f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Fishing buddies, Broadway pals

Posted Friday, March 26, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Real cool angling

Southeast Missourian, March 14, 1960

Anglers who have stamina enough to brave this cold weather may get results like this pair, Bill Beard, left, and Wayne Freeman of Cape Girardeau, who found the largemouth bass hitting in Castor River Sunday despite near freezing cold and water made colder by melting snow. The pair got these bass, running from 1 1/2 to 3 pounds, on deep-running bomber lures. They took their success to indicate this is going to be a good year for anglers. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

Bill Beard owned Beard's Sports Shop at 818 Broadway. Wayne Freeman operated Wayne's Grill at 816 Broadway. When Southwestern Bell was ready to expand its building, Freeman moved his business to 828 Broadway next to the Pla-Mor.

Freemans brought Hardee's to Cape Girardeau

From Southeast Missourian, Dec. 21, 1975:

Hardee's, a restaurant chain based in Rocky Mount, N.C., is coming to town. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne E. Freeman will erect the restaurant building at the northeast corner of Broadway and West End Boulevard. They have negotiated with a group of local investors to operate the business.

Four brick dwellings, three fronting Broadway and one fronting on Boulevard, will be razed to make room for the structure. The site has a Broadway frontage of 150 feet and a depth of 161 feet. For the past several months the dwellings have been used for student housing. Bids are being received for razing the structures and for erection of the new building.

Occupying 2,960 square feet of space, the building will provide interior seating for 92 customers, with parking in front and along the east and west sides. The restaurant, which features hamburger and a varied line of short order items, will provide only interior service and will not have a drive-in provision.


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  • Fred, Thanks for posting these old pictures. I enjoy them.

    -- Posted by JD420 on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 8:18 AM
  • Fred, wasn't there once a Bowling Alley downtown. I was too young in the 1940s to get a job there. Setting pins in those days was a dangerous job, a job which radically changed with the automastic pin setter.

    Got any old pictures and info about the place?

    -- Posted by voyager on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 6:25 PM
  • Anybody know, or have any pictures of what used to be at the corner of Bertling and Big Bend. There's what looks like a foundation, and some concrete steps. Always wondered what used to be there.

    -- Posted by DrummingFireman on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 8:09 PM
  • DrummingFireman,

    My mother and I drove by there last week and had the same question.

    Here are photos of the corner in case anyone needs to see what we're talking about.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 1:14 PM
  • Back in the mid to late 1960's the location at Bertling aand Big Bend was a tavern. I can't think of the name but I believe it burned sometime in the late 60's or early 70's.

    -- Posted by Katsch on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 7:32 PM
  • The bowling alley was in the basement of the Trinity School annex on North Pacific between Independence and Broadway.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 7:56 PM
  • There was also a bowling alley downtown at Themis and Spanish. It was in the building now occupied by Jayson Jewelers. Pins were set by hand.

    -- Posted by Katsch on Sat, Mar 27, 2010, at 8:00 PM
  • The foundation at Bertling & 177 was Mollie's Bar owned by Mollie Kester. Sort of a neighborhood place.

    -- Posted by Yankee Station on Sun, Mar 28, 2010, at 8:52 AM
  • DrummingFireman,

    Check out


    Comments have flooded in from folks who are answering our question about the mystery foundation.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Sun, Mar 28, 2010, at 6:56 PM