Out of the past 7/12/07

Thursday, July 12, 2007

25 years ago: July 12, 1982

For almost two months, since the resignation of assistant city attorney Van Pounds in May, Cape Girardeau has been without full-time legal council; a search for a new city attorney began last winter when city attorney Robert C. Fick left city hall.

Despite an early morning fire Saturday in the north wing of the Cape Girar-deau County Jail in Jackson, which resulted in minor damage, County Court Presiding Judge Gene Huckstep says the masonry structure "is rated as practically fireproof;" Saturday's fire apparently started when an inmate's cigarette fell into a trash-filled paper sack.

50 years ago: July 12, 1957

An Oriole youth, Paul R. McLaird, 16, is injured when he falls from a moving hay truck, and a wheel of the truck runs over him; the accident occurs in a field on the R.B. Medlock farm; the youth is treated for a fractured collarbone.

Survey crews are busy in the county, particularly around Cape Girardeau, as plans for the new four-lane federal highway advance; a crew is working out the tentative location of the route where it will cross Highway 61 near Wedekind Park.

75 years ago: July 12, 1932

Following last night's address at Teachers College by Dr. Clark Eichelberger of Chicago, 20 locals organized the Cape Girardeau Chapter of the League of Nations; H.S. Moore of the college faculty was elected president of the chapter, and Mrs. Oscar Kaiser was chosen secretary-treasurer.

New green-and-white awnings are being installed on the west side of the Hotel Marquette, along that part of the building occupied by the coffee shop.

100 years ago: July 12, 1907

Following the example of George Rayburn, who two days ago chopped down the wooden toll gate on the Jackson Road, Charles Vogelsang, a farmer living seven miles out on the road, this morning uproots the new iron gate; when he is refused passage without paying the toll, Vogelsang unhitches the mules from his wagon, hitches them around the iron bar and drives away.

M.J. Michelson, a jeweler, has come to Cape Girardeau and will open a new jewelry store and pawn office in the St. Charles Hotel building next week.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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