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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.

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Schultz School Christmas Ornament

The Downtown Merchants Association decided to celebrate DOWNTOWN Cape Girardeau’s historic structures and DESTINATIONS through a series of collectible ornaments starting in 1997. When the DMA merged with Old Town Cape, Old Town Cape continued the tradition, Toni Eftink, project manager, said. [Toni’s the one who wanted me to capitalize DOWNTOWN and DESTINATIONS, so I guess there’s something special about that phrasing.]

This year’s ornament depicts Schultz School, the old high school on Pacific that has been turned into Schultz Senior Apartments.

How to order

The ornament sells for $30 with a display stand like the one pictured or for $25 without the stand (not including shipping). This link will take you to an order form.

If you have any questions, you can call Old Town Cape at 573-334-8085 or email them at . Here is the Old Town Cape website.

If you decide to buy an ornament, let my OTC friends know you heard about them here.

2009 was The Glenn House

Toni said that each ornament is hand-crafted and painted by Hestia Creations in Massachusetts, so no two ornaments are exactly alike. About 400 to 500 ornaments a year are ordered. It’s turned into one of the most popular and largest fundraisers for the organization.

It’s a good fit. The ornaments recognize and promote landmark buildings in Cape; Old Town Cape’s goal is to revitalize the downtown area.

Some ornaments are sold out

Some of the ornaments in the photo gallery have been sold out, so don’t wait too long to place your order. The ornaments that aren’t available as of this writing are 1997 Clock and Courthouse, 1998 Academic Hall, 1999 Old Mississippi River Bridge, 2003 Emerson Bridge and 2005 Southeast Missourian Building.

Photo gallery of Old Town Cape ornaments

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.

13 comments to Schultz School Christmas Ornament

  • Sally Bierbaum Dirks

    Ah, Schultz School. One of the best parts about going there was the semi-annual fire drill. Getting to go down the slide out of the auditorium was as good as a day at an amusement park, and the lucky student who got to go first and kick the door open was the king/queen for the day.

  • A PDF order form? Do I get to mail or fax it back, too?!?! That is as totally retro as the school. I bet they could sell a lot more ornaments if they would allow online ordering.


  • Cindy Oglander Moskovitz

    I remember having a 7th grade art project (1967) with Mr. Brooks drawing the school. It was a great excuse to have class outside and I really did learn to draw perspective! He was a very cool teacher.

  • haha Ken…I did not mean for you to capitalize those words. But now that they are capitalized they look fantastic. 🙂

  • larry points

    The fire escape tube brought back memories of an actual fire at the school in ’57 or 58′ when I was in “Jr.High”, and I wonder if anyone else remembers it. We were sitting in either a class or the library and saw smoking drape-like material being dropped past the rear windows. Incredibly, every one inside was then herded down to the gym to wait out the event. Without ever hearing sirens or alarms, we later learned the fire department had been there all along and were dealing with the fire on the upper floor.

  • Keith Robinson

    Ken, you need to impress upon Toni that they are missing a tremendous opportunity by not offering the ornaments for pre-order online, then determining the quantity to have produced.

    RE: Schultz School. Those of use that went to Hawthorn (Clippard) School the first year it opened got a double-dip of Schultz School; Hawthorn’s classes were conducted at Schultz School the first few months of the 1965-66 school year until Hawthorn was completed, then we attended Schultz School in our 7th grade year.

  • Audrey Reynolds

    I wish they’d made an ornament for the “Old May Greene School.” Ah, well.

  • When does the DMA pick the ornament? Maybe this web site could post a poll for next year’s ornament and let its readers could help pick the building to be featured? That might also be a way to approximate interest and a way to lock up some pre-sales. If only there were online ordering…


  • Hal Stratton Class of 1948

    I went to CHS there. I graduated in January’ 1948. I enjoyed my classmates as well as the torture of practicing football with Lou Muegge behind the school.

  • Janet Fenimore Robert

    My husband buys me one every year usually for our anniversary since it is Nov 26th. Your pictures of them are more colorful than they are in real life!!

  • Jennie Kinder

    Thanks for all the great pictures! I know they bring much joy to all who look and reminisce. U have to be a colorful person anywhere to have the patience to produce such a fine blog Hope u are receiving lots of sunshine 🙂

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