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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.

M.E. Wright Bird House

M.E. Wright on 1636 Something Street had a pretty unique bird house under the eave of his house on May 16, 1967. Unfortunately, that is all I know about the photos. I scrolled through about a week’s worth of Missourians, but didn’t see the photo nor a story. Click on the photo to make it larger.

Here’s another interesting bird house.

49 Wright listings in Cape

The 1969 City Directory had 49 listings for the name “Wright,” but no M.E. Wrights. The closest address to 1636 was classmate Sally Wright’s parents, Herbert and Irene Wright on 1638 Luce. Wrong address, and that neighborhood doesn’t have spread-out ranch houses like this one.

Of course, it just dawned on me that 1636 Something Street could have been outside Cape. Anybody recognize the name, house or address?

5 comments to M.E. Wright Bird House

  • Terry Hopkins

    Hmmm…that does look a little like I have seen that house before somewhere…could it be on Oak Hills…

  • Julia Unnerstall

    you are exactly right! The house is on Oak Hills and is 2 doors down from your house. The house belonged Bunky Wright and his family. It now belongs to the Womack family. The house has had some updates, including filling the holes of the bird house, no longer giving feathered friends access. It’s a very nice home and well kept. Mystery solved!

  • Terry Hopkins

    Thanks Julie…I thought it was…and then go busy with Daytona and..forgot yo confirm it in my memory and repost…Thanks!

  • tom

    why did they fill the holes?

    • I can’t answer for them, but maybe they didn’t want the mess. They might have been afraid that a bird could carry a burning ember into the nest and set the house on fire. Dad didn’t like birds nesting in his lumber shed for that reason.

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