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Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 4/23/14 (04/23/14)
Southern California native Mike Deasy, whose ability on the guitar made him one of the highest paid studio musicians in...
Out of the past 4/22/14 (04/22/14)
The Family Learning Center, a community agency providing help for children and families, is asking for help itself; the...
Out of the past 4/21/14 (04/21/14)
Speaking at a dedication ceremony yesterday evening at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, Charles E. Woodford,...
Out of the past 4/20/14 (04/20/14)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall opens informally in the morning in the grassy area between the West Park Mall...
Out of the past 4/19/14 (04/19/14)
DEXTER, Mo. -- International Hat Co., with plants here and at Marble Hill, Mo., is under new management; the two...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Mildred Mueller
Mildred L. Mueller, 94, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Lutheran Home. Arrangements are...
John Langford
John Langford, 61, of Jackson died Monday, April 21, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday...

Ruth Colyer
Ruth Marguerite Colyer, 87, of Jackson passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Monticello House. She was born July 7,...

Margaret Horsley
MORLEY, Mo. -- Margaret L. Horsley, 73, of Morley passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center...
Edward Raub
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Edward W. Raub, 97, of Norfork, Ark., formerly of Mounds and Olive Branch, Ill., passed away Tuesday,...
Winnis Sifford
GRASSY, Mo. -- Winnis Lee Sifford, 66, of Grassy passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at home surrounded by her family....

Vivian Smith
Vivian Ann Smith, 48, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at St. Louis University Hospital. She was born...

Audrey Stroud
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- Audrey Henderson Stroud, 78, of Olive Branch died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Saint Francis...

Lucille Wibbenmeyer
Lucille M. Wibbenmeyer, 90, of Friedheim died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was...

Viola Yamnitz
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Viola E. Yamnitz, 85, of Perryville died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her residence. She was born Jan....
Today in History
Today in History (04/23/14)
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 23, 1914, Chicago's Wrigley Field, then called Weeghman Park, hosted its first major league game as the Chicago Federals defeated the Kansas City Packers 9-1...
Today in History (04/22/14)
Today is Tuesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2014. There are 253 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 22, 1864, Congress authorized the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. On this date: In 1889, the Oklahoma Land Rush began at noon as thousands of homesteaders staked claims...
History in the news
Southeast students help produce 'Battle of Kushtia' documentary (04/23/14)
A small group of Southeast Missouri State University students has joined a fledgling New York film director in producing "The Battle of Kushtia," a documentary about Bangladesh's war of independence and the late Dan Coggin, one of the first journalists to cover it...
Central marks 20-year anniversary of state baseball title (04/23/14)
A daring Tigers team won the Class 4 state baseball title in 1994
Ozarks survivor of Pearl Harbor dies (04/21/14) 1
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The last known Pearl Harbor survivor living in the Ozarks has died. The Springfield News-Leader reported William Martin died last week at age 90. His family said Martin died in the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon. Martin was 18 when Japanese planes bombed a U.S. ...
Prizefighter 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76 (04/21/14)
His boxing career came to an abrupt end when he was imprisoned for three 1966 murders committed in Paterson, N.J.
Student fought bureaucrats for justice for Holocaust survivors (04/20/14)
AMSTERDAM -- Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps...
Author, Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87 (04/18/14)
MEXICO CITY -- Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America's charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of "magical realism," a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine.. ...
T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall (04/16/14)
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex -- the king -- is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton Tuesday, including its jaw with teeth as big as bananas, at the National Museum of Natural History. ...
Family marks 35 years since teen disappeared (04/13/14) 4
Diane Scherer-Morris smiles as she remembers growing up on her parents' farm in old Illmo with her sister, Cheryl, and brother, Anthony.
New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries (04/10/14)
LONDON -- Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs -- and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers...
Actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93 (04/08/14)
LOS ANGELES -- Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the "show" part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals...
Mining town comes and goes, comes back again (04/07/14)
NECK CITY, Mo. -- It's hard to get lost here. Neck City: Four blocks wide and about as long. No churches. Only one business: The U.S. Post Office. "There haven't really been any other businesses to speak of since I've lived here. That's been 46 years," says Gary Miller, the town's unofficial historian, as he empties out a packet of black and white photos onto a table. ...
Balloon release to mark anniversary of woman's disappearance (04/06/14)
Friends and family will gather for a balloon release April 13 at St. Denis Parish Center in Benton, Mo., to observe the anniversary of the disappearance of Cheryl Anne Scherer. Scherer, 19, was abducted nearly 35 years ago from the Rhodes gas station where she worked on Main Street in Scott City...
Young people's role in civil rights movement discussed (04/04/14)
The civil rights movement was populated by more than just legendary figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It included children of the era who became symbols that inspired others to get involved, Dr. Wilma King said during Thursday night's Dugger Lecture...
'Van Dyke' DVDs spotlight Moore's comedic genius (04/02/14)
NEW YORK -- Like any "Dick Van Dyke Show" fan, he's happy to catch a rerun of the show while flipping channels. "If there's nothing new to watch, I'll let the episode play out," said Carl Reiner. "I'm always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged."...
Orson Welles' camera, other items up for auction (04/01/14)
PHOENIX -- The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane." Beatrice Welles discovered the relics last year in boxes and trunks and decided to put them up for auction. She said her father would have preferred making the memorabilia available to film buffs and fans as opposed to sending them to a museum...
Historic convent slated for demolition (03/31/14)
BEL-NOR, Mo. -- Standing inside a gutted chapel on the fringe of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the director of facilities management on campus paused to take a whiff of the musty air. "Can you smell the mold?" Frank Kochin asked during a tour. "It's worse in the basement."...
Perry County Military History Museum's Wall of Honor will be dedicated April 12 (03/28/14)
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The heroism of four Army soldiers who perished in the Vietnam War will be memorialized during the April 12 dedication of the Perry County Military History Museum's new Wall of Honor in Perryville City Park. The soldiers are Raymond Fordyce, who died in 1966; Gary Ernst, a casualty of the fighting in 1967; and Thomas Loos and Darrell Lintner, who died in 1968...
Former defense secretary James Schlesinger dies at age 85 (03/28/14)
WASHINGTON -- Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired -- and dismissed -- by presidents of both parties...
Auditor: Historic building tax credit costly (03/26/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's tax incentive for the renovation of historic buildings is the largest such program in the nation but is inefficient and not adequately overseen, the state auditor said Tuesday. A report from Auditor Tom Schweich said Missouri has paid out $1.1 billion of historic preservation tax credits during the past decade, resulting in average annual rehabilitation expenses that are significantly higher than any of 29 other states with similar programs...
Former state prison to resume tours in April (03/24/14)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Starting in April, Missouri residents will once again have the chance to tour a former state prison. Tours in limited areas of the Missouri State Penitentiary are scheduled to resume on April 21, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that full walk-throughs of the facility would begin July 1...
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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
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.