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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.


Judy Schrader’s School Memories

When I was in town this spring, my brother, Mark, and I met up with Jayne and Judy Schrader. Judy was in my class, and Jayne was Mark’s age. (He said he remembered her as a “good egg.”

[Note: I have a hard enough time remembering who folks are, so you’ll notice that I usually refer to women by their maiden names. Wife Lila’s yearbook is full of scrawled name changes from the days when she tried to keep track, but even she gave up.]

I still have Judy’s Valentine’s Day card

I posted photos of Valentine’s Day cards from Judy and others earlier this year. Judy must have a time capsule like my Mother’s attic, because she brought along our Trinity Lutheran School Kindergarten Graduation picture (with names written on the back) and her 6th Grade School Memories Book.

Judy, Age 11, Grade 6, lists her hobbies as skating and swimming. I don’t know about the swimming part, but she and I spent a lot of Friday nights at Hanover Skating Rink. You couldn’t exactly call us an item, but we DID hold hands when we skated. Of course, we didn’t do any of that mushy kind of close skating. I liked her because she liked to skate fast.

Hanover wasn’t fancy

Hanover wasn’t a fancy rink like MaryAnn’s. The floors were dirty, even on a good night. If it rained, the roof leaked and you had to dodge puddles. If you didn’t have your own shoe skates, you rented heavy metal skates that clipped onto your street shoes. They could unclip just as easily, leaving the skate dangling from your ankle by a leather strap.

Judy’s Favorite Classmates

Judy listed her favorite classmates as Patti Haas, Bonnie Strom and Marilyn Heuttig. She has photos of Bonnie and Marilyn, but Patti must have had an inkling even back that far that she would end up in a witness protection program and made sure she didn’t leave any images behind.

[Note: Patti is alive and well. In fact, she stopped by my mother’s house in March and we spent a couple hours laughing and talking just like we were back in grade school. She no longer wears her hair in pigtails, though. She also told me that the statute of limitations on the Tunnel of Love Valentine she sent me card had long expired.]

Cheerleaders showing just a little too much leg

I don’t ever recall seeing this photo of the Trinity Lutheran School cheerleaders. I suspect it showed too much leg for the principal.

THIS is how Lutheran cheerleaders should look

It’s unseemly to have girls cavorting about. They should be able to just WILL their teams to victory with a subtle hand gesture. This is, you will note, a non-cavorting photo that was suitable to run in the 1961 school yearbook. Each dress contained enough material to construct a six-man tent in case of a Civil Defense emergency.

By 1966 skirts had reached the knee

By the time I shot the cheerleaders in 1966, skirts had moved from mid-calf to just about knee level, but the cheerleaders were still firmly planted on the floor.

I don’t remember much emphasis on athletics at Trinity. We played ball at recess and I know we had school teams, but I don’t recall ever going to any games against other schools.

In the last few years, though, the school has added a state-of-the-art gym to the school. One of these days I’ll run a collection of new and old Trinity Lutheran School pix and you’ll be able to see it.

Kindergarten Graduation

Trinity made a big dead out of Kindergarten and Eighth Grade graduations. Here’s Judy’s photo of our Kindergarten graduation. The well-behaved cherub on the front row, left, is me.

Our names are on the back

If you don’t believe that’s me, check out the IDs written on the back of the print. OK, my name is REALLY Steinhoff, not Stienoff, but that’s close enough.

10 comments to Judy Schrader’s School Memories

  • Bill East

    It’s interesting that I could pick out two people before reading the names on the back–Della Heise and Ron Dost.

    I had a bit of a headstart for Ron. He lived across the street from me from 1954 until his death in 1967.

    • And, of course, Della is no longer with us, either.

      I was surprised at how many names were in my kindergarten and CHS classes, but not at Trinity for grades 1 through 8.

      I think I remember someone saying that Trinity was one of the few kindergartens in Cape in those days. I guess they popped in for one year, then hopped over to the public school system after that.

  • Jane McKeown Neumeyer

    My husband Don is the third person, third row. A Roman Catholic boy ended up in a Lutheran kindergarten because the family lived across the alley from the Trinity school. the family later moved and Don attended St. Mary’s with Gerald Love and others.

  • Vickie (Kelley)Kasten

    I would love to know the names of the Trinity cheerleaders. Some of them look very familiar. Our oldest was a Trinity cheerleader (when the skirts were above the knee) in 1985 and 1986. She later became a Jackson cheerleader 1986- 1990. It was strange at first wearing black and red instead of black and orange.

  • Linda Stone Schrimsher

    Ken, you sure get around. You keep current with such a wide group of friends from Cape. I bet you know just as many people from Ohio and Florida. You are the ever curious and ever seeking journalist.

    • Miz Linda, Mam,

      I have to admit that it’s taking me longer to work through the Cape era than I thought it would. Every story seems to spin off into a new one.

      I don’t want to leave you all behind, but I’m itching to get into my Ohio years. That’s where I feel like I did my best work.

  • Judy Lueders

    The cheerleaders in the posed shot are from left to right in the front row: Emma Jo Pensel, Pat Johnson, Bonnie Strom and ??? Siemers. Back row are the sponsor (??), Della Heise, Cheri Huckstep, and Judy Schrader. No married names are given to protect their identities. 🙂

  • Marty Roth

    The cheerleader sponsor in the upper left is Mrs. Janet Muench Meyer.

  • Anola Gill Stowick

    Ken, you went to kindergarten with some really cool kids. I went to the old St. Vincent’s kindergarten which was housed in the nun’s convent on Merriweather. Loved kindergarten, especially the chocolate milk break.

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