Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 12/10/13
Boosted by a December check of more than $500,000, city sales tax collections this year were 8 percent more than those...
Out of the past 12/9/13
The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University has been suspended indefinitely following an...
Out of the past 12/8/13
After six months of work, the Independence Street widening project has been completed, and the street reopens in the...
Out of the past 12/7/13
The Ohio Valley Conference, to which Southeast Missouri State University hopes to gain admission as part of a move up...
Out of the past 12/5/13
People wait in a long line outside the Missouri Job Service office for an early opportunity to apply for up to 120...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
John A. "Jack" Behrens, 91, passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Round Rock, Texas. Jack was a longtime school...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Carol Estes, 67, of Perryville died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at her home. Friends may call from 3 to 8...
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- James C. "Jim" Poinsett, 66, of Chaffee passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Southeast...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Charles E. Courtois Sr., 94, of Perryville died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Perry Oaks Nursing and...
H. Alan Haertling
FROHNA, Mo. -- Hugo Alan Haertling, 53, of Frohna died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis....
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Clyde Milton McCloud, 89, of Perryville, formerly of Cahokia, Ill., died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at...
Ronald Penrod, 60, of Millersville passed away Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was...
CHAFFEE, Mo. — James "Jim" Poinsett, 66, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in the emergency room of Southeast Hospital...
Rita Kuss, 70, of Cape Girardeau died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Georgian Gardens Nursing Center in Potosi, Mo. She was...
CHAFFEE, Mo. -- William J. Myers, 87, of Chaffee passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at home with his family. He was...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 10, 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant, or face excommunication. On this date:...
Today in History
Today is Monday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2013. There are 22 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 9, 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response...
History in the news
Pearl Harbor marks anniversary
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- About 50 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor paused Saturday at the site to honor those killed and remember the moment that plunged the U.S. into World War II. Alvis Taylor, 90, was serving as an Army medic when the attack began. His superiors, who were doctors, rushed to hospitals to care for the wounded and left him in charge. He went to Pearl Harbor, about 18 miles south of his Army post at Schofield Barracks, with dozens of ambulances...
Bosnia memories preserved in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS -- Selma Avdagic was only an infant when her Bosnian family fled from Sarajevo to St. Louis two decades ago as war ravaged the former Yugoslavia. The college student knows her parents' immigration story well. How her mother, a doctor back home, worked a succession of low-wage jobs in the St. Louis suburbs until she could obtain a U.S. medical license. How her father, who remained behind for another year, was nearly killed by a Serbian soldier...
Former hostages react to Iran's nuclear deal
McLEAN, Va. -- To some of the Americans subjected to mock executions and other torment during more than a year as hostages in Iran more than 30 years ago, it seems like a mistake to trust the regime in Tehran to keep its promises in a nuclear deal brokered by the U.S. and other world powers...
Vatican unveils bone fragments said to be Peter's
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope...
When presidents die, power transfer can be chaotic
NEW YORK -- As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurried into a small room in Minor Medicine, where he stood silently against a wall. After a wait of 35 minutes, presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell entered and approached Johnson, who had been two cars behind Kennedy when the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza...
SEMO professor talks about historic JFK moment
The United States ground to a halt 50 years ago today as news broke that President John F. Kennedy had been shot during a presidential motorcade in Dallas. The memory of Jackie Kennedy, dressed in pink, climbing toward the back of the vehicle that was carrying the slumped president is seared in many people's memories...
Solemn events will mark JFK anniversary today
DALLAS -- Loose gatherings of the curious and conspiracy-minded at Dallas' Dealey Plaza have marked past anniversaries of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, featuring everything from makeshift memorials to marching drummers to discussions about who else might have been in on the killing...
A slice of time, half a century later
PREFACE: Everyone of a certain age has a frozen memory of events that occurred 50 years ago today. These events changed the world, but not for the last time. My memory is no better than anyone else's, and everyone who was old enough to remember the day President Kennedy was shot can tell his or her own story. The story I am telling today is the story I know best: my own slice of time...
Obama pays tribute to John F. Kennedy legacy
WASHINGTON -- Honoring the legacy of John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday. Obama also recognized a group of distinguished Americans -- including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey -- with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award created by Kennedy...
Gettysburg speech commemorated
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Thousands gathered at a central Pennsylvania battlefield park Tuesday to honor a speech given 150 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln predicted would not be long remembered. The inspirational and famously short Gettysburg Address was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of freedom, liberty and justice amid a Civil War that had torn the country to pieces...
Do we know exact words of the Gettysburg Address?
It was the biggest assignment of Joseph Ignatius Gilbert's journalistic career -- and he was in serious danger of blowing it. On Nov. 19, 1863, the 21-year-old Associated Press freelancer was standing before a "rude platform" overlooking the still-ravaged battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa. Towering above him was an almost mythic figure: Abraham Lincoln...
Pa. paper: Sorry for panning Gettysburg Address
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- It took 150 years, but a Pennsylvania newspaper said Thursday it should have recognized the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the time it was delivered. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, about 35 miles northeast of Gettysburg, retracted a dismissive editorial penned by its Civil War-era predecessor, The Harrisburg Patriot & Union...
Mo. hunters still dedicated to the quail
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bob Borman continues to cling to a dying tradition. He remembers days when little country cafes were filled with orange-clad hunters at this time of the year, when brushy fields were alive with quail, when the season opener was a major event...
Alton, Ill., erects marker honoring famed abolitionist
ALTON, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois city is honoring its ties to famed abolitionist and journalist Elijah Lovejoy with a new marker. The (Alton) Telegraph reported the newly installed, 22-by-44-inch marker commemorating Lovejoy has been unveiled in time for the observance of his death 176 years ago...
Scott City veteran looks back on time in Vietnam
Larry Corn, a resident of Scott City and a Vietnam veteran, would be the first to say his wartime experiences aren't anything to brag about. "There were men over there who did a lot more than I did," said Corn, 66. Corn, a Sikeston, Mo., native who served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 while in the U.S. ...
Jackson native details Army career as four-star general
The path to becoming a four-star general in the U.S. Army is fraught with difficulty, but Jackson native Louis C. Wagner Jr. said his achievement of the rank came down to three things. "You have to work hard," Wagner said. "You also have to speak out when necessary; you just can't blindly follow orders. A little bit of luck also helps."...
WWII reunions poignant for dwindling veterans
DAYTON, Ohio -- Paul Young rarely talked about his service during World War II -- about the B-25 bomber he piloted, about his 57 missions, about the dangers he faced or the fears he overcame. "Some things you just don't talk about," he said...
For baby boomers, JFK's assassination ripples still
We cannot get past it, we Americans. Not a half century later. Maybe not even ever. The president with the easy grin in whom so much hope was invested. His wife, forever frozen in pink and pillbox hat. The motorcade. The sunny day. The shadowy man in the window with a rifle. ...
Aviator's Purple Heart returned
Gordon H. Yates was a tall, skinny redhead who joined the Navy during World War II when he was 17. Two years later, the young aviator was dead, beheaded by the enemy after his patrol bomber was shot down in waters off southeast Asia. On Saturday, Purple Hearts Reunited presented the medal he was awarded decades ago to his sister in southeastern Pennsylvania. Yates' family had lost track of the medal at least as far back as 1979 when his father died...
WWII's Doolittle Raiders make a final toast in Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio -- The last of the Doolittle Raiders, all in their 90s, offered a final toast Saturday to their fallen comrades, as they pondered their place in history after a day of fanfare about their 1942 attack on Japan. "May they rest in peace," Lt. ...
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.