Out of the past 12/20/10

Monday, December 20, 2010

25 years ago: Dec. 20, 1985

Scott City School District superintendent Bill Heckert has submitted his resignation to the school board, which has voted to accept it effective at the end of the current school year.

BENTON, Mo. -- Checks of $50,000 as repayment of loans made by the Cape Girardeau and Scott county commissions to the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority were presented to presiding commissioners of both counties at a luncheon and news conference here yesterday.

50 years ago: Dec. 20, 1960

While the statue of a shepherd taken from a Knights of Columbus Christmas display in Capaha Park was located last night, another of the Christ child was reported stolen from a similar lawn appointment at Trinity Lutheran Church.

State College science and mathematics classes have completed the step-by-step move from the 58-year-old science building at the rear of Academic Hall to their modern, $1,265,373 structure to the north of the Home of the Birds.

75 years ago: Dec. 20, 1935

Loot taken early today when the Bohnsack Clothing store, 19 N. Main St., is burglarized amounts to $5, but the thief leaves other stolen clothing on the roof of the building when frightened away; the burglar apparently let himself down into the building by a rope ladder through the building's skylight.

Harry I. Himmelberger, head of the Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber Co., says preliminary plans are being made to rebuild the company's big factory at Morehouse, Mo., in the wake of yesterday's devastating fire; the conflagration, fanned by a northerly winter wind, was subdued last night after the dimension plant, large dry kilns and some of the lumber platforms were consumed.

100 years ago: Dec. 20, 1910

Cape Girardeau is to have PAYE -- Pay As You Enter -- street cars; the Cape Girardeau & Jackson Interurban Co. hopes to reduce operating expenses by employing only a motorman on each car, rather than both a conductor and motorman; the PAYE system can be handled by one man.

At the declamatory contest last night at the Normal School, the Clio Society prevailed over the Sorosis girls; taking first honors was Catherine McMullin of Dexter, Mo.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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