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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.


SEMO in 1966 and 2010

This 1966 aerial of the Southeast Missouri State College campus was misfiled, so I just ran across it.

One big change when you compare the 1966 photo with the November 6, 2010, version is the missing dozen-plus homes and Werner’s Super Market that used to be in the lower left corner around Houck Field House.

When this photo was taken, Kent Library hadn’t been expanded and land clearing was just starting on the housing towers at the top center. The open area at the top left has been turned into buildings and parking lots.

Southeast Missouri State University 2010

It’s good to see the terraced hillside on the east side of Academic Hall hasn’t been turned into a parking lot yet.

Here are some past stories about SEMO’s campus:

10 comments to SEMO in 1966 and 2010

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    Ken, as newly married students, from February 1966 until August 1967, we were house parents in the white house to the left of Werner’s Market in the 1966 photo. We had one of the four apartments and there were 4 young men in each of the other three. It was an “interesting” 18 months, to say the least.

    After we graduated and moved to St. Louis, a man renting the top floor, fell asleep while smoking and the house was burned to the ground killing the man.

    The lot was just a gravel parking lot for a while after that until SEMO bought it.

  • Janice (Suedekum) Wilhoit

    The white house to the left of Werner’s Market belonged at one time to my grandparents, Fred and Marie Niemeier, as did Werner’s Market before it became “Werner’s”. They used to rent out room to college students before their deaths when the house was sold. My parents would park in their driveway to walk over to Houck Field House to watch SEMO basketball games. If memory serves, we watched the 1954 Central basketball team win the State championship there.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Werner market was cool place…I knew several people who lived there in my college years. Bill Jackson’s wife Debbie Dettman used to live above the store and I remember going to the store to pick her up with Bill…of course in those days a gentleman was NEVER invited into a ladies appartment so I have no idea what they looked like inside. But I remeber the sote quite well.

  • Ken Roussel

    Great Memories in these shots, Ken. Werner’s was my “go to” stop when I lived in Myers, and later I lived at 239 N. Henderson, right across and “kitty-corner” from Werner’s. I helped Ken Werner load supplies on a couple of river boats back in the “day”, oh, yeah, I went caving with Dennis and Mary Drum back in my SEMO Grotto days!!!! Great fun, again, thanks for the look back. Be Well!! molater, kkr

  • Jeff Hutton

    I kicked a lot of extra points in that stadium. Awesome pictures. Ken, I look forward to this email each and every day. Even though we didn’t move to Cape until the fall of 1967, and I don’t recognize a lot of the people you feature, I still enjoy seeing all of your photos and stories that you post. It’s a stroll down memory lane. Were you ever able to get David to look at the picture I sent to you?

    Best wishes,

    Jeff Hutton

  • Carolyn Hutteger Bening

    Such great memories of SEMO; in fact, enjoyed my college days so much I must have pushed (read advised) 20 or more students to Cape as high school teacher. My husband and I met at the Cape Fair in 1962, married after college and lived in four-apartment building behind Library as houseparents during graduate school. As students ’61-65, we couldn’t afford N’Orleans, but had terrific meals at Rabines (misspelled?)on Henderson– while I lived on Henderson in private home directly west of Library with five other gals. What a blast! Thanks for the memories!

  • Ken Roussel

    Ken, Lots of memories in these pics. Werner’s was my “go-to” shop when I lived in Myers Hall, ’65-’66 and when I lived at 239 N. Henderson, ’67-68. Went caving with Dennis and Mary, Berome Moore, Onandaga, while in Grotto. Thanks again for the memories, y’all Be Well!

  • Sherry Huff Swanson

    I lived in the third or fourth house on Henderson with the stadium behind our back yard and alley. The Haman’s lived next door to us. And yes, Werner’s was a child’s delight with it’s penny candy. The stadium was my playground. Wondering if anyone else remembers “Charlie Goza” that slept beneath the bleachers?

  • […] This November 2010 aerial shows Broadway from just west of Park Avenue and Capaha Park on the left to Sprigg Street on the right. You can see what it looked like in 1966 here. […]

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