Out of the past 10-15-06

Sunday, October 15, 2006

25 years ago: Oct. 15, 1981

Whether convicted murderer Douglas Wayne Thompson is retried for the shooting death of Cape Girardeau police officer Herbert Goss in 1961 is strictly up to Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr.

The Franklin School Cub Scout Pack 506 has a new flag; the new banner is presented to the Cub Scouts by the Cape Girardeau Breakfast Optimist Club, which co-sponsors the pack with the Franklin School Parent-Teacher Association.

50 years ago: Oct. 15, 1956

According to H.E. Lovelace, general engineer for the General Services Administration, any remodeling, repairs or additions on Cape Girardeau's rundown and overcrowded post office at Broadway and Fountain Street must await the final transfer of deeds of city and federal property.

A complete new system of Christmas street decorations in Cape Girardeau business areas, featuring reindeer mounted on each street corner, will be put into effect this year by the Retail Merchants Association.

75 years ago: Oct. 15, 1931

A buyer for the machinery and equipment of the American Gauze & Cotton Co., which is scheduled to be sold Oct. 29, hasn't been found, and there is a likelihood that it may be sold almost for junk, according to R.B. Russell and Neal Ellis, attorneys for the trustee, Walter F. Wilson; the firm has been in bankruptcy since Aug. 15.

Construction by day labor under the supervision of Commissioner Louis Wittmore of an addition to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department building at Frederick and Independence streets is authorized by the city council; plans for the addition, which will cost $3,529, were drawn by city engineer E.L. Sailer.

100 years ago: Oct. 15, 1906

Dr. C.B. Ruff, who recently moved to Cape Girardeau from Kennett, Mo., has about got his dental office furnished and is already treating patients; Ruff began practicing dentistry here 15 years ago with his uncle, Dr. L.P. Ruff; he then went to Kennett, where he has practiced since; he is located in the offices formerly occupied by Dr. G.W. Travis on Broadway, near Main Street.

The finest livestock shown at the county fair last week was the string of heavy horses shown by William Divers of Ava, Ill.; Divers sold the four-stallion team to the Cape Girardeau Brewery for $650, and the animals are now pulling one of the beer wagons.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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