on your longevity. And we hope your 110th birthday was a great one.