Out of the past 9/9/05

Friday, September 9, 2005

25 years ago: Sept. 9, 1980

The SEMO District Fair got off to a fine start yesterday, and the promise of cooler weather on the way may mean a banner year for the annual exposition; Earl James, fair board president, says about 8,000 fairgoers took advantage of yesterday's "Sneak-a-Peek" promotion.

Workers at the new fire station under construction at Sprigg and Independence streets accidentally severed an underground telephone cable yesterday afternoon, leaving the nearby police headquarters without phone and radio service for nearly an hour.

50 years ago: Sept. 9, 1955

Actual re-exchange of the Courthouse Park and the post office building to their original owners, the city and federal government respectively, while not legally final, appears to have become an accepted fact; this is indicated by plans that are being made for the repair of the post office building and its possible enlargement.

The first seven mercury vapor lights under the new "whiteway" system for Broadway and Kingshighway were put into operation last night on Broadway between Pacific and Henderson streets.

75 years ago: Sept. 9, 1930

Secretary of War Patrick J. Hurley and his staff, on an inspection tour of flood-control projects along the Mississippi River, arrives in Cape Girardeau in the evening aboard the river steamer Mississippi; although an invitation has been extended by the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce to spend the night here and meet local residents, it isn't known definitely whether Hurley will accept.

Final right-of-way obstacles delaying progress in the proposed construction of a farm-to-market road between Whitewater and Dutchtown are removed by the signing of right-of-way deeds following settlements between property owners and members of the Cape Special Road District Commission and the county court.

100 years ago: Sept. 9, 1905

The Franklin House, one of the famous old hostelries of Cape Girardeau, added another point to its history yesterday, when it was sold and passed into the hands of new management; the Gill brothers, who have been railroading, purchased the hotel from Mrs. E. Graden.

Track for the street railway is laid on one block on Main Street; work stops there, however, as the steam engine and plow used to make a furrow in the street broke yesterday in going against the obstructions on Independence Street.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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