Out of the past 12/26/04

Sunday, December 26, 2004

25 years ago: Dec. 26, 1979

A former Bootheel resident who graduated from Southeast Missouri State University is one of seven American clergymen now in Tehran in hopes of opening up a dialogue in the name of God to bring an end to the hostage crisis; the Rev. John Tudor Walsh, a native of Risco, Mo., and a former Kennett, Mo., resident, expects to spend about two weeks in Iran.

MOUNDS, Ill. -- A father died in a futile attempt to save his 5-year-old stepson from their burning home here last night; dead is Lawrence Robinson and his stepson, Von Frazier; Robinson's wife, Earlene, suffered burns over 30 percent of her body and was taken to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.

50 years ago: Dec. 26, 1954

A.R. Nanna, a student at Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, Mo., delivers the message at the evening service at First Baptist Church; this is the annual student night, and his topic is "Almost There"; the choir is composed of students and young people.

Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri observed a pleasant Christmas Day and is followed today with spring-like weather, the temperature rising into the 50s to the delight of almost everybody but those children who received sleds as gifts.

75 years ago: Dec. 26, 1929

Two men, playing the part of Santa Claus in Christmas celebrations in Cape Girardeau, were badly burned Tuesday night; Lon L. Bowerman was badly burned about the face, head, body and arms when his Santa Claus suit ignited from a match with which he was trying to light a lamp near a Christmas tree; likewise, Charles Fulbright was seriously burned when the beard of his Santa suit ignited from a cigarette he had lighted.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Followell of Cape Girardeau are the parents of a baby daughter, the only child born on Christmas Day here.

100 years ago: Dec. 26, 1904

Christmas Day was peacefully devoted to family gatherings and religious services, although there were a few hilariously inclined who found satisfaction in firecrackers and pistol shooting; since Christmas fell on a Sunday, today is the legal holiday; all banks and public houses are closed, and businesses shut their doors at 6 p.m.

Pursuant to the call of Otto Kochtitzky, a number of gentlemen interested in the formation of a Young Men's Christian Association brave the angry elements to meet at the courthouse to discuss launching the movement here.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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