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The liquor license at Cape Girardeau, Mo. has hitherto been thirty dollars a year.  A few days ago, however, the city council raised the price to $150.  That's one way to promote temperance.
Source: Indianapolis Sentinel, December 29, 1877
Cape Girardeau, MO., Sept. 13--The grand jury today returned indictments against Mayor M. E. Leming and six members of the city council, charging irregularities in the management of the municipal affairs.  The Councilmen indicted are Joel T. Juden, Joseph Wilson, Alexander C. Vasterling, Herman Bock, D. A. Glenn and Thomas Gill.  All gave bond.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 13, 1909

Cape Girardeau, Mo., July 3.--Elaborate preparations are now being made for the entertainment of delegates from twenty-six counties, who will attend the Southeast immigration convention, which will be held here on the 16th and 17th inst.  Reduced rates will be given by the steamboats, railroads and hotels.  A citizens' meeting was held at the Court House last night and appropriate committees were appointed.  The City Council also passed a resolution endorsing the object of the convention and tendering hospitalities.  The convention will be a large one.  --St. Louis (MO) Republic, July 4, 1889.

Cape Girardeau, Mo., July 9--The annual conference of teachers connected with the German Evangelical Lutheran Church organized here today with 50 teachers from this State and Illinois.  Director A. Burgdorf of St. Louis was elected president, Prof. M. Beyer, Attenburg, Mo, vice president; Prof. Wassmann, St. Louis, secretary, and Prof. Jackel, St. Louis, assistant secretary.  The opening address was made by Prof. Leneke of Troy, Ill.  The conference is a fine looking body of Lutheran teachers, who will discuss the best methods of teaching in parochial schools and instruction generally.  A large delegation of teachers from this city and vicinity left here today on the Idlewild for Ste. Genevieve to attend the Southeast district teachers' institute.
Source: St. Louis Republic, July 10, 1889

Special to The Republic.  Cape Girardeau, Mo, Oct 15--This day has been the Big Thursday of the Southeast District Fair.  People came into the city by thousands.  The exhibition at the Fair Grounds exceeded any other in the line of fine horses and trotting and pacing races.  Tonight the grand "Cacique" and his braves took possession of the city with 10 magnificent floats, representing various epochs in the history of his Imperial Majesty.  Tonight Judge Chester H. Krum addressed a large crowd at the Courthouse.
Source: St. Louis Republic, Oct. 16, 1896
Cape Girardeau, Mo.(Special to the Picayune)--May 4--The voting for the flag to be presented to the most popular steamer commenced at church fair last Tuesday night.  Thus far the Scudder is ahead.  J. W. D.
Source: Times Picayune, May 5, 1877

The Pretty Blonde of Jacksonport and Why She Took to Wearing Breeches

To Marshal John F. Robinson, of Jacksonport, Ark., who paid us a friendly visit yesterday, we are indebted for the following account of the "pretty blonde," who for some time past has been disporting herself in male attire in Jacksonport and Augusta, and of whose arrest mention was made in yesterday's issue.  Mr. Robinson followed her to Missouri and brought her back to this state, on a charge of horse stealing, and from herself and many parties who knew her in Missouri he gained the following facts concerning the strange and unaccountable act in donning the garb of the sterner sex and wishing to pass off as a boy.  Her real name is

