Out of the Past columns
Out of the Past 10/31/14
Former state senator Albert M. Spradling Jr. has written Missouri Sen. John C. Dennis asking why Dennis decided not to...
Out of the past: Nov. 1
A costumed robber tied up a clerk and helped himself to jewelry and cash during a Halloween heist yesterday at Prime...
Out of the past 10/29/14
Reformation Day services are held at Trinity Lutheran Church; Dr. Robert Sauer, third vice president of the Lutheran...
Out of the past 10/28/14
BENTON, Mo. -- The possible appointment of former state senator Albert M. Spradling Jr., to the Missouri Highways and...
Out of the past 10/27/14
The first tax increment finance district in Southeast Missouri should be in place by the end of the year; after meeting...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Dr. John Crampton
Dr. John V. Crampton, 83, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Chateau Girardeau after a short...
DONGOLA, Ill. -- Wiley G. Rader, 77, of Dongola died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be from 5...
MARBLE HILL, Mo. -- Willie Louis Shackleford, 91, of Marble Hill died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at his home. A memorial...
Morton Estes Sr.
Morton Bern "Mort" Estes Sr., 93, formerly of the Cape Girardeau area, died Oct. 28, 2014, in Ozark, Missouri. He was...
William Morgan Sr.
ADVANCE, Mo.-- William "Bill" Morgan Sr., 90, of Advance passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at his home. He was born...
Frank Bertrand V
Frank Charles Bertrand V, infant, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Ford and...
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Robert Lee "Melon" Grass, 73, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Riverview at the Park Nursing Home in...
Morton Estes Sr.
Morton Bern "Mort" Estes Sr., 93, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at The Baptist Home in...
ADVANCE, Mo. -- William "Bill" Morgan, Sr., 90, of Advance, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at his home.
DESLOGE, Mo. -- Patrick Jay Marberry, 61, of Desloge, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at NHC Healthcare. He was...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 25, 1954, a meeting of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Cabinet was broadcast live on radio and television; during the session, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, just returned from Europe, reported on agreements signed in Paris on the future of West Germany. (To date, it's the only presidential Cabinet meeting to be carried on radio and TV.)...
Today in History
Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2014. There are 69 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1944, the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf began, resulting in a major Allied victory against Japanese forces...
History in the news
Southeast Missourian 110-year timeline
1904 The Naeter brothers resurrected a failed newspaper, The Daily Republican Voters approved a plan to install sewers in the city. Passenger service began on the new Houck railroad from Cape Girardeau to Oak Ridge. Louis Houck donated a wealth of items from the Missouri Building of the St. Louis World's Fair to the Normal School, now Southeast Missouri State University. Included in the purchase were 58 reproductions of ancient and medieval statuary by August Gerber of Cologne, Germany...
Ford Groves marks 100th anniversary
Two world wars, economic depressions and recessions that produced double-digit sales dips, government sales-tax disagreements and high gas prices haven't stopped Ford Groves. A century after founding owner Fred A. Groves began selling cars in Cape Girardeau in 1914, his dealership is celebrating its biggest milestone yet this month...
Auditor revels in Hollywood, history
CLAYTON, Mo. -- Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich says he's excited about a big success that's been years in the making. He's not talking about his likely re-election Nov. 4. Schweich is hyped up about his recent purchase of a rare autograph and photograph of old-time Hollywood actress Greta Garbo. The hard-to-find items are the latest additions to Schweich's extensive collections, which include old movie memorabilia, coins and historical documents...
David Greenglass of Rosenberg spying case dies at age 92
NEW YORK -- David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in 1953, has died at 92...
Mummies getting a closer look
ST. LOUIS -- A team of experts in St. Louis is examining an Egyptian mummy to determine what killed him 3,000 years ago. The mummy of Egyptian priest Amen-Nestawy-Nakht is getting another CT scan, and researchers hope to learn not only how he died but more about his health. His last scan was several decades ago, when technology wasn't at the level it is now, the St. Louis-Dispatch reported...
New heritage center planned for Jackson
A corner of uptown Jackson once home to a formal wear shop is destined for a new use. The Cape Girardeau County Historical Society plans to transform the building at 102 S. High St., which housed The Andrew Jackson since 1973, into a heritage center by next spring...
Documents show how White House defended Clinton
WASHINGTON -- The White House made a public push to defend President Bill Clinton during a series of investigations related to the Whitewater real estate deal and his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to thousands of pages of documents released by the National Archives...
Event offers sneak peek at library's stained glass
Although she didn't know it at the time, working at Yale University's Sterling Memorial Library gave Gay Walker inspiration for her master's thesis and two books about artist G. Owen Bonawit. Bonawit created stained-glass windows for Yale and a number of other universities, schools, churches and libraries, including Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University...
Cave drawings in Asia are as old as European ones, study says
WASHINGTON -- Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it hints at an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans, going back to Africa, than scientists had thought...
Auction of ancient Egyptian relics averted
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased a collection of 4,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts found a century ago by a British explorer, averting a plan to auction the antiquities that had drawn criticism from historians...
Baptist Student Center marks 75 years
Baptist student Center marks 75 years on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University
Historian donates notes on Lincoln photo
CHICAGO -- It's one of the most famous Abraham Lincoln photographs, largely because no one knew the picture of the dead president lying in an open coffin existed for nearly a century until a 14-year-old boy found it. On Tuesday, Ronald Rietveld -- the boy who made the discovery and now is a retired historian -- will donate his original notes about the picture to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois...
Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Jean-Claude Duvalier, who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime as the self-proclaimed "president for life" of Haiti until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile, has died. He was 63...
Kent Library guest to discuss historic stained-glass panels
Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University will host guest speaker Gay Walker for two events Wednesday to mark the facility's 75th anniversary. Walker, special collections librarian at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and author of "Bonawit, Stained Glass & Yale: G. Owen Bonawit's Work at Yale University & Elsewhere," will discuss the history and relevance of the artist's stained glass panels...
Nazi hunter pushes for new probe
BERLIN -- The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned. The Wiesenthal Center's top Nazi hunter, Efraim Zuroff, said Wednesday that in September he sent the German justice and interior ministries a list of 76 men and four women who served in the so-called Einsatzgruppen...
First bullet train marks 50 years
TOKYO -- It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday...
Missouri artist recalls career
MILAN, Mo. -- Joe McCarty couldn't wait to blow town after high school graduation. He wanted to get out in the world and make his mark with his pencils and brushes. So that very May night in 1932, he jumped on a train to Chicago to go to cartoon illustration school...
'Gone With the Wind' film marks 75th year
LOS ANGELES -- As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate. "Gone With the Wind" is being screened in 650 theaters nationwide, broadcast Monday by Turner Classic Movies and reissued Tuesday in a lavish home-video box set, including a music box, an embroidered handkerchief and more than eight hours of bonus features...
James Traficant, convicted former-congressman, dies
CLEVELAND -- James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party...
Time capsule believed found in lion statue
BOSTON -- What appears to be a window to Boston's past has turned up in a rather unusual place: the head of a lion's statue on the building that once served as the seat of Massachusetts government. The Bostonian Society, which operates a museum at the Old State House, said Tuesday it had confirmed the presence of what had long been rumored to be a time capsule from 1901 tucked away inside the copper statue. The statue was recently taken down from the roof as part of a restoration effort...
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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 email@example.com
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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.