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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.

Christmases Past

P3 Steinhoff Xmas 1969 500x406 Christmases PastThis is the time of year when newspapers run lots of year-end stories.

  • They’re popular with readers.
  • They can be produced early before everyone disappears.
  • They’re easy.
  • Everybody is too busy to read the paper, so you don’t want to burn up serious stories.

So, in that spirit, I’m going to recycle some stories from past Christmases. Follow the links for the Real Deal. Click on any photo to make it larger.

This was from a photo book Wife Lila and I did on our first Christmas as a married couple.

David’s first bicycle

Getting a bike for Christmas was a Big Deal. Here’s a video of Brother David getting his and helping Dad put it together. I love the way he keeps reaching over with his bathrobe sleeve to wipe off fingerprints from the chrome.

Christmas Confusion

Xmas 4 390x600 Christmases PastPeople were running all around to try to figure out where these photos were taken.

Could it have been Good Hope?

Nope, it turned out to have been in Jackson.

 

St. Mary’s 1967 Christmas Novena

St Marys Cathedral Christmas Novena 12 23 1967 2 392x600 Christmases PastMissourian caption Dec. 24, 1967: The Rev. Bosco Westrich of St. Mary’s Cathedral presides over Friday night’s observance of the Christmas Novena at the church. At the left, an altar boy departs. The Novena is a nine-part series of Christmas services which will conclude on Christmas Eve. The banners on either side of the altar were made by school children of the parish.”

Witness Protection Program Santa

Illmo Scott City Santa 12 17 1966 3 500x413 Christmases PastThis is the first and only Santa I’ve ever seen wearing a full-face mask. (He’s almost as scary as this Easter Bunny in my past.)

Hutson’s Christmas Display

Hutsons Christmas display 12 02 2011 8694 500x332 Christmases PastHutson’s Fine Furniture has been hosting a Christmas display window for as long as I can remember. It’s not quite as large as I remembered it, but it’s still magic for youngsters.

Hutson’s is 2011 Old Town Cape Ornament

Old Town Cape 2011 Christmas ornament Hutsons window display 11 01 2011 7104 500x385 Christmases PastCoincidentally, Hutson’s window display was chosen as Old Town Cape’s featured ornament this year. Here’s a list of past ornaments.

Common Pleas Courthouse Live Nativity scene

Nativity Gregory Williams 12 24 1965  500x334 Christmases PastClose to 2,000 people a day stopped by the live Nativity scene on the steps leading to the Common Pleas Courthouse in 1965. The exhibit proved so popular that the run was extended past the expected Christmas Eve closing date.

North County Park

North County Park Christmas display 12 03 2011 8855 500x324 Christmases PastCars line up bumper to bumper to enjoy the Christmas displays at North County Park.

Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum

Altenburg Museum Dressing for Christmas 11 17 2010 0912 398x600 Christmases PastThe folks at the Altenburg Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum have been putting together a wonderful Christmas display for the past six years. Here are photos from this year’s exhibit (plus a shameless plug for my Tower Rock book and East Perry County Calendar. Follow this link to see the 2010 exhibit.

Water Park holiday lights

Holiday lights at Family Aquatic Park 12 10 2011 9483 500x194 Christmases PastThe Family Aquatic Center at Osage Center was all lit up for the holidays. Quite impressive.

Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you’re celebrating at this time of year. We’ll probably take it easy for a couple of days. I’ve got a Top Stories of 2011 Review in the works.

8 comments to Christmases Past

  • Cory Foster

    Merry Christmas to the whole Steinhoff clan! And thanks again, Ken, for all the work you put into your labor of love. It has become a big treat every day.

  • Jeff Hutton

    Ken, the first thing I do each morning is check for your email. I love reading Cape Girardeau History and Photos. In fact, I have an old picture of David at Philmont and one of our Scout troop at Tower Rock that I want to email to you. Hope you and your family have a very, Merry Christmas!

    Jeff Hutton

  • Bill Stone

    Merry Christmas to you and yours during this wonderful season. Thanks for continuing your life’s work and keeping a number of us connected with Cape and friends. I look forward to your email each morning and the comments of others which follows.

    The Christmas music is playing and the household is stirring. After breakfast, we will begin our Christmas with a reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. Once again Santa Claus has visited the Stone home so we will soon find out if we have been good or bad. Then it will be off to Church. Back home again, it will be an afternoon of friends as we visit over soup, sandwiches maybe a little champagne!

    From our home to all yours, Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year.

  • David Lawley

    Merry Christmas Ken and family.

    Thanks for all the enjoyment and memories you have shared.

  • Thank you all for the nice words. I’m glad I’m giving you an extra treat in the mornings. Your feedback makes it worthwhile.

  • Terrry Hopkins

    Merry Christmas to all…and thanks for what you do.

  • Merry Chrismas to all, and to all a Good Night!

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