Out of the past 10/10/12

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

1987

The 1987 cotton crop in the Bootheel is one of the best ever; Southeast Missouri farmers plant around 250,000 acres of cotton annually; this year, Missouri cotton is experiencing a tremendous boom in both yield and selling price.

Traffic is stopped across the Mississippi River bridge here more than 30 minutes in the evening, after a pickup truck collides with an oncoming car; six people are injured in the three-vehicle accident.

1962

Paving crews on Interstate 55, knocked out of work by bad weather in three of the past five weeks, resumed laying of concrete yesterday southward from Highway 74 toward the airport; once this section is completed, the mainline construction crew will begin pouring the concrete ramps at the five local interchanges.

New efforts to activate the Greater Cape Girardeau Development Corp. are under negotiation between the Chamber of Commerce and Cumerford Corp., a Kansas City consulting firm; the local corporation has been dormant since 1959.

1937

Membership of the Maple Avenue Methodist Church in the past four years has increased from a little more than 200 to around 380, and Sunday School attendance has increased from 150 to 200 during the period, a report of the pastor, the Rev. J.C. McDaniel, shows.

For 27 years, James A. Jackson of Cape Girardeau, a typewriter salesman, has driven the highways without incident; however, while standing on a ferryboat at Thebes, Ill., waiting to cross the river, he is struck and knocked down by a car being driven on the transfer boat; although toppled by the impact, he isn't seriously hurt.

1912

W.G. Archer, the "whirlwind orator" of Indiana, will formally open the Republican campaign in Cape Girardeau County tomorrow night, when he addresses voters at the Common Pleas Courthouse here.

Alvis Ritter of Egypt Mills leaves for Los Angeles to spend the winter; Ritter has been a resident of Cape Girardeau County for the past 57 years and has made four visits to California for the benefit of his health.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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