Out of the past 4/23/04

Friday, April 23, 2004

10 years ago: April 23, 1994

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. -- Three employees of John J. Pershing VA Medical Center were released uninjured yesterday after being held at gunpoint for more than five hours.

Clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger of New York and Gordon Cohen, executive with Hartmarx of Chicago announced Friday agreement between Hilfiger U.S.A. Inc. and Hartmarx for manufacture of Hilfiger's popular clothing lines at Thorngate Ltd. in Cape Girardeau.

25 years ago: April 23, 1979

Today's rain isn't expected to aggravate flooded Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau area, weather officials say; river here is recorded at 38.9 feet in morning, fall of nine-tenths of a foot since yesterday.

Annual Cape Girardeau Jaycees Fourth of July celebration will expand to six days this year and will feature performance by "Nashville on the Road Show."

50 years ago: April 23, 1954

Crowd of 2,801 music-loving young singers rolls into Cape Girardeau in morning to begin rehearsals for this evening's choral festival, which will be staged at Houck Field House; also arriving are members of Crystal City High School orchestra and conductor, who will join members of Central High School orchestra, directed by Anthony Carosello, in presenting several numbers.

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Three Democratic lawmakers -- Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee and Congressmen William R. "Bob" Poage of Texas and Paul C. Jones of Kennett -- assailed farm policies of Secretary of Agriculture Lloyd Bentson yesterday at annual meeting of Missouri Cotton Producers Association; they blasted Bentson's proposed sliding scale of parity supports and a demand for no less than 90 percent of parity for storable commodities.

75 years ago: April 23, 1929

Vocational agriculture course at Central High School will be discontinued with close of present semester, superintendent John A. Whiteford announced.

Opening of Perryville and Greens Ferry roads as detour route for light traffic between Cape Girardeau and Jackson during paving of Highway 61 is announced by commissioners of Cape Girardeau Special Road District.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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