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Looking Back 5/14

Monday, May 14, 2007

60 years ago

SIKESTON - Mr. and Mrs. G. Moore Greer have sold their home, 505 N. Ranney, to Dr. and Mrs. Nienstedt. Mr. and Mrs. Greer expect to build something temporary on Greer Estate, west of Sikeston on Highway 60.

40 years ago

NEW MADRID - River bottom farmers are building levees to prevent crop loss from flooding along the Mississippi River. Simon Tanner, river observer, reported that the river level was 32.1 feet this morning and is expected to crest at 33.5 feet by Sunday. Flood stage is 34 feet.

20 years ago

SIKESTON - The last film shown at the former Malone Theatre may have been a premonition of its demise. The last movie to play at the theatre, now known as the Chaney-Harris Cultural Center, was "Up in Smoke." Early today, the building, one of Sikeston's remaining historic structures, did exactly that, as it was destroyed by fire. There were no serious injuries in the incident which gutted the large brick structure. The building was constructed in 1914 and has been considered a Sikeston landmark. The Malone Theatre was built in three sections, with the final portion of the building constructed in the 1930s.

10 years ago

VANDUSER - The smoke from the Tuesday afternoon fire at the Sikeston Creosoting Plant, situated on Route Z east of Vanduser, was visible up to 30 miles away according to some reports. Firefighters were on the scene for five hours battling the blaze and managed to keep it from spreading to nearby diesel tanks. The fire apparently started shortly after noon when a worker was cutting a bolt with a blowtorch and an ember got into a tank of creosote, said Jackson Bostic, an environmental emergency specialist with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Firefighters judged the building to be a total loss.