Out of the past 1/4/05

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

25 years ago: Jan. 4, 1980

A contract for the improvement of a 1.48-mile section of South Sprigg Street northward from old U.S. 61 was awarded by the city council to Girardeau Contractors Inc.

BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The 104-year-old publication The Bloomfield Vindicator has been sold by Mr. and Mrs. Randy Dale of Richland, Mo., to Jim and Clare Boan, editors and publishers of the newspaper for the past three years.

50 years ago: Jan. 4, 1955

A report made by superintendent L.J. Schultz to the school board last night showed that 74 more pupils are enrolled this year than at the same time last year, a figure one board member noted is equivalent to three additional classrooms.

The U.S. state department order declaring Cape Girar-deau County, along with several other Missouri counties, off limits to citizens of Russia has caused considerable speculation among residents here.

75 years ago: Jan. 4, 1930

Provided the weather is favorable, the highway department plans to open U.S. 61, between Fredericktown and Farmington, to traffic within the next week or 10 days; numerous complaints regarding the condition of the streets in Fredericktown, which are being used as a detour during the construction of the new road, and of the detour itself, have been heard from motorists coming over the road.

Work is to begin next week on an office building and storage room for A.H. Gerhardt and Son, general contractors, on a site on Middle Street, between Broadway and Bellevue.

100 years ago: Jan. 4, 1905

Toppling off a 35-foot embankment last evening, Henry D. Anderson took a terrible fall to the stony bed beneath but lived to tell the tale; he was working with a force of men at the old Killebrew quarry south of town when the bluff on which he was standing gave way; a large bruise on his head and a slightly bruised leg are the extent of his injuries.

Several farmers were at the brickyard yesterday from Scott County making large purchases of brick; they took home with them several loads, in all 10,000 bricks, for a new school house in the county near New Hamburg, Mo.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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