Lewis and Regenhardt Lines in Southeast Missouri

President Taft's Speech in Cape Girardeau October 26, 1909.

I've just discovered the transcript of his speech from the steps of Academic Hall early that Tuesday morning. The Library of Congress recently posted the digitized papers of President Taft on their website. I had last looked there a couple of years ago.

The "gentleman who is larger than I am" is referring to my Great-Grandfather, Edward Regenhardt.

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  •  Taft's Remarks in Cape Girardeau 26 October 1909

    Taft's Remarks in Cape Girardeau 26 October 1909



My paternal line - Lewis


  • Migrated from Virginia and were in the Moore County, North Carolina Census in 1800
  • In Buncombe County, North Carolina for the 1810 Census
  • In Cocke County, Tennessee for the 1820 Census
  • In Marion County, Tennessee for the 1830 and 1840 Census
  • In Iron County, Missouri for the 1850 Census and after



My maternal line - Regenhardt


  • Migrated to Cape Girardeau, Missouri from Ahlshausen, Germany in 1849

The photo above is of Academic Hall under construction in 1905. My great-grandfather, Edward Regenhardt was the General Contractor. This is the main administration building on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
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My father, Freeman Lewis, in front of his Wimpy's Drive-In and Market in 1948.