Out of the past 6/19/09

Friday, June 19, 2009

25 years ago: June 19, 1984

A five-member citizens group, headed by Dr. Raymond A. Ritter Sr. and real estate agent Thomas L. Meyer, would like to place before city voters in a Nov. 6 election the question of whether the proposed multipurpose building should be constructed on the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

The asphalt surface which is being removed from Kingshighway in preparation for the repaving of that major arterial street will be hauled to city park roads, where it will be spread, graded and rolled down as a cold mix.

50 years ago: June 19, 1959

With the St. Louis newspapers' strike continuing, publishers of The Southeast Missourian are again making plans to issue a special morning edition Sunday.

Four men narrowly escape serious injury or possible death when their car collides with another vehicle on South Sprigg Street Road in the evening, goes out of control and ends up hanging precariously on the edge of the Blue Hole quarry, after breaking two stands of heavy safety wire which surrounds the hole; only a large cable keeps the car from plunging some 100 feet.

75 years ago: June 19, 1934

Union worship services will again be held Sunday evenings during July and August at Courthouse Park under the auspices of the Ministerial Alliance; churches cooperating in the program are First Christian, Grace Methodist, Christ Episcopal, Salvation Army, First Presbyterian and Christ Evangelical.

Fearing the price of coal may rise, the Cape Girardeau City Council has contracted with Red Hot Coal Co., 335 William St., for 100 tons of the fuel at $3.25 per ton.

100 years ago: June 19, 1909

The Adelaide arrives from St. Louis at noon, landing at the Cape Girardeau levee just a few minutes after the Belle of Cape had tied up and just before the steamer Cape Girardeau let down its gang planks; the Adelaide is a canoe with a two-man crew; it left St. Louis three days ago, stopping at Ste. Genevieve, Mo., last night and Grand Tower, Ill., the night before.

The family of S.W. Davis of the News arrives on the steamer Cape Girardeau; in the party are Davis' wife; his daughter, Mary Davis, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Luvire.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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