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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.

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Slushy Main Street

Cape Main Street c 1965

This shot down Main Street looks like one of those ugly winter days when the pretty snow has turned into that annoying slush that passing cars splash on you and that you drown your shoe in when you step off the curb. It’s cold enough that there are icicles on the store awnings. Christmas decorations are up, but I don’t know for sure when it was taken. I’m going to guess 1964 to 1966. It had to have been taken before April 1967, because that’s when the St. Charles Hotel was torn down.

Business signs

I see signs for Ross Young & Sons clothing, Oklahoma Tire & Supply, Osco Drug, Wards, Al’s Shop, Personal Loans, Zickfield’s Jeweler, Irvin’s, Penney’s and the St. Charles. Zickfield’s is the only one of the businesses that has survived. Here’s a story with lots of Main Street links. You can make the photo larger by clicking on it.

4 comments to Slushy Main Street

  • Keith Robinson

    Personal Finance introduced me into the world of credit with a ninety-day, same as cash, loan to buy a Kenwood KA-7300 audio amplifier and Technics SL-20 turntable from Audio Village when they were still downtown on Main. It’s almost scary that I still remember the model numbers of the units I bought. I made several purchases in that methodology and established a credit rating good enough to buy a new car without my dad co-signing a loan when I turned 21.

  • Joe Whitright

    This is definitly a picture of better days for main street! I went to school at the samr time Sonny Young, Ross Youngs son, did.
    Joe Whitright- class of 1945

  • Joe Whitright

    This sure is a picture of better days for Capes main street. I sure remember rOSS yOUNG cLOTHING STORE. I went to Central High at the same time as Ross’s son, Sonny did!
    Joe Whitright – Class of 1945

  • Back in 1972, Main Street merchants installed a white way lighting system. Frony shot a couple of night photos and Cecilia Sonderman wrote a Missourian story on opening night.

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