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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.

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Old McKendree Wearing White

Old McKendree Chapel in snow 02-09-2016It dawned on me the other day that I had photographed Old McKendree Chapel in just about every season, but never when it was dusted with snow. Since I was already as far as the Benjamin F. Hunter Cabin, it was only right to venture down the lane to the chapel, its grounds and across the road to the cemetery.

Other stories

I covered the history of the chapel in this tale when I feared the Methodists had set a trap for a backsliding Lutheran.

When I ran across photos of the chapel from 1962, I was disappointed to see how many of the huge old trees had succumbed to old age and the weather.

Old McKendree Chapel photo gallery

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2 comments to Old McKendree Wearing White

  • Gene King

    Church was built in 1819 or maybe earlier but history tells us the Methodist were there as early as 1806 at Camp Meetings. The Baptist Church south of Jackson was established in 1805. The Missouri Lutheran Synod had its start in Altenburg. Apple Creek Presbyterian in 1821. The earliest Protestant Churches in Missouri were all right here in this area.
    Zion United Methodist, west of Gordonville and formerly a German Methodist Episcopal Church was the first church of that type south of St’Louis. I am a member and historian there.

  • Mary Harriet Talbut

    Yes, we have been replanting the trees that have been lost to old age and weather. Thanks for the pictures. Don’t forget we have is the website.

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