Out of the past 5/18/12

Friday, May 18, 2012

25 years ago: May 18, 1987

Amid an air of festivity, tempered with a touch of sorrow, teachers and students gather in the evening to bid farewell to the Southeast Missouri State University's laboratory school; Friday is the last day of classes for grades K-6 at the school before it closes its doors.

The Cape Girardeau County Commission decides the move to the county's new administrative office building at Jackson will take place July 16 and 17.

50 years ago: May 18, 1962

The State College Indians lose their first game by a score of 2-1 in the NCAA college-division baseball tournament at Jonesboro, Ark., in the morning; the Indians are scheduled to meet Arkansas State in an afternoon game they must win in order to remain in the tourney.

The Cape Choraliers have been selected from among 20 Missouri choral groups to represent the state at the Century 21 exposition in Seattle; the 48-member chorus will sing June 11 during the Missouri Day program.

75 years ago: May 18, 1937

The Buckner-Ragsdale store here is to be greatly enlarged and improved through the addition of a new unit and the rearrangement of the interior; work starts in the morning on a new building on Water Street adjacent to the present store; the second floor of this new addition will be on a level with the present store room and with the removal of the intervening wall will make the rear of the store about 90 feet wide.

A tentative district for the No. 9 sanitary sewer system, which residents are asking the city to have built in the Red Star and Robertson & Gale additions, was approved yesterday by the city council.

100 years ago: May 18, 1912

About 1,500 people went aboard the armored cruiser Isle de Luzon, when the vessel in charge of the St. Louis naval reserves stopped here yesterday afternoon; most of these were school children; the ferryboat Gladys made regular trips to the ship, transporting about 150 or 200 each trip all afternoon.

The Cape Girardeau Elks are home and are enthusiastic about their big meeting just closed at Springfield, Mo.; they did some good work while there, landing the 1913 Elks convention for their hometown.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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