703-707 Broadway

Buildings in the 700 block of Broadway 10-28-2009OK, not EVERY old building in Cape is interesting. That, or I just missed the good stuff in my quick search for info on three buildings on the north side of the 700 block of Broadway. These two pictures were taken Oct. 28, 2009. Based on how much turnover The Missourian documents over the years, no telling what occupies them today.

703 Broadway

March 2, 1953: Mayor Manning P. Greer is notified that team of Air Force personnel will be at U.S. Air Reserve office, 703 Broadway, this week to conduct local portion of nationwide inventory of Air Force Reservists; inventory is to bring essential data of reservists up to date and to clarify status of each reservist in event of mobilization.

Jan. 8, 2003: A convicted murderer serving prison time on an unrelated robbery charge was sentenced Monday in Scott County to two additional 30-year terms for first-degree robbery. In November 2002, a jury found James L. Woodson, 39, guilty of two Cape Girardeau robberies. Prosecutors said Woodson used a handgun to rob the Citgo convenience store at 263 Farrar Drive on Aug. 19, 1999, and a Pizza Hut restaurant, formerly at 703 Broadway, three days later.

July 22, 2011, business license issued to Silver Eclipse, 703 Broadway.

705 Broadway

Oct. 21, 1928: Juden Music Co. formally opened yesterday at 705 Broadway in building formerly occupied by Barenkamp Shoe Store; Claude Juden and Peg Meyer, latter proprietor of Peg Meyer Music Co., which has been located in New Broadway Theater building on Broadway, are partners in business; Juden will have charge of sales department for radios and phonographs, while Meyer will conduct studio in connection with it.

1997 business roundup: Gary McMillan opened Antiques With An Attitude at 705 Broadway.

Jan. 8, 2002: Police report: A window was reported damaged Sunday at Hot Wheels, 705 Broadway.

July 12, 2002: The commission approved a special-use permit for David and Patsy Alexander to operate a dog grooming business at 705 Broadway, the former location of Hot Wheels.

Nov. 11, 2002: Dana King of Poplar Bluff is moving back to Cape Girardeau and she’s bringing her five dogs with her. The lifetime dog lover and owner is going to open Dana’s Pet Salon at 705 Broadway, near Subway. She hopes to open the business by Nov. 25. The salon will groom dogs and bathe cats, she said. I’ve already been doing this for three years, working with other pet groomers in the Poplar Bluff area,” she said. “Then I went to Petropolis.” Petropolis is a school that trains dog groomers, where over 14 weeks you learn the basics of shampooing and a variety of styling and cutting, she explained. “It seems there are more dog owners here,” she said. “We need more of that kind of service around here.”

Feb. 25, 2003, Police report: Property Damage A window was reported damaged Saturday by Dana’s Pet Salon at 705 Broadway.

July 19, 2010: business license to Phyllis’s.

July 17, 2011, Police report: A debit/credit card machine was reported stolen at 705 Broadway.

July 16, 2012, business license to Budget Buster Furniture, 705 Broadway.

707 Broadway

Buildings in the 700 block of Broadway 10-28-2009I had a managing editor who would dismiss the cop reporter’s story pitch as “just a bunch of mopes.” The apartments above 707 must have housed a nest of mopes over the years, because the police reports were full of people at that address getting into all kinds of minor skulduggery. Here are some more conventional business stories:

July 23, 1955: N.B. Mullen announces he has sold the Mullen Appliance Co., 707 Broadway, to Emmett Young, who has been associated with Mullen for the past nine months; Mullen will retain ownership of the building.

1999 business review: Broadway Ice Cream and Sweet Stop opened at 707 Broadway.

November 2001 business brief: The Rose of Broadway has opened at 707 Broadway. The French/American restaurant is owned by Geri Graves.

September 2005:  Featuring Cajun and Creole influences, Chez Natchez opened its doors at 707 Broadway in Cape Girardeau, the former location of Rose of Broadway. The restaurant was operated by Kathy Broussard.

Aug. 23, 2007: Nehemiah’s Diner, 707 Broadway, has opened in the former Rose of Broadway location. New owners are Shauna Watson and Loyce Poole.

Dec. 30, 2010: New Life’s Homeless Outreach Center and Thrift Store at 707 Broadway provides temporary housing for displaced people.

Wreck at Broadway – Perry

The thing that caught my eye about these photos wasn’t the wreck – it looks pretty minor. It was the neighborhood in the vicinity of Broadway and Perry Ave. and how it has changed since these photos were taken in the mid-1960s. Almost everything on the south side of Broadway has been gobbled up by Southeast Hospital. Click on the photos to make them larger.

