Out of the past 11/22/09

Sunday, November 22, 2009

25 years ago: Nov. 22, 1984

There are plenty of volunteers on hand at the Salvation Army to assist with a community Thanksgiving Day dinner; Capt. Ralph E. Ashcraft, commanding officer of the Army, says around 232 meals are served.

First Presbyterian Church is offering a reward of $500 for the return of a needlework banner that was stolen from a car two weeks ago; the seven-foot banner, which commemorates the church's 150th anniversary, was made by women of the church over a period of more than a year.

50 years ago: Nov. 22, 1959

An audience of 1,400 people was delighted by last night's production of "The Green Pasture" at State College auditorium; the Mac Connelly play stars Richard B. Harrison.

Two masked bandits, armed with revolvers, held up three employees in the main office of the Standard Oil Co., 503 Maple St., last night, shot and seriously wounded one of their victims, and escaped with slightly more than $200 in cash and checks.

75 years ago: Nov. 22, 1934

Workers are razing another Cape Girardeau landmark; the old, two-story brick building at the northwest corner of Broadway and Main Street is being removed; the building is familiarly known as the old Boston Rooming House and store; it has been in the Rodney family 130 years.

Contracts for furnishing 262,500 barrels of cement for the construction of three important dams in the Tennessee Valley Authority have been let by the U.S. government to the Marquette Cement Mfg. Co.; it isn't known whether all of the contract will be filled here or part of it at the company's Illinois unit at LaSalle.

100 years ago: Nov. 22, 1909

Common Pleas Court opens in the morning with Judge Robert G. Ranney on the bench looking stronger than ever; since the last session of the court, he has taken a long vacation in Colorado and California, and he is accordingly feeling more like tackling the big docket than at the last term.

C.M. Freeman, Ed Beiswingert, Frank Kassell and Emil Kies go down to Arbor, Mo., and, despite the bad day, succeed in bagging 43 ducks; the four are thoroughly chilled by the cold rain but enjoy the day's sport.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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