Out of the past 2/17/12

Friday, February 17, 2012

25 years ago: Feb. 17, 1987

Snow that blankets the area in the morning is expected to continue through the day but taper off this evening with one to three inches of accumulation.

A combination of ice and snow was too much for a cable supporting the huge flag at the war memorial in Cape County Park yesterday afternoon; the cable snapped, bringing the flag to the ground; several passing motorists notified park superintendent Chet McCain and county officials; the flag was put away until the cable can be fixed.

50 years ago: Feb. 17, 1962

Cape Girardeau Central High is the champion of the Southeast Missouri Basketball Conference; sparked by Steve Mosley's 21 points, the Tigers came from a 12-point deficit to edge Dexter, Mo., 57-56, Friday in the winners' homecoming game; the local team, coached by Bob Goodwin, finished the conference season with a perfect 7-0 record.

SIKESTON, Mo. -- C.H. Denman of Sikeston, a Spanish-American War veteran, newspaper publisher, writer, civic and church worker, dies at a Sikeston hospital, where he had been a patient 15 days; Denman was 82 years old.

75 years ago: Feb. 17, 1937

Continuing the heavy vote against the presidential proposal for enlarging the Supreme Court, readers of The Missourian in Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri have piled up a 7-to-1 majority against the plan as the write-in poll continues; nationally, the poll is also showing a 2-to-1 opposition to the plan.

After being employed six years as doorman at the Fox Broadway Theater, Leon "Puppy" Koch has been made house manager of the Fox Orpheum Theater, succeeding Victor Ligon.

100 years ago: Feb. 17, 1912

The Bentons and Websters of the Normal School are going to bury the hatchet; on Feb. 24 the two societies will meet in a joint session; this will be the first time in many years the two organizations have been together except as rivals.

Henry Koechig, a farmer living on the Jackson Road, brings to The Republican office a petition he is circulating among farmers; a protective association is to be formed Saturday at the Jackson courthouse for the purpose of protecting farmers and their livestock from careless automobile drivers.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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