Out of the past 10/27/08

Monday, October 27, 2008

25 years ago: Oct. 27, 1983

Southeast Missouri State University president Dr. Bill W. Stacy presents his President's Report to the board of regents in the morning; the 27-page report outlines the challenges facing the school.

Speaking at the annual Highway and Transportation Dinner of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce, Robert Hunter, chief engineer of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department, calls the increase in traffic flow in the Cape Girardeau area "astounding."

50 years ago: Oct. 27, 1958

Night passenger service on the Frisco Railroad ended last night; manning the last northbound passenger train between St. Louis and Memphis, Tenn., were engineers J.E. Cheek and A.F. Riehl, both of Chaffee, Mo.; conductor G.D. Moore of St. Louis; brakeman S.L. David of Chaffee; B.E. Montgomery, general agent for Frisco in Cape Girardeau, and porter R.H. Crittenden of St. Louis.

Public Library building committee members are given authority by the Cape Girardeau City Council to proceed with their plans for an addition to the 35-year-old structure.

75 years ago: Oct. 27, 1933

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Evidently knowing Sheriff George Barham was away deer hunting, prisoners in the county jail staged a fruitless, but damaging, riot yesterday; virtually all of the bedding in the jail was burned by prisoners, who slammed doors and banged bars of the jail as smoke poured from the brick structure.

Taking a rest on their flight south, several hundred wild geese and a few ducks spend several hours in the morning at the edge of the water on a sandbar on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

100 years ago: Oct. 27, 1908

Bearing her years lightly, Mrs. C.C. Reynolds, 623 N. Main St., tomorrow will pass the 100th year after her birth; she was born in Germany and went to Philadelphia with her father when she was 5; she came to Cape Girardeau in 1852 with her husband and family.

Wash Miller, cashier of the Oak Ridge bank, is in Cape Girardeau on business; while here, he inspects a set of Houck's history and decides he needs one to take home.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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