Out of the past 12/19/01

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

10 years ago: Dec. 19, 1991

Perry and Madison counties have been added to 27th Senatorial District of retiring Sen. John Dennis under Missouri Senate redistricting plan tentatively approved by panel of six state appeals court judges; plan also shifts New Madrid County from present 27th District to 25th District of Sen. Jerry Howard, D-Dexter.

Patton - Fire Tuesday at home of mentally handicapped people that claimed life of one resident was deliberately set, state fire officials said yesterday; victim was identified as David Wilder, 58, of Patton; he was one of 17 residents of Mary's Ranch, private, residential-care facility for mentally handicapped.

25 years ago: Dec. 19, 1976

Bishop Bernard F. Law has announced two new vicars general for Catholic Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese; the Rev. Phillip Bucher, vicar for planning and renewal at Chancery office in Springfield, and the Rev. Joseph Gosche, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Dexter and former chancellor of diocese, have assumed their new posts.

City of Cape Girardeau will receive more than $2.4 million and Cape Girardeau County more than $1.1 million in federal revenue-sharing funds through end of fiscal year 1980.

50 years ago: Dec. 19, 1951

Kansas City - Names of many men from Missouri were included in list of American prisoners of war supplied by Communists in Korea; included on list is S-Sgt. Don C. Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Edwards of Cape Girardeau.

Continued low temperatures keep Cape Girardeau streets and Southeast Missouri roads covered with thick, hard, treacherous film of ice; Highway Patrol reports all highways are covered with ice in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Madison counties; more cold weather is predicted for Missouri tomorrow.

75 years ago: Dec. 19, 1926

The Rev. R.M. Barrett, mission superintendent for General Baptist Church, who is in Cape Girardeau to organize church of that denomination, holds two services in courtroom of Common Pleas Courthouse.

New, $5,000 Kilgen pipe organ being installed in St. Vincent's Catholic Church may be in place in time to be used for special services on Christmas; installation of instrument, which was started last week, has been delayed somewhat by failure of several necessary parts to arrive, but once these are here, organ can be readily put in place.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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