Out of the past 12/17/10

Friday, December 17, 2010

25 years ago: Dec. 17, 1985

For the second time in four weeks, a barge hits the railroad bridge at Thebes, Ill.; nine barges under tow downstream by the Dixie Power ram a bridge pillar at 2:35 a.m., spilling 180,600 gallons of No. 4 crude oil into the Mississippi River.

Cape Girardeau city officials plan to seek two park development grants totaling $76,850 to help finance construction of multi-use courts and picnic shelters, as well as other improvements, in Cherokee and Shawnee parks.

50 years ago: Dec. 17, 1960

Herbert S. Wright, administrator of Southeast Missouri Hospital, announces the appointment of O.D. Niswonger of Cape Girardeau as associate administrator effective Jan. 1; Niswonger has been the regional consultant for the Missouri Heart Association for the past four years.

The Cape State College Indians conclude the 1960 regular basketball season by defeating San Francisco State at Houck Field House, 85-78, to give them their fourth win in a row and fifth in six games; the Indians are led in scoring by Carl Ritter with 30 points.

75 years ago: Dec. 17, 1935

One of two automobiles stolen in Cape Girardeau on Monday night is found at the south edge of the city, partially submerged in the Mississippi River; that the driver of the car could have drowned is considered possible, and police are trying to establish if anyone is missing.

The Cape Girardeau City Council, discussing the site for the proposed new National Guard armory at its regular meeting yesterday, told Lt. Francis Pfeffer, who represented the Guard, that it will furnish a site in the north central end of Fairground Park for the building if the Guard will accept it.

100 years ago: Dec. 17, 1910

Robert Eckhardt, formerly of Cape Girardeau, has leased the new Hotel Darlington at Racine and Leland avenues in Chicago; Eckhardt is also operating the new 100-room hostelry.

New officers were recently elected by the County Medical Association for the coming year: president, Dr. I.W. Hays of Jackson; vice president, Dr. E. Moore; secretary, Dr. E.H.G. Wilson; treasurer, Dr. W.E. Yount; delegate to state meeting, Dr. G.B. Schulz.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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