Out of the past 12/17/04

Friday, December 17, 2004

25 years ago: Dec. 17, 1979

The city of Cape Girardeau will find itself financially tight the first half of the 1980s, and a drastic reduction in capital improvements will be inevitable, predicts city manager W.G. Lawley.

County court officials approve the creation of a Cape Girardeau County Industrial Development Corp.; the not-for-profit corporation will have the authority to issue tax-exempt general revenue bonds to help spur commercial and industrial development in the county.

50 years ago: Dec. 17, 1954

No further word on a plan to build a National Guard armory in Cape Girardeau has been received; local Guard officers, city officials and chamber of commerce leaders haven't had a report on the project from Washington authorities, in whose hands the armory proposal has been for almost four months.

An outbreak of mumps in Scott County and several cases of measles in kindergarten and primary grades in Jackson aren't reflected in absenteeism in Cape Girardeau public schools, says school nurse Myrtle Schrader.

75 years ago: Dec. 17, 1929

The first step toward assuring continuance of the Cape Girardeau County fair is taken by members of the Blattner family, who offer free use for five years of the old fairground site on the Gordonville Road west of the city limits for use of the fair.

The nomination of postmaster H.H. Haas of Cape Girardeau for re-appointment is sent to the Senate by President Herbert Hoover.

100 years ago: Dec. 17, 1904

Cape Girardeau is going to have a new lumber yard; deals are closed whereby land is procured in the west end of the city, just east of the brick yard; those with interest in the new venture are Felix Petrequin of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., John Tlapek of St. Marys, Mo., and Theodore Ochs, George Pope and L.W. Morton, of Cape Girardeau.

On Jan. 16, two new rural free mail delivery routes will be put in operation by the post office; this will mean that three routes will be serving many people of the county, one being established some time ago.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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