Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 9/21/14
St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway Inc., a Jackson tourist attraction, and the 5-H Ranch exotic animal...
Out of the past 9/20/14
Cape Girardeau County Circuit Judge A.J. Seier signs a preliminary quo warranto and show cause order requested by the...
Out of the past 9/19/14
The Cape Girardeau County Commission will decide Thursday whether to enter into a contract with the Southeast Missouri...
Out of the past 9/18/14
The SEMO District Fair, which closed Saturday, attracted 86,949 in its weeklong attendance; at Arena Park today, crews...
Out of the past 9/17/14
Members of Zion Lutheran Church at Pocahontas celebrate the 100th anniversary of their church; the Rev. Paul Spitz...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Rodney Gary Arnold, 52, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Jackson. He was born June 7, 1962, in Cape...
With loved ones beside him, Donald G. "Donnie" Humes, 76, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 18,...
PUXICO, Mo. -- Judith McGuire, 72, of Puxico, Missouri, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at the family home in...
Amos Moore, 63, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at his home in Cape Girardeau. Visitation will be from...
Jessie Elizabeth Quade, 94, of Jackson passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Jackson Manor Nursing Home. Born in...
John Ralph Roe, 65, of Jackson died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. Born in rural...
Mildred Lorene Sides, 94, formerly of Jackson, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in...
Hazel Scott-Smith, 91, of Cape Girardeau died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at The Lutheran Home. She was born April 17,...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- James E. Weekley, 70, of Barnhart, Missouri, formerly of Perryville, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in...
Carolyn JoAnn Blattel, 68, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born March...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo crashed into Charleston, South Carolina (the storm was blamed for 56 deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States). Twenty-one students in Alton, Texas, died when their school bus, hit by a soft-drink delivery truck, careened into a water-filled pit...
Today in History
Today is Saturday, September 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 20, 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew set out from Spain on five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands. (Magellan was killed enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled the world.)...
History in the news
Fruitland church to mark 50 years
Fruitland Wesley United Methodist Church on Sunday will celebrate its 50th anniversary in ministry to the community. The church was formed in 1964 from the merger of the Fairview Methodist and McClain's Chapel Methodist churches and has continued to provide ministries to people in the area...
Scotland took long road to vote for independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring -- and unfinished, since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago...
Teams explore 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks...
Central Institute for the Deaf turns 100
ST. LOUIS -- When the normally bright Nolan Howard began to struggle academically last year, his parents quit their jobs and moved from Seattle to St. Louis. The reason was simple, according to his mother, Mairead Iverson. "St. Louis has the Central Institute for the Deaf," she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
New Ken Burns series 'The Roosevelts' spans a century of history
NEW YORK -- Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name. The latest magnum opus from Ken Burns, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premieres on PBS as a seven-night, 14-hour series airing Sunday through Sept. 20 at 7 p.m...
Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74
FRESNO, Calif. -- Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details...
Alienlike giant water-living dinosaur unveiled
WASHINGTON -- Picture the fearsome creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws." Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck's. The result gives you an idea of a dinosaur scientists unveiled Thursday...
9/11 museum sees influx of new artifacts
NEW YORK -- After seeing the new National September 11 Memorial Museum, one victim's widow decided to donate one of her husband's FDNY paramedic shirts, karate uniforms and baseball jersey. A retired police detective gave the sole-scorched boots she wore while working amid the smoking wreckage of the twin towers...
Patrick Henry's firsts highlighted at Crader Lecture
Attorney and politician Patrick Henry, best known for his declaration "give me liberty or give me death," seemed to be first in a lot of things, Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, said in this year's Crader Lecture...
Canada finds 1840s ship lost in Arctic
TORONTO -- One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride...
9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid
NEW YORK -- The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary...
Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral
NEW YORK -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that -- like the late comedian herself -- brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media...
For Joan Rivers, victory from loss in late night
NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers bombed in late night for the world to see, on an upstart network no one thought would last. In the process, she infuriated Johnny Carson, the titanic TV star who had long supported her and, 20 years before, made her an overnight star...
Comedian Joan Rivers dead at age 81
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81. Rivers died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, surrounded by family and close friends, daughter Melissa Rivers said. ...
Argentine dinosaur may shed light on big beasts
NEW YORK -- Researchers studying the remains of an enormous dinosaur -- a creature that was bigger than seven bull elephants -- have given it an equally colossal name: Dreadnoughtus, or "fearing nothing." Scientists hope its unusually well-preserved bones will help reveal secrets about some of the largest animals to walk the Earth...
Speaker to discuss Revolutionary War figure Patrick Henry
Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, will deliver this year's Crader Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rose Theatre in Grauel Building at Southeast Missouri State University...
Mark Twain expert to headline Kent anniversary events
Henry Sweets, a Mark Twain expert and executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, will kick off a series of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. "Is Mark Twain Relevant Today?" is Sweets' topic for a 7 p.m. presentation Thursday at Sadie's Place in Kent Library. Open to the public, it is sponsored by the library in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served...
Amtrak street work leads to historic finds in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Long before Jefferson City's Amtrak station was in the basement of the Union Hotel and the state museum converted the Lohman Building into an 1800s-style general store, Water Street was a destination and a happening place...
Civil War re-enactors close out summer at Fort D
Re-enactors at the Fort D Historic Site in Cape Girardeau celebrated the end of summer with a bang. Children and adults alike stood at the site Monday morning, some with hands clasped over their ears, as a cannon was loaded and fired just a few yards away...
Business Notebook: Buchheit Enterprises marks 80th anniversary
Last weekend, Buchheit Enterprises thanked customers with storewide sales at all eight retail locations on its 80th anniversary. In 1934, Rudy Buchheit began what was the original Buchheits by hauling an array of items from Perry County to St. Louis...
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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 email@example.com
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ceremonies in Cape Girardeau and Jackson Sept. 11, 2011 commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
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.
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.
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 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.