Out of the past 7/12/02

Friday, July 12, 2002

10 years ago: July 12, 1992

Congregation of Church of God recently moved into new facilities at 209 E. Cape Rock Drive; dedication is held this morning, featuring special singing and guest speakers; former pastors and guests are in attendance Church of God was established in 1932 at 1000 Big Bend Road.

Jackson - Cape Girardeau County man was killed yesterday when farm tractor he was operating overturned on his farm near Highway 61 north of Jackson; victim was Dr. Donald R. Reimer, 57, of Jackson Route 4; death has been ruled accidental by county coroner.

25 years ago: July 12, 1977

Benton - Gasoline tanker transfer hose bursts during unloading operations in morning sending $30,000 truck rig up in flames in spectacular blaze at Robert Oil Co.; no one is injured in fire which is contained within 45 minutes, thanks to quick response of Benton Volunteer Fire Department; several other departments stand by during emergency.

Operating costs for Cape Girardeau Public Schools for this year are expected to exceed receipts by more than $300,000, Supt. Arthur Turner said last night; at public hearing on tax rates and expenditures for schools, Turner said school system plans to combat deficit in two ways: By dipping into balance on hand and controlling expenditures.

50 years ago: July 12, 1952

Benton - Scott County Clerk H.C. Watkins Jr. has received notice from State Tax commission to increase property valuation on all city real estate by 7 percent; increase of 20 percent was ordered on all cattle valuation; Watkins says increase can probably be met without putting blanket increase on all property in incorporated towns.

Benton - C.E. Felker has withdrawn as candidate for Democratic nomination for sheriff of Scott County, leaving three contestants in race: Sheriff Early Malcolm; Joe Anderson, former sheriff of Fornfelt, and John Dennis of Benton; Felker gives no explanation for his action.

75 years ago: July 12, 1927

Major James F. Brooks, 83, pioneer civil engineer who laid out much of present network of railroads in Southeast Missouri and one of founders of original telephone system in Cape Girardeau, dies at his home at 1451 Broadway; shock resulting from fall from chair on front porch of his home week ago, in which he sustained fractured hip, with general infirmities of his advanced age, causes his death; he is survived by his wife, former Florence A. Turnbaugh, five daughters and one son.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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