Out of the past 9/6/11

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

25 years ago: Sept. 6, 1986

The Rev. W.L. Jenkins speaks to a crowd of about 70 during an anti-apartheid rally at Capaha Park; the Rev. John MaGee helped organize the rally and candlelit demonstration against South African apartheid as part of a membership drive of the local chapter of the NAACP.

Bridge and sewer line construction near Arena Park may make getting to the SEMO District Fair next week a little more difficult than in former years; however, fair officials have arranged for shuttlebuses and parking lot trams to ease the parking situation.

50 years ago: Sept. 6, 1961

Voting was light yesterday at the city boundary special election in Jackson, when voters approved extension of the city limits, 215-7; the plot added to the city is along the north edge of town, and on either side of U.S. 61.

Motorists along Highway 72 at the intersection of South Farmington Road in Jackson receive an unexpected thrill in the morning when they find two lions parked along the road; a Hagan Brothers Circus truck of Oklahoma was transporting the animals to Cape Girardeau for an appearance when the motor stalled as it was stopped behind a school bus.

75 years ago: Sept. 6, 1936

The Rev. Ray Rhyne preaches at both services of Red Star Baptist Church; in the evening he also presides at an ordination service for the Rev. Harley Statler at the church.

After a month's recess, worship services resume on the usual schedule at the Presbyterian Church; the Rev. C.H. Morton, the pastor, has been away, first to New Orleans and later on a 10-day trip through the West.

100 years ago: Sept. 6, 1911

Shortly after noon, the first great train of 30 cars pulls into the South Cape Girardeau yards of the Frisco and, without loss of time, the circus hands begin unloading tent wagons and horse cars; the big Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus will perform this evening at a large vacant lot near the tracks.

A Cotton Belt freight train went into the ditch at Ancell last night while rolling along at a speed of about 25 miles an hour; the engine left the track at a bad switch point and with four freight cars plowed up the ground for many yards, finally running into the side of a coal shed standing near the tracks.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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