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Fred Lynch

River Floods: Frony speaks

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011, at 7:33 AM

Southeast Missourian photographer Garland D. Fronabarger documented scenes of Mississippi River flooding in downtown Cape Girardeau before the floodwall was built. Construction of the flood control system began in 1956 and ended in 1964 at a cost of more than $4 million.

Along with writing stories, he took pictures with his Speed Graphic for the newspaper while covering various floods in Southeast Missouri as early as 1937.

In this audio slideshow, Frony talks about covering the floods while we present some of his flood pictures from over the years.

High-speed Internet options include 360p, 480p and 720p HD.

In a previous audio slideshow, Frony talks about his early career.

Here are links to previous blogs about river flooding:

Mississippi River floods Main Street


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  • Loved the slide-show.

    Frony was one-of-a-kind indeed, wasn't he?

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Fri, Mar 25, 2011, at 9:33 AM
  • EXCELLENT! Thank you, very much, for the slide show and the chance to hear his voice, again.

    -- Posted by Just_Wondering1 on Fri, Mar 25, 2011, at 4:20 PM
  • I always hated those floods in the early 50's because when the sand for the bags ran out, dad filled a few more sacks from our sandbox.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Fri, Mar 25, 2011, at 8:15 PM
  • This video shows my grandpa Hirsch's store

    -- Posted by granpaguy on Thu, Jul 2, 2015, at 11:40 AM