Out of the past 10/25/05

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

25 years ago: Oct. 25, 1980

Southeast Missouri State University Homecoming officials are nearly as happy with what they don't see during the annual parade as what they do see; there are floats, bands, clowns and twirlers; but to the relief of all, there are no incidents; the 1979 parade was marred when spectators harassed band members along the parade route, pouring beer on instruments and tearing uniforms.

One of Southeast Missouri State University's best-known professors will retire at the end of the fall semester; the retirement request of Jake K. Wells, associate professor of art, was accepted yesterday by the board of regents.

50 years ago: Oct. 25, 1955

The first frost of the season was slow arriving, but is on hand this morning; only light frosts had been noted for Cape Girardeau until today; the temperature early this morning ranges from 25 to 34 degrees in Cape Girardeau.

Firemen are summoned at 10:24 a.m. to 501 N. Main St., to the old Ranney House owned by the Meyer Realty Co. and rented as an apartment house; the back of a studio couch in the Albert Gore apartment catches fire, and firefighters carry it out of the house and extinguish the blaze.

75 years ago: Oct. 25, 1930

A reward of $200 is being offered for recovery of the bodies of Jimmy Romine and Carl Thacker, Cape Girardeau youths who lost their lives six days ago in the Mississippi River while hunting ducks.

The two-story brick building at 116 N. Main St., owned by the Aetna Savings & Loan Association of St. Louis, is being remodeled; the front of the structure has been torn away and will be rebuilt, and the interior will be remodeled; until recently, the structure was owned by Claude Clark of the Clark Music Co., which firm occupied the structure many years.

100 years ago: Oct. 25, 1905

There is a report going around the railroad circles that a new St. Louis-Memphis train will be placed on the Frisco timetable in the near future; since the track between St. Louis and this city was repaired after the large washouts two months ago, it is considered pretty safe; for this reason, a new and faster train between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau seems possible.

In preparation for the first great football game of the season Saturday, the Normal School team is making desperate efforts to get into such shape that it will permit it to make a good showing against the fast Christian Brothers team from St. Louis.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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