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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.

Al Knowles: Mississippi Traveler

Al Knowles, Mississippi River travelerAl Knowles was another of those folks who put into Cape Girardeau on their float down the Mississippi River.

I KNOW I wrote a story about him and I’m pretty sure this is the photo that ran on the front page of The Missourian. I can’t find the clip, though, and this is one of the Google black holes. Even my Shy Reader friend, who can find ANYTHING came up blank.

Are these the fuel docks?

Al Knowles, Mississippi River travelerI don’t recall anywhere along the riverfront having rubber tire bumpers, so I bet Al pulled into the fuel docks to the north end of Cape. The little object at the top left might have been the sand facility. Ideas?

A laundromat stop

Al Knowles, Mississippi River travelerThere’s a pretty good chance I gave him a ride to a place where he could clean his clothes. I can’t think of any place right on the river where he could have done a wash.

People you meet along the way

Al Knowles, Mississippi River travelerI don’t know who these two men are, but it looks like they’ve earned an entry in Al’s journal.

As a cub reporter who got stuck with the Huck Finn beat, I met lots of interesting people. Now that I think about it, here are several I’ve written about.


11 comments to Al Knowles: Mississippi Traveler

  • Jeannie Hinck

    The fuel docks North of Cape would be “Honkers” boat dock.

    Thanks for the story and the pics.

  • Mary Gayle Moore

    Ken, if I remember right years ago there was a laundromat at the corner of Mason and Spanish streets and one at the corner of Main and 3rd street. The picture looks like the inside of the one on Main street. Dad would drive one of us down so we could wash the rugs at the laundromat. Mom refused to put rugs in her washer and tear it up.

  • Dennis Mize

    The fuel dock was just north of Broadway. Across the wall from the old Sinclar station.

  • Terry Hopkins

    A canoe with a sail!….Al must have been pretty good with this to ride in the Mississippi! The Tow boat waves could get up to 6 feet or so directly behind the tows and carry a 3 foot wave to the shoreline…I am impressed!

  • Keith Robinson

    Ken, the fuel dock belonged to Charlie Huckstep. It was located north of both the Sinclair station and the Missouri License Office that used to be on the east side of Main Street, across the floodwall from his Sinclair bulk dealership. The edges of the Sinclair fuel dock were, indeed, lined with segments of tires as in your photos.

    If the pictures were taken at Honkers boat dock, Cape Rock would bve visible in the second picture.

    The thing that is seen upstream in photo #2 is a Cape Sand Company dredge that would have been temporarily docked to unload sand.

  • Donna Morgan

    Thank you for writing this. We loved listening to papa tell his stories about his adventure on the Mississippi River. I loved the story about the bear and the people he meet. He was a awesome man and he is truly missed.

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