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Out of the past 9/29/02

Sunday, September 29, 2002

10 years ago: Sept. 29, 1992

First phase of construction of Veterans' Memorial in Jackson is scheduled to begin next week; Gwen Winningham, chairman of Memorial to Veterans of All Wars Committee, says 36-foot diameter concrete foundation for memorial will be poured next week, weather permitting.

Presidential campaign spotlight likely will move back to Cape Girardeau Friday, as preliminary planning is under way for visit by Vice President Dan Quayle; final plans haven't been made for visit, but Secret Service and campaign aides have been laying groundwork for visit since middle of last week.

25 years ago: Sept. 29, 1977

Back-to-back explosions destroy construction trailer owned by Cam Electric Co. of Jackson, subcontractor on Jackson School District's $500,000 elementary school nearing completion at Fruitland; blasts, which occur around 12:30 a.m., practically rip trailer in half; authorities say all indications are that trailer was bombed, but they refuse to speculate on motive.

Former head football coach at Northeast Missouri State University, Russ Sloan, is named athletic director at Southeast Missouri State University; Sloan, whose appointment is made by Board of Regents, is expected to assume his duties next week; Sloan succeeds Dr. John Schneider, who resigned last spring to return to full-time teaching at university.

50 years ago: Sept. 29, 1952

Those wanting rent controls abolished came back strong in final weekend vote on rent controls, piling up more tallies than its proponents, but they still lacked sufficient strength to out-poll tenant side in overall total; final vote on question was 1,375 for controls and 1,001 against; The Missourian, which conducted straw poll, turns over ballots to Mayor Manning P. Greer.

Chaffee - Mrs. Nancy Steele dies at home of her son, John W. Jones, of Randles; although no birth documents are available, it is believed that she was 103 or 104 years old; she was born in Cape Girardeau County, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Arbuckle; she married Isaac Jones, who died in 1926, and in 1935 she married John D. Steele, who died in 1940; she is survived by son and daughter.

75 years ago: Sept. 29, 1927

Although they were in downtown section of St. Louis when tornado struck that city yesterday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Gangle and Mrs. Gus Eumont of Cape Girardeau were unaware of ravages of storm; they return home today, but before they left St. Louis last night, news of storm had spread over city, and streets in devastated area were congested with automobiles and pedestrian traffic; at least 87 were killed in tornado and about 700 more were injured.

Threatening weather, following yesterday's heavy rain, early this morning holds down attendance at Cape Fair, but with better weather promised for afternoon and evening, thousands are expected for big event; judging of cattle, swine and horses begins in morning.

- Sharon K. Sanders


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