Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 8/2/14
Secret Service agents in St. Louis are investigating an estimated 60 percent increase in counterfeit bills in Southeast...
Out of the past 8/1/14
A committee of local, state and federal officials has been organized to try to preserve the jobs threatened by the...
Out of the past 7/31/14
Two missing channel buoys are believed responsible for the grounding north of here last night of a 20-barge tow of the...
Out of the past 7/30/14
The First Presbyterian Church in Cape Girardeau has called Donald Drews to serve as director of Christian education; he...
Out of the past 7/29/14
Construction of the 150-bed veterans nursing home in Cape Girardeau is about 75 percent complete, with the facility...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Deborah Kay Blankenship, 59, of Jackson passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1954,...
Carlos Ward Chitty, 101, of Scott City passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape Girardeau....
Dixie Adele Dunning, 91, of Cape Girardeau passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Southeast Hospital. She was born April...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothy Mae Baxter, 82, of Perryville died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Perry County Memorial...
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. -- Dolores Iona Todd, 88, of Mountain Home passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Mountain Home....
Dr. Jerry McNeely
Dr. Jerry C. McNeely, 86, of Tarzana, California, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Monday, July 14, 2014, in Tarzana. A...
Barbara Ann Price, 44, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
There is no...
BENTON, Mo. -- Betty Sue Moit, 67, of Benton died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Wade Edward Nelson, 23, of Perryville died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Perryville. Visitation will be...
BENTON, Mo. — Carlos W. Chitty, 101, of Scott City died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Fountainbleau Lodge in Cape...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, August 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox suffered light damage during a skirmish with North Vietnamese patrol torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. (This and an alleged second incident two days later led to congressional approval of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that propelled America deep into war.)...
Today in History
Today is Friday, August 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before collapsing...
History in the news
Trial opening over video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved. The case is at the heart of Jesse Trentadue's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago, which has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the deadly 1995 blast...
Hundreds gather to visit, reminisce about Smelterville community
More than 200 people gathered this weekend to celebrate and remember a place that no longer exists. But the small community on Vine Street will not forget where they came from. Smelterville was a small area in south Cape Girardeau that was mostly bought out by the federal government because of flooding in 1993. But Smelterville's history extends much further than that. The area was founded in 1790 and since then generations have grown up in the community...
Corinthian Hall on the rebound
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several dozen Kansas Citians got a close-up look this month at the status of the area's ultimate rehab project: Corinthian Hall, the once and future location of the Kansas City Museum. It's a messy process, as any weekend do-it-yourselfer knows. Many of the rooms in the century-old home on Gladstone Boulevard have been whittled to exposed brick and crumbling plaster, with temporary lights strung across ceilings and old woodwork stacked in corners...
Historic status sought for all-metal home
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Billed as "the house America has been waiting for," it turned out that the Lustron home was one America quickly forgot. A few hundred of the prefabricated, enamel-clad metal houses were erected in the Midwest after World War II, and there is one in Joplin. Its owner, Janet Garvin, wants to make sure Joplin doesn't forget the history of the little tan bungalow and the other houses like it. She is seeking local historic status for the city's sole Lustron...
Nazi war crimes suspect, 89, dies in U.S. custody as extradition approved
PHILADELPHIA -- An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial. Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred Saturday after a month in jail, his lawyer and the U.S. ...
University press gets grant to print updated Civil War history
The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to Southeast Missouri State University Press to support the printing of "Thunder in Arcadia Valley: The Battle of Pilot Knob," available at the end of September...
Agency's move in St. Louis leaves history behind
ST. LOUIS -- In the front parlor of a century-old mansion south of downtown sits a scale model of Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The model was used to brief U.S. generals before military forces raided the compound and killed the terrorist mastermind...
Movie, TV legend James Garner dies
LOS ANGELES -- Actor James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated "Murphy's Romance," has died, police said. He was 86. He was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles on Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday...
Brash stage legend Elaine Stritch dies at 89
NEW YORK -- Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch's longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan...
17th-century shipwreck on the move in Texas
BRYAN, Texas -- The recovered remains of a ship belonging to the famed French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle, which sank off the Texas coast more than three centuries ago, were launched on their final journey Thursday. The keel and other large structural pieces of La Belle, which have been preserved in a gigantic freeze-dryer at Texas A&M since 2012, were gingerly loaded onto a flatbed truck for the 85-mile trip to the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, the last stop in a voyage that began in 1685 with La Salle's ill-fated expedition to find the mouth of the Mississippi River.. ...
Aldrin asks for moon walk memories
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin was "out of town" when the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since. He and Neil Armstrong were on the moon. They missed the whole celebration 45 years ago Sunday. So did Michael Collins, orbiting solo around the moon in the mother ship...
Author to discuss new book on Elizabeth Seton
An author and her new book will be appearing on Wednesday in Perryville, Missouri.
1956 Grand Canyon crash game-changer in air travel
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- In the mid-1950s, air travel was a shadow of the highly advanced operation of checks and rules seen today. The skies were largely uncontrolled, and pilots outside major U.S. cities relied on sight to avoid catastrophes. Then, two commercial airplanes crashed over the Grand Canyon in June 1956, killing all 128 people aboard in the deadliest aviation disaster of the time and helping spur an overhaul to flight safety. ...
US survivors of WWII battle recall Saipan attack
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Even after seven decades, Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux won't talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is by his side. It was Sidur who found the severely wounded Mailloux hours after both survived Japan's largest mass suicide attack in the Pacific. ...
Shevardnadze, ex-Georgian president, dies at 86
TBILISI, Georgia -- Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union's foreign minister, he helped topple the Berlin Wall and end the Cold War, but as the leader of post-Soviet Georgia his career in the public eye ended in humiliation when he was chased out of his parliament and forced into retirement...
Downtown building falls apart Thursday
The front of the building at 633 Good Hope St. collapsed just after 1 P.M. Thursday as workers were repairing the brick exterior. The property was unoccupied, but the police and fire departments evacuated several occupants of the adjacent buildings and cordoned off the road between South Sprigg and South Frederick streets...
'Someone got away with murder': Six decades later, identity of Bonnie Huffman's killer remains unknown
The note -- written on torn, now-yellowed paper in a traditional, slightly shaky cursive -- arrived in a postage-paid business reply envelope marked, "Please give to man who wrote articles on Huffman case." It implored a reporter to visit its author at her home north of Benton, Missouri, "and please keep plans quiet."...
War hero, Olympian Zamperini dies at 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific after his bomber crashed, then endured two years in Japanese prison camps, has died. He was 97. Zamperini's death was confirmed by Universal Pictures studio spokesman Michael Moses. A family statement released early Thursday said Zamperini had been suffering from pneumonia...
The Fourth and the founding of Jackson
Happy Independence Day! As we celebrate the occasion, take a moment to remember our forefathers who sacrificed so much to make us an independent nation some 238 years ago. Also remember those people who through the years have made sacrifices to keep us free...
Historic preservation expert has roots in Southeast Missouri
For having the right to boast about her part in the transformation of the A.C. Vasterling building, a previously abandoned and foreclosed structure built in 1903 on the corner of Broadway and Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau, architect Rebecca Ward is humble and not a fan of the attention...
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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
Browse our collection of mystery photos.
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.