Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 10/2/14
For the second time in less than six months, law-enforcement officers have had to quell several fights following a...
Out of the past 10/1/14
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- A pilgrimage of the historic sites connected with the Saxon Lutheran immigration to East Perry County...
Out of the past 9/30/14
Residents of Mid-America Teen Challenge will complete the task of harvesting apples at financially-strapped Pioneer...
Out of the past 9/29/14
The former Cape Kil Pest Control Co.'s KemPest laboratory north of Cape Girardeau and the former Ilada Energy...
Out of the past 9/28/14
Using chain saws and bulldozers, workers yesterday began felling trees for the final stage of the U.S. 61 improvement...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
ANNA, Ill. -- William "Bill" Hubbs Sr., 89, of Anna died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be from...
MOUNDS, Ill. — Sheila Sue Winland, 70, of Mounds died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape...
Carol Sue Wahlers, 64, of Jackson died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at her home.
No formal service will be held.
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Gary C. Dobbelare, 72, of Perryville died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at his home. Visitation will be...
David Gragg Jr.
David Eugene Gragg Jr., 61, moved to his final resting place Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at his home, with friends and...
ALTENBURG, Mo. -- Edna Eleanor Meyr Hartmeister, 96, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, was born to life eternal with her...
Harold Gabauer, 87, of Cape Girardeau passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at the Missouri Veterans Home. He was born...
ORAN, Mo. -- Charles Alfred Bonifield, 79, of Oran passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Southeast Hospital in Cape...
John Jason Dickman, 63, of Jackson died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1951, in Rolla,...
Mary F. Evans, 88, of Cape Girardeau passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Ratliff Care Center. She was born Oct. 14,...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who'd refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racial Equality...
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy. On this date:...
History in the news
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...
End-of-World War II smooch sculpture lands in Normandy
CAEN, France -- A sculpture honoring a photograph of a kiss in Times Square that captured New York's celebration as World War II ended has gone up in Normandy for a one-year visit. Cranes and construction crews in the French city of Caen on Tuesday hoisted and locked together pieces of "Unconditional Surrender," a 25-foot cast-bronze sculpture in color of a sailor and a nurse in a lip-locked embrace...
Journal aims to stoke interest in Midwest history
OMAHA, Neb. -- When T.V. Golden set out to bring a modern irrigation system to parched northwestern Nebraska in the late 19th century, some of the more established settlers objected, fearing that acknowledging the problem would stanch the flow of immigrants who had turned the area into a "young Ireland."...
John F. Kennedy's WWII letters sell at auction
BOSTON -- A collection of letters John F. Kennedy sent to the family of a lost PT-109 crewmate sold for $200,000 at an auction. RR Auction, a Boston-based auction house, said the sale happened Thursday during a two-day auction at the Omni Parker House that saw the sale of a collection of letters that Kennedy's younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy, wrote to a classmate at what now is the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island...
Fruitland church to mark 50 years
Fruitland Wesley United Methodist Church on Sunday will celebrate its 50th anniversary in ministry to the community. The church was formed in 1964 from the merger of the Fairview Methodist and McClain's Chapel Methodist churches and has continued to provide ministries to people in the area...
Scotland took long road to vote for independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- On Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh, stands Scotland's National Monument. A colonnade of classical stone pillars modeled on the Parthenon in Athens, it's grand, inspiring -- and unfinished, since the money to build it ran out two centuries ago...
Teams explore 'graveyard of ships' near San Francisco
GULF OF THE FARALLONES NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY -- Federal researchers are exploring several underwater sites where ships sank while navigating in the treacherous waters west of San Francisco in the decades following the Gold Rush. Over the past week, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, equipped with sonar and video cameras, to examine and record the historic shipwrecks...
Central Institute for the Deaf turns 100
ST. LOUIS -- When the normally bright Nolan Howard began to struggle academically last year, his parents quit their jobs and moved from Seattle to St. Louis. The reason was simple, according to his mother, Mairead Iverson. "St. Louis has the Central Institute for the Deaf," she told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
New Ken Burns series 'The Roosevelts' spans a century of history
NEW YORK -- Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name. The latest magnum opus from Ken Burns, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premieres on PBS as a seven-night, 14-hour series airing Sunday through Sept. 20 at 7 p.m...
Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74
FRESNO, Calif. -- Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital and died. Kiel's agent, Steven Stevens, also confirmed his death. Both declined to provide further details...
Alienlike giant water-living dinosaur unveiled
WASHINGTON -- Picture the fearsome creatures of "Jurassic Park" crossed with the shark from "Jaws." Then super-size to the biggest predator ever to roam Earth. Now add a crocodile snout as big as a person and feet like a duck's. The result gives you an idea of a dinosaur scientists unveiled Thursday...
9/11 museum sees influx of new artifacts
NEW YORK -- After seeing the new National September 11 Memorial Museum, one victim's widow decided to donate one of her husband's FDNY paramedic shirts, karate uniforms and baseball jersey. A retired police detective gave the sole-scorched boots she wore while working amid the smoking wreckage of the twin towers...
Patrick Henry's firsts highlighted at Crader Lecture
Attorney and politician Patrick Henry, best known for his declaration "give me liberty or give me death," seemed to be first in a lot of things, Dr. Thomas Kidd, professor of history and senior fellow in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, said in this year's Crader Lecture...
Canada finds 1840s ship lost in Arctic
TORONTO -- One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada's prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could unlock one of history's biggest mysteries and swell Canadian pride...
9/11 museum shows SEAL's shirt from bin Laden raid
NEW YORK -- The shirt a Navy SEAL wore in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and a special coin given to a CIA officer who played a key role in finding him are being displayed at the Sept. 11 museum, adding potent symbols of the terrorist attacks' aftermath days before their anniversary...
Joan Rivers remembered at star-studded funeral
NEW YORK -- Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" and bagpipers played "New York, New York" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that -- like the late comedian herself -- brought together the worlds of Hollywood, theater, fashion and media...
For Joan Rivers, victory from loss in late night
NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers bombed in late night for the world to see, on an upstart network no one thought would last. In the process, she infuriated Johnny Carson, the titanic TV star who had long supported her and, 20 years before, made her an overnight star...
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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.