- Harbor Freight Tools plans to move ahead with Cape Girardeau store (12/5/17)2
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Business Notebook: Yule Log Cabin gets home feel honestly (12/4/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
- Rep. Lichtenegger proposes change to term limits (12/4/17)7
- Fire displaces family of seven (12/5/17)1
- Buffalo Wild Wings moving to new location in March (12/2/17)2
- Fruitland Army veteran spends weeks helping in ravaged Puerto Rico (12/5/17)2
Pride of Cape Girardeau
By: Mike Ramsey
Pictured are members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department. Barney Kraft (center of the picture standing) had been appointed Chief during the re-organization of the Department on May 5, 1909. First Assistant Chief was Charles Hahn and the Second Assistant Chief was Leon Albert.
The dapple gray team of horses was purchased in St. Louis for $400.00 by Aldermen Alex Vasterling and Joe Wilson,hence their names Joe and Alex. They were trained by Leland Albert and were first hitched to the wagon on May 25, 1909. They responded to their first call on June 7, 1909.
The Wagner Special Hose Wagon, Chemical Engine and Hook and Ladder was purchased from Fred Wagner and Son of St. Louis for $1,100, and arrived by boat on December 12, 1908. It had a chemical reservoir, ladders, hooks, rope, 300 feet of hose and all other appropriate and necessary paraphernalia.