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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.

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History of Wimpy’s Drive-In

Wimpy's at night summer of 1966

This week’s 1960s Tigers Newsletter, produced by Margi and Jerry Whitright, had a note from Rob Lewis (Class of ’69):  Rob Lewis — San Antonio, TX – History of Wimpy’s Drive In
My father and his parents bought Wimpy’s in 1942. Here is a brief history and photographs on my family history website.

It’s worth a visit to to see photos of Wimpy’s that I had never seen before. It’s also a good place to go if any of the following names are in your family line: Lewis, King,Miller, Clodfelter, Fleming, McNeely, Regenhardt, Stevenson, Theuerkauf or Woodfin.

Earlier stories and photos of Wimpy’s

Stories about Wimpy’s are almost as popular as ones about the Blue Hole BBQ. Here are a few I’ve done over the years.


2 comments to History of Wimpy’s Drive-In

  • Bill Stone

    Thanks for the history of Wimpy’s. I was one of the neighborhood kids on Cape Rock Dr that almost every day ended up at Wimpy’s on the grocery side buying baseball cards, comics or ice cream. As a family getting to eat on the restaurant side was a treat. Seeing a photo of the screen doors brought back memories.
    Later as a teenager in high school, I spent more time at the drive-in outside. I remember Mr and Mrs Lewis lived in the home behind and across the back drive. I am sure they switched jobs but I best remember Mrs Lewis cooking, Frank behind the counter, Freeman outside directing traffic and Bill working the grocery side. Pete’s in Wentzville comes the closest to Wimpyburgers but not quite the same.

  • Walter Lamkin

    Kudos to Rob Lewis for sharing all of this. Wimpy’s was where we did so many things as we came of age (no, not ‘grow up’). The burgers were unmatchable to this day as were the shakes and malts. Dipping a Twinkie into a chocolate shake was particularly healthy. Long live the Wimpyburger.

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