Out of the past 12/18/01

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

10 years ago: Dec. 18, 1991

Convention and Visitor's Advisory Bureau will include two new members when it begins next month to discuss proposals for use of city's tourism funds; City Council Monday re-appointed board's chairman, Narvol Randol Jr., and Robert Hoppman, but replaced Show Me Center Director David Ross with Walt Wildman, director of Regional Commerce and Growth Association.

Nearly 12 years ago, Grace V. Hoover of Southeast Missouri State University had idea for adult day-care facility; yesterday, Hoover was honored by university and community for idea that became program that now bears her name: The Grace V. Hoover Eldercare Center Program.

25 years ago: Dec. 18, 1976

Not to be outdone by Evel Knievel and his Snake River jump, Belmont, Calif., bus driver is considering rocket-jet-propelled leap across Mississippi River north of Cape Girardeau.

Doctors' Park Surgery is dedicated by Sen. William Cason, D-Clinton, as first ambulatory surgical facility built in Missouri under surgicenter bill authored by Cason and passed in 77th General Assembly.

50 years ago: Dec. 18, 1951

Girardeans inch their way to work in morning over streets and sidewalks covered with ice and slick, hard-packed snow; Highway Patrol warns motorists not to drive on highways unless necessary; roads, although passable, are in hazardous condition.

Election of Dave Barton, landowner and cotton gin operator at Catron, to Board of Supervisors of Little River Drainage District climaxes spirited fight for representation on board by group of landowners in Scott, New Madrid and Stoddard counties.

75 years ago: Dec. 18, 1926

Marble Hill - Fire originating mysteriously in third-story room, late yesterday destroyed Rosemont Hall, girls' dormitory of Will Mayfield College, causing damage estimated at $50,000; 31 girl students in Baptist school are homeless as result of fire, which destroys practically all of their clothing and all furniture in building; they are being cared for in private homes until more adequate arrangements can be made.

Steamer Cape Girardeau makes its last trip of season because of heavy ice in river; steamer, after discharging its freight here, doesn't return to St. Louis, but goes instead to winter quarters at Paducah, Ky.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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