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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.


347 North Pacific Street

SEMO's Pacific Hall 347 North Pacific 10-10-2014The building at 347 North Pacific was purchased by Southeast Missouri State University in 1980, but I’ll always remember it as Dorington Apartments, the place where Carol Klarsfeld lived.

Carol Klarsfeld by LeudersCarol was a tiny little thing who was always up for an adventure. There was a tale that she put more miles on her mother’s car than she was supposed to. Having a logical mind, she thought, “The speedometer counts up when the car is going forward, so it should count backward if the car is going in reverse.”

The prospect of driving many miles in reverse didn’t seem practical, so she jacked up the rear of the car, put it in gear and gunned it. Her logical skills far surpassed her mechanical skills unfortunately. In the story I heard, the jack slipped and the car took off at high speed in reverse.

When she and her mother moved from a ranch house to the Dorington Apartments, Carol was afraid that her neighbors would keep an eye on her and rat her out if she came in late or engaged in other shenanigans. She quickly found out that apartment dwellers are more anonymous than people who live in houses.

History of 437 North Pacific

I wasn’t able to find out when Carol’s apartment was built, but a search through Missourian archives turned up information about some of the people who lived at that address, most notably R.B. Potashnick and his family. Here’s a sampling of stories. Longer one contain links for more information.

  • January 29, 1926Mrs. C.W. Stehr is confined to her home suffering from injuries received when she fell on the ice in front of her home, 347 North Pacific Street, her right wrist broken in two places.
  • October 19, 1926Mrs. Farnham Clark, who has been visiting Miss Lucille Buck of 347 North Pacific for several days, left today for her home in Menoninee, Wis.
  • August 11, 1931Miss Lucille Bock and Herbert Bock, 347 North Pacific, left today for a motor trip to New Orleans and other points in the South.
  • October 24, 1932Miss Marie Kinder, 343 North Pacific Street, and Robert Richards, 347 North Pacific Street, spend several days with friends in LaSalle, Ill. Mr. Richards also transacted business while away. (There’s another brief that says “Almost every night the young people of Cape Girardeau are driving out Sprigg Street to Blue Hole for delicious sandwiches and soft drinks.”)

Why we vaccinate kids today

SEMO's Pacific Hall 347 North Pacific 10-10-2014

  • January 31, 1934 – Today’s contagious disease list in Cape Girardeau contained nine new names, eight measles cases and one of chicken pox being reported to City Health Officer Henry Haman, Jr. The measles cases are Mason Martin, Red Star suburb; David Phillipson, 228 North Frederick Street; Bobby Johnson, 545 South Benton Street; Jimmy Bauerle, 916 Good Hope Street; David Samuels, 123 North Spanish Street; Mary Potashnick, 347 North Pacific Street; Bobby Adams, Perryville Road; and Landess Mills, 102 North Ellis Street. Virginia Hughes, 118 North Frederick Street, has chicken pox.
  • June 14, 1938 – Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Potashnick, daughters Mary and Ann, 347 North Pacific Street, Mrs. Ben Vinyard, 322 North Pacific Street, Mrs. Geraldine Young, 331 Bellvue Street, and Don Black, 316 Bellvue Street, spent Monday in St. Louis and attended the Municipal Opera that night. Mr. Potashnick remained on business.
  • February 6, 1939 – R.B. Potashnick, a contractor, 347 North Pacific Street, spent the weekend at his home here and returned to St. Louis today on business. Mr. Potashnick last Friday was awarded a contract, aggregating over $414,000 for construction of Rural Electrification Administration project lines in the vicinity of Macon. He was recently given a contract for constructing a similar project in Elsinore and district.
  • September 13, 1951 – A chauffeur-driven 1950 Cadillac sedan and a 1939 Buick collided at the intersection of Hopper Road and Kingshighway Wednesday. Both automobiles were damaged. The Cadillac was owned by R.B. Potashnick, 347 North Pacific Street, and driven by Joe Nelson of 605 Merriwether Street. The Buick was driven by Ben Seitze, 1514 North Rand Street.
  • June 8, 1962 – The second fire within 48 hours broke out this morning at the R.B. Potashnick home, 347 North Pacific Street. The original fire caused damage estimated at $75,000 to $100,000. Chief Lewis, commenting on the [first] fire, said when firemen arrived at the house a big hole had already burned through the living room floor and a radiator had fallen through to the basement. Mr. Potashnick, a widely-known contractor whose company has handled many multi-million dollar projects throughout the country, came from St. Louis to survey the damage, but later left for Georgia on business. Mrs. Potashnick was scheduled to arrive from Ohio today.
  • April 2, 1968 – About $100 in underclothing was stolen from a basement clothesline in an apartment belonging to Mrs. Wayne Nations, 347 North Pacific.
  • November 14, 1980The Dorington Apartments, 347 North Pacific Street, will soon house classes in the SEMO State University’s College of Business. The university purchased the structure this week for just over $300,000.

