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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.

1967 Cheerleaders

1967 Central High School cheerleaders

I’ve been working on a non-Cape project, so you’re on your own to put name to the faces of the 1967 Central High School cheerleaders. (You can click on the photo to make it larger.)

I don’t have a copy of the 1967 Girardot, and I don’t know if the photo ran in The Missourian, so I didn’t have a quick way to ID them.

Older cheerleader posts

(The posts, not the cheerleaders are old.)


Nancy Gerecke was quick to provide the names: from left Mary Hirsh, Debbie Baker, Brenda Parsh, Pam Beard, Jane Dunklin, Chritie Seabaugh

Someone else pointed out that Brenda Parsh had been murdered. I remember that very well. Brother Mark and I rigged up a panic switch that Mother could push that would set off an alarm loud enough to alert the neighbors if she heard someone trying to break in. The murder went unsolved for 31 years. You can read the details in The Missourian.


6 comments to 1967 Cheerleaders

  • From left Mary Hirsh, Debbie Baker, Brenda Parsh, Pam Beard, Jane Dunklin, Chritie Seabaugh

  • Dorothy

    Well, that was easy! 🙂

  • I remember the first day Brenda Parsh came to the Jr High in Cape. Her family had moved there from somewhere else (I don’t know where). She was in several of my classes. I can truly say that she was one of the sweetest girls I ever met. She was so beautiful and, as an immature girl, I admit I wanted to hate her the first time I saw her because I was jealous of her beauty.But once I got to know her, it was impossible to hate such a good-hearted girl. She treated everyone with respect and didn’t seem to be limited to only associating with the “elite”. Her murder saddened me & haunted me for all those years that it went unsolved. Myself and another fellow student tried to be investigators and figure out who did it but never were able to. I am so glad that it finally was solved and that the man responsible is behind bars. He took many lives. We may never know how many. Thanks to DNA this was finally solved.

  • Walter Lamkin

    I enjoyed seeing this photo and recall with fondness each of the young women therein, knew some of them virtually an entire life. That said, I’ve no choice but to echo Darla’s comments about Brenda Parsh. She had every reason and opportunity to be other than she was, though in the end it was her essential nature that won out. She was all those things Darla mentioned and more. She was happy, kind and considerate. I never heard a harsh word from her and I was fortunate to call her a friend. It seems that a sole explanation exists for how she died and when. Simply, it was her day. I know she rests in peace.

  • Pam Himmelberger Moulin

    Great picture…lots of memories. I grew up with Jane and Christy, the others from Junior High on except Brenda since she moved to Cape later. She was such a nice, beautiful person and murdered the night after our 10th high school reunion. I was still in Cape and heard the news the following day/evening. I’m thinking I remember that Skip Stiver took her home that Sat. night after reunion and it happened the next day or later that night.
    Nancy, where are you living now?

  • Brandy Rayella

    I just finished watching the story of Brenda Parsh & her mother’s murder on Beauty Queen Murders- Investigation Discovery channel. Just an absolutely heartbreaking story.. Her poor father.. Being in the hospital for heart surgery while that horrific tragedy was going on. My heart really goes out to her family and friends, all the people of the charming little town of Cape Girardot, and for the all the people involved with that monster’s many other victims. I send my prayers to all of you and the beautiful and lovely innocent victims, such as Brenda Parsh. God Bless

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