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Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 10/25/14 (10/25/14)
Months of uncertainty end as a federal bankruptcy judge approves the sale of debt-ridden Lenco Inc., of Jackson, to...
Out of the past 10/24/14 (10/24/14)
Riverside Home Centers, Inc., which was founded more than 85 years ago as a basic lumber yard and became one of the...
Out of the past: 10/23/14 (10/23/14)
With the hiring of a new sanitation superintendent, it looks like the city of Cape Girardeau will remain in the trash...
Out of the past 10/22/14 (10/22/14)
Mission Festivals are held at two Pocahontas-area Lutheran churches; the first service is at 8:30 a.m. at Trinity...
Out of the past 10/21/14 (10/21/14)
State Sen. John C. Dennis, D-Benton, has been named the 1989 "Friend of the University" by the Southeast Missouri...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Michael Jones
Michael D. Jones, 52, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his home. The funeral was held Saturday at New...
Susan Marsh
JONESBORO, Ill. -- Susan M. Marsh, 51, of Jonesboro died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in...
Joyce Arensmann
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Joyce Mae Arensmann, 82, of Chaffee died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in...

Carol Wahlers
PAID PHOTO Carol Wahlers Carol Sue Wahlers, 64, of Jackson died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at her home. She was born May...
Raymond Reiker
PAID Dr. Raymond C. Reiker, 77, of Daphne, Alabama, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He was a...

Tillman Leimer
Tillman A. "Timmie" Leimer, 98, of Saxony Village passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Chateau Girardeau Nursing...

Rev. Stephen Francis
The Rev. Stephen Gil "Steve" Francis, 67, of Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape...

Kyle Peeler
McCLURE, Ill. -- Robert Kyle Peeler, 66, of McClure, formerly of Cairo, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014,...

