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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.

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Neighbor Rhonda Turns 50

Mrs. Bob Tinker 1617 Kingsway DriveWhen we moved into our house on Kingsway Drive 58 years ago, Bob and Mary Tinker lived across the street; the Grays lived next to them, the McCunes lived in a small cottage down the hill, and the Hales and Heislers in their farm houses finished off the neighborhood. We were way outside the city limits and cows grazed in the field behind our house.

That’s Mrs. Tinker in front of her house.

Boltons came Memorial Day 1994

Rhonda Bolton's 50th Birthday Party 08-02-2014Bill and Rhonda Bolton moved into the house on Memorial Day, 1994. Even though they’ve been living there 20 years and have been the best neighbors you could want, we all still call it the “Tinker House.”

They keep an eye on Mother for us. When Brother Mark kept getting a busy signal on her phone one night, he called me and I reached out for the Boltons and Carla Jordan, who lives over by Food Giant. It turned out to be a false alarm: Mother had failed to hang up the phone properly and that’s why it rang busy.

When Mother’s mower stopped while she was massacring grass the other day, Bill came over to help her push it away from the street. It’s nice to know you have friends and neighbors who will come running if you need them.

Come over for Rhonda’s party

Rhonda Bolton's 50th Birthday Party 08-02-2014Bill stopped by Friday to invite Mother to Rhonda’s 50th birthday party on Saturday. I’m not sure if he used the phrase, “if you can make it up the hill,” but that would have insured that she would attend.

“A good time was had by all”

Rhonda Bolton's 50th Birthday Party 08-02-2014That’s a line that one of The Missourian’s country correspondents would tack on to any story involving more than two people, even if it was a funeral. In this case, it was true. There was a nice mix of family, friends and neighbors, good food and even a photo booth.

Birthday party photo gallery

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5 comments to Neighbor Rhonda Turns 50

  • Carla Jordan

    I enjoy living on Kingsway Drive. Doc refers to Food Giant as our pantry. Nice hat, Ken.

  • Terry Hopkins

    It sure looks like a “good time was had by all”!

  • Brad Brune '66

    I would worry more about you Ken…. “making it up the hill”. Did you get to meet Mr Cheekwood? and get his autograph? He is very well known and makes a living with his photography, so I bet it was a real treat for you.

    Nice Hat indeed!!

  • Kathy Roberts (Floyd) Alderman

    Ken, I was so surprised and pleased to see a picture of Grandma Tinker. She was my first husband’s (Mick Floyd, class of ’65) grandma. What a sweet and wonderful woman she was! Seeing her standing there in front of the house sure brings back good memories! Thanks!

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