Out of the past 11/25/05

Friday, November 25, 2005

25 years ago: Nov. 25, 1980

Preliminary census figures just released by the U.S. Census Bureau show a net gain of 3,942 in the population of a five-county area of Southeast Missouri over initial working figures released in July; the area includes Cape Girardeau, Scott, Perry, Bollinger and New Madrid counties.

Pearl Farrow, 67, who spent 27 years in the taxi business in Cape Girardeau, has filed for the Cape Girardeau City Council; he is the seventh candidate to file for the seat of Mayor Paul W. Stehr.

50 years ago: Nov. 25, 1955

Scoring two touchdowns within 45 seconds of the end of the first half, the Poplar Bluff High Mules defeated the Central High Tigers, 14-7, yesterday in the annual Turkey Day game at Houck Field House.

Fire destroys a small building at the Leming Lumber Co. in South Cape early in the morning; firefighters are summoned at 8:30, but are unable to extinguish the blaze of unknown cause, before the 8-by-10-foot building is razed.

75 years ago: Nov. 25, 1930

Officeholders in the county courthouse in Jackson feel the grip of winter early; a motor operating the automatic stoker of the courthouse furnace burned out yesterday, and there is no heat in the big building today; the temperature dropped to 21 degrees overnight.

A one-story brick building, with dimensions of 30 by 40 feet, is being built at Mason and Chestnut streets by C.H. Unter, proprietor of a gasoline filling station, which he erected on the same lot earlier in the year; the new structure will house a garage for general automotive repair.

100 years ago: Nov. 25, 1905

Because of the rainy weather last Sunday, contractor Edward F. Regenhardt didn't open the new Normal School building to the public as he had planned; instead, if the weather is nice, he will throw open the doors to public inspection tomorrow.

Architect Jerome B. Legg and contractor Edward F. Regenhardt go over to Jackson to look up some courthouse matters.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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