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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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Trinity Lutheran Sunday School

These photos of Trinity Lutheran Sunday School were shot May 14, 1967. They show that classes were shoehorned into every classroom, the gym, the stage, hallways, the basement and the bowling alley.

These have the feel of something I might have shot for the church for a fund raiser rather than a Missourian assignment.

Gallery of Sunday School pictures

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.

7 comments to Trinity Lutheran Sunday School

  • Bill East

    No jeans, no shorts, no sweats. Coats, ties, dresses. The old definition of “Sunday Best”.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Ah yes, I went to a fuenral in the midwest(St. Loius) last month and was surprised that everyone had suit and tie. I had forgotten the proper way to dress for anything after living in Florida for 4 years.
    It seems the saying was you needed to look your best for church and EVERYONE did or at least tried to look as good as they could! We live in different times, but these people are dressed for business and they are taking care of business. AMEN!

  • Brad Brune

    Looks like Granny Brune was right. Those darn Lutherans having all those kids are trying to take over the world….

    No, hold it. She may have been talking about the Catholics and that rhythm thing …

    Well, I can’t remember who it was. I just know it wasn’t us Methodists. We weren’t even supposed to dance. And it wasn’t the Baptists cause they don’t drink.

    After giving birth 5 times in 7 years – people would often ask my Mom and Dad if the Brunes were Catholic. They would say, “No, we are just ‘sexy Methodists’.”

    The last time I heard my parents tell that joke was when Dad was in the Veteran’s home at 88 years. He had a stroke and couldn’t talk so we were not sure what he understood. When Mom 87, made that ‘sexy Methodists’ statement in a group of elderly couples celebrating Valentines day together – Dad got tears in his eyes, laughed out loud, and nodded in agreement.

    Happy Valentines Day.

  • Vickie Sams Cash

    Many of the ladies in these photos are dressed in their “Sunday best”, many wearing hats and corsages. The date shown is May 14, 1967 so my guess would be Mother’s Day.

    Brad, I loved your story about your parents being ‘sexy Methodists’ and about your Dad’s response upon hearing it at 88 years old. Memories of things like that are priceless.

  • Keith Robinson

    I think I can name most of my age group in the last photo from left to right; Wade Fuller, Bruce Fee, Archie Wayne Sprengel, Tim Dunham, Tom Herter, Linda Werner?, Deborah Hoeller, Cindy Petzoldt, and for the life of me I can’t remember the last girl’s name, but I think her last name was Hente.

  • Judy Peetz

    The Sunday School teacher pictured with the 2 boys is Judy Kutcher. That was a class for special needs children.

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