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Herman Loeffel Collection
circa 1920, circa 1970
 
Extent: 2 Items 
 
Accession Number:  2007.045. 
 
Abstract:  Photograph (damaged) of Herman Loeffel, and newspaper article (2 copies) on the life Loeffel, a German stone mason who immigrated to Southeast Missouri in the late 19th century and built many stone structures in Cape Girardeau.
 
Processed by:  Amber M. McPherson, July 2007
 
Repository:  Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone:  (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu 
 
Provenance: Donated by Ms. Lucinda Swatzell, current resident of Herman Loeffel's home.  She found the materials in her home, which had been left there by the former residents.
 
Citation:  Herman Loeffel Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Biographical Note
 
Herman Loeffel immigrated from Germany to the United States in 1890.  Loeffel was a stonemason, and he worked his way across the country until he reached St. Louis, where his cousin lived.  Loeffel settled in Missouri and began a family.  He eventually settled in Cape Girardeau, where Loeffel ran a successful business.  While working in Cape, Loeffel built a number of striking stone structures, including his own home, the Centenary Methodist Church, several buildings on Southeast Missouri State University's campus, and many others. 
 
Scope and Content Note
 
The collection contains two copies of an article on Loeffel's life and career and one damaged cabinet card photograph of Loeffel.
 
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