By Sharon Sanders
In April 1924, school teacher Marjorie Haines Hobbs and her 15-year-old pupil, Ruby Hattie Lindsay, were enjoying a hike in the woods north of Cape Girardeau, apparently an exercise the friends frequently enjoyed. As they started to cross a train trestle over Little Flora Creek 6 miles north of the city, they were startled by an oncoming work train.
While Ruby stepped safely off onto a beam that projected over the creek, Hobbs froze in fear. Ruby came to her rescue, pulling her to safety, but both of them ended up in 16 feet of water in the creek below. Neither could swim, but again Ruby saved her friend’s life by holding her head above water until they were rescued.