Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 3/7/14
A preliminary inspection by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department indicates no apparent structural damage...
Out of the past 3/6/14
A major winter storm struck Missouri over the weekend, dumping up to 14 inches of snow in some sections; several...
Out of the past 3/5/14
A service of the Associational Church Media Organization of the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association was implemented...
Out of the past 3/4/14
Cape Girardeau County Clerk Rodney E. Miller was recently sworn in by Sen. John Dennis of Benton, Mo., as president of...
Out of the past 3/3/14
City officials are moving ahead with plans for construction of Lexington Street as an arterial road; the city staff is...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
VIENNA, Ill. -- Robert L. Aaron, 82, of Vienna passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Autumn Ridge Supportive Living...
JONESBORO, Ill. -- William M. "Bill" Craft, 85, of Jonesboro died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital...
CAIRO, Ill. -- Linda K. Clarke Jackson, 52, of Cairo died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the home of her parents near Olive...
Clara Miller Seabaugh, 87, of Jackson died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau....
ROCKVIEW, Mo. -- Rocky Carroll, 54, of Rockview died Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time...
Margaret Sue Mayfield, 81, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Sept....
Rebecca Esther Mazzanti Buchheit, 30, of Jackson passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct....
Paul Ray Dow
Paul Ray Dow, 84, of Jackson passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. He was born July 12,...
William A. Jackson, 40, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center. He was born...
Ricky Lee Stephens, 49, of Scott City died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in St. John, Mo. He was born March 4, 1965, in St....
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Friday, March 7, the 66th day of 2014. There are 299 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 7, 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., unanimously ruled that a parody that pokes fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the copyright holder. (The ruling concerned a parody of the Roy Orbison song "Oh, Pretty Woman" by the rap group 2 Live Crew.)...
Today in History
Today is Ash Wednesday, March 5, the 64th day of 2014. There are 301 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Churchill declared: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."...
History in the news
Kellermans receive McReynolds Award
Drs. Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman of Cape Girardeau were among four winners of the 2014 McReynolds Award, given annually by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation, to recognize individuals or groups that have demonstrated long-term commitment to preservation. ...
Seabees monument will be unveiled in Bloomfield
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- U.S. Navy Seabee veterans are working throughout the nation to recognize fallen comrades. A monument serving that purpose will be unveiled Saturday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield. A Seabee is a member of the Navy's Construction Battalion; the word Seabee comes from the initials "CB." Seabees often built bases, airstrips and roads for their fellow soldiers...
Calif. gold discovery spurs theories
LOS ANGELES -- Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot. One is that Jesse James' gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. Another postulates that the gold originally belonged to gentleman robber Black Bart, who wrote poetry when he wasn't sticking up stagecoaches...
St. Louis Art Museum displaying Nazi-confiscated artworks
ST. LOUIS -- In a first-floor gallery at the St. Louis Art Museum hangs a life-size portrait of three bathing women and a small red turtle. The painting, by Henri Matisse, changed the course of art, and is considered one of the most influential 20th-century paintings in the United States...
Work on Broadway stormwater project delayed by weather
Inclement winter weather has led to several problems around Cape Girardeau. Perhaps one of the most obvious is the delay it's caused in work along the 200 block of Merriwether Street, which is part of the Broadway Stormwater Relief project. During heavy downpours, water backs up along the sides of Broadway, creating shallow pools as it slowly enters the drainage system. The stormwater relief project will install new pipes underground to convey that water to the Merriwether storm tunnel...
Oliver-Leming House owners among Old Town Cape honorees
Members of the community gathered to honor those instrumental in the rehabilitation and restoration of downtown Cape Girardeau at the Old Town Cape annual dinner on Thursday evening at Isle Casino Cape Girardeau. Drs. Bert and Mary Ann Kellerman took home two of the six awards Old Town Cape presented at the event, the first being the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award for the couple's work rehabilitating the Oliver-Leming House, home of the Missouri state flag...
Union County Museum adds local flavor to Smithsonian sports exhibit
COBDEN, Ill. -- The Union County Museum is hosting "Hometown Teams," a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that explores the relationship between towns and their sports teams. The exhibit, which opens Saturday with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. and runs through April 13, features artifacts and tales of championship runs, rivalries and traditions...
