Out of the past 3/28/05

Monday, March 28, 2005

25 years ago: March 28, 1980

The Cape Girardeau County Court has decided to advertise for bids to construct a new, two-lane bridge at Whitewater and move the one-lane steel truss superstructure to Allenville to replace a bridge which collapsed over the Diversion Channel there almost three years ago.

Dr. Bill W. Stacy, recently named president of Southeast Missouri State University, receives a standing ovation when he is introduced at the 104th annual general session of the Southeast Missouri District Teachers' Association meeting at Houck Field House; Stacy is an officer of the organization and a former classroom teacher.

50 years ago: March 28, 1955

Interviews and investigation of the 29 people who have applied for the Cape Girardeau postmastership are begun at the post office here by Arno C. Cooper Jr., investigator of the 9th Regional office of the Civil Service Commission in St. Louis.

Peaches and early apples were wiped out in Friday night's freeze; the freeze also badly damaged strawberries and other fruits which were in or near the flowering stage.

75 years ago: March 28, 1930

Steps are to be taken in the near future to secure damages for destruction of the bridge on Gordonville Road west of the city, when that road was being used by the state highway department as a detour; the bridge fell under the weight of a loaded motor truck transporting supplies for the Kroger Grocer and Baking Co. last summer.

Burglars enter Central High School overnight, ransacking the offices of superintendent John A. Whiteford and principal Louis J. Schultz, and escaping apparently without taking anything of value; it is the third burglary at the school in two years.

100 years ago: March 28, 1905

The gearing on the big derrick at Ed Regenhardt's quarry broke yesterday afternoon, allowing an 18-ton stone to fall 25 feet to the bottom of the quarry; just by chance, no workers or machinery happened to be beneath the stone, so no damage was done except to the crane.

The Thebes, Ill., bridge should be completed Sunday, and a light bridge engine sent over it; this means the beginning of the end; for six or seven weeks the riveter will have full sway, and then the railroad bridge will be ready for traffic.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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