Out of the past 1/19/02

Saturday, January 19, 2002

10 years ago: Jan. 19, 1992

Cape Girardeau Community Counseling Center celebrates its opening with open house; center provides individual, group and family counseling, rehabilitation services, crisis intervention and emergency services at its new building at 402 S. Silver Springs Road.

City Council Wednesday will consider law that would impose more stringent identification requirements for people who sell merchandise to pawnshops and jewelry stores; but some local merchants say law is unnecessary and would intimidate honest customers.

25 years ago: Jan. 19, 1977

Ice blockage which began on Mississippi River at Mile 13, just upstream from Cairo, Ill., has extended to Cape Girardeau, Mile 53, and it's creeping northward, tightening its ice stranglehold on lifeline of Midwest; for 40 miles, ice floes, some as high as 17 feet above water level, have packed together solid enough to form ice bridge behind ice gorge at Mile 13.

Promising new treatment for cancer based on thermal heat therapy will be introduced at Southeast Missouri Hospital in about six weeks; hospital will be one of few facilities in nation to utilize still experimental Radio Frequency Generator.

50 years ago: Jan. 19, 1952

Missouri Pacific General Agent Roscoe Burford says if railroad owns Happy Hollow Cave, he will do "anything within reason" to raze or close manmade cavern which Lorimier School Parent-Teacher Unit calls menace to children.

Dr. W.W. Parker, president of State College, has been elected to Board of Directors of First National Bank; he succeeds E.L. Markham, who now resides in Dallas, Texas.

75 years ago: Jan. 19, 1927

Preliminary work on construction of traffic bridge across Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau begins; almost simultaneously with announcement from Washington that War Department had approved plans for bridge and issued necessary construction permits, representatives of American Bridge Co., which has contract for construction of super-structure and approaches, arrive to get actual work under way.

E.W. Bryan, former Girardean, who has been East for number of years, announces work will start within days on modern laundry building, to be located in West End; building will be one story high and will be what is known as daylight type construction, walls being mainly steel and glass.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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