Out of the past 10-29-06

Sunday, October 29, 2006

25 years ago: Oct. 29, 1981

According to Delta superintendent Jerry Waddle, a proposed 70-cent increase in the Delta School District operating levy is needed to continue the current level of school operations and programs, regardless of a possible merger or consolidation with the Chaffee School District.

Lumber is loaded onto a barge at temporary dock facilities of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port authority north of Scott City; the loading marks the beginning of activities at the Mississippi River port, the construction of which port authority officials hope can soon get underway.

50 years ago: Oct. 29, 1956

Cape Girardeau County bonds with which to acquire approximately 3,000 acres of land to be converted into one of Missouri's state parks sell for an attractive net interest charge of $6,808 for the three-year life of the issue; the bid of Zahner & Co. of Kansas City, Mo., is accepted when bids are opened in the morning at the courthouse in Jackson.

Something of a record in the way of concrete pouring is established by the Central Materials Co. in the morning as its workers slap down a strip of pavement 14 feet wide and 175 yards long within six hours, to just about conclude the paving of Broadway hill.

75 years ago: Oct. 29, 1931

State Sen. R.L. Dearmont of Cape Girardeau formally announces his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor, subject to the primary election next August; his decision to enter the race has been expected for several weeks.

Constable C.C. Eddleman and deputy J.L. Haett plan to move their office to the sheriff's rooms in the Common Pleas Courthouse this week; they are now at 514 Broadway; public officials may take advantage of office space in the courthouse without paying office rental.

100 years ago: Oct. 29, 1906

The Frisco Railroad in the last few days has moved its tracks from the river on the corner of Independence and Water streets three feet westward, thus encroaching on the narrow passage at the intersection of these two streets; all this was done without the permission of the city of Cape Girardeau, without the consent of the street and wharf committee, and without the consent of the property owners.

The big sawmill of M.E. Leming's at Romaine Springs, Mo., was burned the latter part of last week; Leming carried no insurance on the mill and the machinery, all of which was lost.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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