Out of the Past columns
Out of the past 4/18/14
After a presentation by Gene Penzel yesterday, the Jackson Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution to pay...
Out of the past 4/17/14
Armed with a battering ram, explosives, tear gas and semi-automatic weapons, members of Cape Girardeau's SWAT unit...
Out of the past 4/16/14
Centenary United Methodist Church hosts a "Witness With a Vision" celebration in the afternoon; the event is sponsored...
Out of the past 4/15/14
Dr. Bill W. Stacy, president of Southeast Missouri State University, praises Sen. John C. Dennis for helping to restore...
Out of the past 4/14/14
ST. LOUIS -- Representatives of 20 cities in six of 11 states that would be along the route of a proposed new,...
As we approach the first anniversary of the Flood of 2011, view the Missourian's coverage from the event.
Robert Bruce Ezell, 62, of Ellington, Mo., formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Veterans...
Lester M. Fornkohl, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete at...
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Ernest Ray Hoosier, 97, of Bell City died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, following a brief illness. He...
Clyde Warren Huff, 90, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Doe...
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Barbara Jean Bethune Moxley, 83, of Charleston died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Saint Francis...
Janice Lynn Schario, 52, of Jackson died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau....
AUBREY, Texas -- Georgie Gay Shirley, 88, of Aubrey died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Denton Regional Medical Center...
OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- George Louis Storm, 79, of Olive Branch died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Jonesboro...
Phyllis Scheper, 82, of Jackson passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Monticello House in Jackson. She was born Nov....
Mary Ella Waggener
Mary Ella Waggener, 85, of Cape Girardeau died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau. She was...
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a "Washateria") was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis...
Today in History
Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On April 17, 1964, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180. ...
History in the news
T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex -- the king -- is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton Tuesday, including its jaw with teeth as big as bananas, at the National Museum of Natural History. ...
Family marks 35 years since teen disappeared
Diane Scherer-Morris smiles as she remembers growing up on her parents' farm in old Illmo with her sister, Cheryl, and brother, Anthony.
New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries
LONDON -- Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs -- and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers...
Actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93
LOS ANGELES -- Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He epitomized the "show" part of show business, even if the business end sometimes failed him amid money troubles and a seesaw of career tailspins and revivals...
Mining town comes and goes, comes back again
NECK CITY, Mo. -- It's hard to get lost here. Neck City: Four blocks wide and about as long. No churches. Only one business: The U.S. Post Office. "There haven't really been any other businesses to speak of since I've lived here. That's been 46 years," says Gary Miller, the town's unofficial historian, as he empties out a packet of black and white photos onto a table. ...
Balloon release to mark anniversary of woman's disappearance
Friends and family will gather for a balloon release April 13 at St. Denis Parish Center in Benton, Mo., to observe the anniversary of the disappearance of Cheryl Anne Scherer. Scherer, 19, was abducted nearly 35 years ago from the Rhodes gas station where she worked on Main Street in Scott City...
Young people's role in civil rights movement discussed
The civil rights movement was populated by more than just legendary figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It included children of the era who became symbols that inspired others to get involved, Dr. Wilma King said during Thursday night's Dugger Lecture...
'Van Dyke' DVDs spotlight Moore's comedic genius
NEW YORK -- Like any "Dick Van Dyke Show" fan, he's happy to catch a rerun of the show while flipping channels. "If there's nothing new to watch, I'll let the episode play out," said Carl Reiner. "I'm always pleased to see how well those episodes have aged."...
Orson Welles' camera, other items up for auction
PHOENIX -- The youngest daughter of director and writer Orson Welles is giving film buffs a chance to buy some of his personal possessions, including a camera, scripts and photos from the set of "Citizen Kane." Beatrice Welles discovered the relics last year in boxes and trunks and decided to put them up for auction. She said her father would have preferred making the memorabilia available to film buffs and fans as opposed to sending them to a museum...
Historic convent slated for demolition
BEL-NOR, Mo. -- Standing inside a gutted chapel on the fringe of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the director of facilities management on campus paused to take a whiff of the musty air. "Can you smell the mold?" Frank Kochin asked during a tour. "It's worse in the basement."...
Perry County Military History Museum's Wall of Honor will be dedicated April 12
PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- The heroism of four Army soldiers who perished in the Vietnam War will be memorialized during the April 12 dedication of the Perry County Military History Museum's new Wall of Honor in Perryville City Park. The soldiers are Raymond Fordyce, who died in 1966; Gary Ernst, a casualty of the fighting in 1967; and Thomas Loos and Darrell Lintner, who died in 1968...
Former defense secretary James Schlesinger dies at age 85
WASHINGTON -- Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired -- and dismissed -- by presidents of both parties...
Auditor: Historic building tax credit costly
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's tax incentive for the renovation of historic buildings is the largest such program in the nation but is inefficient and not adequately overseen, the state auditor said Tuesday. A report from Auditor Tom Schweich said Missouri has paid out $1.1 billion of historic preservation tax credits during the past decade, resulting in average annual rehabilitation expenses that are significantly higher than any of 29 other states with similar programs...
Former state prison to resume tours in April
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Starting in April, Missouri residents will once again have the chance to tour a former state prison. Tours in limited areas of the Missouri State Penitentiary are scheduled to resume on April 21, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported. The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that full walk-throughs of the facility would begin July 1...
Former Florsheim employees hold reunion
The Cape Girardeau region was a hub of shoe manufacturing in 1907 with the likes of Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Co., the International Shoe Co. and Florsheim Shoe Co. About 35 to 40 people who worked at Florsheim factories across the region were on hand for a reunion Sunday at Cape Girardeau Eagles Club No. 3775...
Former Spanish prime minister Suarez dies at 81
MADRID -- Adolfo Suarez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after decades of right-wing rule under Gen. Francisco Franco, has died aged 81. Suarez died Sunday afternoon in Madrid's Cemtro Clinic hospital, family spokesman Fermin Urbiola said. Suarez had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a decade...
John Love, Bataan Death March survivor, dies at 91
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- John E. Love, a Bataan Death March survivor who led a campaign to change the caption on a historic march photo from The Associated Press, has died. He was 91. Love died Monday after a long battle with cancer, said Gerry Lightwine, pastor at La Vida Llena, an Albuquerque retirement home where Love lived...
Scrap dealer's bargain turns out to be one of 8 missing Faberge eggs
LONDON -- There is good luck, outrageous good fortune -- and now there is the case of the scrap metal dealer who found one of the eight missing Faberge imperial eggs at a flea market in the American Midwest. A London antique dealer said Wednesday that the scrap metal entrepreneur bought the egg for about $14,000, thinking he could make a small profit by reselling the piece for its gold content...
Missing Malaysian airliner may be an enduring mystery
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart's. Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if the airplane is never found?...
Evidence spotted for universe's early growth spurt
NEW YORK -- Researchers say they have spotted evidence that a split-second after the Big Bang, the newly formed universe ballooned out at a pace so astonishing that it left behind ripples in the fabric of the cosmos. If confirmed, experts said, the discovery would be a major advance in the understanding of the early universe. Although many scientists already believed that an initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, they have long sought the evidence cited in the new study...
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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.