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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.


1964 City Election at Central

The negative sleeve said “1964 City Election.” When I looked at the film, I couldn’t figure out why cops featured so prominently in the photos until I saw the sign “Vote YES Policemen’s Firemen’s Retirement Fund.” They must have been campaigning.

The last half of October and the first part of November 1964 was missing from the Google Archives, so I couldn’t get any details about the election. In the absence of real news, let’s look at some interesting things that show up in the backgrounds of the pictures. Click on them to make them larger. (I can blow them up larger than you can, so you might just have to take my word for some of the observations.)

The house on the corner of Themis and Caruthers has a sign in the front yard that says “Leible.” Scope out the car to the right of the policemen. It has an old-fashioned gumball machine on the roof and a big fender-mounted siren on the right side. There is no indication of what department it might belong to.

Paging Kent Verhines

Mr. Goddard wants to see you in his office RIGHT NOW. Signs on the door say “Polls close 7 p.m. Central Standard Time;” “City Election” and “School Election.” If you look just above the boy’s head (I think it might be Mike Seabaugh), you can see “KENT VERHINES” scrawled on the brick. Handwriting analysts are being dispatched to the scene to compare handwriting samples to see if Kent is the vandal or if he’s being framed.

A view up Themis Street

This is a pretty good look up Themis Street. At least one house has a tall, tall TV antenna. I guess they needed it to see over the surrounding hills.

You can hear Linda Stone and Tricia Tipton describe growing up on Themis Street in this video shot at the last reunion.

Police car full of girls

Here’s another view of the unmarked police car. The driver looks like he has a uniform cap on, but all of the passengers look like high school girls. A pickup truck with L.R. Seabaugh on the door is parked on the right.

Could it be the Folsom Twins?

I can’t be sure, but the two girls in the car look a little like Linda and Laura Folsom. Or, it could be their twins.

Track team practice?

These guys don’t look heavy enough to be football players.

Election Day at Franklin School

I  also made a pass by the polling place at Franklin School. You won’t see this view long. A new Franklin School is being built behind the existing building. When it’s finished, the old building will be torn down. Here are a couple of links to stories about the school and the construction:

Election Day Photo Gallery

There are a few photos here that aren’t at the top of the page. Click on any picture to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery.

 

10 comments to 1964 City Election at Central

  • Michael Bremermann

    Track Team, far left looks like Steve Seabaugh, 3rd from left is Denny Farrow, 3rd from right is Terry Farrow.

  • Bill Stone

    Ken
    Although I had already graduated from Central High (A miracle itself!)and do not recognize the runners in front of the school building, I believe this is probably the cross-country team. The time of year, the runner body built and the uniform practice dress would be correct for that period.
    In the fall of 1959, as a freshman, I was on the country-cross team. I think it may have been the first year for country-cross at Central. I ran or attempted to run, weighing all of 130 pounds. The next year weighing all of 140 pounds, I switched to football.
    I might mention that in college, weight continued to be a problem. As a freshman, I took an almost daily beating and prayed that I could be 200 pounds or more. I should have put a time limit on it as I now weigh well over 200 pounds! An additional note, is that my lack of weight in thise days didn’t bother the College as most years they listed me in the program as 175 to 190 pounds, depending our opponents size. I never came close to those weights during the football season!

  • Terry Hopkins

    Well, this is a strange shot….Steve Seabaugh, Darrell Lewis, Dennis Farrow, Merrill Lewis, Terry Wayne Farrow, Van Reihl and believe or not I don’t remember this last guy’s name, but I think he was the Cross Country manager one year… This a strange shot… because Van played Football in the fall and Terry and Dennis played baseball in spring, but they all are running together. I think you captured a real rare moment here…maybe between seasons. (?) Great shot.
    If you are looking for Kent Verhines, try the Elks Club in Cape on a Friday night. He is usually sitting on the north side of the bar next to John Hodges (66”) I think he prefers a screw driver as an adult beverage ….but what do I know I live in Florida.

  • Terry Hopkins

    BTW: in image 9# the lady is Miss Cleaver…(Not Mrs. Cleaver!) but Rev Ben Cleaver’s Daughter. Look up Rev Cleaver in your other posts, he was quite a guy! This is his daughter who was a college professor. We all went to the First Christian Church on West End Blvd.

  • Brad Verhines

    Terry your correct on the drink.

  • van riehl

    Terry, I think you are mistaking about the Farrow bros. playing baseball. The runner to my left is Wesley Ryder

    • Terry Hopkins

      …well if you look in the year book Terry and Dennis and both on the baseball team…remember they both ran Cross Country but not Track…I think Terry Wayne might have run one year, but it was baseball for him in the spring. With Terry Farrow around on teh track team the mile record would have been broken for sure he was very quick!

  • Nellie

    While I have the utmost respect for our police here in Cape, I don’t think I’ve seen any that are as cute as those two young officers that they had doing the campaigning! Very smart move.

  • van riehl

    I don’t believe the Farrow Bros. played baseball. I remember them being present for running quarters in the spring. Also this shot was taken in the spring while running laps around the campus.

  • van riehl

    I don’t believe the Farrow Bros. played baseball. I remember them being present for running quarters in the spring. Also this shot was taken in the spring while running laps around the campus. The runner on the far right is Wesley Ryder.

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