Out of the past 12/19/07

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

25 years ago: Dec. 19, 1982

Narvol A. Randol, whose varied career includes time as mayor of Cape Girardeau and brigadier general in the National Guard, is preparing to retire as president of Boatmen's Bank of Cape Girardeau; his banking career began with the old First National Bank on Main Street in the late 1930s.

The federal disaster assistance center at the Arena Building receives 38 requests for assistance on the first of two days it will operate here.

50 years ago: Dec. 19, 1957

Tornadoes, writhing out of masses of dark, low-hanging clouds, battered Southeast Missouri late yesterday afternoon, smashing farm buildings in open areas and crushing the business section of Chaffee with at least a million dollars in damage; twisters also touched down in a farm section southeast of Oak Ridge, in Stoddard County and in Perry County.

Highway Patrolman Morley G. Swingle yesterday had to flee from the path of the tornado which struck southeast of Oak Ridge; he was en route to the McBride, Mo., storm area when he saw a twister form near Oak Ridge; it swung in his direction, forcing him to turn around and speed down U.S. 61.

75 years ago: Dec. 19, 1932

SIKESTON, Mo. -- The 32-year-old fugitive sought as the gunman in Sikeston's garage slaying a week ago is shot and killed in a gunbattle with officers near Jackson, Tenn.; he is slain by a Memphis police detective.

With ice gorges blocking the river north and south of Cape Girardeau, the Mississippi River here drops to a stage of 2.3 feet, the lowest in 14 years; gorges have formed at Kimmswick, Wittenberg and Neelys Landing north of Cape Gir-ardeau, and at Cairo south of the city.

100 years ago: Dec. 19, 1907

President George W. Caudle of the Southern Metal and Manufacturing Co., better known as the smelting company, arrives at noon from St. Louis with two gentleman who are said to be interested in the future of the plant; it is hoped they will furnish the funds to complete the plant and start it operating,

Despite earlier reports, the Cape Girardeau Commercial Club isn't dead; 22 members meet in the evening to elect new officers; by unanimous vote, W.T. Wilson is chosen president and B.G. Shackelford first vice president.

--- Sharon K. Sanders

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