25 years ago: Feb. 8, 1981
Central High School Appreciation Day is observed at First Assembly of God Church; members of Cape Girardeau Central High School Chamber Choir, directed by Judy Williams, are honored guests; recognition is also given to the faculty, staff and administration of Central High.
A fifth candidate, Thomas B. Harte, has filed for a seat on the Cape Girardeau Board of Education; other candidates are Roger Allgood, Dr. C. John Ritter, Robert Skelton and Dr. Erwin Brese.
The Missouri attorney general rules that Cape Girardeau County is empowered by state law to vote bonds for a park and has the authority to turn the land over to the state of Missouri for a state park; Prosecuting Attorney Stephen N. Limbaugh asked for the ruling several weeks ago, when those working to obtain a state park for Cape Girardeau County suggested that a bond method of financing the purchase of land would be the most practical.
CHARLESTON, Mo. -- E.H. Smith, 90, who formerly published a weekly newspaper here, dies at Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Smith at one time published the Enterprise at Charleston, and later sold it to Simon Loeb, who combined it with his Courier, also a weekly.
The Rev. R.M. Barrett, pastor of the General Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau, preaches at Mount Carmel, Ill.; in his absence, Minnie Cougar, a student at the Teachers College, fills the pulpit at both the morning and evening services.
Breaking a drought of four months' duration, a steady rain sweeps over Southeast Missouri, bringing relief to parched fields, filling watering places for livestock and relieving a situation which in some communities had become serious because of the lack of a proper water supply; a total of 1.72 inches of rain was recorded Friday, Saturday and today in Cape Girardeau.
The famous hostelry of Haarig -- the Farmers Home Hotel -- is under new management; A.W. Lauck has sold the property to Lee Dochens, a farmer who lives on Bloomfield Road.
Last evening around 10, the large barn in the rear of Frank Unnerstall's residence, 547 S. Sprigg St., was destroyed by fire; when firemen arrived at the scene, no water could be pumped from the mains because of lack of water pressure; the pumps at the power house were started a half hour afterward, but it was then too late to consider saving anything.
-- Sharon K. Sanders