Out of the past 4/10/08

Thursday, April 10, 2008

25 years ago: April 10, 1983

Flooding problems continued yesterday in the Mississippi Valley, but there was some good news; the new predicted flood crest on the Mississippi River has been lowered slightly; the new crest prediction is for 42.3 feet tomorrow.

Clyde "Bud" Pearce Jr., owner, reports the new Purple Crackle in East Cape Girardeau, Ill., will open April 20; the structure will replace the original building, which was destroyed by fire several months ago.

50 years ago: April 10, 1958

Plans for the construction of a new education building to cost an estimated $175,000 were approved by members of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau last night; the building will be east of the present church edifice on a site now occupied in part by two brick residences.

The contestants who will represent Cape Girardeau Junior High School in The Missourian's Regional Spelling Bee April 19 are Paula Kirtley, Kay Dickey, Karen Scheper, Richard Kinder and Jerry Jenkins.

75 years ago: April 10, 1933

An agency to handle International Harvester Co. products opens in the Ochs Building, 10 N. Sprigg St., with Homer Cotner in charge; the line will include McCormick-Deering farm machines and tractors and International trucks.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Koch of Cape Girardeau receive a letter from their son, Clarence, saying he has received a contract from the St. Louis Cardinals' organization at Springfield, Mo., but he hasn't been assigned to a club.

100 years ago: April 10, 1908

Henry Kelpe, the well-known farmer of the Bend Road, returned last evening from a trip of several days to Shannon and adjoining counties in the middle southern part of the state; he and Henry Maevers of Egypt Mills went prospecting for farmland; Maevers bought 40 acres near Monteer for $350; it is all timbered, and Maevers will have to get his ax busy at once; he will then have to pile up the rocks to get to the dirt.

The seniors at the Normal School made their first appearance in caps and gowns this week; much respect was shown by the other classes, who reserved a portion of the chapel seats for the seniors.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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