Forgotten Founder: Judge Miles A. Gilbert
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by Bill Eddleman
1w ago
Most settlements and communities in Missouri date back to the 19th century. Typically, an early settler or group of settlers either established the community or lent their names to it. However, it is rare to have more than one town founded by an individual. Judge Miles A. Gilbert was an exception. During his life he platted two towns: Cairo in Illinois and St. Mary in Ste. Genevieve County. Both prospered during Judge Gilbert’s lifetime but have fallen on harder times today, obscuring his importance ..read more
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A Marvel in its Day: The 1898 Current River Bridge in Doniphan
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by Bill Eddleman
3w ago
A petition circulated in early 1898 to secure public subscriptions for the purpose of building a bridge. Eventually the campaign raised $10,000—half from donations and half from revenue bonds ..read more
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An International Spy Visits Eastern Missouri in 1796
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by Bill Eddleman
1M ago
The Cape Girardeau area is usually not an area that people envision as the setting for an international spying mission. However, it was just that when a spy visited the area in 1796. Georges-Henri-Victor Collot was a 46-year-old soldier in the French Army ..read more
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The James-Younger Gang Robs the Ste. Genevieve Savings Bank - Probably
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by Bill Eddleman
1M ago
The morning of May 27, 1873, began as a quiet, peaceful day in Ste. Genevieve. The Ste. Genevieve Savings Bank cashier, Dudley Harris, and young Firmin Rozier arrived to open at 10 a.m. Concurrently, four men rode into town, hitched their horses, and headed toward the bank ..read more
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A Pemiscot County Lawman Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice
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by Bill Eddleman
2M ago
Pascola in Pemiscot County was a small town in the early 1920s, with a population of about 420. The platting of the village occurred in 1894 upon construction of the railroad from Kennett to Caruthersville. Settlers had lived in the area since 1879, but incorporation of the town occurred in 1899 ..read more
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A Wisconsin Soldier Describes Cape Girardeau During the Civil War
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by Bill Eddleman
2M ago
We learn a lot from letters written home during war time. Often these were summarized or printed in hometown newspapers. The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry spent much time in Cape Girardeau during the Civil War. One cavalry soldier wrote a friend, and the recipient shared the letter with the Watertown News, a Wisconsin newspaper ..read more
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A Spanish-American War Veteran's Mysterious Death
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by Bill Eddleman
3M ago
Robert W. Leslie, who went by his middle name of Walker, was the oldest son of William H. and Mary Leslie of the Gravel Hill area in Cape Girardeau County near the Bollinger County line ..read more
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The Man Who Tried to Defraud the Bank of Pocahontas
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by Bill Eddleman
4M ago
Before the studio system and national theater franchises came into being after World War I, movie makers distributed motion pictures in two major ways. In the roadshow system, film makers entered into agreements with individual theaters. Theaters then sold tickets to generate revenue for the film maker and the venue. By limiting movie showings, theaters could drive up demand for tickets and enhance their prestige ..read more
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Buffalo Once Roamed in Southeast Missouri
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by Bill Eddleman
4M ago
George Rogers Clark built Fort Jefferson on the east side of the Mississippi five miles south of its confluence with the Ohio in 1779 to control access and consolidate his forces. Shortly thereafter about 1000 Chickasaw and Cherokee besieged the fort. The defenders ran low on food, so a group of men stole out at night, crossed the river, and went 12 miles to Matthews Prairie in present day New Madrid County, Missouri. The goal was hunting buffalo ..read more
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The Fate of Midco, An Ozark Boom Town
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by Bill Eddleman
5M ago
Few traces remain today of what was the largest town in Carter County in 1920. Midco lay two miles north of Fremont and housed the Mid-Continent Iron Company smelter and chemical plant ..read more
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