Out of the past 9/15/02

Sunday, September 15, 2002

10 years ago: Sept. 15, 1992

Special edition of Southeast Missourian is sold on street corners in Cape Girardeau and Scott City in effort to raise money to fight illiteracy; volunteers are hawking papers in second annual Y.E.L.L. for Newspapers; money raised will fund Missourian's Newspapers in Education program for area schools and also Area Wide United Way's special literacy programs.

Cape Girardeau Jaycees yesterday extended its support for city-funded recreational facility and warned against spending excess tourism funds on too many other projects; Kevin Laster of Jaycees told Parks and Recreation Board that group "whole-heartedly" supports spending city tourism tax dollars on recreational facility that would include additional softball and soccer fields.

25 years ago: Sept. 15, 1977

Day behind, partially clearing skies this morning, sunshine and brisk winds arrive to rescue water-logged SEMO District Fair; along with change in weather, spirits of Fair Board officers and concession stand operators rise as they expect large crowds for annual extravaganza; additional drizzle last night and still-muddy conditions from torrential rains Tuesday caused cancellation last night of Joie Chitwood Thrills show.

F.W. Woolworth Co. announces it will close its downtown Cape Girardeau store at 1 N. Main two days after Christmas; Town Plaza store will remain open; first Woolworth store in Cape Girardeau opened on Main Street on June 12, 1914.

50 years ago: Sept. 15, 1952

Sen. James P. Kem, fighting to keep his seat in U.S. Senate, campaigns in three Tenth District counties that helped send him to Washington - Perry, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau; in evening he speaks at Houck Field House.

Great expanse of litter, result of week of trampling by thousands of people, marks remains of 1952 SEMO District Fair; but early in morning, crew of cleanup men reports to park to assault sea of debris, and by end of another day or so trash should be eliminated; total paid attendance at this year's fair was 24,238 people, adults and children; actual attendance - paid and unpaid - is estimated between 35,000 and 40,000.

75 years ago: Sept. 15, 1927

Blodgett - Fire, originating in second story of unoccupied building, destroys that structure and four others shortly after midnight, causing estimated damage of more than $35,000; buildings destroyed are Marshall Land & Mercantile Co.; W.H. Bess and Sons, general store; garage belonging to Lon Ables; Odd Fellows building, and old Sparks Hotel building, occupied by barber shop owned by Tony Smith and restaurant owned by Dorsey Brown.

Fast-moving cool front sweeping out of northwest is expected to bring relief to Southeast Missouri from record-breaking September heat wave; descent in temperature is expected to be accompanied by cloudy weather, and probably refreshing showers, which should reach Cape Girardeau tomorrow; today is 15th consecutive day of 90-plus-degree weather.

- Sharon K. Sanders

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