Carrie Holder
Carrie Phillips Holder, 43, of Scott City lost her long battle with her health Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, peacefully...
Patrick Brandel
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Patrick Leo Brandel, 81, of Perryville died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Today in History
Today in History (10/25/14)
Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was broadcast live on radio and television; during the session, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just returned from Europe, reported on agreements signed in Paris on the future of West Germany. (To date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be carried on radio and TV.)...
Today in History (10/23/14)
Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2014. There are 69 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces...
History in the news
David Greenglass of Rosenberg spying case dies at age 92 (10/15/14)
NEW YORK -- David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92...
Mummies getting a closer look (10/15/14)
ST. LOUIS -- A team of experts in St. Louis is examining an Egyptian mummy to determine what killed him 3,000 years ago. The mummy of Egyptian priest Amen-Nestawy-Nakht is getting another CT scan, and researchers hope to learn not only how he died but more about his health. His last scan was several decades ago, when technology wasn't at the level it is now, the St. Louis-Dispatch reported...
New heritage center planned for Jackson (10/14/14)
A corner of uptown Jackson once home to a formal wear shop is destined for a new use. The Cape Girardeau County Historical Society plans to transform the building at 102 S. High St., which housed The Andrew Jackson since 1973, into a heritage center by next spring...
Documents show how White House defended Clinton (10/12/14)
WASHINGTON -- The White House made a public push to defend President Bill Clinton during a series of investigations related to the Whitewater real estate deal and his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to thousands of pages of documents released by the National Archives...
Event offers sneak peek at library's stained glass (10/09/14) 1
Although she didn't know it at the time, working at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library gave Gay Walker inspiration for her master's thesis and two books about artist G. Owen Bonawit. Bonawit created stained-glass windows for Yale and a number of other universities, schools, churches and libraries, including Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University...
Cave drawings in Asia are as old as European ones, study says (10/09/14)
WASHINGTON -- Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it hints at an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans, going back to Africa, than scientists had thought...
Auction of ancient Egyptian relics averted (10/06/14)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased a collection of 4,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts found a century ago by a British explorer, averting a plan to auction the antiquities that had drawn criticism from historians...
Baptist Student Center marks 75 years (10/05/14)
Baptist student Center marks 75 years on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University
Historian donates notes on Lincoln photo (10/05/14)
CHICAGO -- It's one of the most famous Abraham Lincoln photographs, largely because no one knew the picture of the dead president lying in an open coffin existed for nearly a century until a 14-year-old boy found it. On Tuesday, Ronald Rietveld -- the boy who made the discovery and now is a retired historian -- will donate his original notes about the picture to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois...
Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies (10/05/14)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63...
Kent Library guest to discuss historic stained-glass panels (10/03/14) 1
Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University will host guest speaker Gay Walker for two events Wednesday to mark the facility's 75th anniversary. Walker, special collections librarian at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and author of "Bonawit, Stained Glass & Yale: G. Owen Bonawit's Work at Yale University & Elsewhere," will discuss the history and relevance of the artist's stained glass panels...
Nazi hunter pushes for new probe (10/02/14)
BERLIN -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned. The Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, said Wednesday that in September he sent the German justice and interior ministries a list of 76 men and four women who served in the so-called Einsatzgruppen...
First bullet train marks 50 years (10/02/14)
TOKYO -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday...
Missouri artist recalls career (09/29/14)
MILAN, Mo. -- Joe McCarty couldn't wait to blow town after high school graduation. He wanted to get out in the world and make his mark with his pencils and brushes. So that very May night in 1932, he jumped on a train to Chicago to go to cartoon illustration school...
'Gone With the Wind' film marks 75th year (09/28/14)
LOS ANGELES -- As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate. "Gone With the Wind" is being screened in 650 theaters nationwide, broadcast Monday by Turner Classic Movies and reissued Tuesday in a lavish home-video box set, including a music box, an embroidered handkerchief and more than eight hours of bonus features...
James Traficant, convicted former-congressman, dies (09/28/14)
CLEVELAND -- James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party...
Time capsule believed found in lion statue (09/25/14)
BOSTON -- What appears to be a window to Boston's past has turned up in a rather unusual place: the head of a lion's statue on the building that once served as the seat of Massachusetts government. The Bostonian Society, which operates a museum at the Old State House, said Tuesday it had confirmed the presence of what had long been rumored to be a time capsule from 1901 tucked away inside the copper statue. The statue was recently taken down from the roof as part of a restoration effort...
End-of-World War II smooch sculpture lands in Normandy (09/24/14)
CAEN, France -- A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit. Cranes and construction crews in the French city of Caen on Tuesday hoisted and locked together pieces of "Unconditional Surrender," a 25-foot cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in a lip-locked embrace...
Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history (09/22/14)
OMAHA, Neb. -- When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more established settlers objected, fearing that acknowledging the problem would stanch the flow of immigrants who had turned the area into a "young Ireland."...
John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction (09/21/14)
BOSTON -- A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction. RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy's younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate at what now is the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island...

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Timeline of the Southeast Missourian newspaper
The Southeast Missourian newspaper celebrated its centennial in 2004, publishing a timeline of its history. This is an updated version of that timeline....

Our new series of old photographs by G.D. Fronabarger. Some are mysteries, others not so much. As with the Mystery Galleries, we encourage your comments to librarian Sharon Sanders at ssanders@semissourian.com.

