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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.


Class of 65 Sophomore Party

Yesterday’s post showed the Freshman class of ’66 in the Tiger Den. Today, we’ll look at some pictures of the Class of 1965 at its Sophomore party.

I see a bunch of familiar faces at this table. There’s Steve Crowe, Ron Dost, Phil Vinyard, Della Heise, Chuck Dockins, Lonnie Blackwood and Vicki Berry. [Note: Ms. Berry’s name is spelled Vickey, Vicki and Vicky in various Girardots. She signed one mine as “Vicky,” so that’s probably the right variation.]

I keep looking at the guy on the right side of the table with glasses and wondering if that’s me. The only thing that makes me think it’s not is (a) I’m usually the one SHOOTING the pictures and (b) I don’t play board games.  (I call them bored games.)

That might be Jim Stone

The guy dancing on the far left might be Jim Stone.

Is that Irvin Beard on the left?

I think that might be Irvin Beard, Class of 63, on the left. He was on the school photo staff. The girl in the middle, facing the camera, looks like Joan Amlingmeyer. Of course, since I’m not even sure of what I looked like, it’s hard to take any of my guesses seriously.

Dancing as a no-contact sport

Larry Points commented on my photos of the Capaha Park Pool Party, “My immediate observation would be that this was before corn fructose was put in everything…were we really all that thin back then? Dance moves also seem tentative, like the era of never making jitterbug contact again had just begun.”

He may have been onto something.

10 comments to Class of 65 Sophomore Party

  • Cory Foster

    My best effort on some of the dancers…Photo #2-agree on Jim Stone, Gary Kinder ’63 on the right, Steve Kirchoff ’63 in the center, the woman looking right into the camera looks like Ann Hodges ’63 so maybe Ann was out with a younger man! Photo #3-I’m not seeing Irvin Beard in the fellow on the left, but maybe; Possibly Mark Headrick ’63 in the very back; Steve Kirchoff again over on the right; Gary Kinder back to camera in the center; Jim Stovall ’63 over Gary’s left shoulder. Photo #4-Jim Stovall twisting on the left, Janey Crites ’65 dancing with Steve Kirchoff, Gary Kinder in front of Steve.

  • sue campbell creech

    Picture #3 looks like Jim Stovall, Norma Wagoner, Steve Kirkhoff, Janie Crites, Gary Kinder and Jackie Knehans

  • Alice (Welker) Riehn '65

    Ken, the one in glasses playing “bored” games looks like John Ueleke to me, sitting across from Jerry O’Connell.
    In pic #2, the girl looking into the camera looks like Carol Evans.

  • Dennis Hente

    Hey Ken, how about some photos of the ’58-’62 class?

    • Dennis,

      Sorry, but what you see is what you get. Remember, I was Class of 65. I don’t remember exactly when I joined the photo staff at Central, but it took me a little time to get up to speed and be allowed to shoot assignments.

      My Cape files, except for family photos, visits back home and contemporary stuff, are limited to about 1962 to 1967.

      My window of shooting even the class of 62 was very narrow.

      You should try to reach out for one of the guys who was on staff before me.

  • Van Riehl

    Phil Vinyard is standing behind Jerry O’Connell

  • I know some of Yall went to my School Vincent Middle School I hope everyone has the best education.

  • JT

    Hey these photos are absolutely excellent! for pictures a half century old, the photo quality is astounding, and even though I belong to a more recent generation, yet highly appreciate the black n whites. Was wondering if I could maybe borrow a snap or two for my page. I’m a musician and these really fit I theme I’m trying to achieve. You can hear my music here https://www.facebook.com/pages/soir%C3%A9e/463545440372141. I’m just retouching the page, so excuse any inconsistencies.

    • The email bounced, so here’s the message:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the photo. I wish you had asked permission before posting it, but I appreciate that you DID ask.

      You have my permission to use the photo on a personal, non-commercial page on Facebook so long as the words

      © Ken Steinhoff All Rights Reserved

      appear on or under the photo. I have to do that to protect my copyright.

      If you plan to use it in any other way, particularly in a commercial setting, we’ll need to talk again.

      Good luck with your music. I’d love to be able to say “I knew him when.”

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