Out of the Past 8/24/08

Sunday, August 24, 2008

25 years ago: Aug. 24, 1983

A 3,600-square-foot warehouse on Gordonville Road will be donated to the Southeast Missouri Council of the Boy Scouts by Neurologic Associates of Cape Girardeau, which plans to build a medical office structure nearby.

Classes begin for Cape Girardeau public school pupils in the morning; a total of 3,979 children are enrolled as of this morning; that compares to 4,083 on the first day of school last year.

50 years ago: Aug. 24, 1958

Construction is progressing rapidly on the new Southside Baptist Church being built on the congregation's property on Hackberry Street, near the Giboney Woods; the building, when finished, will seat 250 people in the auditorium, with a Sunday School capacity of 300.

A district meeting of the Methodist Youth Fellowship is held in the afternoon on the grounds of Old McKendree Chapel; following a recreational period and sack supper, the program is presented by Barbara Eskew, St. Louis Conference Youth director.

75 years ago: Aug. 24, 1933

The road leading from the Bainbridge public road to Old McKendree Chapel is now in excellent condition, graded and macadamized; the work of getting the road in shape was done by the County Highway Department, Byrd Township Special Road District and the Cape Girardeau Township Special Road District.

Extensive remodeling and repair work is underway at the Hotel Marquette building; a new asphalt composition roof is being constructed on the main part of the building; interior work consists of laying tile floors in all of the building's 74 bathrooms.

100 years ago: Aug. 24, 1908

The sewer-construction business comes close to ending another man's life; a cave-in traps John Herbert on Sprigg Street near the Houck Railroad; he is rescued, but his legs are considerably bruised.

F.H. Kraft, with Cape City Steam Bakery, is on his fourth weekly trip as a salesman for the house; he is working the Memphis, Tenn., territory this week, an area that has never been worked before by any baker in Southeast Missouri; he expects to work up a shipping trade of 1,000 loaves daily.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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