Out of the past 11/6/09

Friday, November 6, 2009

25 years ago: Nov. 6, 1984

The forecast of a large voter turnout today is apparently coming true in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, although the rate of ballots being cast in the area this morning is still well behind the record pace of the 1980 presidential election.

A request to rezone the property that was to have contained Westborough Mall has been filed with the Cape Girardeau city clerk's office in a move that could lead to establishment of a major commercial development there; the 67.2-acre tract is west of South Kingshighway, between Route K and Bloomfield Road.

50 years ago: Nov. 6, 1959

A drop in temperature to 22 degrees overnight, coldest of the autumn season, isn't expected to cause any damage to trees, although it does spell the end to any growth that had escaped an earlier cold spell.

It's not often Girardeans see hunters come into town with a bear strapped to their car; but the Rev. Manuel Shoults of St. Louis and his father, the Rev. Joe Shoults of Cape Girardeau, do just that, bringing home a 150-pound brown bear from a hunt near Grand Junction, Colo.

75 years ago: Nov. 6, 1934

The Cape Girardeau City Council, while favoring the coming of an occasional circus by often waiving license privileges in order to receive a small portion of the gross receipts for relief purposes, is opposed to dance marathons; this attitude was made known yesterday to St. Louis men, who proposed a marathon here on the basis that the city would issue a permit and receive 10 percent of the proceeds.

By noon, 1,664 people had voted in Cape Girardeau; this is 1,114 votes fewer than in the presidential general election two years ago.

100 years ago: Nov. 6, 1909

Otto Keller of near Gordonville is bragging on the large turnips he is bringing to market in Cape Girardeau; he planted an acre this year and raised a crop conservatively estimated at 175 bushels; this morning, he brings in 20 bushels of the fine turnips, the largest one weighing 3 1/4 pounds.

The Cape Brewery and Ice Co. has begun the construction of a big storage house for the ice department, which has necessitated the moving of the office building south of its former location.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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