10 comments to 347 North Pacific Street

  • Terry Hopkins

    Didn’t Jim Wilson live thee too?

  • J. T.

    The contributions and scandals of the Potashnick’s are among the greatest in Cape’s history. Too many for this space. And, even the final chapter for the house is a great story.

    Mrs. Potashnick lived there alone watched over by the chauffeur, J.T. She had a pet monkey who, on the fateful occasion, apparently pulled some electrical wires down in the basement that caused the fire.

    The house was totaled, and as it still smoldered, a relative viewing the remains asked J.T. to assure her children that the monkey had escaped. Fifty two years later his response is still recalled – “Mrs. —- that monkey didn’t die, he was bar-b-qued.”

    The unanswered question is whether it was served up at People’s Café later that day.

  • Judy Hoeh

    Great picture of Carol. I remember many days of walking with her to our old Jr. High School on S. Pacific. Carol and I would meet at the corner of Pacific & Normal-she was living in the ranch house on Normal then. Another of our future CHS ’65 classmates would wave at us while we walked, as she was being driven to Trinity School by her father.

  • Tim Pensel

    That address and block were on my paper route in the 60s.

  • Ken Dillingham

    I remember Carol, what a sweetheart. Her family gave my family a lifetime pass to the Rialto.

  • Jesse James

    Mr Nelson lived across the street from us when we lived on Merriwether. He was a nice man and worked a long time for Potashnicks. He drove a 53 Chevrolet truck for many years. At sometime during the late 60/early 70s Potashnicks asked if he wanted a new truck, Mr Nelson said no so Potashnicks restored the 53 truck to like new. I believe he drove it for quite a while after that.

  • Bill Jackson

    I had chemistry with Carol when I was a junior and she was a senior. She and a friend developed what Mr.Olaughlin referred to as the Klarsfeld correction factor. They would add up all of the numbers in a test question and divide by the last number and choose the closest choice in the 4 multiple choice answers.

  • Nancy Jenkins Wilson

    Yes Terry, Brad Wilson and his parents lived in the Dorington Apartment Building in 1964-65 while his parents were building a house on Sylvan Lane. He and Carol Klarsfeld used to sit on the inside stairs and talk into the wee hours. She was a dear friend to both of us.

  • Walter Lamkin

    Wasn’t there something that happened on that corner to Bob Pierce back in the late ’50’s or early ’60’s? His mom was my fifth grade teacher at Franklin School.

    • There was a “mysterious” shooting involving Robert Pierce that was reported on the front page of February 23, 1959, Missourian. The story said that Pierce, who sounded like a model student citizen, dropped off his date at 828 North Street. People inside the house heard a gunshot and saw someone – it turned out to be Pierce – crawling toward the house. I followed the story for several days, but so far as I could find out, nobody was ever arrested for the shooting, and no motive was determined.

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