and she was born and raised in Cape Girardeau county, Mo., where most of her relatives are still residing.  At the age of thirteen, or some two years ago, both her parents died, leaving her to the control of two elder brothers.  The brothers, upon the death of their parents, placed her out to work in an hotel at Allenville, Mo.  Here she had no liberties, and what is more, received no money or recompense for her labor, which in no wise suited the advanced ideas of our young heroine.  Whether she was addicted to perusing Beadle's dime novels or not, or given to pouring over yellow covered literature of a highly sensational character does not appear in those truthful records.  Suffice it to say, that dish-washing at a country hotel at no salary made her very dissatisfied with her position, and in the depth of her own heart or chamber she resolved to make one final effort to be free.
From the manner in which she carried out her desperate resolves, she must have more or less of dash and romance about her, which goes to prove that even the lowliest among us may have a slight sprinkling of chivalry.  Making the acquaintance of
who carried the mail to and from that flourishing little burg, she learned to her great delight, that they needed another boy to perform a like service at the other end of the line.  Here was her chance; now was the time, the accepted time for her, and borrowing a suit of boy's clothing from her mail-carrying friend she fled, applied for the post, and filled it honorably and creditably for one year, under the assumed name of
While in this position, all with whom she came in contact spoke well of her.  She was faithful and trustworthy, filling with pleasure all those little roadside messages which postboys know so well how to do.
As was natural, her sex was eventually suspected; she was placed under arrest at Allenville, Mo., and forced to assume the garb of her sex.  Not the shade or breath of suspicion was ever cast upon her virtue, during the year she carried the mail as a boy, or even afterward.
Finding herself discovered, she went again into a hotel, but, as she says, with the same luck.  She ran away from this place, and resuming her male attire, went to work for a farmer near Cotton Hill.  Work on a farm was too heavy for one so delicate, and she was discharged.  She then hired with two men who were taking a drove of horses to Augusta, and this is how she came into the White River valley.
In Augusta she, still passing herself off as a boy, worked for a Mr. McDonnell.  She soon left his employment, and went to work in a livery stable at Jacksonport.  Here, a few days previous to her leaving with Gus Taber's horses, her sex was again suspected, and the men about the stable, and even the boys on the streets, began to call her an hermaphrodite, and similar names.  She soon tired of this, and in order to get away, as she says, she took the horses.
The marshal came up with her in Allenville, Mo., where she is well-known, and at first the citizens were not inclined to let her go with the officers of the law, and weapons were drawn on both sides.  She eventually came of her own free will, and is now at Jacksonport awaiting trial on a charge of horse-stealing.  She states that she was forced to don the male attire to earn a livelihood, or do worse.  Such is the history of the pretty blonde of the White river valley.
Source: Little Rock Republican, June 25, 1873
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO., June 15--Rev. R. Wittenberg had realism in a sermon here recently.  He selected from Genesis and the text was based around:
"Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made."
The sermon was at an open air meeting and as Rev. Wittenberg spoke a black snake uncoiled in a tree overhead.
Members of the audience clubbed the reptile to death and Wittenberg went on with his sermon.  --Riverside Daily Press, June 15, 1925.
Frisco employees daughters graduate this spring.  From Cape Girardeau:  Elsie Hale, 17, Central High School, daughter of W. O. Hale, express messenger, Cape Girardeau, MO.; Aileen Alice Hulehan, 18, Central High School, daughter of J. T. Hulehan, agent, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Lizetta Wehling, Southeast Missouri State Teachers College, Cape Girardeau, daughter of J. J. Wehling, train dispatcher, Chaffee; Irene Burge, 16, Central High School, daughter of J. R. Burge, locomotive engineer, Cape Girardeau; Naomi Lucille Pearson, 18, Central High School, daughter of J. T. Pearson, section yard foreman, Cape Girardeau; Margaret Allard, 18, Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College, Cape Girardeau, daughter of Harry Allard, claim agent, Cape Girardeau.  
--The Frisco Employes' Magazine, June 1931, p. 18.

Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Solicitation and methods by which the club could bring the company before the public were the principle topics discussed at the meeting of the Cape Girardeau Frisco Employes' Club held May 7.  Ten members were in attendance.
The solicitation committee reported that considerable business had been secured by members since the last meeting and John Neal, president of the club, urged all members to try to get business from firms which were not using the Frisco at that time.
Edgar Willer suggested that club members might use tire covers with the Frisco emblem on them.  Action on this matter, however, was deferred for later discussion.  A. Phillipson made a motion that each member in attendance bring another member with him to the next meeting and all were urged to do all possible toward having a large attendance at the next session.
--The Frisco Employes' Magazine, June, 1931, p. 17.

Contributed by Catherine Allison
This is a replica of the Eagle Packet Company's first sidewheel Cape Girardeau steamboat.  The model was made by John Frenzel of Cape Girardeau in 1906 when he was a school boy of fifteen.
   Young John had attended the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 and was inspired, as he toured the Fairgrounds, by the various replicas shown by many nations of the world in their national exhibits.  He returned to Cape Girardeau from St. Louis on the Cape Girardeau boat which was the best means of transportation between the two cities at that time.  Shortly thereafter, as his love for the river grew, John determined to make a model of his beloved Cape Girardeau.
   The youth planned out his boat and began gathering materials to begin construction.  Often as he planned and worked, he hurried down to the foot of Themis Street, where the steamer would be moored, to check out details of size, shape or number so that his model could be as near perfect as possible.
   The boat was finished in the late summer of 1906 and in October of that year it was displayed at the City of Cape Girardeau's Centennial Celebration at the County Fair.  While young John was tending his exhibit a big, handsome riverboat captain introduced himself and questioned the young boy about himself and his ambitions, he was the well-known Captain William H. "Buck" Leyhe.  John explained that his ambition was to be a riverboat pilot.  Captain Leyhe told him that when he was old enough he should come to him and he would give him a job as deck watchman which would prepare him to be a pilot.  This ambition was never fulfilled, but John went on to be a successful craftsman in the automobile painting business when he opened the first automobile painting shop between St. Louis and Memphis.  His career was long and successful.  He retired in 1955 but still lives a happy active life as an outdoorsman and hunter.  He made many friends throughout the area in his many years of service.
(NOTE:  According to the Social Security Death Index, John Frenzel was born February 11, 1891 and died December 1985 at the age of 94 years, ten months.)

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