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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.

Cape’s Alice’s Restaurant

Becky Hoppe Jones left a message after I ran the aerial photo of the area around the Common Pleas Courthouse:

I’d be interested in seeing a photo of the old Baptist church just up Broadway from First National Bank.  You can see the white steeple in some of your aerial photos.

I went to church there until the early to mid-70’s. Then our congregation sold it to another congregation.  It was left empty awhile later and then around 2000 was renovated and opened with an antique store in the sanctuary.  The classroom space in the back of the building had been remodeled into living quarters.

As I recall there was a small room up a flight of stairs from the back of  the sanctuary that would have been in the base of the bell tower.  You can  see the arched window in your first shot.  Not sure I’d want to live there, though.

Made me think of Alice’s Restaurant

When I photographed the church last fall, I saw the realty sign on the front and immediately thought of Arlo’s Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant:

“Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was two years ago on Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the restaurant, but Alice doesn’t live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and Fasha the dog.”

Boyd Hobbs painted steeple in 1967

The Missourian cutline that ran under one of my photos read, Boyd Hobbs, a Cape Girardeau painter, is silhouetted against the sky as he applies a fresh coat of paint to the steeple of the General Baptist Church at 200 Broadway.”

How did he tie the rope?

The cutline continued, The Rev. Elvis O. Wilson, pastor, said he believes both the church and steeple were built in 1893. The steeple was last painted seven years ago.” The question that DIDN’T get answered was, “How did he get the rope loop that he’s hanging from tied to the steeple?

Steeple due for more paint

Looks like Mr. Hobbs better pull out his rope again. The steeple’s beginning to show some rust.

Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on - two years ago on
Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the
restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the
church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and
Fasha the dog.

6 comments to Cape’s Alice’s Restaurant

  • bob pollack

    He might have missed a spot!

  • Sheila Hopkins Phillips

    Alice’s Restaurant connotes fine memories. . .
    Great job in all you do, Ken!

  • June D. Hardwick Bolen

    I am delighted to see the picture of the Church I attended from cradle roll through age 18. I received Christ as my Savior at the alter of this Church and I was married at the alter of this church June 16, 1962. What a rush of memories are tied to this picture for me. Thanks so very much!

  • Joy HARGRAVES Dunn (class of 72)

    This is very interesting information. My Jefferson school principal , Lyda B. Gibbs , lived in the big house by the wall on lorimier(not the corner house). She and my mother were friends. In the late 50’s & early 60’s I played countless hours on those stairways while they visited. It was a spooky but thrilling time. Also, hubby and I were married at First General Baptist church at 200 broadway on 8-18-73. I didn’t realize the history of the bell. I did a photo shoot of my granddaughter at the building next to the church a couple months ago. Do u know any history of that building?? The stairway railing and lower walls made great backgrounds.

  • Joy HARGRAVES Dunn (class of 72)

    It’s the tall narrow buililding between the church and what was the bank. Right across from the keys music building it has a wrought iron balcony on the front of it on the 2nd floor. I’m sure it’s very old.

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