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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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1967 Girardot Queen

1967-01-14 Girardot Queen 12I wonder if I smelled like smoke at the dance? This shot of the queen and her court was on the same roll as the fatal fire I mentioned yesterday and another fire at Dearmont Hall at SEMO. (You’ll hear more about that one later. It was there I asked one of the dumbest questions of my career.)

Here are the names as found in The Missourian caption on the September 21,1967, Youth Page: Miss Mary Hirsch, center, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hirsch, 1855 Thilenius, was crowned Central High School Girardot Queen at ceremonies last Friday in the school gymnasium. Her attendants are, from left, Miss Holly Lueders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lueders, 1115 North Henderson; Miss Jane Dunklin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice T. Dunklin, 839 Alta Vista; Miss Georganne Penzel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Penzel, 1844 Thilenius, and Miss Debby Holland, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. W.T. Holland, 2221 Brookwood.

4 comments to 1967 Girardot Queen

  • Bill Stone

    Thanks, Ken. Today’s posting is much better than yesterday’s for me. In twenty-five years, I saw fire fatalities, fatal motor vehicle accidents and suicides; however the drownings were the worse for me. A favorite uncle drown in the Mississippi in 1949 and I don’t think our family ever recovered or forgot. Our Lake St Louis Fire Dept was one of two water rescue and recovery units in the region.

    Remembering these beautiful young ladies is much better.

  • Scott Shivelbine

    Really good looking gals!! I like the “throne” decoration, looks like a hot air ballon.
    I remember me and my buds be dazzled by the Central cheerleaders!!
    Especially at the basketball games….
    Great memories…

  • Walter Lamkin

    Query how long it took to generate such big hair.

  • Paul Leuders was a fantastic portrait photographer. He photographed me and my children.

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