Out of the past 12/12/12

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1987

Residents living near Polar Therm, located on the former Union Pacific freight yard, southeast of the Independence and Frederick streets intersection, are concerned the company is polluting the air; the company manufactures cellulose insulation by grinding up old newspapers.

Dr. Carl Train, professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University, is the guest speaker at Southeast's winter commencement; receiving diplomas are 447 undergraduates and 50 graduate students.

1962

Although the calendar says it's still autumn, the temperature sank to 2 degrees below zero in the city and 4 below at the airport overnight; with the blast of arctic air come reports of hardship for some families, trouble for motorists, frozen pipes and similar cold-weather woes; the Salvation Army has been deluged with calls from families who are unprepared for the cold.

Motorists will enjoy a super-highway ride from Scott City to Fruitland beginning tomorrow morning, when the north 12.3 miles of that Interstate 55 section is opened to traffic; the southern 3.8 miles of the section was opened Thursday.

1937

The Rev. Roland G. Riechmann, pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, preaches in the evening at Sargeant's Chapel Lutheran Church.

Losing control of his heavy, double-truck transport late in the afternoon as ice forms on the bridge pavement, a Fort Wayne, Ind., driver escapes injury as his vehicle and another pulled in transit by it crash into the toll house at the Mississippi River traffic bridge and overturn.

1912

From the latest reports, it seems that the Houck lines haven't been sold to the Frisco, as had first been reported, but that a St. Louis syndicate has bought the property; it will be reorganized and be known as the Cape Girardeau & Northern Railroad; Louis Houck's system of railroads was 106 miles long.

A stockholders' meeting of the Cape Girardeau County Fair and Park Association has been set for Jan. 19, 1913, at the Common Pleas Courthouse to consider whether it is advisable to continue holding the annual fair.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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