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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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Hobbs Chapel Cemetery

Hobbs Chapel CemeteryWhen you live in the land of skinny pine and palm trees, you forget how impressive the big trees of the Midwest are. I’ve taken photos in the Hobbs Chapel Cemetery before, but I can’t lay my hands on them just this minute.

What caught my eye Sunday, though was not the gravestones, it was the big tree dominating the cemetery.

Chapel completed in 1892, burned in 1993

Hobbs Chapel CemeteryMissourian photographer Fred Lynch had a photo of the church in his July 15, 2013, blog. I’m not sure, but the skinny tree in one of the photos taken by One-Shot Frony in 1935 might be this one.


5 comments to Hobbs Chapel Cemetery

  • My aunt & uncle were long-time members of Hobbs Chapel and are now both buried under that big tree near the road. Sam & Bessie Johnson. In fact, Aunt Bessie just died a couple of months ago. We had many family reunions there at the pavilion at first and then, in later years, inside the recreational building. They took me to Vacation Bible school at Hobbs Chapel when the old building stood facing the opposite direction of the one there now. I have many happy memories from early childhood up until now. Aunt Bessie was the last of that generation of my family. She was married to my mom’s brother, Samuel Burns Johnson.

  • Gary Ervin

    Oh, the childhood memories. As a little boy, Hobbs Chapel Sunday School was the first and only church that I regularly attended. That can probably be attributed to the influence of a neighbor, Miss Rose Fornkohl and location as we lived diagonally across the road from the church at the intersection of East Cape Rock Drive and Big Bend Road (before it was rerouted). The photo of the church in the imbedded link is exactly what I remember and the trees were definitely not that massive.

  • Charlotte Hobbs Webb

    JV Hobbs was my great-grandfather. Grand-father, Robert Lee Hobbs, my father was Charles Joseph Hobbs. I would like historial information concerning my family so I can share with my family.

  • William R Lindsay

    I am the great great grandson of Edmond P Hobbs. My name is Randy Lindsay. I currently serve as groundskeeper,something I am honored to do. I am trying to find information about Edmond as I have recently donated a portrait of him saved from the fire that burned the original church. It was given to my grandfather, Rufus W Lindsay,when he passed it was given to my father, William J Lindsay. When he passed it was given to me. Rufus was Edmond’s grand son. My father was his great grandson. I also had a son, Joshua William Lindsay who passed away 5 years ago.Age 23. And therein dies the legacy of “William” which has been a tradition in our family for generations. The oldest son of the oldest son always had William somewhere in his name . Now that Joshua has passed the the “legacy” ends. I would welcome any information you can provide.

  • Sheila Jones

    I will need to check out this cemetery. I’ve been told I have a lot of roots in it from my “Poe” heritage.

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