Almost Yesterday

Almost Yesterday is a glimpse into the rich history of our region. Dr. Frank Nickell takes listeners on a journey to specific moments in time, such as the first radio broadcast on KFVS, the history of Farmington’s CarlstonCollege, and the short-lived safari on a Mississippi River island. A gifted storyteller and local historian, Dr. Nickell’s wit and love for the past are combined with sounds and music that augment his narrative.

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It seems like Almost Yesterday that the largest tree in Charleston, Mo., was cut down. The giant cottonwood was said to be the largest and most loved tree in the city. Legend has it that the tree was fully grown when Missouri became a state in 1821 and that it witnessed the founding of the town in 1837.

But by 1933, Charleston had expanded and grown around the mighty cottonwood and it stood squarely in the center of State Street, directly behind of the home of Edwin P. Deal, a prominent resident and town historian.

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that Walter W. Parker retired as president of Southeast Missouri State College.  The date was July 1, 1956, and his 23 year tenure as president of the institution is the longest in its history.

President Parker assumed the presidency of the small teacher’s college in July of 1933.  Born in rural Howard County, Arkansas on January 17, 1889, Parker graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a degree in English, and began his career in education at Central Missouri State College as a young professor of English.

President Taft was the first chief-of-state to visit Cape Girardeau.
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It seems like almost yesterday that President William Howard Taft visited Cape Girardeau. His purpose was to promote the deepening and stabilization of the Mississippi River channel.

Dexter native Ken Sisler earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor in Vietnam.
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It seems like Almost Yesterday that Ken Sisler of Dexter, Mo., received our nation’s highest award for valor: the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Lieutenant Sisler was born in Dexter Sept. 19, 1937, graduated from Dexter High School in 1955, attended Arkansas State University, spent five years in the Air Force, and then returned to Arkansas State where he graduated in 1964.

In 1963, he won the National Collegiate Skydiving Championship while competing with his leg in a cast.

The "home of throwed rolls" has been serving up homestyle cooking since 1942.
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It seems like almost yesterday that Lambert's Café opened in Sikeston, Missouri.

Earl and Agnes Lambert borrowed $1,500 from Tish Jones, even though they had only 14 cents to their name. Along with their five employees and eight tables, the establishment opened on South Main Street in Sikeston, MO. It was difficult starting out due to the rationing during World War II. Some days the restaurant went without meat, but they were able to stay in business. Earl and Agnes worked 12-hour shifts just to keep the café open twenty-four hours a day.

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