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Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 8/30/14 (08/30/14)
At a news conference yesterday, Gene Huckstep, chairman of the board of Saint Francis Medical Center, said there is no...
Out of the past 8/29/14 (08/29/14)
Merger talks between Cape Girardeau's two hospitals have been put on hold, says Southeast Missouri Hospital...
Out of the past 8/28/14 (08/28/14)
Summer vacation ends for school children in Cape Girardeau as classes resume; however, the high temperatures have...
Out of the past 8/27/14 (08/27/14)
KELSO, Mo. -- The congregation of St. Augustine Catholic Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the construction of...
Out of the past 8/26/14 (08/26/14)
Jackson customers of Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. step into the computer age, when the company's new, computerized...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Obituaries

Mark Garner
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Mark K. Garner, 60, of Mounds passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 19,...

Harold Johns
Harold O. Johns, 73, of Jackson passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 23, 1940, in Sikeston,...
Harold Ramsey
Harold Ramsey, 93, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Nov. 18, 1920, in...

Hazel and Albert Barrow
Hazel Pauline Barrow, 80, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau....
Anita Morrison
UNIONTOWN, Mo. -- Anita A. Morrison, 90, of Uniontown died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Perry Oaks Nursing and...
Kim Rhodes
Kim William Rhodes, 59, of Cape Girardeau passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at his home. He was a veteran of the...
LaWanda Bartels
LaWanda Druscilla Bartels, 84, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center....
Wayne Leible
PERRYVILLE, Mo. — Wayne F. Leible, 64, of Perryville died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Perry Oaks Nursing and...
Master Sgt. Mark Garner
MOUNDS, Ill. -- Master Sgt. Mark K. Garner, 60, of Mounds died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at his home. Visitation will...

