Out of the past 1/9/03

Thursday, January 9, 2003

10 years ago: Jan. 9, 1993

Missouri Campaign Review Board apparently concurs with complaint filed against committee that promoted ballot initiative on city ward elections; in letter to former city councilman Curtis Smith, who filed complaint against Elect a Neighbor Committee in October.

Benton -- In one of his last acts as Missouri's governor, John Ashcroft Friday appointed Democrat Cristy Baker-Neel of Sikeston as prosecuting attorney for Scott County; she had been nominated by Scott County Republican Committee; action prompts criticism from Democratic party leaders.

25 years ago: Jan. 9, 1978

Coldest temperature of winter is recorded in Cape Girardeau when thermometer falls to 5 degrees; it slowly moves its way up at mid-morning and stands at 11 degrees by 11 a.m.; all of Midwest is blanketed by high pressure arctic cold front, which began moving down Saturday.

Benton -- Scott County Court and county Sheriff William Ferrell are at loggerheads over who should own vehicles driven by department; Ferrell wants court to return to system of private ownership of deputies' vehicles, which was used by former Sheriff John Dennis; court changed to county ownership year ago and wants to keep it that way.

50 years ago: Jan. 9, 1953

Perryville -- Compromise on taxes and penalties owed by Chester, Ill., river bridge to Perry County has been worked out by Perry County court and Chester City Council; Perry County will receive $19,387.93 on delinquent taxes and penalties and $8,240 for 1952 taxes; total of taxes and penalties, including 1952, was $72,417.35.

Mrs. Lulu L. Eicholtz, 943 Bellevue, sustains broken right shoulder in fall in apartment she shares with her daughter, Mattie L. Eicholtz, placement director at State College; Eicholtz is preparing to join her daughter, who had gone to automobile and was warming motor; she turns back into apartment to adjust thermostat and either slips or loses her balance; she will remain in hospital for several days.

75 years ago: Jan. 9, 1928

Bernie -- School and public officials are puzzled over origin of fire which destroyed $33,000 Bernie High School building Friday; investigation has revealed nothing that would point to direct evidence, but officials are of opinion that it was of incendiary origin.

Philip A. Hoch, 65, for many years owner of furniture store in Cape Girardeau and prominent in civic affairs, dropped dead from stroke at Frisco railway passenger station yesterday afternoon; Hoch was standing on platform conversing with Elmer E. Campbell and Henry Galley regarding work on bridge, when he suddenly slumped and fell backward, striking his head against pavement; Hoch is survived by his widow, Mary A. Hoch, two sons and two daughters.

-- Sharon K. Sanders

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