Out of the past 10/11/06

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

25 years ago: Oct. 11, 1981

Dr. Paul R. Martens of Memphis, Tenn., is the guest speaker at the annual Mission Festival of Trinity Lutheran Church; Martens is the founder of Lutheran Social Services of Tennessee and a former member of the national church body's Board of Missions.

Dr. S.D. Aubuchon, Cape Girardeau Baptist minister and founder of the Southeast Missouri Baptist Foundation, is guest of honor at a luncheon marking the seventh annual reunion of former members of Will Mayfield College, a Baptist junior college and high school at Marble Hill, Mo., which suspended activities in the 1930s.

50 years ago: Oct. 11, 1956

K.P. "Barney" Oldfield, probate judge of Cape Girardeau County, owner of a dairy distributing business and one of Cape Girardeau's leading figures in community activities and sports, dies after a three-month illness; Oldfield, 49, a widely known basketball star in his undergraduate days at St. Louis University, came here in 1936.

Cape Girardeau moves a step closer to its long-awaited municipal swimming facility with the razing this week of the old pool bath house in Capaha Park, preparatory to the start of construction of the new pool at that site.

75 years ago: Oct. 11, 1931

Closing the annual conference at West Plains, Mo., pastors of Southern Methodists churches in the St. Louis area are assigned their pastorates for the coming year; the Rev. Marion N. Waldrip of Columbia, Mo., is assigned pastor of Centenary Church in Cape Girardeau, succeeding the Rev. H.C. Hoy; new pastor of Maple Avenue Church is the Rev. C.P. Kirkendoll.

Operation of motor buses of the City Service Co. on Cape Girardeau's streets was suspended late yesterday by order of Mayor Edward L. Drum, who ordered the company to file an indemnity bond of $10,000 before resuming services.

100 years ago: Oct. 11, 1906

Cape Girardeau Centennial activities, in conjunction with the annual county fair, continue; in the morning, the big Industrial Parade is held; it starts at Spanish and Independence streets and ends at the fairgrounds on Broadway.

Aside from the normal fair attractions, such as horse racing and livestock displays, politicians take center stage at the Cape Girardeau County Fair; speaking in the afternoon are U.S. Sen. William Warner of Missouri and Arkansas Gov. Jefferson Davis.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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