Stubb’s Beer Garden gone

The 1968 City Directory lists the following businesses in this block of Broadway

  • 1700 – Lacy’s Texaco Service
  • 1703 – Bill Wescoat’s Trailer Rental Service & Wescoat Motor Company
  • 1704 – Cape Drive-in Cleaners
  • 1720 – Stubb’s Beer Palace
  • 1736 – Child’s IGA Foodliner

The city directory might list it as Stubb’s Beer Palace, but we always referred to it as the Beer Garden. It’s a parking lot now. Child’s Foodliner is occupied by an orthodontics practice.

2011 Aerial of SE Hospital -1700 Block

Here is a 2011 aerial of the area. Perry Avenue comes in the from the left. Capaha Park is at top left, and Southeast Hospital takes up most of the right side of the photo. You can go here to see aerial photos of the area in 1964.

Wreck doesn’t look serious

Looks like car vs. pole and sign. I learned a long time ago not to play crash investigator and speculate about the cause of a wreck.

I may have told this story before. I had to testify in a civil suit involving a car crash. I showed up with more prints than Arlo Guthrie in Alice’s Restaurant. I was barely old enough to have a driver’s license of my own, so one of the attorneys tried to get me to speculate about the cause of the accident and to lead me into making a statement he could pounce on. I kept saying, “The photo shows x, y and z. That’s all I can tell you.”

“You testified that the skid marks were 37 feel long. Could they have been 34 or 38 feet long and not 37 feet long? What makes you so sure they were 37 feet long.”

“I took a tape measure and measured them because I figured some lawyer would ask me that.”

“No further questions.”

Houses are all gone

It’s hard to believe that the Broadway facing Capaha Park was once filled with family homes. John Hilpert, one of my best buddies in grade school lived in an old two-story house on the other side of Louisiana Avenue.




A.C. Vasterling Building

I went to get something out of my van parked at Broadway and Fountain when I noticed a cornerstone for the first time: A.C. Vasterling 1903, it read.

It was on a light-colored three-story building next to where the Idan-Ha Hotel used to stand. A quick search didn’t turn up about Mr. Vasterling, except that it sounded like he had been a mayor at one time. There was a Google-scanned document called Barrel and box and packages, Volume 19, by Edgar Harvey Defebaugh that had this brief item that made it sound like Vasterling was a mover and shaker:

Himmelberger – Vasterling wedding

Charles A. Himmelberger, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Miss Louise Marguerite Vasterling were married June 16 [possibly 1914]. Mr. Himmelberger is the son of J.H. Himmelberger, the well-known lumberman of southeast Missouri and president of the Hardwood Manufacturers of the United States. The bride is a daughter of A.C. Vasterling, one of the best-known insurance men of Missouri.

Dinner party for newlyweds

A Missourian story on January 2, 1920, carried this brief: Mrs. Charles Himmelberger entertained at a dinner party last night at her home at 325 North Sprigg street in honor of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Vasterling, who were married on Christmas day. Mrs. Laura Pape, Miss Lizzie Vasterling and Mrs. J.F. Williams were the other guests present.

Firsts of 1920

In the same paper was this lists of “firsts” of 1920:

  • First Baby – Marguerite Oliver Dearmont, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1.
  • First Death – Mrs. Mary Herbst at her home, as clocks announced arrival of new year.
  • First Accident – Albert Mason, fireman, badly burned at 4 p.m., Jan. 1.
  • First Court Case – Suit of a hound dog, won by Cicero Estes.
  • First Snow – 2 a.m., Jan. 2

Broadway and Frederick Construction

The Broadway construction project is moving right along. It’s in the 500 and 600 blocks now. Here’s a view looking east.

Bricks and cobbles

I haven’t been lucky enough to have been around when the construction workers have unearthed the old trolley tracks, but I CAN see the bricks and cobblestones that made up the original street.

Looking west down Broadway

The three-story brick building on the left had been a coffee house, but Niece Laurie Everett of Annie Laurie’s Antiques, diagonally across the street, said it is closed now. The old Star service station used to be on the right.

Just beyond the coffee house was my old hangout, Nowell’s Camera Shop. The original cabinets are still visible through the windows. My elbow prints are probably still on some of them from the days when I drooled over new toys.

Old Broadway stories

Here’s a piece that has links to all of the Broadway stories I could remember writing.

Brother Mark took photos of the construction in the 200 block of Broadway.

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