Out of the past 10/20/08

Monday, October 20, 2008

25 years ago: Oct. 20, 1983

By a narrow margin, the Cape Girardeau City Council last night turned down a request from Rose City Oil Co. for a liquor license for a proposed service station, convenience store and deli restaurant because of its proximity to First Baptist Church.

Delta has grown by about 17 acres following action recently taken to annex land already owned by the city on the northwest, west and southwest edges of the town; the County Court, as required by law, is notified of the annexation this morning.

50 years ago: Oct. 20, 1958

Dr. and Mrs. A.M. Estes, U.S. 61, return from a five-week tour of Europe; they flew to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Estes attended the third world congress of cardiology; the couple also toured Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Rome; Paris; London; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

The 1958-1959 basketball season for the Cape State Indians, under their new mentor, Coach Charles Parsley, gets underway at Houck Field House with about 35 candidates reporting.

75 years ago: Oct. 20, 1933

Fred L. Cole of Potosi, Mo., is elected president of the Southeast Missouri Teachers Association, succeeding W.R. Sewell of Hornersville, Mo.; about 1,800 teachers attended the two-day conference.

G.C. Mozo of Cape Girardeau, a locomotive engineer on the Missouri Pacific Railroad from Cape Girardeau to Gale, Ill., sustains a deep cut on the top of his head when a one-pound cap from a boiler check valve, blown from the engine into the air, falls on his head.

100 years ago: Oct. 20, 1908

Clay Phelps has been delayed in his attempts to place a packet boat in the Cape Girardeau-Cairo, Ill., trade; Phelps is awaiting a license from the river supervisors in St. Louis permitting him to operate the small vessel.

Two more days of work should wind up the operations of the ditch machines that for three months have been digging trenches for Cape Girardeau's new sewers; the last machine is operating on Independence Street, where about two blocks of digging is to be completed; in addition, one block needs to be excavated on Water Street, between Themis and Independence streets.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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