Out of the past 3/23/05

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

25 years ago: March 23, 1980

A survey conducted by U.S. Rep. Bill D. Burlison shows Southeast Missourians generally are in favor of draft registration and see a reduction in government spending as the most important step for improving the economy.

Damage to the roof of Pind's Jewelry, 4 N. Main St., is discovered when water leaking in triggers the store's photoelectric burglar alarm system; an unsuccessful attempt was made during the weekend to break into the store by chopping a hole in the roof of the building.

50 years ago: March 23, 1955

Cape Girardeau County and district fruit growers continue to check damage from Monday night's severe freeze; it is believed at least 75 percent of the young buds were killed; the crop next August will be in short supply.

The Rev. William D. Ludwig, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ludwig of Chaffee, Mo., will be ordained a priest in St. Louis Saturday; the next day he will celebrate his first Solemn Mass at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Chaffee; he will be the first resident of Chaffee to be ordained a priest.

75 years ago: March 23, 1930

Organized a year ago as an emergency unit to provide aid to farmers in making the 1929 crop, the Southeast Missouri Agricultural Credit Corp. has closed its books with each of the 307 loans totaling $82,503 collected without a foreclosure suit.

William A. Shivelbine, organist at the Broadway Theater for eight years, has resigned his place and will devote his entire time to the musical features of the First Presbyterian Church.

100 years ago: March 23, 1905

Burglars entered the Bee Store last night and, after plundering the entire stock, carried away an assortment of goods valued at more than $300; aside from stock items, the burglars made off with a gold watch and ring John Klostermann had left in a desk drawer.

W.H. Coerver, president of the brewery and candidate for mayor, has his right arm severely injured while directing the work of installing some large new beer vats; in some manner, his arm got stuck between two tanks and, before he could withdraw it, he was painfully injured.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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