Out of the past 6/19/08

Thursday, June 19, 2008

25 years ago: June 19, 1983

Cape Girardeau lawyer Stephen N. Limbaugh, nominee for the federal bench, is scheduled to appear Wednesday in Washington, D.C., before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee for his confirmation hearing; Limbaugh is slated to become a judge in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Donna Hanschen, project director for Riverfest, says the two-day event attracted more than 40,000 people to downtown Cape Girardeau, despite a downpour Saturday.

50 years ago: June 19, 1958

A big sycamore tree is uprooted by crews preparatory to removing the Walker Creek bridge on Kingsway Drive, which has served as a bottleneck for floodwater and causing the Galladay Addition to flood; the old bridge, built in 1911, will be replaced with a longer span.

E.G. Gramling, owner and operator of the St. Charles Hotel, is honored for 57 years as a mason; a delegation from the Caruthersville (Mo.) Lodge 461 comes to Cape Girardeau to present him with a 50-year pin.

75 years ago: June 19, 1933

The Cape Girardeau City Council orders city counselor Frank A. Lowery to draft a new plumbing ordinance, which will establish a plumbers examining board; the question is brought up when E.A. Polack, W.H. Meystedt and Clarence Hunze, plumbers, appear before the council to protest paying license fees, when others doing plumbing work in the city are getting by without a license.

When Charles Stiver of the Cape County Club shot 18 holes in par of 70 strokes, or nine holes in 35 each, Sunday in a match with the Paducah, Ky., club on the local course, it was believed to have been the first time in the history of the club that this has been done.

100 years ago: June 19, 1908

The Mississippi River reaches the 32.5 feet mark at noon and is still climbing; the main track of the Frisco Railroad, which runs along the river, is covered with water from in front of the new poultry house at the corner of Themis Street to Merriwether Street.

Allan, Palmer and Byrd Oliver return from Chicago, where they attended the Republican national convention; during the convention, William Howard Taft was chosen on the first ballot to be the Republicans' nominee for president of the United States.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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