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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Angel with a Broken Wing

Old Lorimier Cemetery c 1966 01I ran across this yellowing print from the Old Lorimier Cemetery that I must have taken around 1966. You can see the an angel with wings and an upraised arm to the left of the big tree. There’s a tall monument to the left of it that has a cross on its top. Both of those grave markers would be vandalized¬† about twenty years later.

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Mamie Lee Lilly

Old Lorimier Cemetery 04-12-2011Mamie Lee Lilly was an 11-year-old girl who died Dec. 30, 1893. The March 22, 1989, Missourian reported that Terrell Weaver, Old Lorimier Cemetery’s sexton helped to piece together the apparent solution to a cemetery crime. More than 50 tombstones were vandalized the previous August. Police who served a search warrant at 129 South Lorimier recovered a damaged angel, a tombstone and a stone cross, which Weaver helped trace back to Old Lorimier.

Two men and a woman were suspects in the vandalism, but no charges had been filed when the story was written.

Made of hand-sculpted Italian marble

Old Lorimier Cemetery 04-12-2011The angel, Weaver said, is made of hand-sculpted Italian marble. He thought the 100-pound cross belonged on top of the 10-foot-tall monument for the Albert family to the left of Mamie Lee. “I climbed up there yesterday and tried to feel the top,” he said, but the only way to be sure would be to fit the cross to the monument.

Old Lorimier Cemetery has about 2,000 tombstones. “Over the years, probably 90 percent have been vandalized,” Weaver was quoted.


3 comments to Angel with a Broken Wing

  • Phyllis

    It is sad that people think they have to deface beauty or don’t know beauty when they see it!!!

  • Wende Rupolo

    We have one of those old cemetery’s where I grew up in Riverview, Michigan. Terrified of it as a child but as I grew older found it fascinating. Such beautiful memorials to loved ones. A shame some are so disrespectful to others even after they have passed.

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