Out of the past 1/17/08

Thursday, January 17, 2008

25 years ago: Jan. 17, 1983

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Chaffee police chief Jerry Woolsey is resigning his post to become a member of the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

Citing the uncertainty over the future of federal revenue sharing and whether the county will receive any federal disaster aid in connection with last month's flooding, the Cape Girardeau County Court approves a $6.2 million budget that takes a "wait and see" attitude as to the future of county bridge construction.

50 years ago: Jan. 17, 1958

In a joint announcement, Saint Francis and Southeast Missouri hospitals extend hours, beginning Monday, to a full nine hours, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with visits from friends limited to 20-minute periods.

The General Services Administration has awarded a formal contract for repairs to the post office building in Cape Girardeau to the H.L. Grohne Co. of Decatur, Ill.; the work will include a new basement workroom, new entrance vestibules, floor covering, roof repairs, installation of a ground flagpole, painting, plumbing and electrical installation.

75 years ago: Jan. 17, 1933

A committee of coal dealers appeared before the Cape Girardeau City Council yesterday and agreed to employ an attorney to work with city attorney Frank A. Lowry in drafting a new coal ordinance that will afford the local dealers more protection from the "wildcat" distributor, who trucks in coal and delivers it to local consumers without paying city license fees or taxes.

The Cape Girardeau river bridge, in the period from July 8, 1932, to Jan. 1, 1933, had an operating profit of $25,973.81.

100 years ago: Jan. 17, 1908

A gentleman named Hagin, said to be from Milwaukee, has started a chalk and ocher mine one mile east of Jackson, near the old tollgate; John Howard has been employed to take charge of the work; several hands have been hired.

The Normal School boys have better luck than the girls, if luck has anything to do with the results in the two basketball games played with the Carbondale (Ill.) Normal teams; the girls fall to the visitors 13-9, while the Girardeau boys come from behind for a 24-21 win.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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