Out of the past 9/14/12

Friday, September 14, 2012

1987

The Cape Girardeau County Commission establishes its 1987 general revenue property tax rate at zero for the sixth consecutive year; the commission also approves a tax rate of 23 cents per $100 assessed valuation for the county road and bridge fund.

A record number of people are on hand to open this year's SEMO District Fair/Expo; according to fair board president Earl James, 12,358 people attend the opening night; featured before the grandstand is the demolition derby.

1962

With the 1962 SEMO District Fair at its peak, the fairgrounds are abuzz with activity as thousands of children crowd Arena Park for the second consecutive day; it's All-County School Day at the fair; damp weather, however, threatens the youngsters' fun.

L.E. Oliver, vice president for the company's southern territory, turns the first spade of earth for the new Sears Roebuck Co. store to be built at the Town Plaza Shopping Center.

1937

Reflecting the enthusiasm of bygone years, when it was an ordinary thing to raise considerable sums of money here for some community enterprise, 100 business and professional men begin the effort to raise $75,000 to ensure the construction of a new factory building for Superior Electric Products Co.

The first performance of the "Arabian Nights" will be this evening at Houck Field Stadium; it will be the largest community production ever attempted in Cape Girardeau, with a cast of 600 people, supplemented by a civic symphony orchestra of 30; fair and warm weather are forecast for the opening night.

1912

The Osterloh china store on Main Street has closed; the sisters have sold their stock to the Hinchey-Greer Co. on Broadway; thus ends one of the oldest and best respected mercantile businesses in the city; it was established 40 years ago by the father of the Osterloh sisters.

Company K of the state militia will leave its armory this evening for an endurance hike; the soldiers will march heavily loaded, each man carrying his own blanket, tent, frying pan, bacon and beans, and his rifle; they'll camp out tonight, and tomorrow participate in maneuvers, before returning here in the evening.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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