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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.


Miss Cape Girardeau 1967

Miss Judy Mullins, a State College senior won the 1967 Miss Cape Girardeau title, The Missourian reported May 6, 1967.

Shoving modesty aside, I’ll have to mention the headline that ran directly beneath the Miss Cape piece: “Missourian Named Best Daily Newspaper in State.” Some kid named Kenneth L. Steinhoff won first places in News and Feature Photography, a second place in Sports Photography and two honorable mentions to help the paper score the points needed to capture the overall award.

Judy led from the very start

She was selected over 10 other contestants.

“Judges said Miss Mullins began gaining points at the very beginning during evening gown competition. They said her poise and posture came through strongly.  Next, in swimsuit competition, Miss Mullins appearance again won her even more points, judges said. They judged her first in that.” [Where was I for the swimsuit competition?]

Did pantomime dance

Following swimsuits, Miss Mullins did a pantomime [The Missourian spelled it “pantomine] dance in talent competition. And after becoming a finalist, she was questioned on her role in a recent College Theater production “Anything Goes.”

“‘Give us some idea of the work that went into that production,’ said Master of Ceremonies Jim Walling.

“Miss Mullins, whose measurements are 35-23-34, is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Russell M. Mullins, Jr., Farmington.”

I like the sidelines

Very seldom did my favorite photos make the newspaper, which, for some silly idea, wanted “news” photos. I liked stuff like the folks watching from the curtains. If you were in tight with the contest officials, you might get tipped off who the winner was going to be so you could be in the right position.

I put coronations and weddings in the same class: these are things you do NOT want to screw up. Brides and queens aren’t forgiving if you botch their big day.

Official newspaper photo

Here’s the photo that ran in the paper.

Miss Judy Mullins of Farmington, the first Miss Cape Girardeau, accepts a bouquet of roses from John Heskett at her coronation Friday night in Academic Hall Auditorium at State College. Jim Walling, master of ceremonies, is at right. Miss Cape Girardeau candidates pictured are, from left, Miss Jean Siemers of Cape Girardeau, Miss Mary Ann Rice of Fredericktown, Miss Vickie Boren and Miss Tana Austin of Cape Girardeau.

The court

“First runner-up Miss Mary Ann Rice, a state college freshman, won the talent competition. The Fredericktown co-ed sang “One Kiss.” Miss Rice recently was selected Miss Beautiful in the 1967 Miss Beautiful-Ugly Man contest as State College. She is the daughter of B.G. Rice.

“Miss Vicki Boren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Boren, 1747 Oakley, is a senior at Central High School. She sang a number from Central High’s recent production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’

“Miss Kathryn Slinkard is a freshman at State College. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Slinkard, she sang a French medley.”

Tana Austin was Miss Congeniality

“Miss Tana Austin not only was chosen for the queen court but was also selected as Miss Congeniality. The daughter of Mrs. Opal Austin is a sophomore at State college and sang in talent competition.

“Other contestants were Miss Linda Young, State College sophomore from Little Rock, Ark.; Miss Rosemary Young, Central High School senior; Miss Jean Siemers, State College freshman.

“The 5-foot, four-inch blonde from Farmington will now represent Cape Girardeau in the Miss Missouri Pageant at Springfield this summer.

“Miss Mullins won a $250 scholarship, $100 in cash, a complete wardrobe and an expense-paid trip to Springfield.”

How much longer do we have to stick around?

I can identify with the guys on the right side of the stage checking their watches.

Photo Gallery of Miss Cape Girardeau contest

Click on any picture to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.

9 comments to Miss Cape Girardeau 1967

  • jim feldmeier

    Ken–Good pics–Keep up the good work

  • I did drop by for some swim suit lookers…but oh well, you did work for the Missourian and this was 1967.
    I did notice in the curtains Linda Lindy in photo 4# standing in the wings…the blonde…
    I must have been doing something else that day otherwise I would have been in the front row with Feldmier…
    Glad you covered this…Kathy Slinkard was a favorite of mine from a distance. She later married Jimmy Velvet (that Jimmy Velvet) and would see them sing around the Southeastern states in the 70’s and visit with them after the show. I think she lives in Southwestern Missouri now. Nice lady, beauiful and sings like a bird!

  • Jane McKeown Neumeyer

    Terry, I haven’t seen Kathy Slinkard since high school, but remember what a kind and lovely person she was then. I think she was one of those people who was born poised!

  • Bill East

    Another talented singer in the court is Vicki Boren. I last saw her in the mid-70s when she was performing in St. Louis. She and Rosemary Young were CHS ’67.

  • You can find Kathy Slinkard on facebook.

    Technical pageant question: do they do a weigh-in before the competition as they do in boxing to get the girls measurements? Is that open to the public?

    Cheers,
    Matt

  • Vicki Boren

    I loved seeing these photos! They’re wonderful memories! I had a great time, and was really honored to be in the court, but scared to death! In fact, I did trip on the runway! Oh well!
    My Mom was a great seamstress and made the gown I’m wearing. It was my Senior Prom dress!
    Thanks for sharing, Vicki Boren

  • Angelisa Velvet Viall

    I just saw the most beautiful photos of my mother, formerly Kathy Slinkard. Her voice is still breathtaking. Thank you for posting!

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