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Fred Lynch

Courthouse gazebo 1925

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Speakers addressed a crowd from the gazebo at Common Pleas Courthouse Park during the Southeast Missourian Building dedication, Sept. 12, 1925 in Cape Girardeau. (Kassel's Studio photo)

Known as a gazebo today, the structure was built as a bandstand in 1913 and has been altered over the years.

In 1931, Girardeans marked the death of Dr. C.E. Schuchert, who was director of the Cape Girardeau Municipal Band from 1919 to 1930, with the dedication of a bronze tablet at the bandstand.

June 5, 1934 Southeast Missourian

A platform was constructed on the band stand at Courthouse Park today for use of the Municipal Band in its first concert of the season Wednesday night. This platform will raise the band about 8 inches above the floor of the stand, making the members more visible to the crowd attending concerts.


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  • There is another plaque at the gazebo as well.

    William (Bill) Adam Shivelbine...

    Great history in Cape!

    -- Posted by Scott Shivelbine on Thu, Aug 13, 2015, at 7:51 PM
  • I came across a picture of my grandfather during the time men wore the hats seen here. He was with a crowd of men all sporting a beard. Dad said there use to be a contest at the park. I guess instead of a beauty contest. Would there be any of those photos in your collection?

    -- Posted by Bill McGhee on Sun, Aug 16, 2015, at 7:18 PM