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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.

Easter Egg Hunts in 1962

Mark Steinhoff Easter 1962 19 500x392 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962I was emptying and filing mostly family pictures that were still in slide trades from an Ansco slide projector that was long ago retired. These photos of Easter 1962 were in the mix. I find them interesting for things that are in the background of some of them.

Brother Mark inspects an Easter egg he’s found in the front lawn. You can click on the photos to make them larger, but I’ll warn you that some of them aren’t all that sharp.

He’s listening for the sound of the ocean

Mark Steinhoff Easter 1962 15 500x462 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962Sometimes he gets things a little confused. He remembers hearing someone saying that you can hear the sound of the ocean if you hold a shell up to your ear. He didn’t get the part that it had to be a SEA shell, not an EGG shell.

Scampering past the Ailor house

Mark Steinhoff Easter 1962 22 500x272 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962Mark is running up the hill on the west side of the house. The Ailors lived there then. The hedge between the two houses has grown up over the years and some maple trees that we planted as saplings are huge and just about the end of their life.

A view down Kingsway Drive

Easter 1962 23 500x334 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962That’s Brother David on the right The white house down the hill, occupied by the McCunes in 1962, has been torn down. The basketball goal would have belonged to Bobby and Gary Garner. I see the Ailor car still has snow tires on it. They must be afraid that winter is going to make one more pass.

Here’s what the neighborhood looked like from the air.

Hunting eggs was a challenge

Mark Steinhoff Easter 1962 6 500x307 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962The Easter Bunny liked making things a challenge. This egg was located under the windshield wiper. That’s Dad’s Chevy truck in the foreground and our 59 Buick LaSabre station wagon in the background. Ernie Chiles hadn’t taught me to drive yet, so the right front fender is uncreased.

Easter egg hunt at Capaha Park

Capaha Park Easter 1962 16 500x299 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962I’m not sure what group this was. Mark’s in the red shoes and sweater, so it has to be some of his friends or his class. This pavilion is east of the ballfield and north of the pool.

The Boat House in background

Mark Steinhoff Easter Capha Park 1962 24 500x334 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962When the kids weren’t stomping errant Easter eggs, they were climbing on the playground equipment. Cape’s landmark Erlbacher Boat House is in the background.

Mark stands out

Easter 1962 Capaha Park 18 500x334 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962Notice how Mark is placed right in the middle of the group and how his bright red sweater takes your eye right to him? Mother recognized that he had just a few cute years in him, so she tried to make him as visible as possible during that small window of time.

Capaha Field is a lot fancier today.

Capaha Pool is history

Capaha Park Easter 1962 Pool in background 17 500x335 Easter Egg Hunts in 1962I was all set to delete this shot. At first glance, I thought that it wasn’t overly sharp and there was no clear center of interest. Then I got to looking at it like a photographer in the Ohio University Fine Arts program and convinced myself that it was art because of all of the interesting elements. Notice how the running boy and girl and the one bending over have been frozen in time, never to reach their goals. The two women on the left are oblivious to the action that’s going on behind them. The woman on the right keeps you from sliding out of the frame and the little girl at the bottom adds mystery.

Or, it could just be a fuzzy picture. Anyway, you won’t see this view today: the Capaha Pool was torn down last year.

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4 comments to Easter Egg Hunts in 1962

  • Mark Steinhoff

    I just happen to be tromping around in that very yard in Cape today, sans red sweater and red shoes. Thanks for posting photos, even though it might be at my own peril. Reminds me of what Abraham Lincoln once said…
    “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

  • Gerald Love

    Oh! Wow! That Abraham Lincoln quote is downright funny. Happy Easter to you all.
    Gerald

  • Julia Thompson

    Hi Ken, would you allow us to use those images at Capaha Park sometime for our Parks and Recreation history?

    Julia – Director

    • I’m sure we can work something out. I’ll catch up with you in a day or so unless you’re on a deadline. I have a killer cold and I can barely croak, so talking would be difficult (and you might catch it over the phone or from sitting too close to your computer monitor).

      If you go to the search box on the right side of the screen and look for “capaha park” you’ll find a wealth of material.

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