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.

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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.

Explosion at Fayville

Apr 19, 2016

It seems like Almost Yesterday that the Aetna Powder Company plant at Fayville, Illinois exploded. The force of the explosion in the small community directly across the Mississippi River from Commerce, Missouri, was so powerful that it was felt in Cairo, Illinois, Paducah, Kentucky, and Poplar Bluff, Sikeston, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Most residents of the region thought they had experienced an earthquake.

Father Charles Nerinckx Comes to Missouri

Apr 12, 2016
Southeast Missouri State University / KRCU

Death comes to “The Apostle of Kentucky, 1824.

It seems like almost yesterday that Father Charles Nerinckx arrived in the United States from Belgium. 

It was the autumn of 1804 and Father Nerinckx, was appointed by Bishop John Carroll of Baltimore, Maryland to assist Father Stephen Badin in establishing the Catholic Church on the Kentucky Frontier. On July 18, 1805, Father Nerinckx arrived at “St. Stephen’s farm” south of Louisville where he met Father Badin.