Out of the past 7/1/08

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

25 years ago: July 1, 1983

BENTON, Mo. — Scott County Presiding Judge Louie Hirschowitz is considering going to court to contest the legality of a new state law that would change the name of the county court to county commission, and its members from judges to commissioners.

Robert Meyer, a member of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club and a past president of the club and former lieutenant governor of Division 15, this week inducted his son, Dennis Meyer, into the Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club.

50 years ago: July 1, 1958

Sen. Stuart Symington and Rep. Paul C. Jones notify the Municipal Airport Board that the air traffic control system operated by the Civil Aeronautics Administration will be moved from Farmington, Mo., to the Cape Girardeau airport upon completion of the new administration building.

Plans for the erection of a new, 60-foot flagpole at the Cape Girardeau post office have been completed, with July 4 being selected for the first flying of "Old Glory"; the pole will be placed on the east side of the Broadway entrance; the old flag pole was on top of the building.

75 years ago: July 1, 1933

James M. Arnold of Benton, Mo., former clerk of the Scott County Circuit Court, is appointed clerk of the federal court at Cape Girardeau; he succeeds John A. Ferguson, who is in charge of the liquidation of the Sturdivant Bank.

Construction of a storm sewer in Cape Girardeau's downtown section and the construction of a new school building to replace Old Lorimier School, at a total cost of $140,000, are included in a Missouri public works program.

100 years ago: July 1, 1908

The Roth Tobacco Co., one of the oldest manufacturing institutions in Cape Girardeau, has been sold to a syndicate of prominent business men; D.A. Glenn, J.H. Himmelberger, George McBride and E.W. Flentge purchased the stock of Martin Roth and now control about 85 percent of the entire stock.

Work stops on construction of the sewer system at noon, when the men employed digging ditches, laying pipes and hauling material lay down their tools and go on strike; they are demanding an increase of 50 cents per day in wages.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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