Out of the past 9/8/07

Saturday, September 8, 2007

25 years ago: Sept. 8, 1982

An eight-month search for a new Cape Girardeau city attorney ended last night when the city council voted to hire Fred Boeckmann, a St. Louis lawyer, as the head of the city's legal department; Boeckmann, 35, replaces Robert C. Fick.

The Cape Girardeau City Council last night agreed to draft a letter supporting the current Corps of Engineers' flood-control project here; however, the council balked at a request that the letter contain an indication the city is willing to participate in the construction of the project.

50 years ago: Sept. 8, 1957

All is ready for the start of the 103rd SEMO District Fair tomorrow at Arena Park; the opening act of the week will be a traveling zoo of circus animals and acts given by the Al G. Kelly and Miller Bros. wild animal circus.

Because of the strike that has tied up the two St. Louis newspapers, the Globe-Democrat and the Post-Dispatch, the Southeast Missourian publishes a Sunday morning special edition; it is the first time in the 53-year history of the Cape Girardeau paper that a Sunday edition, other than an "extra," has been issued.

75 years ago: Sept. 8, 1932

Division highway engineer A.R. Towse has asked the Cape Girardeau County Court for the appointment of a committee to serve as an unemployment bureau in this county during construction of Highway 34 and the farm-to-market road near Delta; it is hoped that between 150 and 200 unemployed individuals will be given work on these jobs.

Construction of a three-story annex to the Roth Tobacco Co. factory at 102 S. Frederick St. will begin next week; the addition will house machinery for the manufacture of smoking tobacco.

100 years ago: Sept. 8, 1907

All of the Protestant churches in Cape Girardeau, with the exception of the Lutheran church, suspend services, outside of Sunday school; the congregations instead attend preaching services in connection with the Chautauqua meeting; preaching in the morning is the Rev. Dr. O.O. Smith, and a lecture by Guy C. Lee is given in the afternoon.

Elder W.L. Dudley of Orando, Va., is in Cape Girardeau to preach on trial at the Christian Church.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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