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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.


Cape Central High Library

At some point or another, I must have had to shoot a whole bunch of photos in and around the library. Some of the film had names on the sleeves, most didn’t. Kent Heise is pretending to futz around with a movie projector above.

No one looks happy in this shot

I have absolutely no clue what is going on in these group shots in the library. Everyone has a solemn expression. I think they must have been shot at night, judging by the windows. I’m pretty sure I can pick our Ruth Ann Seabaugh, Mike Seabaugh and Jackie Knehans.

Little kids mixed in

These little kids aren’t in high school, obviously, but they were part of the film marked “Library Series”  This girl’s name must have been Kim.

Photo Gallery

Rather than making a bunch of guesses, I’ll throw all of the pictures into a photo gallery. As always, click on any image to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the photo to move through the gallery.

Steinhoff family doing Olympic Distance Triathlon

This has nothing to do with the library photos, but I thought I’d toss in a family update. Wife Lila and sons Matt and Adam are going to compete in a  team triathlon in Miami Sunday. Adam is going to do the 6.2-mile running leg; Matt will do the 24.8-mile biking portion and Lila is going to swim .9 miles in Biscayne Bay. (It should be a piece of cake for her. She’s been swimming between a mile and two miles several times a week for several months.)

I’m going to watch them go by.

12 comments to Cape Central High Library

  • Gail David

    Matched a magazine on the rack to November 1965.

  • Laurie Everett

    Those card catalog pieces of furniture are worth a pretty penny now.

  • Libby Koch

    Image 13 teacher I believe is Mrs. Carter.

  • Someone over on Facebook was wondering what happened to Walter Stafford.

    Walter was one of the brightest and quietest guys I knew in school. He was the epitome of “gentle soul.”

    I did a Google Archive search of Missourian stories about him. It reads like a Who’s Who of Achievers at Central High School.

    The last story I could find was in 1969, when he graduated from the University of Detroit with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. He was president of Alpha Kappa Psi; candidate for Most Outstanding Greek Man and candidate for Most Outstanding Senior. He was named to the Dean’s List. He was going to pursue a master’s degree in political science and business admin.

    Google Archive searches can be tricky, so there may be more info on him, but that’s all that popped up just searching for his name.

    Newspaper stories about Viola, his sister, were equally populated with accolades.

  • Update: Bill East posted a note on Facebook with a link to Walter’s Obit:

    Dr. Walter J. Stafford, son of Minnie Stafford and the late Mitchell D. Stafford, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, at his home in Puerto Rico. He was 58.

    He was born March 21, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. He graduated from Central High School in 1965. He attended the University of Detroit, where he received a bachelor of science degree in economics and political science. He later received master’s and doctorate degrees from Montpellier College in Maine.

    Dr. Stafford taught business classes at Detroit Business Institute 10 years. He was then promoted to become the institute’s director of education, a position he held five years. At the time of his death, Dr. Stafford was a professor at Keiser College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    He is survived by his mother, Minnie; four sisters, Ann Shares and Regina Jones, all of Cape Girardeau, Viola Stafford of St. Louis, Denise Warren of Overland Park, Kan.; five brothers, James of Viera, Fla., Bill and Eugene of Detroit, Joseph of Cebu City, Philippines, and Ben of Jackson.

    His father, Mitchell; and brothers Lindsey, John and Mitchell Jr., preceded him in death.

  • Yes, that is Mrs. Carter…nice lady and a good teacher too! She was my 10th grade English teacher after I requested to leasve Mrs. Fulsom’s class.
    I think “Rat” Wesley Trapp is standing next to her with and unknown to me guy and then Steve Neal.
    J d Crosnoe is in picture 2#…I have not seen him since HS…wow!

  • Jane McKeown Neumeyer

    Janet Zickfield is in the fourth picture–love that little bow in her hair!

  • Libby Koch

    I agree Terry she was a very nice lady & an excellent teacher…

  • Lila, I’m very proud of you. Good luck on your.9 swim. I hope your boys do well also on your team triathlon.

  • Phyllis Hansen

    Since the one picture has JD Crosnoe, they had to be taken in 1963-64. JD graduated in 64.

  • Suzanne Suggs Mortimer

    The Steinhoff triathlon story made me think of a fella I went to high school (Cape Central) with who ran Cross Country. Are you related to Darrell Steinhoff?

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