Out of the past 2/19/10

Friday, February 19, 2010

25 years ago: Feb. 19, 1985

Three area Boy Scouts have earned their Eagle Scout requirements: Andy Oxford of Cape Girardeau, and Mike Barks and John A. Rice Jr., both of Jackson.

State Rep. Mary Kasten of Cape Girardeau says she plans to vote in favor of the mandatory seat-belt law in the Missouri House, which reportedly is closely divided on the issue.

50 years ago: Feb. 19, 1960

A federal grand jury in St. Louis next week will investigate the holdup of the Bank of Oran on Nov. 16 in which $11,668 was taken and subsequent to which four men and a woman were arrested on charges of complicity in the crime.

As a matter of public interest, the Army Corps of Engineers has put markings at five points on the new floodwall indicating pertinent data relative to high stages of the Mississippi River; the highest mark is at the 42.5-foot mark, which was attained during the record 1844 flood.

75 years ago: Feb. 19, 1935

The Cape Brewing Co., 400 S. Middle St., begins the distribution of its new bottled beer, the first locally made bottle beer since Prohibition; the new beer, called "Ideal," is made in both the 3.2 percent and 5 percent alcoholic content, and is retailing for 10 cents per bottle.

CHAFFEE, Mo. -- Word has been received from Jefferson City, Mo., of tentative plans for placing of a permanent camp for transients on public property in the Chaffee area; the proposed camp would be of the barracks type, large enough for 250 people.

100 years ago: Feb. 19, 1910

SIKESTON, Mo. -- The Commercial Hotel here is destroyed by fire early in the morning and one guest, George Dickerson, loses his life; the building is a total loss.

Trains are about on schedule once more since the blizzard; the early morning train on the Frisco is about six hours late leaving Cape Girardeau, the delay partially due to engine trouble.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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