Out of the past 9/19/05

Monday, September 19, 2005

25 years ago: Sept. 19, 1980

Ozark Air Lines confirms reports that it will initiate full DC-9 jet service to and from Cape Girardeau Oct. 26, replacing the airline's Fairchild Hiller 227 turbo-prop aircraft, which has served Cape Girardeau since 1968.

An early morning fire at Ceramo Co. in Jackson Thursday has been ruled probable arson and has cast doubt that a major fire at the plant last July was a result of spontaneous combustion.

50 years ago: Sept. 19, 1955

The Southeast Missouri district cotton harvest is moving toward full operations, with the warm and dry weather doing much to mature the crop; at the same time, farmers are calling for field workers; the district has a large supply of workers of its own, but the long, late summer days have pushed the crop to quick harvest stage, and extra cotton pickers are in demand.

Officials of the Cape Special Road District believe more pay traffic was funneled over the traffic bridge Saturday night in a short period of time than in all of its previous 27 years; George Penzel, bridge manager, says automobiles converged on the bridge a short time after the State College-Southern Illinois University football game, and the traffic lasted for approximately an hour.

75 years ago: Sept. 19, 1930

The Central High School Tigers will play their home football games in the new Teachers College stadium at Houck Field this year, according to a virtual agreement reached by faculty representatives of the two schools.

The Public Service Commission of Missouri has denied an application of the Missouri Pacific Railroad to close the station at Gordonville and place the management of the local affairs there under a caretaker instead of a regularly employed agent.

100 years ago: Sept. 19, 1905

Frank Lane, the affable telephone manager, who has the job of putting in all the outside electrical equipment for the street railway, is getting well advanced in his work; with his force of men this morning he begins to string trolley wire; starting out at Pacific Street and Broadway, he works east to the river.

The Mississippi River is on a rampage; in two nights and a day, the stream has crept up the gauge a distance of 10 feet, and it now stands at 24.25 feet; sand merchants here are heavy losers; not expecting the rise, they had dumped barge after barge of expensively dredged sand several feet above the water, thinking it safe from any rise that might come this fall.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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