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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.

Is Flossie’s Cafe a Clue?

I have a couple shots of a building that looks like a barn or dairy being torn down. They were on a roll of random shots, including some from Capaha Park pool, I think. At first glance, I thought they might have been taken west of the intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 61 in Jackson, based on railroad tracks and the bridge at the right of the picture. That doesn’t feel right, though. Click on the photos to make them larger.

Flossie’s Cafe and Frontier motel

When I blew up the frame to try to remove scratches and dust spots, I noticed the billboards at the far right of the frame. One of them says Flossie’s Cafe with a Pepsi logo and something about breakfast. In front of it is a sign with an arrow pointing to the left for Frontier, which I assume is a motel. It’s AAA-rated and has telephones and “Free ‘T.V.”

Elect Bill Rose and drink milk

This photo has several more clues. It has to be Cape County, because we’re supposed to “Re-elect Bill Rose,” a Democrat, for County Collector. Another billboard advertises Quality Dairy Products from Southeast Dairy. There’s a Texaco station up (down) the road.

So, where is this? It has railroad tracks in it, so Keith Robinson will probably not only know exactly where it is, but he’ll tell us who drove the spikes and the name of his dog.



25 comments to Is Flossie’s Cafe a Clue?

  • van riehl

    I believe the Frontier Motel was on the east side of Kingsway where the Blattner Building is now. Dairy Castle was next door. However, there was also motel on the other side of Kingshighway where Houchins Doughnuts is now located. Either way one of them was the Frontier but I can’t remember the name of the other motel.

  • Sue Roussel

    Wasn’t there a Frontier Motel in Jackson at one time?

  • Jesse James

    Lokks like the intersection of 61 and 25 in Jackson.

  • Missourian photographer Fred Lynch votes for Jackson. He sent me a clip that shows a bunch of “cornfield specialists” being honored at Flossie’s Cafe in Jackson.

    For the record, Joe McDowell, Route 4, Jackson, was the winner, with 187 bushels of corn per acre.

  • Joe Johnson

    The Dairy Castle had great cherry & vanilla cokes; the jukebox in the tiny dining area had all the current pop tunes too. The good old days…

    JJ, CHS class of 78

    • Weldon Hilpert

      I was a curb hop at the Dairy Castle in 1958-59. It was owned by Tom Meyer and run by Cody Musgraves (her husband was Dan). I think Lucy was the name of the other lady that cooked.

  • Tom

    Flossie’s Cafe was on top of the first hill on the right going south on 25 generally where Brugger Auto Sales is now. Frontier Motel I believe is now the Town House Motel on 61. The building being torn down appears to occupy the space on the southwest corner of 61/25/72/34 where Rhodes is now?

  • Tom

    Check that on Rhodes. I think the only place you could get this shot would be if 61/34 was the bridge to the right of the building. The Texaco station I think is now where either Kids or Toys Tire is now. That would put this building where the St Louis Iron Mountain railroad building/Mario’s is now.

  • Weldon Hilpert

    Our wedding rehearsal dinner was at Flossie’s Cafe a “few” years ago. I’m pretty sure the Frontier Motel was where the Town House Inn is currently located and Flossie’s was on the other side of of the highway near the intersection in Jackson behind where Kidd’s gas station is currently located.



  • Darrell

    Adding my 2 cents worth. Flossie’s definitely was in a small building where Kidd’s in Jackson is now. A Texaco station was also on that property for many years. Same building where Flossie’s was, later housed the Jackson Teen Center. Her restaurant was also located where the present Rhodes 101 is located. I think that was after the Kidd’s location. Old Froniter was definitly the present day Town House, on East Jackson Blvd. And yes, your pic was taken from the area where the Jackson fire station is today. Tom, I had forgotten that Flossie was also “on thr hill” on Hwy 25.
    I forget a lot as I get older, but some how these facts seem to stick in my mind.

  • Tom

    Thanks Darrell! Yeah my Dad and I used to stop there and get breakfast when it was up on the hill on 25 before we would head down to Duck Creek to fish. It’s where he showed me the ‘poor man’s pastry’. Buttered bread with sugar sprinkled on it. =)

  • Bill Stone

    The mystery phots are in Jackson at the old highway 34 & 25/61 intersection. You are standing on the roadway shooting east at the northeast corner of that intersection. I don’t know about today but I think that is where you catch the Iron Mountain train and there is a gas station on that side.
    The other location mentioned was in Cape, close to the corner of Hopper Road and business 61. Looking toward Jackson on the right between Business 61 and Kingsway was Fred Brunke’s gas station, West Mount Motel (as Rose Farmer stated) and Diary Castle. On the left side starting at Hopper Road was the Sunset Motel. At one time I worked for Mr Sparks mowing and moving stuff. He also was responsible for the trailer court behind the motel. The motel is gone, the trailer court is still there!

  • Bill Stone

    I should proof first not after I send-that’s Dairy Castle not Diary Castle. Also later there was also gas station added between Brunke’s gas station and West Mount Motel. I think it was a Rhoades.

  • Mark Kaiser

    The hotel next to the Dairy Castle was the Sunset Motel I believe. The owners were the Williams. I helped out at the firework stand their son Greg operated there for a couple of years in the late 60s. Very nice people. I remember the sodas at the Dairy Queen were 8 oz (small), 12 oz (medium) and 16 oz (large). Today, small sodas usually start at 20 oz. Their hamburgers were 12 cents and the cheeseburgers were 16 cents if my memory is correct.

    Did the motel on the west side have shaded bungalows for rooms?

  • Dee Dietrich

    In the 50’s and early 60’s, we would eat lunch at Flossie’s every Sunday after church with friends. The food was very good; would love to be able to eat at a cafe like her’s today – meat, vegetables and dessert. The Frontier Motel was where the jurors sequestered for a trial for Cape County stayed – my dad served on the jury for a murder trial and stayed at that motel. Just saying . . .

  • Vickie (Kelley)Kasten

    Van, Rose and Bill, The West Mount Motel was where the bakery is now. Some of my parent’s friends, the Brumley’s, owned it. I believe their son was in Van and Brad’s (my husband) class.

  • John Hente

    The first photo is at the Hiway 61 and Route 25 intersection, looking East. This is just about where the Jackson and Sotheran Railroad has the siding that they park the train on. The picture seems to have been shot on the East side of hiway 25, just North of Hiway 61. It has to be East because you can not see Kasten brick factory. If you shot the same picture today, the new train depot would be in the left side- end of the picture. As to where was “Flosies”, I have no idea. Alway great to see old photos of the area.

  • Keith Robinson

    Ken, I was away from my email for a little over 36 hours so I am late to the party. I recognized the location at first glance. Bill Stone nailed it completely, or should I say, SPIKED it completely. Rails have been in that location for nearly 150 years as part of the St Louis & Iron Mountain Railway.

    Bill also nailed the location in Cape, on the east side of Kingshighway; Diary Castle (with 7/$1.00 hamburger specials), Sunset Motel (featured on old color postcards), Fred Brunke’s Cities Service gas station. Directly across Kingshighway to the west was West Mount Motel (where my mom and dad spent their first night together on June 6, 1953, the day they were married. It’s pretty wild that they would later build two different houses just west off Hopper Road on Dorothy St.

  • Mary Renne

    My husband says that the Jackson picture looks like the old Loose sawmill propert being torn down. That would be were the train station is now.

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