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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.


Second Glance Stuff

From time to time, I meander through old photos to see if something catches my eye that I might have missed. I was telling a friend the other day that there’s almost always a reason WHY you shot a picture, you just may not realize it the first time you look at it, particularly if you have a particular story in mind. (Click on any photo to make it larger.)

The first couple of these shots fit into the “What am I seeing in that window?” category. The shot above was on the north side of Broadway just east of Annie Laurie’s Antiques. The dummies, if that’s what they are, just popped out at me as I was walking down the street. When I looked at the frame later, I liked the cool cast the bluish colors give the overall image, then there’s that incongruous splatter of fluorescent orange around what appears to be a gas line.

Another dummy in the window

This is the building at the southwest corner of Main Street and Broadway that housed the St. Charles Drug Store after the St. Charles Hotel was torn down. It had once been used by the Singer Company. You can see the Singer sign if you look closely at the photos of the teen dance held in the First National Bank parking lot. Some of  Main Street Midnight Madness pictures may have been taken inside the drug store.

Stag Beer

No telling how many times this Stag beer sign has been painted over. It’s on the side of a building being restored on the southwest corner of Independence and Frederick.

Building on Water Street

I thought it was curious how the stacked pallets mimic the windows in this Water Street building, down to the colors.

7 comments to Second Glance Stuff

  • Jane Neumeyer

    I remember taking Singer sewing lessons at the Broadway and Main location.

  • John Hoffman

    The St. Charles was at the SW corner of Themis & Main, no?

  • Terry Hopkins

    Stag beer…MMMMMM…Beer. My Dad and Elston Hite most likely painted this sign if it was done in the 40’s or 50’s…I was in Cape this week and looked into the beer fridge in the basement in dad’s house…Stag Beer! You know, not a bad tasting brew…

  • Bill Stone

    Ken;
    The first East Perry Quilt Show is in the “books” and it was a big success! Everyone at the Museum in Altenberg sure think a lot of you. The quilt Show had stops in Altenberg, Frohna and Farrar, which means you also went through Brazeau. It was a very beautiful and interesting drive. As a side trip I showed Jan my wife, Tower Rock in the Mississippi River.

    This was also the day of Dave Holley’s funeral. I didn’t talk to a person that didn’t have something good to say about him. The area will miss him.

    • Thanks for the update. I really enjoy the time I’ve spent in that part of Perry County. It’s one of my favorite bike rides, and I can’t make it back home without at least one trip to Tower Rock. The Altenburg museum has a great staff and puts up some exhibits that you wouldn’t expect to see at a place that size.

      Glad you and Jan enjoyed your day there.

  • Margaret Hill

    Again, thanks for the wonderful pictures! You have a good eye for composition, color and texture.

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