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Photo galleries
McLain's Chapel
McLain's Chapel as seen Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Civil War Times
Family Days at the Museum - Civil War Times Saturday, Feb. 15, at the River Campus.
Kennedy assassination - Nov. 22, 1963
Fifty years ago, on Nov. 22, 1963, an assassin's bullet took the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 36th president of the United States, in downtown Dallas, Texas. Photos by the Associated Press tell the story of that tragic event and the sad days that followed.
Grand Reopening of Academic Hall
Students, faculty and visitors take in the renovations of Academic Hall, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, during the grand reopening ceremony of Southeast Missouri State University's Academic Hall.
The 1993 Flood - 20 Years Later
A look back at the areas affected by the 1993 flood.
Endangered Buildings List
The Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission releases its list of endangered buildings. View photos of the buildings as seen on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Broadway, Main Street historical photos
Early photographs show how commercial buildings on Broadway and Main Street in Cape Girardeau looked nearly a century ago.
Glenn House repairs
The railing on the balcony and front porch of the Glenn House have been replaced using cedar, and the floor of the front porch has been replaced with composite. The bases of the porch columns have been repaired, leaving them in near original condition.
Oliver-Leming House, Missouri State Flag
Historical photos of the Oliver-Leming House in Cape Girardeau.
Drainage in Southeast Missouri
Historical photos of drainage operations in Southeast Missouri.
John S. Cobb School sign dedication
The former John S. Cobb School site, Merriwether and Ellis, memorial sign dedication Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. In 1890, the Lincoln School was built for the education of Cape Girardeau's African-American students. The building was razed in 1954 after a fire damaged it a year earlier.
Louis Lorimier Bicentennial Commemorative Celebration
People gathered at Old Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau Sunday, June 24, 2012 for the Louis Lorimier Bicentennial Commemorative Celebration.
Historic Preservation Walking Tour
About 40 people took the Historic Preservation Walking Tour on Broadway from Pacific Street to Middle Street Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Cape Girardeau. It was sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission. Click this link for the walking tour handout.
Avenue of Flags dedication 1987
The Avenue of Flags was dedicated May 25, 1987 with Congressman Bill Emerson at Cape Girardeau County Park North.
Downtown Historic Home & Garden Tour
Old Town Cape's third annual Downtown Historic Home & Garden Tour Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Cape Girardeau.
John Glenn orbits Earth 50 years ago
Astronaut John Glenn orbits the Earth in the Friendship 7 Mercury spacecraft on Feb. 20, 1962. Twenty years later, U.S. Sen. John Glenn appears in Sikeston, Mo. on behalf of Jerry Ford of Cape Girardeau, 8th District Democratic candidate.
Remembering 9/11
Ceremonies in Cape Girardeau and Jackson Sept. 11, 2011 commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
9/11 in Southeast Missouri
Southeast Missourian photographers captured the local scene on 9/11 and the following days.
9/11 Then and Now
These Associated Press photos show the before and after of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City.
Downtown Cape Girardeau clock turns 25
People come out to celebrate the clock at the intersection of Themis and Main streets 25th birthday Tuesday, June 28, 2011 in downtown Cape Girardeau. A custom birthday hat sat atop the clock as people listened to tunes from the Jerry Ford Band, munched on hot dogs and cupcakes and sang "Happy Birthday" to the clock.
A vacant Pinhook, Mo.
Floodwater from the breached Birds Point levee has left the town of Pinhook, Mo. void of residents as seen on Thursday, June 16, 2011.
Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway after the breach
The waters in the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway are receding, leaving behind a desolate Mississippi County landscape as seen on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Steam locomotive in Cape Girardeau
Train fans get up close to Union Pacific's steam locomotive No. 844 on display Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Cape Girardeau.
Railroads historical gallery
Railroads have played a role in the history of Cape Girardeau. Here is a collection of photos from the history of rail travel in the area, taken from the Southeast Missourian archives.
Rural Schools historical gallery
Rural schools in the surrounding Cape Girardeau area. Most of the buildings no longer exist.
Racing historical gallery
Racing of all kinds has always been popular in Cape Girardeau. Here are photos of boat races, horse races, car races and other types of races that took place in Cape Girardeau over the years.
Memorial Day historical gallery
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. The holiday grew out of the tradition of decorating the graves of the Civil War dead. In Cape Girardeau, early observances included musical programs and patriotic speeches conducted in the shade of the Courthouse Park. Those in attendance would then parade to Old Lorimier Cemetery, where veterans' graves would be cleaned and decorated with flowers and flags.
Flash Flooding in Cape Girardeau
Major flooding occurred along Cape LaCroix Creek in the Town Plaza area of Cape Girardeau after more than six inches of rain fell on May 15, 1986.
Cape's Movie Theaters
A collection of Cape Girardeau's movie theaters over the decades.
Cape Girardeau aerials historical gallery
Garland D. "Frony" Fronabarger took hundreds of aerial photos of Cape Girardeau during his tenure as the Southeast Missourian's photographer. Fronabarger joined the newspaper in 1927 and retired in 1986. Staff members have chosen a few to share.