Out of the past: Dec. 4

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

1987

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Authorities in Southeast Missouri are looking for a white pickup truck with a white camper shell in connection with four sniper shootings last night along highways in Scott and Mississippi counties; the Highway Patrol recovered at least 18 spent, .22-caliber long rifle casings from overpasses in the area; no one was injured in the incidents.

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- According to a copyrighted article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rep. Betty Hearnes will run for governor next year.

1962

A contract is signed between Litz Bros. Processing Inc., a poultry concern, and Penzel Construction Co. for construction of a building to house its facilities; grading was done last year at a site near Schumer Springs, north of the handle company plant, for the new building; initially, the plant will employe 40 people with an annual payroll of $100,000, and poultry will be fed for market.

Workers of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore, Md., are removing the surface on one lane of the Mississippi River bridge as a start on a general re-flooring operation; traffic confined to the south lane.

1937

In a drizzling rain, Santa Claus arrives in Cape Girardea; hundreds of children, as well as adults, jam the plaza of the Frisco Railroad passenger station at noon to greet the jolly old fellow; Santa was brought here by the Retail Merchants Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce and will visit with youngsters at his igloo in Courthouse Park until Christmas.

Soundings for rock depth and strata have been taken during the past two months by the Corps of Engineers at Commerce, Mo., where the Mississippi River, partially filled with stone, has proven an obstacle to shipping; the Corps plans to blast the rock out of the channel.

1912

When Herman Loffel gets a contract, he gets busy right now; he had just finished his job on Sprigg Street, with fine results, and now has started a new job on Frederick Street; his men will pave the street between Independence and Merriwether, which undoubtedly is the muddiest street in town.

Henry Sanders, the well-known Main Street barber, gets back from Vanduser, Mo., with a fine bunch of quails and squirrels.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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