Out of the past 3/17/09

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

25 years ago: March 17, 1984

A resolution is to be taken up by the city council when it meets Wednesday proposing that Cape Girardeau enter into an agreement with the Chamber of Commerce to establish a convention and tourism bureau, which would begin operation here next month.

A total of 171 exhibits have been entered in the 28th annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair to be held Tuesday through Friday at the University Center; the fair is sponsored jointly by Southeast Missouri State University and the Southeast Missourian.

50 years ago: March 17, 1959

With bids submitted yesterday for construction of an administration building at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport running well over the estimates of cost, an effort is being made to see if the contracts can be made to come within the expected cost of $90,000.

Members of the First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau have been advised that the Rev. W.T. Holland, general superintendent of missions of the Kansas City Baptist Association, has accepted a call to this church.

75 years ago: March 17, 1934

Jackson is seeing something of a boom as eight new dwellings are built simultaneously; the street paving, a short addition to the sanitary sewer, the erection of the shoe factory addition and other activities are furnishing employment to a number of men.

Automobile owners, waiting until the eleventh hour to buy their 1934 state automobile license plates, swamp secretary W.F.D. Batjer at his office at the Chamber of Commerce Building; the office is filled with car owners, and a long line extends far out along the sidewalk on Broadway.

100 years ago: March 17, 1909

The weather cooperates, providing a beautiful day for the grand opening of Myrtle Mahn's new millinery shop; the shop is on Main Street in a room formerly occupied by the post office.

Hugh R. Quinn, cashier of the Jackson Exchange Bank, is the proudest Irishman in town; a friend sent him a bunch of genuine shamrocks from Ireland, and he is wearing it with great pride.

— Sharon K. Sanders

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