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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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Jackson’s Pioneer Orchard

Remember going out west of Jackson to the Pioneer Orchard for peaches, apples and apple cider? About all I could find of the orchard today is a street sign at the intersection of Pioneer Orchard Road and Oak Street.

Oh, yeah, I didn’t spot any towering oaks on Oak Street, either.

Big Yellow Taxi

Let’s all sing a verse of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi:

They took all the trees

Put ’em in a tree museum

And they charged the people

A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got

Till it’s gone

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot

21 comments to Jackson’s Pioneer Orchard

  • Terry Hopkins

    Nice song…who wrote it??? Grin…I think we all remember that one…any way “where have all the Flowers gone, long, long time ago!”
    The idea of cider does make me miss the area…

  • Gail Jackson Brown

    Oh, the peaches and the little baskets with wooden handles!

  • Sally Bierbaum Dirks

    At Christmas time we went there for the live fir wreaths and poinsettias.

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  • Janet Fenimore Robert

    I don’t think you went far enough!! I never go that way but Pioneer Orchard is still going strong. Also there are big trees on Oak, haven’t noticed their type but I will from now on. Are you sure you were in Jackson, Mo???????

  • Keith Robinson

    Diebold’s is gone, Pioneer in Jackson is gone, Northland Orchard (on Cape Rock Drive) is long gone, however…Bill Beggs still operates the old, original Pioneer Orchard in Cape on Silver Springs Road. Bill’s orchard primarily is a peach orchard, and unfortunately he never made cider like Mr Potashnick at Northland.

    • My brother-in-law lived in a house across from Northland. You’re right, it’s RIP, too.

    • Ray Nichols

      Keith, Just read your comment on Northland Hills Orchards. R.B. Potashnick was the owner but Mr. Lawrence Fuhrman was the man behind everything that went on there. He was Manager from the early 50s until almost the time that it closed. I worked there in the summers along with other teenagers for several years in the late 50s and early 60s. Norman Allen was his chief field hand. Lawrence and Norman could make the best and strongest cider in the basement of the packing shed. I lived just up the road on Snake Hill at that time. DOES ANYONE HAVE A PICTURE OF THE PACKING SHED?

  • And where trees don’t belong, they plant them. Here in SW Michigan, where there are scattered small prairies — a broken-up northern remnant of the Prairie Peninsula — developers ruin them by planting houses and trees.

  • What? Diebold’s isn’t gone. They did sell a lot of their land, but they were still there this summer. During the winter, they always crank it down several notches.

  • Suzanne Mortimer

    There was another orchard right there on the way to Snake Hill (another lost landmark) that used to have fruit trees and is now another housing development. Only in America do we continue to abandon our old houses and cover our abundant land with new homes while the old homes decay. I miss both orchards. They were a wonderful treat to visit as a child.

  • Joe Whitriht

    I cut my teeth in the working world 70+ years ago at what was then, Henry Ochs orchard on Silver springs road doing “thining” the fruit, driving a small “dozer”pulling a sprayer, and whatever else Henry had for ne and Clyde Wallis to do. Great traing for the job market.
    Joe Whitright “45”

  • Bill Beggs, Sr.

    We still live at Pioneer Orchard in Cape, still located
    on Silver Springs Road and has been for 85+years and my
    grandson (Wm. Beggs IV) is the 4th generation to be working on this property. It has changed a lot in those years but we still produce peaches, nectarines, sweet corn and pears. We’ll be looking forward to seeing many of you this coming summer, weather permitting.

  • Dorrliss Hale Ware

    Mr. Beggs, My family loved your Orchard. we spent many summer afternoons there buying peaches to can and freeze. They made the best peach preserves.

    My mom and 2 brothers still shop there. I now live in FL, and wish I could get those peaches again.

  • Catherine Beggs

    I am a lover of family.

  • Catherine Beggs

    It’s horrible that Pioneer market is closed because i always come up from Iowa and see my cousins.

  • Catherine Beggs

    I love family except for grand parents

  • Catherine Beggs

    I love family except for grandparents.

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