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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.

Crash Damages Church Sign

I see what looks like car juice on the street, sidewalk and lawn in front of a sign that’s taking a nap in front of the Evangelical United Church of Christ at the corner of Merriwether and South Ellis. Based on other photos in the envelope, I’m going to guess these wreck pictures were taken some time in September of 1966.

Evangelical United Church of Christ sign back up

I checked out Google Earth this evening, it looked like the sign has been replaced.

When I called Cape this evening, Mother said, “Looks like you’ve been slacking off the last few days.” I tried to explain to her that I’ve been working on a project that’s kept me busy, so I’ve been reaching into the negative drawer for stuff that doesn’t require a lot of research. It’s tough when your own mother gives you a C-minus grade. I’m probably going to have to turn in some extra homework to bring up my grade.

By the way, if you’ve noticed something new at the top of the page – three rotating photos of Central High School cheerleaders, the CHS Alma Mater and something touting the Cape Central High Centennial, click on them and you’ll be taken to a website with information about how you can order a quite nice book celebrating 100 years of Cape Central High School. I was going to have a story about the book and the high school’s new library, but Mother was right: I WAS slacking off today. I took advantage of a perfect Florida afternoon to go bike riding with a couple of friends. I’ll be pounding dusty erasers for a week for playing hooky.


5 comments to Crash Damages Church Sign

  • Marilyn Miller

    You sure help the ole brain recall situations. I grew up in that church and do remember the sign being hit. Thanks Ken for the memories—even tho the wreck is not a fond memory, it triggers others that are most fond.

  • Emily Wigger

    The cheerleader picture today was taken at the allschoold celebration following the basketball team winning the state championship in 1954. Memories.

  • Terrry Hopkins

    I remember the wreck and people talking about it, but I never did see the damage. But one of the loops we used to run in cross country practice went by this church on Ellis so I have see it. another place I have to check out!

  • Ken, tell Mom Steinhoff to give you some slack. At least you get something posted every day. I am a total slacker in that regard…I only post when I feel inspired. Right now, I am inspired to lounge around on the lanai since our internet connection is sporadic at best….Verizon Hot Spot. I was probably already gone from Cape when this happened since that is the year I was removed (literally) from there and taken to Illinois.

    • I can’t even use the “My Dog Ate My Homework Defense.” She knows we don’t have a dog. If I said the computer ate my homework, she’d chide me for not having a backup copy. She’s a stern taskmistress. Maybe I should sic her on you until you get YOUR nose to the grindstone.

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