Out of the past 8/25/07

Saturday, August 25, 2007

25 years ago: Aug. 25, 1982

After being shut off for several weeks, work will begin soon to refurbish the historic Courthouse Park fountain, thanks to efforts spearheaded by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department; city firefighters will provide the know-how and elbow grease needed to rework the fountain.

After months of planning, construction is expected to begin soon on additions to West Lane Elementary School; the Jackson School Board has accepted the low bid of $1,034,500 from Sides Construction Co. of Jackson on the recommendation of project architect Byron Foust.

50 years ago: Aug. 25, 1957

The Rev. W.D. Baker of Jefferson City will officially launch the building program of the South Side Baptist Church in a special service Wednesday evening; tentative plans are to build a Sunday school building to accommodate 500 people.

The Rev. Fred J. Fischer, C.M., has assumed his duties as administrator of Holy Family Catholic Church on South Sprigg Street and assistant to the Rev. Joseph P. Dyra, C.M., pastor of St. Vincent's Church; he replaces the Rev. John A. Schaughnessy, C.M.

75 years ago: Aug. 25, 1932

General approval of the Cape Girardeau post office annex is made when the building, now finished except for minor details, is inspected; H.K. Cottrill, construction engineer, representing the government, approves the addition.

Reduced prices for season tickets for box and reserved seats at Houck Field Stadium for the coming football season are announced by professor W.T. Doherty of the Teachers College; prices for box seats are cut in half, from $36 to $18; reserved seating prices fall to $3.30 from $5.

100 years ago: Aug. 25, 1907

The Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations of Cape Girardeau unite in the morning at the Common Pleas Courthouse to hear Edith Hill Booker, a famous temperance evangelist of Kansas.

A mission festival is held at Jackson by the Lutheran Church of that town; the public school park is the setting for the celebration; sermons are preached by the Rev. Telle of Gordonville and the Rev. Mertz of Tilsit.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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