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Writers Guild Of Cape Girardeau Formed in 1943
October 30, 1943
It seems like Almost Yesterday that the Cape Girardeau Writers' Guild was organized. The date was October 30, 1943, and the meeting was called by Dr. Earl A. Collins, a long-time professor of history at Southeast Missouri State College.
Six people responded to the initial call, and provided early leadership for the group. Forest E. Wolverton was selected as the first president and Miss Elizabeth Walther as secretary and treasurer. Other charter members included Mr. John Putz, Jr. Felix Snider, Director of the State College Library, and Mr. Vest Myer, Dean of the State College.
From these early gatherings in the middle of World War Two, The Writers' Guild maintained a record of monthly meetings, with the concise minutes of Miss Elizabeth Walther reflecting the growth and success of the organization. Following the October 22, 1944 meeting, Miss Walther recorded that Dean Myer read excerpts from Goodspeed's History, followed by Mrs. Myer's serving of excellent fruit salad, sandwiches and coffee. She added, "We were at a nice affair."
An indication that The Writers' Guild was to make a mark in the community was a dinner meeting held at the Cape Girardeau Colonial Tavern on June 25, 1946. On that occasion, Mr. O. K. Armstrong of Springfield, Missouri, the Regional Editor of the Reader's Digest, spoke to a large audience about the important role that writers could - and should - play in the postwar world.
By the end of 1948, The Writers' Guild had more than 35 members, including a growing list of published authors.
Louis Lorimer Comes To Cape Girardeau
It seems like Almost Yesterday that residents of Cape Girardeau gained access to important historical records of Louis Lorimier, the founder of Cape Girardeau.
Born into an important family in Montreal, Canada in 1748, Lorimer moved to the Ohio frontier and shortly before the American Revolutionary War, established a trading post on the main military route between Detroit and the Ohio Valley.
A supporter of the British and their Native American allies, Lorimier supplied trade items to those who resisted American incursion into the Great River Valley. George Rogers Clark, of the famous Clark family of Virginia, moved into the area and destroyed Lorimier's post, forcing him west to Vincennes, Kaskaskia and to the west bank of the Mississippi, then the property of Spain.
By the early 1790's Lorimier, with a number of friends, allies, and members of the Shawnee and Delaware Indians, found a secure location which evolved into Cape Girardeau.
The Lorimier records acquired in 2011 include a set of day books from 1783 to 1785 when he was in Vincennes, and a second set from 1797 to 1798 when he was in Cape Girardeau. Both sets are original and are now back in Cape Girardeau County in the care of the County Archives. These documents are a gift to the people of this region and shed light upon the early history of the area.
Here we learn of items traded at Lorimier's post: tools, lead, weapons, blankets -- and whiskey, much whiskey. Of special interest are the names of the post's customers: Solomon Thorn, Amos Dorbin, David Brooks, Bernard Pratte, Pierre Godere, Hugh Walles, Edward Robertson, Maurice Williams and Joseph Martin. These are some of the earlier names in southeast Missouri.
Tim Lollar Makes MLB Debut
This game began a seven year, one-hundred ninety-nine game career by Lollar, who was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in 1956. Lollar was familiar with major league baseball, having watched his father, Sherm Lollar, seventeen years a major leaguer.
Following the completion of the second grade, Tim Lollar’s youth was spent in Farmington, Missouri, where he emerged as a talented player in bantam, midget, and Babe Ruth competition. At the age of sixteen he began playing American Legion Baseball, and attracted the attention of major league scouts.
Upon graduation from high school, Lollar played at Mineral Area Community College and then the University of Arkansas, where as a college senior he won nine games as a pitcher and All-American honors as a designated batter.
Following his initial year with the Yankees, Lollar was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he had his greatest success in 1982 winning 16 games while losing only 9.
The 1984 Padres team was one of the most memorable of the modern era, defeating the Chicago Cubs in the National League playoffs before losing to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
While complications with an elbow forced Lollar into early retirement in 1986, the young man Farmington, Missouri had an impressive career.