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.

On Saturday, June 7, 2008, Almost Yesterday received First Place in the "Special Programs" category at the Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards Banquet in Kansas City, Missouri.

Almost Yesterday airs every Wednesday at 7:31 a.m. and 5:18 p.m.

The 1949 Tornado

May 24, 2016
 A powerful tornado killed 21 people in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on May 21, 1949.
Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like almost yesterday when a powerful tornado roared through the center of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The deadly storm smashed into the city at approximately 7 p.m.,  Saturday, May 21, 1949.

The twister came in from the southwest along Gordonville Road and moved east across Highway 61. It demolished the Airline Restaurant and Lounge, swept across to the intersection of Broadway and Clark, and moved north of Broadway.

Puxico's Fast Break

May 10, 2016
The Basketball Sensations of the 1950s / Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the Puxico, Missouri basketball team achieved state and national recognition. Their story is told in Matt Chaney’s 1994 publication, My Name is Mr. Ryan, and it is a remarkable story.

The 1950s was a decade of significant change in high school basketball. This is the decade of small school triumphs that became the basis of legendary and magical stories still told by sports fans across the nation who remember the great teams from Milan, Indiana; Cuba, Kentucky; and Hebron, Illinois

Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the last graduates of Will Mayfield College received their diplomas.  For over 50 years this institution of higher learning in Marble Hill, Missouri provided teachers and school administrators for regional and state schools.

This unique institution was founded in Sedgewickville, Missouri in 1878, but relocated in 1880 to Marble Hill by its founder, Dr. William Henderson Mayfield.

The site selected for the college was a ten acre tract along a ridge overlooking Crooked Creek and the small villages of Lutesville and Marble Hill.

Southeast Missouri State University

It seems like Almost Yesterday that a traveling salesman drowned in a drainage ditch along Highway 60 west of Sikeston, Missouri. The accident occurred at approximately 11:00 P. M., Friday night, May 17, 1946.

The 29 year old salesman from Chicago, William Blythe, had only recently been discharged from the military, where he participated in a number of significant European battles. The Manbee Equipment Company of Chicago was proud to have him return to their sales force.

Lambert's Cafe Opens

Apr 26, 2016
The "home of throwed rolls" has been serving up homestyle cooking since 1942.
Southeast Missouri State University

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.