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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.

Hopper Road Improvement

Paul Blue, left, of Delta, and Tony Ziegler, of Advance, finish the concrete floor of a culvert near the intersection of Hopper Rd. and Kingshighway. The photo was taken Feb. 11, 1967, and ran in The Missourian two days later. The pipe in the foreground carried water from a cofferdam through the culvert and out of the work area.

Hawthorn (now Clippard) School

The project, under contract to Superior Concretors, included grade improvements, widening the roadway to 36 feet and concrete paving from Kingshighway to the Hawthorn School. (Hawthorn School was renamed to Charles C. Clippard Elementary School in 1991. Charles Clippard retired after being principal of the school for 25 years, and with the school district for 35.

I hope Paul Blue’s name is spelled right

There were some folks down around Delta and Advance who spelled their last name “Below,” but pronounced it like “Blue.” Actually, it was more like “BaLoo,” but it was close enough in sound that I was always afraid I’d make a Blue a Below or a Below a Blue.

11 comments to Hopper Road Improvement

  • van riehl

    From Delta it’s likely “Below” Blue is the guy you worked for.LOL His relative Jimmy Joe Below was a one term sheriff of Cape Co.

  • larry points

    Charlie Clippard lived across the street from my childhood home…great neighbor. He grew up ‘down the road’ from Advance in the great burg of Greenbriar. I remember his stories of what it was like as a kid in the 30’s depression. He would catch carp in the Castor River and his mother would pressure cook and can them, bones and all. It was ‘poor man’s salmon’, according to him. Charlie retired to Greenbriar but commuted to Cape’s Walmart for many years, taking a job in the sporting goods department. Wonder how he is doing?

  • Sue Roussel

    Mr. Clippard is still working at Wal-Mart and seems to be doing fine. Our kids had him as principal at Hawthorn/Clippard and loved him!
    He still remembers them by name (and Bill & I, too) when we see him out anywhere!

  • That’s good news about Mr. Clippard. That’s two Cape area old-timers I’ve written about in a week who are still with us.

    They built them to last in those days.

  • Joe Whitright-class of '45

    Ken, you have not written about me but I am an “Oldtimer” from Cape, 1927 til 1961, now living in Florida since 1961. At one time, Gene Schmidt and I deliverd papers to everyone who got a paper, in 1943/1945. I am proud to have been born & raised in “Cape” !
    Joe Whitright
    Palm Bay, Fla.

    • Joe,

      How big was your paper route? When I carried papers in the mid-60s, I think I finally grew my route to be about 300 subscribers.

      I made about $24 a week, which is about half as much as the $50 I made as a reporter at The Missourian the day after graduating high school.

  • Keith Robinson

    Having grown up on Dorothy St (3rd street on right out Hopper Road from Kingshighway), this post hit very close to home (punny reference intended). Hopper was a good sledding hill from the top of the hill by Dorothy Street, all the way down to where Clippard (Hawthorn) School was built – now it would be just too busy.

    I was in the fifth grade when the school opened. Mr. Clippard was (and is) one of the most genuinely kind people I have ever met.

  • Jim Pierce

    Charles Clippard was my teacher in the 6th grade at May Green school.I played flag football and Mr. Clippard would take me home after practice. He coached football. He was always, so kind, and gracious. A true gentleman. I can see why a school was named after him.

  • Brittany Rodgers

    If anyone has old school yearbook photos from 1996 Mrs. Hill’s kindergarten class, please feel free to e-mail me @ I’m pretty big on nostalgia. :o)

  • Kimberlee Reeves

    I work with Charlie Clippard at Walmart. He’s a great guy and as I’m studying to be a teacher I enjoy talking with him about what he thinks about how the state of our education system is in now. I agree with the above comments on him being a truly kind person. Mrs. Clippard always sends him to work with the most delicious looking lunches but he never shares. 😉

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