Out of the past 12/6/02

Friday, December 6, 2002

10 years ago: Dec. 6, 1992

World Crafts Fair is held in afternoon at Wesley Foundation, 415 N. Pacific; fair transforms Wesley Foundation into international marketplace of distinctive and reasonably priced handicrafts for holiday gift-giving.

New officers have been named for Southeast Missouri District Fair's 1993 season; president will be Bob Nitsch; Sam Below was elected vice president; Marily Schott will serve as secretary, Jim Sander as treasurer, and Ed Kaiser as custodian; 1993 fair will open its 138th season Sept. 12 and run through Sept. 18 at Arena Park.

25 years ago: Dec. 6, 1977

Cape Girardeau had narrow brush with winter storm which dumped seven inches of snow in St. Louis area last night, but left only traces here; storm which belted Northeast Missouri with heavy snow, bitter cold and high winds closed highways and schools in that part of state.

Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police officer may order motorist from car for routine traffic violation won't change Cape Girardeau police policy that leaves such order to individual officer's discretion, according to Police Chief Henry H. Gerecke.

50 years ago: Dec. 6, 1952

Series of building projects are under way by Methodist churches in district; at Benton, Methodists are watching with interest gradual progress of their new church building that will replace old structure destroyed by fire just a year ago, Dec. 15; also building new church are Methodists at Bell City.

Cobb School boys and girls basketball teams celebrated homecoming last night with double victory over Charleston, boys winning 46-34, and girls, 34-4; in girls' game, Uphal Hopper led Cobb with 17 points, with Lois Baker, Hattie Wallace and Joan Johnson each scoring five points and Charlotte Swan two.

75 years ago: Dec. 6, 1927

Probably most difficult problem encountered so far in construction of traffic bridge across Mississippi River finally has been solved, says resident engineer P.V. Pennybacker; caisson for Pier 2, sinking of which has given trouble past several weeks because of difficulty in finding suitable base for steel box, has been set into the rock; working chamber has been filled and shafts of pier itself are five feet above present level of river.

With new time-limit parking ordinance for business district effective tomorrow, Police Chief H.F. Wickham announces general tightening up of traffic laws throughout city; under terms of new law, between hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., motorists can't legally park for more than hour in business sections of town.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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