Out of the past 3/24/05

Thursday, March 24, 2005

25 years ago: March 24, 1980

Although the 1980 census is scheduled to start in only a few days, the district office of the Census Bureau reports that qualified people are still being sought for possible temporary census employment; at its peak, the district office will employ about 600 census takers and office workers.

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Judge Lloyd G. Briggs of Sikeston says he will appeal a decision from the Missouri Supreme Court ousting him from the 33rd Judicial Circuit bench.

50 years ago: March 24, 1955

BENTON, Mo. -- An East Prairie, Mo., man escaped last night from the jail at Benton, where he was being held on a charge of passing fraudulent checks; inmates tell Sheriff John Dennis that the escapee removed his clothing, applied liquid soap to his body to make it slick, and spread two sets of bars just enough to permit himself to slip through.

CAMDEN, Tenn. -- Three survivors of the towboat Annie S. Cooper crawl ashore about four miles downstream three hours after the boat rams a pier and sinks in the Tennessee River; the survivors are Millard Gilliam of Poplar Bluff, Mo., William Biler of Chaffee, Mo., and L.L. McDaniels of Alabama.

75 years ago: March 24, 1930

The "finale" to the history of blacksmithing on Broadway is apparently written today with the razing of an old blacksmith shop at 612 Broadway, on property owned by Dr. Anita E. Bohnsack; the structure, more than 50 years old, is razed to provide room for future modern improvements.

The Brick School, northwest of Cape Girardeau on the Perryville Road, which was temporarily closed Thursday because of an epidemic of severe colds in the community, reopens this morning with slightly more than half of the 35 pupils enrolled in attendance.

100 years ago: March 24, 1905

Phillips & Bartels are rushing work on their new hotel in South Cape Girardeau near the railroad shops; it will have 16 rooms and will be conducted by an experienced hotel man.

Sam Doering, 75 years old, died at his home in Jackson the morning of March 21; Doering was one of Jackson's early settlers; he is survived by his wife and several grown children.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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