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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.

Picking the Perfect Tree

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966I’m pretty sure Missourian editor jBlue gave me a Christmas bonus in 1966 without calling it one: he ran five of my photos on the front page. That’s $25 in my pocket when my salary was in the neighborhood of $50 a week. Here are most of the shots that ran, plus a couple of extras for good measure. (Click on the photos to make them larger.)

The caption on the Dec. 12, 1966, paper read, “Louis Owens, 805 South Sprigg, asks Mrs. Owens if the specimen he holds is satisfactory.”

“I found it!”

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966

Joy Metje, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earlie Metje, McClure, Ill., shouts she’s found the one she wants.

 It’s a cold day

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966To Jimmy Trickey, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Trickey, it’s a cold day and he wishes mom and dad would hurry and make up their minds.

Mother and daughter choice

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966Mrs. Lowery B. Miller, white coat, and her daughter, Diane, discuss a tree.

Not the Stones

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966The paper ran a photo of Mr. and Mrs. John Stone and son, Timmy, 1726 Stoddard Court, but I couldn’t find the negative. I’ll substitute this young woman with a boy instead.

Is this Milton Ueleke?

Christmas Tree Lot 12-12-1966I don’t know for sure, but this pipe-chomping man looks like “Uncle Milty” Ueleke, science teacher at Central High School.

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7 comments to Picking the Perfect Tree

  • Bill Jackson

    Yes it is Milton. They lived right behind us. Back yards of the corner Dunklin and Perry joined.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Mrs. Lowery B. Miller, wow this Mr. Miller’s wife of Sides and Miller Men’s store on Broadway. The store was located on Broadway just east of Spring on the south side of the street. I worked there from my second year in High school until I got out of college. Mr. Miller was super guy and the sales part of Sides and Miller, Mr. Sides was the bookkeeper part of the operation although both of them sold and waited on customer’s. I never met Mrs. Miller, strange but true, and cannot remember her ever coming into the store. Mr. Miller, most days would walk home to eat lunch and then walk back to work. I think he lived on Harmony just a little west of where is runs into Broadway, a nice little walk in the morning and lunch. I thin Irvin Markhart lived done the street from them. Both men were great gentlemen and taught me lots about business and life. Great to finally see the mysterious Mrs. Miller….
    and Mr. Ueleke again.
    Thanks Ken

  • Terry Hopkins

    629 Broadway St was the address of Sides & Miller Men’s Store. I think Semo Videos is in the building now. I should have remembered the address I “warshed” the windows every Saturday and the address was right on the door.

  • robert oglander

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  • Linda Underdown

    The substituted picture of girl and boy looks like Debbie Siemers, Class of 1971.

  • Phyllis Hansen

    Mystery photo is of the two of the Siemers kids. Looks like Diane and a brother.

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