Out of the past 4/17/07

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

25 years ago: April 17, 1982

Heavy thunderstorms last night unroofed two buildings and blew down a concrete chicken house on the Ray Dow farm near Fruitland.

High interest rates are "killing" the nation's economy, declared U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth during a visit to Cape Girardeau Friday afternoon as part of a campaign swing through Southeast Missouri; his trip here via helicopter was the start of a 10-day tour of all 114 counties in the state.

50 years ago: April 17, 1957

The pros and cons of Saturday and Monday night closings for Cape Girardeau retail outlets were argued at length at the Retail Merchants meeting yesterday and, when the talk had ceased, store owners and managers found themselves stalemated on the issue; some stores will continue to be open on Monday night only and others will observe both Saturday and Monday night openings.

Raids on shrubbery and flower bulbs have been troublesome in Jackson this spring, and the thief or thieves are schooled in types of plants that are valuable.

75 years ago: April 17, 1932

A two-year lease has been taken by the Simpson Oil Co. of Charleston, Mo., on a portion of the garage building at 43 S. Main St. in Cape Girardeau, owned by Louis Hecht; the central portion of the structure will be torn down and rebuilt to house a unit for servicing motor vehicles.

The commencement exercises of the Gordonville High School were held Friday at Siemers Hall in Gordonville; graduates were Ruth Sailer, Ida Hoffmeister, Alene Meyer, Doris Northdurft and Dewey Keller.

100 years ago: April 17, 1907

S.D. Cunningham and wife arrive from Silverton, Colo., for a visit to Mrs. Ruth O'Donoghue and family.

During yesterday's grand dedication ceremonies of the Elks Club's new building on Themis Street, a watch was presented to the building's contractor, August Vogelsang; inscribed on the back is: "Presented to August Vogelsang, builder of the Elks' building, by Cape Girardeau Lodge, No. 639, B.P.O.E., April 17, 1907, in testimony of excellent work."

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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