25 years ago: Nov. 19, 1981
After serving one three-year term on the Cape Girardeau City Council, Councilman Gail D. "Woody" Woodfin says he will seek a higher office, that of 156th District state representative.
Cape Girardeau County officials are negotiating proposed changes in a contract with Cape County Private Ambulance Service; the current one-year, $119,500 contract expires Dec. 31; a major change being considered is that the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson would no longer pay part of the ambulance service subsidy.
50 years ago: Nov. 19, 1956
Approximately two months more work remains to complete the new Union Electric power line being constructed into Cape Girardeau County to double the power capacity of the Missouri Utilities Co., in Southeast Missouri.
A study of the fall term enrollment at State College -- largest in the history of the school with 1,794 registered -- shows 23.7 percent of the students are from Cape Girardeau County and another 22 percent are from St. Louis and St. Louis County.
75 years ago: Nov. 19, 1931
Cape Girardeau city officials and representatives of the Missouri State Board of Health announce that the Standard Milk Ordinance, adopted here nearly three years ago, will be enforced in its entirety; to date, only seven points of the 27-point ordinance have been enforced locally; included in the remaining points the city has agreed to enforce is the establishment of milk grades.
The new concrete and steel bridge on Bloomfield Road near Highway 61, built by the Cape Special Road District, under the direction of engineer D.M. Scivally, is opened to traffic at noon; the span is now the middle of an improve stretch of road, the approaches on either side being raised level with the bridge and above the flood level of Cape LaCroix Creek, which it spans.
100 years ago: Nov. 19, 1906
J.F. Beggs, the contractor, comes up to Cape Girardeau from Dexter, Mo., to spend the day with his family; he has several big contracts in Dexter and Sikeston, Mo.; he has started work on a $14,000 residence for T.S. Matthews at Sikeston.
Henry Pox, the harness maker, leaves Cape Girardeau for Cairo, Ill., where he has accepted a position; he will be missed greatly by the "local colony of Socialists."
-- Sharon K. Sanders