25 years ago: Sept. 22, 1983
Long-time Cape Girardeau residents experience a deja vu moment in the morning; for the first time since 1976, traffic flows both ways on Broadway between Pacific and Lorimier streets; police spokesmen report the transition is proceeding smoothly.
Southeast Missouri State University has a new assistant dean of students; she is Dr. Glenda Earwood-Smith, a recent doctoral graduate of Florida State University.
50 years ago: Sept. 22, 1958
Representing all churches in this district, 3,200 Lutherans assembled at Houck Field House yesterday afternoon for the "Crusade for Christ Rally," opening a five-day Southeast Missouri Area Mission among 11 participating churches.
Heavy traffic through the Main Street area Saturday, and the need for increased parking space as the Christmas shopping season approaches, brings a request to the city council that plans be made to provide another parking area; a plan discussed some time ago, which would remove the parkway in the block of Main between Merriweather and William streets, is again discussed.
75 years ago: Sept. 22, 1933
Stricken with a heart attack while seated in the living room of his Cape Girardeau home, Edward A. Caton, 58, general agent here for the Missouri State Life Insurance Co., dies in the morning; he is survived by his wife, two daughters and a sister.
Petitions directed to the public school board and the Teachers College Executive Committee, asking that Central High School's home football games be played at night at Houck Stadium, are being circulated; the high school would pay the electric light bill above its rental of $75 per game for the stadium.
100 years ago: Sept. 22, 1908
Charley Herbst, the blind broom-maker of Cape Girardeau, has composed a piano selection, "Moonlight on the Ocean Wall," which is a masterpiece.
While driving along Ellis Street last evening, Dr. R.F. Wichterich fell victim to one of the numerous, unlighted sewer holes that punctuate Cape Girardeau's streets; at the corner of Themis Street, his horse fell into a ditch about seven feet deep, and the buggy followed as far as possible.
— Sharon K. Sanders