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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.

802 Good Hope

Former gas station at 802 Good Hope 03-28-2010I was never in the tiny service station at 802 Good Hope, at the corner of Good Hope and Ellis, but I’ve always been fascinated with it because it looks almost like a model of a real building. You can click on the photo to make it larger but the building itself is still going to look miniature.

I couldn’t find much about the history of the building, but here are a few news stories culled from The Missourian over the years:

  • Sept. 12, 1934Arthur Kempe, 545 S. Ellis street, has purchased from the Phillips Petroleum Co. the filling station located at 802 Good Hope street. Kempe was formerly bookkeeper for the Rudert and Sons garage. He is being assisted on Saturdays by his son, Jimmy.
  •  Mar. 4, 1946 – Arthur Kempe called The Missourian office to say that he saw his first swallow of the season this morning in a bird house at his service station at 802 Good Hope street.
  •  May 25, 1961 – Officers almost nabbed a burglar late Wednesday night but darkness enabled the thief to elude his pursuers. Police, who drove up with their headlights off, spotted a man near the station with his hands full of apparently stolen articles. The suspect ran between houses near the station and managed to escape, “his dark clothing making him almost invisible in the night.” He took $3 in pennies, eight packs of cigarettes and six flashlight batteries.
  • Aug. 19, 1984 – The Urhahn Service Station, 802 Good Hope, has been purchased by Otto and Rebecca Goehman, who are now operating the business. They bought the facility from Harold and Dorothy Annis. The business retails gasoline and other motor car products and also does major and minor automobile work.
  •  May 22, 2004 – Black oramental iron stands were reported stolen from FGR Mechanical, 802 Good Hope.

Other business is the Haarig area



10 comments to 802 Good Hope

  • Martha Hamikton

    Fridays had catfish dinners at Al’s midtown
    Sundays were special with the best cream horns ever from Martin’s Bakery
    Any day was great at Sunny Hill Pet and Garden
    Walking to school past Bunny Bread – aromas of sweet rolls were tortuous.
    All you needed within walking distance.

    • Cape really was pretty compact. Living on Kingsway Drive, called Old Jackson Road when we first moved there, was actually outside the city limits. At that, it was almost exactly three miles from the house to Trinity Lutheran School. On the one hand, that felt like a long way, but it’s really within walking distance. When I got in the upper grades, my folks would let me walk or ride to and from school from time to time.

  • Diana Hensley Tackett

    This reminds me of my uncles station that was up on Broadway across from the First Baptist Church. Emil Brennecke owned the Phillip 66 station there for years.

  • Ken Dillingham

    Martin’s Bakery had the best Bearclaws this side of Heaven. Al’s had kettle cooked beef on Wednesdays and the best coconut cream pies in town. Old Doc Crowe was scary. Aspirin was his favorite prescription.

  • Joe Whitright

    Kempes station was a regular stop when I got that far down on Ellis St. pushing my 2 wheel cart full of papers in the late 1930’s’ Those cold, 16 ounce pepsi colas for a nickle were so good and Mr Kempe was so nice!
    Joe Whitright class of “45”

  • Mary Hensley Brennecke Ritter

    Diana Hensley Tackett is my niece. I lived on South
    Ellis and walked by this station the way to CHS. All
    the places you mentioned were so familiar. What a
    good place to live. I graduated from Central in 1951
    and really enjoy all your pictures of the Cape I knew.
    Those really were “the days”.

  • Mary Hensley Brennecke Ritter

    Diana Hensley Tackett–I walked to CHS with your
    Dad. Uncle Lloyd was already out by the time I
    went. Yes! call me.

  • Tim Keller

    My mother once lived at 214 South Ellis, just the other end of the block from 802 Good Hope. ( She would walk to Trinity school as a girl. ) That was in the 1930’s …Some years ago, when I was in town I took her for a drive around that part of town. Almost wish I hadn’t – was a little sad seeing how things had changed, not for the better.

    Thought I remember that little building.

    Thanks Ken.

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