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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.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

When I shot these kids crawling around on the sign in front of the old St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church this spring, I didn’t see that they were doing any damage and no bolt of lightning came out of the heavens to incinerate them, so I guess they got a pass this time.

Their activity may not have reached the bolt of lightning level of offense, but I bet there was someone with a ruler somewhere who was just itching to rap some knuckles.

I published some other photos of the church and Murtaugh Park in April 2010.

9 comments to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

  • Terry Hopkins

    Great shot…and yo are correct. I would bet a shiny new dime that if the parents of these two knew then a lightning blot wpold be coming their way.
    Well wait a minute…more than likely the parents now days,would have called their lawyer and sued the church for not having a high enough fence around the church to prevent their little angels from climbing on the sign!
    I think our mom’s would have supplied the lightening bolt and our dad’s the Thunder if this were me or you in the 1950’s.

  • Libby Koch

    How many times in our lives have we driven by or entered this beautiful building & not taken notice of its awesome architecture. I don’t know the age or history but was told that it & the seminary were among or were the first structures in the area, other than the Red House across the street. Terry, humorous comment but very true!!!

    • I could spend two weeks just on the churches in SE Missouri. There are some magnificent structures that dominate many of our small towns. I didn’t realize how many until Ernie and I took our flight this weekend.

  • I think the Red House is a replica built in the 80’s or 90’s? Ken?

  • Margi Whitright

    This is a beautiful building and I’ve never been inside. Between you, Ken, and Ray Boren, I think we need to schedule a lot more time in Cape next year. So many places I want to go for the first time or for the memories of prior visits.

  • Margi,

    I’ve already overstayed my planned departure by about a week and I have at least two weeks of stuff I’d like to check out.

    I thought my nap magnet back in West Palm Beach had a strong pull, but Cape just won’t let go. I probably wouldn’t notice all these things had I stayed in Cape all my life, but coming back puts them in a new perspective.

  • Sheila Hopkins Phillips

    I agree with Margi on spending more time in Cape and either discovering or re-discovering Cape’s treasures!
    SO, please write your book about Cape illustrated by your marvelous photos as a guide to everyone on places of interest!

  • Janet Fenimore Robert

    Been inside many times. Was married there Nov 26 1966. Norm’s dad was very instrumental in the remodeling several years ago. It is very beautiful inside so schedule a visit next time you are in Cape. Give me a call and I will go with you as I will now be on the retirement list!

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