25 years ago: July 10, 1981
Scores of local state employees, all victims of Gov. Kit Bond's recent veto of a $360-a-year pay raise, vent their frustrations and anger at the governor during a protest march through Cape Girardeau streets followed by a rally on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.
Charter Finance Co., 1907 Broadway, has acquired and taken over operation of Mid-South Finance Co.; the Mid-South firm will retain its name and will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter Finance from its location at 616 Broadway.
Night and day throughout this week with never a halt in operations, 10 huge storage silos are rising at the new Marquette Cement Mfg. Co. plant under a continuous concrete pouring process that isn't new, but to the layman is amazing and unique in its operation; the silos rise about a foot an hour.
Cape Girardeau County farmers have placed 547 acres of corn land in reserve under the new soil bank program and have been certified for federal payments totaling $16,200.
Burglars, in another visit to a Cape Girardeau wholesale house last night, took a large amount of cigarettes and tobacco from the Dempsey Grocery Co., 119 Water St.; the cargo trucked away, which was chiefly cigarettes, is valued at about $1,600 by A.R. Zoelsmann, owner.
The large dwelling on the farm of Albert H. Strack, just south of Pocahontas, was destroyed by fire early yesterday; most of the contents of the house were saved by the family occupying the house and by neighbors; the house was an old one and was generally known as the "Old Pink Morton Place."
Last week the building committee of the Elks' lodge opened bids for a proposed clubhouse, but owing to the high figures of the contractors, the contract wasn't awarded; the plans called for a three-story brick building, with finished basement, elevators and all modern improvements; the committee has asked several architects to submit new plans.
Mrs. W.H. Haupt has been appointed supervisor of music and drawing in the Cape Girardeau public schools; the position was made vacant by the terrible runaway accident that caused the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall.
-- Sharon K. Sanders