Out of the past 11/30/09

Monday, November 30, 2009

25 years ago: Nov. 30, 1984

The basic design of the Cape Girardeau multipurpose building was approved by the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents and the city council at a joint meeting yesterday; project architects were told to scale down the size of the facility to meet the $13.2 million budget.

Seven years ago the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with hog producers from throughout the region, built the swine-testing station on the University Farm; the cooperative venture culminated this week with the burning of the testing station's mortgage.

50 years ago: Nov. 30, 1959

The Jackson Public Library is closed until further notice; the books, shelves and other contents will be moved to the Lenco Co. building on West Main Street while the new city hall and library building is under construction; Lenco officials have laid a new concrete floor and made other repairs for the temporary library quarters.

Under a new Missouri law, cities no longer can charge to abutting property owners the cost of engineering, inspection, tax bill preparation and other items which, in Cape Girardeau at least, have traditionally been a responsibility of the person living on new street construction.

75 years ago: Nov. 30, 1934

The first heavy snowfall of the season blankets western Missouri, but in Southeast Missouri moderate rains fall; Springfield is reporting 12 inches of snow on the ground, while Gallatin and St. Joseph have 4 inches.

First National Bank on Main Street is constructing an additional vault, to join the present vault that is near the west side of the bank building; the space will allow installation of additional deposit boxes.

100 years ago: Nov. 30, 1909

The Elma B. Smith Concert Company entertains in the evening at the Normal School auditorium as the third number of the Normal Lyceum course; Smith is unquestionably the greatest imitator of children, birds and animals now performing before the public.

Attorneys M.A. Dempsey and T.D. Hines have gone to Washington, D.C., to argue the toll road cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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