Out of the past 8/7/12

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1987

The cities of Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Scott City are being asked to finance an effort to secure power contracts as the first step in a plan to provide low-cost hydroelectric power to the area; the joint venture would construct a line to Sikeston, Mo..

Show Me Center manager David Ross, speaking at the Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee, commends the city of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University for a unique partnership that brought about "one of the sweetest deals since we bought New York City from the Indians."

1962

A driverless 1954 model Cadillac sedan rolls from where it is parked on the First Baptist Church parking lot, narrowly missing two parked cars and a parking meter, crosses traffic-laden Broadway and crashes into a show window of Wring Pontiac Motor Co., 907 Broadway.

Plans are moving at a fast pace for the approaching 1962 SEMO District Fair, set to open Sept. 11; two free attractions are being added to this year's events: an atomic science exhibition from Oak Ridge, Tenn., and a helicopter show put on by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

1937

Fire virtually destroys the big, two-story, eight-room frame dwelling at the southeast corner of West End Boulevard and Bloomfield Road in the morning; the dwelling, once owned by the pioneer Langlois family, was a landmark; it was occupied by three families.

With fair weather forecast, officials of the SEMO Boat Club are making final preparations to care for a crowd of 10,000 people tomorrow at the first annual free speed boat regatta, which will be staged on the Mississippi River here.

1912

Because of the peculiar ballot used in yesterday's primary election, the county officials at Jackson have had a hard time tabulating the returns; up to 3 p.m. today, only a few more than half of the precincts' returns had been recorded.

Contractor J.H. Rouse is making things hum on Independence Street, having begun putting down the concrete yesterday; it is going to be a fine street when completed.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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