Out of the past 11/26/03

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

10 years ago: Nov. 26, 1993

A bit of Cape Girardeau history went up in flames Friday as Hobbs Chapel United Methodist Church burned to the ground; the blaze was reported to the East County Fire Department around 9 a.m.

A cold, drizzling rain slows the rush of post-Thanksgiving shoppers early in the day; but once the sun pops out at mid-morning, retail stores throughout the city are swamped by bargain hunters.

25 years ago: Nov. 26, 1978

Four men who escaped from the Bollinger County Jail at Marble Hill are back in custody following the capture of three of them at Thebes, Ill., and the surrender of a fourth man to Cape Girardeau County officials.

Dr. Herman Scherer, recent past president of the Missouri District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, is the guest speaker at morning worship service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

50 years ago: Nov. 26, 1953

Thanksgiving Day. Carrying on a tradition established more than 300 years ago by Pilgrims, Girardeans observe Thanksgiving around festive board; several churches celebrate with worship services.

Central High School Tigers use brilliant effort to down previously undefeated Poplar Bluff Mules, 19-6, on the Houck Stadium gridiron.

75 years ago: Nov. 26, 1928

Officers for the coming year for the Cape Girardeau Ministerial Alliance are selected at an organizational meeting.

J.W. Becker, the executive secretary of Missouri Tuberculosis Association, says a report of the state Board of Health shows Cape Girardeau has the largest tuberculosis death rate of any city in Missouri, and that number is increasing rather than diminishing.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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