Out of the past 7/22/09

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

25 years ago: July 22, 1984

The Rev. Jan Bengtson, pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of ordination; his congregation honored him with a reception, framed certificate and Communion kit.

Case Power and Equipment Co. opened its new store and service center last week at 944 S. Kings­highway in a building built by Loy Welker and George Bockhorst and leased to the firm; the local store is a branch of the store at Fenton, Mo.; John Biggs will oversee operations of the new facility, Jeff Thornhill will handle sales, Ken Stefffens is service manager and Jerry Rock will head the parts department.

50 years ago: July 22, 1959

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- A bolt of lightning short-circuits the motor on the pump at the city water plant in the afternoon, leaving this city of 3,200 without water, except for a small reserve conserved in the water tank for emergency fire use; only 25,000 gallons of water remain in that storage tank.

Dr. A.L. Schrader, coroner of Cape Girardeau County since January 1958, has submitted his resignation to the County Court and expects to move to Trenton, Tenn., after Aug. 1 to practice and do surgery in four hospitals in that area.

75 years ago: July 22, 1934

Capt. Ernest R. Orchard, corps officer of the Salvation Army, speaks in the evening at the union service at Courthouse Park, his topic being "A Useful Christian Life"; the Salvation Army band gives its first public presentation.

Services of the First Pentecostal Assembly are held in a tent at South Pacific and Hickory streets; this arrangement will continue while South Sprigg Street is widened; the church building cannot be accessed at present because of the work.

100 years ago: July 22, 1909

The Rev. George Schluet­ter, a German Evangelical minister, dies in the afternoon in Fritz Daues' saloon on West Broadway, the first local heat victim of the season; Schluetter, 48, was stricken while walking in front of the saloon; he went inside to rest and succumbed.

N.C. Lyerle, mayor of Illmo, dies in the morning after a struggle against typhoid fever; all the stores in town close until the body is shipped to Wolf Lake, Ill., his old home.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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