Out of the past 8/17/12

Friday, August 17, 2012

1987

Cape Girardeau's oldest car dealership, Ford Groves, has announced plans to relocate to the 1500 block of North Kingshighway; the dealership has been around since 1914 and has been at Sprigg and Themis streets since 1924.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to construct the Cape LaCroix Creek flooding project in two phases; phase one will begin at Sprigg Street and proceed upstream to the property line of Rustman Bus Co.; phase two will continue to Bloomfield Road.

1962

Construction of a new section of Route W, linking the Old Jackson Road near the O.L. Seabaugh farm with existing Route W (Perryville Road) near the Jaycee Golf Course, is about 52 percent complete; work on the project, underway since mid-July, should be finished well ahead of the scheduled Oct. 30 completion date.

Members of the Exchange Club meet at Capaha Park to finish laying rip rap on the island in the lagoon; they also cut weeds and prepare places for shrubbery and lights on the island.

1937

Professor W.A. Buckner, who is the local manager for the "Arabian Nights" spectacle, presides at a luncheon of representatives of Cape Girardeau's various organizations, explaining how the spectacle will be a true community event; more than 600 locals will have a part in the show.

Lorimier School, which takes the place of Cape Girardeau's first public school building, will be ready for use Sept. 6 when the new term begins; not all the furnishings will be ready then, but the building can be put to use at that time.

1912

The city of Cape Girardeau and eight square miles of county will be put into a special road district, if plans are carried through; a committee of the Commercial Club -- W.H. Stubblefield, Otto Kochtitzky and B.C. Hardesty -- is looking into the matter; establishment of this district would mean fine roads leading into the city from the larger part of Cape Girardeau Township.

Dr. B.W. Willis and Albert Huters, who a while back made the run to St. Louis on their motorcycles, will leave for Chicago on their wheels tomorrow, expecting to take in the towns as they go along; they will take some Commercial Club literature along to scatter by the roadside.

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