Parts of the Sprague might be sold
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) -- The fate of the remaining metal pieces taken from the steamboat Sprague, which was destroyed by fire in 1974, is in the hands of Vicksburg officials. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering whether to display them or declare some of items surplus and sell them as scrap...
Professor offers insight on Frederick Douglass
Before he was revered as a significant figure in civil rights history, Frederick Douglass was a bit of a rabble rouser, Dr. Debra Foster Greene, professor of American History at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., told an audience at the Cape Girardeau Public Library on Sunday...
Altenburg museum marks 175th anniversary of Lutheran immigration
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- You see history just about everywhere you look in East Perry County. In Altenburg, population 350, there's the Log Cabin College, forerunner of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Concordia Seminary in St. Louis; Trinity Lutheran Church, founded in 1867; and the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum, which is observing the 175th anniversary of the immigration of 700 Lutherans from Saxony, Germany. ...
Former Cape police chief Butch Boyd dies at 73
Former Cape Girardeau police chief Howard "Butch" Boyd, 73, died at his home in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday. Born in Cape Girardeau in 1940, Boyd, weighed only 3 pounds because of his premature birth and earned his nickname "Butch" from the nurses because he was "a survivor."...
103 Torah scrolls from Hungary found in Russia
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungarian Jewish leaders say they have found 103 Torah scrolls taken from Hungary during the Holocaust in a Russian library. Rabbi Slomo Koves said Tuesday the sacred texts were discovered in the manuscript section of the Lenin State Regional Library of the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod...
Families explore "Civil War Times" at Crisp Museum
Women in hoop skirts and men toting antique rifles greeted visitors at the River Campus on Saturday afternoon. About a dozen Civil War re-enactors set up demonstration tables as part of the Crisp Museum "Civil War Times" event. Dressed in period fashion, they displayed firearms, crafts, games and even teas that were popular during the Civil War...
Ancient baby DNA suggests tie to Native Americans
NEW YORK -- The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana 12,600 years ago has been recovered, and it provides new indications of the ancient roots of today's American Indians and other native peoples of the Americas. It's the oldest genome ever recovered from the New World. Artifacts found with the body show the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago and is named for an archaeological site near Clovis, N.M...
Panel ponders changes to Missouri flag
After 100 years, the Missouri state flag could see a few changes. A Missouri House committee held a public hearing last week to consider legislation that would create a commission to study the flag. Under House Bill 1241, the commission would include eight members appointed by the governor from each congressional district plus the Secretary of State or their designee, who will serve as chairman of the commission...
Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night at her home near San Francisco. She was surrounded by family members and caregivers, publicist Cheryl Kagan said...
Pope's announcement changed church
VATICAN CITY -- It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunderclap on the Catholic world: A year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear (and in a Latin not all could easily follow) that he was becoming the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium. ...
Union Station in K.C. to recreate King Tut's tomb
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Union Station in Kansas City will be turned into Egypt this summer, when visitors will be able to re-create the discovery of King Tut's tomb. Station officials announced this week that the exhibit, "The Discovery of King Tut," will run from April 7 to Sept. 7. It is the largest exhibit ever attempted at the station, and will be the first stop for the exhibit in the United States...
St. Louis building, iconic mural razed by mistake
ST. LOUIS -- An iconic mural of a hippie -- and the St. Louis building on which it was painted -- are gone from a neighborhood near downtown, and a clerical error is to blame. The 1890 building stood in a protected historic district, and the garage door's mural of a hippie named Beardy McGreen, flashing a peace sign, had been something of a landmark since 2006...
'Dance Through the Ages' kicks off Jackson bicentenial commemorations
Jackson is nearing its 200th anniversary July 4, and the yearlong celebration started with an afternoon whirl on the dance floor Sunday. The bicentennial city's "Dance Through the Ages" drew 150 people to American Legion Post 158, 319 N. High St. "There is a lot of history in our community," said city outreach committee member Janice Lumsden. "We want to honor the older generation and the history they have, and educate the younger generation and involve them as well."...
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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.