Out of the past 5/16/02

Thursday, May 16, 2002

10 years ago: May 16, 1992

Citizens committee looking at facility needs for Cape Girardeau Public Schools says district needs to build new elementary school and new middle school; report also suggests Cape Girardeau should close Washington and May Greene schools, revamp L.J. Schultz School as new board office, and look at future property investments.

Jackson - Between 350 and 400 people are attending annual state convention of Jaycees; it is first year Jackson Jaycees chapter is hosting event; convention includes election of new state officers, judging of chapter projects for state awards and annual business meeting.

25 years ago: May 16, 1977

Cape Girardeau residents are eager that system of public transit be established and would use service, results of questionnaire distributed in late winter show; Missouri Department of Transportation has told city that sentiment expressed in questionnaire indicates such system would be used and should be established.

Gregory Weeks, senior in high school at Farmington, who last year at Denver won several awards, took another last week at International Science and Engineering Fair in Cleveland, Ohio; winner at Regional Science here, Weeks received $100 U.S. Savings Bond from American Patent Law Association in physics category.

50 years ago: May 16, 1952

J.W. Gerhardt, Flint Hill, has been selected as new president of Cape Girardeau Humane Society; Vice President Dan Cotner had been acting as president since recent resignation of Elmer Huber; organization retained Cotner as vice president, Walter E. Salomo Jr. as treasurer, and Mrs. Arthur Thilenius as secretary.

Differences between Coffee Drinkers Club and board of directors of SEMO District Fair were aired in frequently spirited session, called last night by Mayor Manning P. Greer; mayor sought to arbitrate dispute that has arisen over amount charitable organization should pay for its automobile and game concession spaces and for tickets at this year's fair.

75 years ago: May 16, 1927

Poplar Bluff - Re-check by Red Cross officials shows 78 known dead in tornado here week ago instead of 105 as previously tabulated; several duplications are found and some of injured were erroneously listed as dead in confusion which followed disaster.

Fire, believed to have originated from defective flue, guts portion of second story and destroys part of roof of G.C. Hasslinger residence at 315 Bellevue; damage is estimated at $2,500; firemen, aided by number of volunteers, are successful in preventing flames from spreading to front part of house.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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