Out of the Past 1/5/09

Monday, January 5, 2009

25 years ago: Jan. 5, 1984

Dr. Thomas B. Harte, one of two incumbent members of the Cape Girardeau School Board, yesterday filed for re-election to a three-year term; other candidates for two seats on the board are the Rev. Claude Russell and Carolyn Kelley.

The Cape Girardeau City Council last night approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing an agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department for the resurfacing of Kingshighway from Route K to Highway 74.

50 years ago: Jan. 5, 1959

The Cape Girardeau district, like the rest of the Midwest, is in the grip of a severe cold snap; temperature readings of zero are common in Cape Girardeau and adjoining communities.

An application to rezone an area along the Missouri Pacific Railroad line is filed with the Cape Girardeau City Council by Francis Rhodes; the ground is a strip 150 feet wide flanking the tracks and located near Sheridan Drive; the area now is zoned for light industry, but the application asks that it be zoned for heavy industry development.

75 years ago: Jan. 5, 1934

A one-story brick building, 30 feet by 25 feet, has been built in the rear of the Bierschwal Meat Market, 624 Good Hope St., to be used as a meat house; the building is valued at $600.

Angelo Moll, proprietor of the Metropolitan Cafe, 417 Broadway, has returned from a business trip to St. Louis where he purchased a new stove for his restaurant; the stove will be installed tonight and will be ready for use Saturday; Moll says the old stove has been in use for seven years, and it has cooked about $200,000 worth of meals in that time.

100 years ago: Jan. 5, 1909

A message is received from Belleville, Ill., reporting the death at that place last night of Julius Houck, brother of Louis Houck and Mrs. W.H. Brucher of Cape Girardeau, and the father of L.B. Houck, Mrs. Otto Eckhardt and Mrs. Emma Giboney, also of this city.

Martin Ridder, who has been one of the artists at the St. Charles Barber Shop for several months, has gone to Chaffee, Mo., to engage in the barber trade.

--- Sharon K. Sanders

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