Lloyd Abbott
Lloyd C. Abbott, 93, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He...
Today in History
Today in History (08/30/14)
Today is Saturday, August 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 30, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, which was intended to promote private development of nuclear energy...
Today in History (08/29/14)
Today is Friday, August 29, the 241st day of 2014. There are 124 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops of the 28th Infantry Division marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis...
History in the news
Business Notebook: Buchheit Enterprises marks 80th anniversary (08/25/14)
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...
Historic home's status as bed-and-breakfast uncertain (08/21/14) 13
Whether her house becomes a bed-and-breakfast or home to a new family, Sherry Persinger said she hopes the next owner of the building she spent years renovating and restoring truly appreciates its history. Persinger bought the Ponder House, named after railroad executive A.R. ...
Old bullet holes found in columns on Sikeston house (08/21/14) 1
SIKESTON, Mo. -- The stately home that sits at the corner of Gladys Street and Kingshighway is revealing some of its rowdy past -- a past that could be linked to the community's founder, Joseph Sikes, some are theorizing...
Cup 'n' Cork gets ready for its move to new location one block over (08/20/14) 7
Change is brewing at downtown hangout Cup 'n' Cork. The coffee house-slash-bistro is moving a few blocks over into the building at the corner of Independence and Spanish streets, right across from The Library bar. Owners Patrick and Tina Abbott said the move is an exciting step up for Cup 'n' Cork, and are looking forward to moving in at the end of the month...
Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life (08/20/14)
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living...
Ponder house could become area's latest bed-and-breakfast (08/18/14) 5
Many have seen the neoclassical revival-style house off William Street with the large Abraham Lincoln statue in the front yard. However, the statue isn't connected with the history of the two-story brick home. Charlotte Cannon, co-owner of a business called Ponder House B&B LLC, said a previous owner had wanted to turn the structure into a bed-and-breakfast called The Lincoln House...
Cape Girardeau's Downtown Strategic Plan has included new residential spaces (08/18/14)
Cape Girardeau, especially downtown Cape, is nothing if not quaint. The murals, the buildings, even the street lamps ooze river-town charm. For some, it's the shopping. For others, it's the night life. Some people just appreciate the bike-to-work convenience and simplicity of downtown living...
Historic cabin on Fountain Street to be torn down (08/15/14) 8
Cape Girardeau city officials say no more extensions will be granted for a Fountain Street log cabin and demolition will take place in the next few weeks. On July 7, city leaders set a deadline of Aug. 8 for supporters to raise money and submit plans for restoring the home at 818 N. ...
Marquette Tower to be vacant by end of September as last tenants leave (08/15/14) 10
By the end of September, The Marquette Tower in downtown Cape Girardeau will sit empty once again. At one point, the restored hotel was filled to nearly 80 percent capacity, but since then its occupancy has been in a steady decline. Ryan Burns, a public information officer for the Missouri Office of Administration, said the state agencies occupying space in the building all will be vacating it by Sept. 30...
Actress Bacall dead at 89 (08/13/14)
NEW YORK -- Lauren Bacall, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, died Tuesday at age 89...
Katy O'Ferrell's undergoes facelift (08/12/14) 1
It's been a few months since Katy O'Ferrell's Publick House moved to town, but owner Mark Dirnberger said feedback has been positive for the only Irish pub in Cape Girardeau. "[People] like the Irish fare, because no one around here has that kind of stuff ... it's kind of uplifting," Dirnberger said. "It's not fine dining anymore, it's an Irish pub with nice food."...
Log cabin's fate rests with city (08/12/14) 2
The paperwork is finished for the moment, and now historic preservationists must wait for the city to determine the fate of a 150-year-old log cabin on Fountain Street. On July 7, city leaders set a deadline of Aug. 8 for supporters to raise money and submit plans for restoring the home at 818 N. Fountain St., said Annie Criddle, executive director for the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation...
Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63 (08/12/14)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Robin Williams, a brilliant shape-shifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63...
Mo. privy digger collects artifacts left behind (08/11/14)
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Deep in the abyss of the earth, lost remnants remain from a previous society, representing the human joy and strife, wants and needs, pain and healing of a population long faded from memory. The remnants, when assembled together like scrambled pieces of a puzzle, tell a story of the people who built the foundation on which we stand...
Plans underway to repair partially collapsed building (08/11/14) 1
Plans are in place for the future of the building at 633 Good Hope St. in Cape Girardeau whose streetside face collapsed last month. The building was condemned and July 23, the city issued a 30-day notice to owner Jeremy Ford, informing him that within a month, the building needed to be repaired or demolished...
Residents pay tribute to 1914 fatal train crash (08/10/14)
TIPTON FORD, Mo. -- A group of southwest Missouri residents has dedicated a stone marker commemorating the spot where a 1914 train crash killed 43 people. The accident occurred when Missouri and North Arkansas Train No. 209, which was actually a gasoline-powered vehicle similar to a street car, collided with a freight train on a Kansas City Southern line near Tipton Ford, an incorporated area in Newton County...
Remains of U.S. airmen missing since World War II accounted for (08/08/14)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The remains of two missing airmen have been accounted for 70 years after they disappeared when their plane went down over Papua New Guinea during World War II, U.S. military officials said. The remains of 1st Lts. William Bernier and Bryant Poulsen were identified through DNA and other evidence collected from the crash site in a forest on the Pacific island nation, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan with the Defense Prisoner of War-Missing Personnel Office...
Recordings reveal final days of Nixon White House (08/06/14)
YORBA LINDA, Calif. -- Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words. For three decades, that version of one of the nation's largest and most-dissected political scandals largely gathered dust -- until this week...
Trove of African art found at Missouri Southern (08/04/14)
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Officials at Missouri Southern State University are assessing a recent trove of African art found in a small room under a stairwell. Christine Bentley said after she was named to head the art department at Missouri Southern, she wanted to assess the university's African art holdings and found a 320-piece collection tucked away in the small room that had been enclosed below a basement stairwell...
Batman creator's personal copies to be auctioned (08/04/14)
NEW YORK -- Batman creator Bob Kane's own copies of the Caped Crusader's earliest appearances are going up for auction. ComicConnect is selling Kane's file copies of Detective Comics Nos. 27 through 45 and Batman Nos. 1 through 3. The auction house declined to put an estimate on their value, saying such items rarely come up for sale...
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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.