Out of the past 5/10/04

Sunday, May 9, 2004

10 years ago: May 10, 1994

Lone Star Industries, Kasten Block plant, Consolidated Grain and Barge and city of Cape Girardeau all will benefit from timely financial boost from federal Economic Development Administration; EDA plans to pay $425,750 of $567,670 needed to embark on flood-recovery project in South Cape; project involves elevating 2,000 feet of South Sprigg Street from old Highway 74 to Cape La Croix Bridge.

Escapee from Indiana jail is captured by Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Roger W. Fields without much struggle in alley in 400 block of Commercial street, after eluding law enforcement officers more than two days.

25 years ago: May 10, 1979

Renovation of Jackson High School football stadium and construction of track has run into financial snag; total bids for project are about $87,000 more than bond issue money available to pay for it.

Southeast Missouri State University experiences electrical outage over entire campus in morning; apparently failure in major transformer, located in switchyard behind heating plant and power station, causes the problem; some power is restored 15 minutes after outage using standby diesel generator.

50 years ago: May 10, 1954

Cecil Bechtlofft takes over management of Kroger Store at 724 Broadway, succeeding Hollie Russell, who has been promoted to head new supermarket of company at Paducah, Ky.

CHAFFEE, Mo. - Contract for construction of water tank and sewage disposal plant is let to Pride & Usrey Co. for $142, 764.03; project, for which $183,000 bond issue was voted, calls for erection of concrete water tank of 200,000-gallon capacity on hill east of Chaffee, construction of complete new sewage disposal plant and laying of water mains from new tank to mains at West Yoakum and Main streets.

75 years ago: May 10, 1929

Plans are being completed for observance on May 21 of Winifred Johnson Day at Teachers College; program for day is designed to honor Winifred Johnson of history department, who is completing her 39th year of service at college, the oldest member on faculty, from standpoint of service.

Mississippi River falls to 34.8 feet at Cape Girardeau as worst flood of 1929 begins receding rapidly; water is off Water Street; by tomorrow, it is expected water will recede from west side of sea wall.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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