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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.

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Battle of Cape Girardeau

Here’s a math problem

  • Number of trips to and from Trinity Lutheran School (six grades times 180) = 1,080
  • Number of trips to Central High School for classes (4 times 180) = 720
  • Trips to pick up Future Wife Lila after work at the Rialto = 50
  • Cruising Broadway to the River and back = 300
  • Coming and going to The Missourian (4 years times 300) = 1,200
  • Grand total number of times I passed the intersection of Broadway and Cordelia = a gazillion
  • Number of times I saw this historical marker at that intersection = once, about a week ago.

This is what it says

The Battle of Cape Girardeau

This homestead was the center, Bloomfield Road the left flank, and Perryville Road the right flank, of the Union forces commanded by Brig. Gen. John H. McNeil. A sharp, bloody attack by Confederates led by Gen. Joe Shelby from the command of Gen. John S. Marmaduke was repulsed on April 26, 1863. This engagement came to be known as The Battle of Cape Girardeau.

Civil War Links

Here are some posts I’ve done about the Civil War in the Southeast Missouri area.

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