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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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Grandmother’s Report Card

Elsie Adkins Welch Report Card frontThis morning’s Facebook page for the Advance Hornet Alumni carried a bunch of photos of the 2013 Alumni Banquet. Mother is down in Austin floating around in Niece Kim’s pool, so she didn’t attend.

I was looking through some old Advance scans when I ran across my Grandmother Elsie Adkins (Welch)’s 4th grade report card. Looks like she showed steady improvement every month in everything but spelling. Maybe the words got longer as the year went on.

How do you like that 100% rating in deportment? She was a feisty thing, so I’m surprised she got those perfect scores. Who would have thought the teacher’s photo would be on the report card?

My great-grandfather’s signature changed

Elsie Adkins Welch Report Card backPupils were rated monthly and parents had to sign the card. My great-grandfather’s signature was consistent the first five months, but changed in months six through eight. If her grades had dropped, I might accuse my grandmother of forging his signature.

Elsie Adkins was born September 24, 1892. If kids started school when they were around 6, then this report card would be close to 111 years old. Could that be right? (1892 + 6 + 4 = 1902. 2013 – 1902 = 111. Yep, it all calculates out.)

Elsie Adkins Welch was an extraordinary woman for her time. It’s worth a read.

4 comments to Grandmother’s Report Card

  • Dick McClard

    Great-grandfather was right handed and Great-grandmother was left handed.

  • Linda Zimmerman Eggimann

    In the past matron photo, my Mother, Daisy Zimmerman is on the left behind the candle. Your grand mother and my Mom were very very great friends. I spent many days with her. Love the picture of Roy with the cigar and the little boy.

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    This is Mary, here. How cool to have this! I recently discovered my paternal grandfather’s mileage log book. He died when my dad was just 13, so I had never seen his handwriting before that. A treasure, for sure!

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