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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.

St. Mary’s Christmas

Missourian caption Dec. 24, 1967: The Rev. Bosco Westrich of St. Mary’s Cathedral presides over Friday night’s observance of the Christmas Novena at the church. At the left, an altar boy departs. The Novena is a nine-part series of Christmas services which will conclude on Christmas Eve. The banners on either side of the altar were made by school children of the parish.”

In honor of altar boys everywhere

The vertical shot was the one that ran in the paper, but I thought I should run this second photo that actually shows the altar boy’s face, even if it’s a little fuzzy.

Speaking of fuzzy…

Wife Lila is back in Cape for a week, so I sent her a message, “We got married in St. Mary’s, didn’t we?”

I probably should have looked up the info.

Her response: “I guess 41 years have dimmed the memory. Yes.”

There are some questions better left unasked.

Exterior photos of St. Mary’s

I ran photos of the outside of the St. Mary’s Cathedral and School back in August if you’d like to see what it looks like today. There’s been quite a bit of construction at the school.

6 comments to St. Mary’s Christmas

  • Jane McKeown Neumeyer

    Don and I were married in St. Mary’s in 1969. Don remembers muffing his Latin lines as a young altar boy so that he was dismissed and wouldn’t have to serve the very early morning masses–one of his few acts of civil (or is that religious) disobedience.

  • Bill East

    Ken, have you forgotten the #1 rule of husbands–Remember EVERYTHING about courtship, engagement, the wedding, birthdays, and the kids names. If you don’t remember, get her talking and just reply “Ah yes, i remember it well.”

  • Margi Whitright

    Thanks for the memories, some good and some not so much. My mother and stepfather were married here in 1967 and the next time I was at St. Mary’s was for my stepfather’s funeral in 1993. It was and may still be, a lovely intimate church. By the way, surely you could have answered the marriage question to Lila some other way . . .

  • Ronnie and I were married in June of 67 at St. Mary’s also. It is a very pretty old church with the high ceiling and statues. Ronnie also went to grade school there and served as an alter boy for many masses. Thanks again for all the articles you put on facebook. I realy enjoy reading them every day. Keep up the good work.

  • Ken I was at your Wedding 41 years ago and yes you got married at St. Mary”s just like I did that same year.

  • Keith Robinson

    Ken, unlike you, I will never forget my wedding day, Lord knows I’ve tried! (An old Foster Brooks one-liner.)

    Boy, do Mark and David look like young kids! But as I think about it, David would have been about 17?

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