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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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Campbell Mattress Company

Campbell Mattress Co 10-31-2009I was really looking for the Sani-Cream / Henny Penny building on a Halloween afternoon in 2009. It was just a coincidence I knocked off a couple frames of the Campbell Mattress Company at 3 South Hanover.

I didn’t realize the mattress company had been in business since 1933.

History of Campbell Mattress

Campbell Mattress Co 10-31-2009Here are just a few of the stories from The Missourian:

  • May 28, 1935 – Fire destroyed Campbell Mattress Manufacturing Co. plant at 29 South Spanish. Fire was caused by burning bales of mattress cotton.
  • March 24, 1937 – A foundation wall gave way at the Campbell Mattress Co., 6 South Hanover street.  “Four Negroes working in a ditch being dug for a sewer heard the crumbling of the brick wall and scrambled to safety. The ditch was being dug by A.E. Birk, a plumbing contractor.”
  • December 31, 1941 – Campbell Mattress was one of Cape’s leading manufacturing plants during the year. The shoe factory was the largest employer, with 1200 to 1400 workers.
  • December 7, 1955 – Common Pleas Judge J. Henry Caruthers, who served on the bench longer than any of his predecessors in the 104-year history of the court, died December 6, 1955. He and his brother, W.P. Caruthers, established the Missouri Mattress Manufacturing Co. before selling it to W.T. Ruff and Lee James. The Campbell Mattress Co. at 6 South Hanover is a successor to the original factory, and occupies the building erected by Judge Caruthers and his brother.
  • September 30, 1987Manuel G. Campbell, 79, died September 29, 1987. He owned and operated Campbell Mattress Co. from 1933 until 1983, when he sold the business and retired.
  • March 18, 1994 – Sprinkler system prevents serious blaze at mattress company.
  • August 5, 2000 – Fire at Campbell Mattress Co. warehouse at 100 Minnesota St. caused estimated $375,000 damage.
  • July 9, 2002 – Campbell Mattress Co. lands deal to provide mattresses for the Chicago Bears football team’s summer training facility. Owner Norman Wood wouldn’t say how many mattresses were ordered, but “they’re all king-size.”

9 comments to Campbell Mattress Company

  • Phyllis Hansen

    When we got married in 1970 we bought a bedroom set and a Campbell king size mattress from Hutson’s Furniture. We slept on that mattress and moved it 7 times. We still have that mattress and I prefer it to the “new” one we got several years ago. Wish I could get a Campbell mattress out here in MT. That was a product that lasted and was well made, unlike the products of some big name companies that might last 5 years if you are lucky!

  • Ken, do you have any pictures of Ralph Edwards sportswear. I used to be in sales with them and traveled to Chicago, NYC, Denver in the 60’s

    another job I had in the summer was working for Mr. Softee…Yep I was Mr Softee for several summers

    Just wondering

  • Gary Ervin

    I can’t help but wonder how many hours your other readers wile away going from link to link on your blog. Today’s posting took me back to the Donut Drive-in (Dixie Creme)on Independence. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin are not any better, if as good.

    I was not aware that shop was at one time owned by Earl Kirchoff before he was in the insurance business. What your younger(your age)readers probably don’t remember is the little hole-in-the- wall Dixie Creme shop that Earl had down on Independence just off Main Street between Main and Spanish. My mom, Norma Ervin, and my uncle, Elmo “Bud” Maevers, worked for him in that shop. I don’t recall the stores facing Main and Spanish, but I believe what was the little donut shop was walled up and eventually incorporated into one of those stores.

    Now I want one of jelly filled items!!

    • Laura

      And then there was Tastee Donuts, 1201 Broadway near Henderson. I worked there in 1972-73, at which time a dozen glazed sold for 99 cents. For a while it was called ‘Mary Lee Donuts’, then briefly became a 50s style ‘diner’, before it’s current incarnation as Imo’s (ugh!) Pizza.

      • Laura

        PS: How can a chain like Imo’s compete with the ‘descended directly from heaven’ Pagliai’s Pizza, barely a stone’s throw down the block??

      • Laura

        PS: I’ve always wondered how a chain like Imo’s can compete with the ‘descended directly from heaven’ Pagliai’s Pizza just a stone’s throw down the block.

  • Ken Seabaugh

    The Campbell Mattress building has now been torn down.

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on mattress store. Regards

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