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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.


Beechwood Club from the Air

Aerial Beechwood Club 11-06-2010I was picking through some aerials from November 2010 when I spotted this single frame of the Beechwood Club. It’s the blue-green water surrounded by a square concrete pool deck.

You can click on the photo to make it larger, but I checked: there are no visible skinnies being dipped. While trying to figure out the correct plural of skinny, I came across this link (it’s safe for work, don’t worry). Who knew you had to LEARN how to do it?

The paved road running in the foreground is Highway 25. Take it left, go around a curve and down a hill and you’ll find yourself in what’s left of Dutchtown. Go right and you’ll pass through Gordonville on your way to Jackson.

When I wrote about the Beechwood Club on March 24, 2010, I uncovered some interesting tidbits of history about the place. Based on reader comments, though, I missed some of the most interesting goings-on.

2 comments to Beechwood Club from the Air

  • Linda Williams

    I have really enjoyed your articles and pictures. Please keep them coming. I graduated from Central Clara of 66 I believe you graduated with my brother Bobby Brown . My mom was the driver for Boy Scout camp every summer

  • lanny proffer

    Ken,
    Thanks so much for the aerial photo of Beechwood Club and the republishing of the 2010 story about the early days of the club. The photos bring back great memories. We were members in the mid 1950s to the early 1960s and for several years I mowed the grounds during the summer. The pool water was quite cold because it came from a deep well and was changed weekly. As I recall the water temperature was in the high 50s when it entered the pool. Even in SEMO summers it took several days to warm up. I learned to swim in that little pool and spent many summer days and evenings with friends swimming and playing poker. The swimming stayed with me. On my 69th birthday I swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco. Fortunately, no one was shooting at me while I was doing it.

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