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Looking Back 5/20

Friday, May 20, 2005

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Mrs. Edward Seymour received a letter from her husband Pfc. Seymour, this morning telling of his release from a German prison camp near Munich. Pfc. Seymour was reported missing in July 1944, later it was learned he was a prisoner of war in German Camp Stalag 7-A.

40 years ago

SIKESTON - Eight Sikeston boys have been chosen to attend Boys State at Warrensburg College June 13-19. They are: Richard Montgomery, Phil Barkett, Larry Barger, Kenneth Henry, Fred Lumsden, Tommy Pallus, Gary Williams and Mike Critchlow.

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Warren E. Hearnes today named James T. "Jim Tom" Blair of St. Louis and Robert Gary Delaney of Charleston to the state Conservation Commission.

20 years ago

SIKESTON - Sikeston Woodworking, 120 Industrial Drive, which produces parts for the Hammond Organ Co., will cease its local operation at the end of June. The closing will mean the loss of about 75 jobs, including termination of about 65 hourly workers.

NEW MADRID - The re-enactment of the Siege of New Madrid Saturday and Sunday will be a living demonstration of life and battles fought here by Yankee and Confederate troops in 1862. Members of the Missouri Re-

enactors Association Inc. will be on hand to authentically recreate the life of soldiers and Civilians during the Civil War.

10 years ago

EAST PRAIRIE - Farmers throughout the Bootheel are keeping an eye on the Mississippi River as it swirls near tops of levees. Mark Rolwing considers himself lucky. He had gotten his ground prepared for planting his corn and soybean crop when the torrential rains began so didn't lose crops to the rising waters. Other area farmers were not so lucky. The river is predicted to crest at 55 feet at the Cairo gate.

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SIKESTON - Students of Frances Britt hosted a retirement party for their teacher this week. Britt, a fourth grade teacher, is retiring after 21 years of teaching.