Out of the past 10/22/04

Friday, October 22, 2004

25 years ago: Oct. 22, 1979

The Glenn House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, owner of the South Spanish Street house, had submitted its initial application for the designation in October 1978.

The first substantial rain in two weeks is welcomed by farmlands and lawns in the area; forestry officials, who had been keeping a wary eye on the autumn fire danger in recent weeks, are also glad to see the rain.

50 years ago: Oct. 22, 1954

Plans are being finalized for the third annual Cape Girardeau Arts Festival, to be held Dec. 2 through 5; made up of The Missourian Art Exhibition, an appearance of the Cape Girardeau Symphony Orchestra, and a play by the Cape Girardeau Community Theater, people from a wide area take part in the festival.

The 1 1/2-week-old gasoline war in Jackson dies in the morning as most firms raise their rates to pre-war figures; at the big-name places, regular gasoline is selling for 26.5 cents a gallon; prices had fallen to 18.9 cents per gallon.

75 years ago: Oct. 22, 1929

In a joint assembly of members of the Rotary, Optimist and Lions clubs at the Hotel Marquette, the gigantic proportions of the federal flood-control problem along the Mississippi River, especially as it pertains to the project in which $325,000,000 will be spent by the government between Cape Girardeau and the Gulf of Mexico, were explained last night by Lt. Col. F.B. Wilby of Memphis, Tenn.

An invitation to attend the planting of Japanese cherry trees in Fairground Park at a later date is forwarded by Mayor James A. Barks to Katsuji Debuchi, Japanese ambassador to the United States.

100 years ago: Oct. 22, 1904

Coon-hunting season begins in the evening, when three parties go out in the woods several miles south of town; the sport is marred by a serious accident to Joe Wilde, one of the hunters from Jackson.

The courthouse yard looks as if a cyclone has struck it; residents wonder if there will be any shade there next summer for those wishing to exchange reminiscences.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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