25 years ago: Sept. 11, 1980
In response to a complaint filed in July over what city officials felt was a substantially low population count, the Census Bureau has revised the preliminary census count of Cape Girardeau upward, from 33,727 to 34,318; however, city officials still believe the revised count is nowhere near the actual population of Cape Girardeau.
A break in the hot weather couldn't have come at a better time, say officials of the SEMO District Fair, as they tally up yesterday's attendance figures; a total of 10,423 fairgoers saw everything from pigs to preserved peaches at the fair; today's attraction will be the Tennessee Gentlemen Blue Grass Show and the Wooten Brothers Blue Grass Show.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Egypt Mills observes the 75th anniversary of its church building; the special landmark in the congregation's history is observed at morning and afternoon services; guest speaker for the afternoon service is the Rev. A.M. Lohmann of Perryville, Mo., who served as minister of Trinity from 1912 to 1921.
Bishop Ivan Lee Holt preaches in the morning at St. Louis and then drives to Old McKendree Chapel for the annual service in the afternoon; Cape Girardeau Methodists claim Holt as their own.
City officials are informally discussing the improvement of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and in the near future may purchase a new motor truck; except for a Dodge combination pumper, purchased five years ago, the department has two obsolete trucks which have been in use nearly 14 years.
Three airplanes join in a search for a fourth plane reported to have crashed somewhere in the vicinity of Cape Girardeau last night; local flyers, who have found no evidence of a crash, doubt the accuracy of the report.
August Shivelbine, general manager for the Cape Girardeau fair, says that if the weather cooperates, Cape Girardeau will have the greatest fair this fall that has ever been known.
J.H. Everett, a wholesale flour and feed merchant of Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta, Ga., is in Cape Girardeau, the guest of Stein & Lance, from whom he buys his flour; Everett had a hard time getting here because of quarantine regulations; at Cairo, Ill., he was locked in a railroad car for half a day and treated like a criminal, although he had a health certificate issued two days before.
-- Sharon K. Sanders