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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.

Bloomfield Street Businesses

We were more of a Broadway – Downtown shopping family than a Independence – Bloomfield – William – Sprigg family. Of course, that was before the Town Plaza was built, which shifted everyone to the west.

The 1969 City Directory lists this building at S. West End Blvd. and Bloomfield St. as being Vogel’s Grocery. Its actual address is 401 S. West End Blvd. If I was ever in the store, I can’t remember anything about it.

Hanover and Bloomfield St.

Mother seemed to remember this building at 1021 Bloomfield St. as a neighborhood store, but she couldn’t remember which one. The 1969 City Directory doesn’t show anything at that address. St. Francis Hospital used to be at the end of this street. Now it’s low income housing.

Other long-time Cape businesses

21 comments to Bloomfield Street Businesses

  • I love the way you give us a link to other stories you’ve done on Cape landmarks, Ken. It gives me a chance to catch up on your prodigious accomplishments! I just read the piece on the old Hecht’s store and learned so many new things!
    Driving down the “town end” of Bloomfield Road gives me a nostalgic thrill! It’s a completely different side of Cape. Makes me sad that it’s gone before I knew it was there…

  • Vogel’s was important to our family when I was growing up and living on William Street. We often charged our groceries. On pay day my mother would walk to the store and pay our bill. Mr. Vogel and his wife worked at the store as a team. They provided a great service to our neighborhood.
    Judith Bader Jones

  • Terry Hopkins

    Being a Northside kind of guy…I did not venture into the south of town too much…remember your range was limited my how far you could ride a bike or walk in 30 minutes or so…But Vogel’s was on the radar screen. For some reason my dad and mom bought meat from this store at times.
    Later in life Don Vogel, son of the store owners and friends of my mom and dad married Betty Lou Ryan adn they now live in Lake View Estates off of Perryville road.
    There is little store on Missouri street around the corner from Jacqie Jackson’s old house that used to be Werner’s and later became Blaylock;s market…that is were I would save a nickel and then go buy baseball cards! YOu got six cards and bubblegum for 5 cents, what a deal. Mom and dad had a charge account there over the years, but I never got to use it.

  • Lana Baker Parmenter

    I lived two blocks down from Vogel’s on Jefferson Street. This little store had a bit of everything, inclding the butcher counter. I made countless trips there for milk and bread for my mom. David and Donna Reimann, Bob Templeton, myself and several others caught the bus to Central High at Vogel’s. On cold mornings we were allowed to wait inside the store.

  • Brad Verhines

    How about Verhines Nursey 1326 N.Kingshighway for 58 years.

    • Is it still there? It’s funny, but your brother Kent was one of my best buddies, but I don’t remember much about the nursery.

      You, being the younger brother, were completely invisible to us. Your sister, being a high school girl, was a goddess only to be viewed from afar. We, of course, were invisible to her because of our tender age. Funny how that pecking order works.

  • Margi Whitright

    What strong memories this stirred. We often shopped at Vogel’s and Fischer’s Market on the way home from picking Mother up from work at Wring’s Tot Teen and later Rust & Martin. The freezer compartment on our fridge was only large enough for three ice trays so we bought groceries almost every day. Daddy worked for a wholesale grocer and he never shopped the chain stores. We lived two blocks from Donut Drive-in and Pak a Snak so we frequented them for quick pick ups. I’m so sad to hear that Hecht’s is empty. That store was a beautiful wonderland but we very seldom shopped there. We often window shopped at night and would always walk through the outside area and admire all the lovely merchandise.

  • Randy Johnson

    The Werner’s Market I remember was at the NE corner of Broadway and Henderson. Had to be related to the one described by Terry Hopkins.

  • TD


  • Jane Ewan Paquin

    My family lived at 1510 Good Hope St. near Vogel’s Market. It’s where we did most of our grocery shopping. What my sisters and I liked was riding our bikes over in the afternoon and charging a popsicle or maybe, a pickle. I also remember running short of money at the end of the month and Mother borrowing money from my sister, Bette. She always seemed to have twenty dollars. Mother would pay her back and the next month Bette would lend her twenty dollars again. It’s something we laugh about now. We even thought it was funny back then, borrowing money from the baby sister.

  • Roger Allgood

    Lang Jewelry on Main St.!!!!! 3 generations of the Lang family. Roger Lang, Central class of 1967 is there now.

  • Roger Allgood

    Sorry, Roger was class of 1968

  • South Sprigg had a neighborhood grocery called “Sheepys”, and Womack Drug across the street was a favorite hang-out with sodas and a pinball machine. Us Sprigg Street kids spent summer days searching for soda bottles and turning them in to Sheepys for candy – 2 pieces of candy for 1 cent. Or a candy bar for a nickel. I remember when the candy bar “Zero” first came out. It was an expensive one – 10 cents. I saw one last week for $1.24. Wow! That would be a lot of soda bottles at 2 cents each. And I do remember the store pictured in this article but never got that far west in those days.

  • Nancy Johns

    Darla, I remember that store well. My mom would send my brother and I to Sheepys to pick up various items. The last time I was by there it seemed the store had shrunk–it looked so small, lol..

  • Scott Dudley

    We lived on Cousin and Henderson. Going to Vogels was a treat growing up. The Vogels’ were very polite. When they retired Willies (sp) Bakery moved in. That also was a big treat. Wyatt’s on Hanover and William was another small store we also went to.

  • Margi Whitright

    Jane Ewan Paquin — My aunt and uncle, Hazel and Lance Hargraves lived in that house into the 2000s. I didn’t remember you lived there before. I knew Bette in high school, maybe in Girl Scouts. Did you live down near the old bride then?

  • Mary Bell Moore

    The neighborhood grocery at the corner of Hanover and Bloomfield was Neumeyer’s Grocery. Made many trips there to buy Popcicle’s until I was 8 years old and my family moved to Rodney Vista…there was no grocery close by except Wimpy’s did carry a few things.

  • My paternal grandparents lived at 1009 Bloomfield St, just east of Neumeyer’s until about 1965. I could alway count on my grandmother to slip me some change to run down to the corner to get some treat. They moved to 1226 N Spanish and then the corner store was the Fairway Market at 1231 N. Main; same memories.

    For all us kids growing up out on Hopper Road in the Rodney Vista area, the “corner” market was Snappy Sack-it on North Kingshighway at Marsha Kay.

  • Jennie Myers

    I too grew up on nearby Cousin street with Scott. This was known to me as Trade Winds, around early 1970s. a very early resale shop full of treasures. I purchased my first real collectable there. It was a hand hammered pewter musical powder box that I still have today and still plays “No Place Like Home” & Swanee River. I loved going in here with my Momma. It was across the street from one of my best friends house.
    You were lucky if you lived in this neighborhood growing up with Vogels , Willies Bakery, Wyatts, Burnett’s Meat Market.

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