Out of the past 8/5/08

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

25 years ago: Aug. 5, 1983

The lights are back on at the former KFMP radio tower north of Cape Girardeau; the station's signal has been acquired by radio station KZYM here.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 bidders and another 2,000 spectators are expected to be in Cape Girardeau tomorrow for the auction of the private automobile collection of the late Charles N. Harris; the auction will be held outdoors at Interstate 55 and Nash Road at the site where the 153 cars have been stored the last several years.

50 years ago: Aug. 5, 1958

The Cape Girardeau City Council accepted a petition last night asking for the creation of a storm sewer district to solve the flooding that has plagued the west part of town this summer; the council ordered the city engineer to prepare plans, specifications and an estimate of cost for the district.

Battle lines are drawn, as Cape Girardeau County residents cast votes in the primary election; every post but two in the county will be decided at the Nov. 4 general election; running unopposed are incumbents Marybelle Mueller, Democratic probate judge, and Lillian E. Stehr, Republican clerk of the Common Pleas Court.

75 years ago: Aug. 5, 1933

Cape Girardeau's part in the national recovery program moves ahead as the Montgomery Ward & Co. store here announces substantial pay increases for its 23 employees, district auto dealers agree to join the project, and Cape Girardeau retail lumber dealers perfect their schedule under terms of the National Recovery Act.

Cape Girardeau Mayor Edward L. Drum would like the city council to approve a survey to determine the possibilities of constructing a municipal electric light and power plant here.

100 years ago: Aug. 5, 1908

Glen Searcy and Herman Hardemon are buried in a cave-in as they work to build Cape Girardeau's sewer system; after an hour of hard work by four or five men, the two are rescued; it is believed they will recover from their injuries.

The Cape Girardeau County sheriff's race in yesterday's Republican primary drew unusually heavy voting; full returns indicate that Frank Tacke of Arnsberg has been nominated over F.A. Kage of Cape Girardeau.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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