Out of the past 6/20/05

Monday, June 20, 2005

25 years ago: June 20, 1980

A community mental health center mill tax proposal will be on the Aug. 5 primary ballot; Cape Girardeau County Clerk Rodney Miller this week certified 1,853 signatures on petitions, six more than necessary to place the issue on the ballot; the tax of 10 cents per $100 assessed valuation would bring in about $200,000 in annual revenue.

Construction of a new Lukefahr bridge over the Whitewater River just northwest of Daisy, which has been stalled for more than a year by lack of federal funds, is expected to begin later this summer now that federal funding for the project has been restored.

50 years ago: June 20, 1955

Combines will start spilling out a golden flow of wheat in Cape Girardeau County this week, the beginning of a harvest that will reach its peak next week at levels somewhat less than the record-breaking proportions of last season's phenomenal crop.

From the time clowns step out on the cinder path to the final, spine-tingling moment when the Zacchinis are propelled from the mouth of a giant silver cannon, crowds thrill to the sights of The Missourian-Tom Packs Circus at Houck Stadium.

75 years ago: June 20, 1930

Ensign Bryan Swan, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Swan of Wittenberg, Mo., who has been visiting his parents for the past week, is the guest of Marie Cunningham for a few days; Swan recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and received the Navy Athletic Association's sword for excellence in all-round athletics, which is the highest athletic honor in the academy.

Greystone, the pretentious country place of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gerhardt on North Sprigg Street Road, is to become a semi-public playground where golf, swimming, tennis and other sports may be enjoyed day or night.

100 years ago: June 20, 1905

Robert Goetz, who applied to postmaster E.W. Flentge for the privilege of going to West Point, receives word that his application has been received favorably; he will be admitted to the academy Saturday, if he can successfully pass the examination.

Jack Pelzer goes to Illmo to install the office for the new weekly newspaper he and George Cross will start there; as the town will be populated principally by railroad people, the name of the publication will be the Headlight; the first issue will appear next week.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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