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Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Looking Back 1/8

Thursday, January 8, 2004

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Mr. and Mrs. Olen Critchlow and family have moved back into the house they moved from when they went to Texas.

40 years ago

SIKESTON - Sikeston is destined for "wonderful things in 1964," Roy Bone, general manager of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce, told the monthly membership meeting of the Chamber Monday noon at the Rustic Rock Inn. He called attention to more than $2.5 million worth of construction started in Sikeston as one indication of the city's growth.

20 years ago

SIKESTON - The manuscript for the "History of Scott County" should be ready in about a month, Edison Shrum, a Scott County historian told members of the Scott County Historical Society. Shrum said the work will be the most detailed historical review ever written about Scott County.

10 years ago

SIKESTON - A review of Sikeston's city ordinances in 1920 is at least humorous, even if it doesn't provide much guidance as to current rules and regulations. Back then, someone who stood on a street corner and said the word "damn" was guilty of a misdemeanor. It was illegal to break the sabbath or to keep cards or dice - they might be used as "gaming devices." Those laws, just like the ones on which the United States was founded, came from strong religious beliefs, ones not so prominent these days, said City Attorney Dan Norton. People who settled America were often here for religious freedoms. Thus, leaders felt they were in charge of citizens' spiritual and secular lives. "Contemporary standards dictate the changes," said Norton, who approves the wording of today's city ordinances. "People today are willing to swallow more."