Out of the past 12/6/09

Sunday, December 6, 2009

25 years ago: Dec. 6, 1984

In an unusually brief 50-minute meeting last night, the city council approved the Cape Girardeau Convention and Tourism Bureau's $120,000 budget under a new one-year contract with the chamber of commerce.

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Despite the state blue law prohibiting Sunday sales, many stores here were open last Sunday, and store owners say they will be open every Sunday until Christmas; an effort is underway to have the New Madrid and Scott county courts place a proposition to repeal the blue law before voters early next year.

50 years ago: Dec. 6, 1959

Santa Claus arrived yesterday by plane at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport; after being greeted by a crowd of youngsters, he and his fans were bused to the downtown area; he also put in an appearance at the Kroger store on Broadway.

Leon W. Linebarger, a native of Cape Girardeau, has been named comptroller of Commonwealth Oil Refining Co.; he is situated in the company's executive office in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

75 years ago: Dec. 6, 1934

Dr. Ivan Lee Holt of St. Louis, formerly pastor of Centenary Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, is elected president of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America; Holt is pastor of St. John's M.E. Church South.

Directed by the city council, city engineer John Walther makes a survey of a part of Courthouse Park, between the courthouse and Lorimier Street; the council is considering building a new walk from the street to a fountain near the building.

100 years ago: Dec. 6, 1909

Judge R.G. Ranney has dissolved a temporary injunction against the paving of the blocks of Broadway between Lorimier and Middle streets, saying the city council acted within its authority in ordering the paving; 13 property owners had protested the improvement.

E.F. Regenhardt, D.A. Glenn, J.H. Himmelberger, Dr. Otto Forster and E.W. Flentge leave St. Louis for Washington, D.C., where they will present the petition requesting improvement of the Mississippi River to the rivers and harbors committee of Congress, to the president and to members of the Cabinet.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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