Out of the past 3/13/11

Sunday, March 13, 2011

25 years ago: March 13, 1986

The Southeast Missouri Council on the Arts, assisted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Downtown Merchants Association, is planning an artist competition this spring to select a design for an outdoor mural; the winning design will be painted on the wall of the James building, just north of the parking lot at Themis and Water streets.

In an effort to raise more operating funds, Cape Girardeau Public Library officials are considering placing a tax increase proposal before voters this year or next; in addition, the library's board of trustees has already given tentative approval to a plan to implement a $24 annual nonresident library fee for those using the Cape Girardeau facility.

50 years ago: March 13, 1961

The extensive search for one of the killers of a Cape Girardeau auxiliary policeman continues with renewed vigor after being partially rained out yesterday; the suspect was spotted three times in the Marble Hill, Mo., area Sunday afternoon; the original shooting took place Friday night here.

The quick thinking of an unidentified man was responsible for saving the lives of two Chicago men yesterday afternoon when their car left the road and overturned in Ramsey Creek on U.S. 61 a mile south of Scott City; upon witnessing the accident, the unknown man stopped his car, ran down to the ditch and pried open the door of the upside-down car in order that the occupants might escape.

75 years ago: March 13, 1936

O.A. Knehans, former judge of Common Pleas Court, announces his candidacy for Cape Girardeau mayor; other mayoral candidates are the incumbent, Edward L. Drum; Judge Charles G. Wilson and O.E. Damron.

Indications are that the more than 1,500 now on relief in the county will be without aid, with the possible exception of some food that the state may continue to furnish, after April 1; the county's relief staff is to be dismissed March 31.

100 years ago: March 13, 1911

Street commissioner F.A. Kain has begun the work of putting in wood block crossings at Broadway and Fountain Street.

Chaffee, Mo., is to have an ice-manufacturing plant in the near future; $20,000 were subscribed among interested citizens to finance the undertaking.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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