Out of the past 1/26/02

Saturday, January 26, 2002

10 years ago: Jan. 26, 1992

Marchers parade west on Broadway during Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Freedom March; beginning at Common Pleas Courthouse, procession ends at St. James A.M.E. Church with program on King's legacy to the church.

Sikeston - Contract to sandblast and repaint Mississippi River bridge at Chester, Ill., may be let later this year; $2 million project, scheduled to start last spring, was delayed after state and federal environmental agencies said bridge had to be enclosed in cloth so that toxic lead-paint chips and particles blasted from span wouldn't fall into river.

25 years ago: Jan. 26, 1977

Missouri Public Service Commission Chairman, A. Robert Pierce Jr., tells Gov. Joseph P. Teasdale in private meeting that he won't consider resigning until certain charges made during election campaign are "cleared up one way or the other"; Pierce, former Cape Girardeau mayor, either wants allegations that he was negligent in his duties proven or withdrawn before he resigns.

Caruthersville - Former state highway patrolman was elected Tuesday as Pemiscot County's second sheriff in less than three months; M.V. "Jack" Houser of Bragg City Route 1, who resigned from Missouri State Highway Patrol to seek office, outpolled five other opponents in special election.

50 years ago: Jan. 26, 1952

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Wulfers of Cape Girardeau plan to go early tomorrow by train to St. Louis to attend capping ceremonies in evening at DePaul Hospital; their youngest daughter, Sylvia Wulfers, will be among those in class of student nurses to receive her cap; also receiving her cap will be Mary Sue Haney, youngest of five daughters of Mrs. Ralph S. Haney of Cape Girardeau.

Joe Blackwell, 629 Terry Lane, was honorably discharged from Navy reserve at Great Lakes Thursday and returned to Cape Girardeau Friday; he was recalled to active duty as radioman, third class, in November 1950 and served at Great Lakes until his discharge.

75 years ago: Jan. 26, 1927

With electric service being rapidly restored to normal in Cape Girardeau, Missouri Utilities Co. centers its attention on giving service to outlying towns and villages, which have been without light and power for 72 hours because of widespread ice storm.

John Gould Fletcher of London, England, noted poet and art critic, spoke on subject "Development of Poetic Form" to large crowd last night at Teachers College auditorium; Fletcher also read some of his own poetry.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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