Out of the past 6/22/12

Friday, June 22, 2012

25 years ago: June 22, 1987

A rash of suicide attempts at the county jail in Jackson is the topic of much of the morning meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Commission; the third attempt in less than a month was reported yesterday, and it was successful.

Work on the new Trail of Tears State Park Visitors Center is nearing the halfway mark; it should be completed on schedule by late October.

50 years ago: June 22, 1962

A rainstorm moved through the Cape Girardeau-Jackson area early last night and in a half-hour soaked lawns, gardens and farm fields with more than 1 1/2 inches of rain; the rain fell so fast that most storm sewers couldn't accommodate the streams of water, which filled many streets curb to curb.

Marvin Proffer of Jackson has been selected by the Cape County Democratic Committee to fill the county representative post on the party's ticket; he was a candidate for the job two years ago, but was defeated in a close race by Rep. Robert F. Hemperly, who is the Republican candidate to succeed himself.

75 years ago: June 22, 1937

Thirty-nine Boy Scouts from throughout Southeast Missouri begin a week's period of intensive training at Camp Lewallen on the St. Francis River in preparation for their trip to Washington, D.C., next week to represent the Southeast Missouri Area Council at the National Jamboree of Boy Scouts of America.

Quintin Williams of Cape Girardeau takes over distribution of state automobile license plates here, succeeding secretary W.F.D. Batjer of the Chamber of Commerce.

100 years ago: June 22, 1912

Because Butcher Waltmann gets to work at 4 a.m., the fine three-story building of the Meyers Brothers on Broadway is saved from destruction; when Waltmann opens the front door of the Meyer Shop, he is almost overcome by smoke; he finds a fire raging in a back room of the building and quickly gives the alarm to members of the Will Meyer family, who live in the apartments upstairs; the fire department boys rapidly bring the blaze under control.

Rosebud Snider goes to Sikeston, Mo., in the afternoon, where she has accepted a position as a telegraph operator.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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