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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.

W. M. Adkins Family c 1883

WM Adklins family c 1883I don’t know how many times I’ve typed, “While searching for something else, I ran across…” Here it comes again.

This is a scan of a photograph that was in pretty bad shape. At the bottom it says, I think, “W.M. Adkins and Family taken August 19, 1883 (or 93 or 88).” (Click on the photos to make them larger.)

That porch looks a little like one Mother was photographed on when she was a little girl. I’ll have to dig those photos out to check.

Tillman Cemetery

Tillman cemetery and church 11-15-2010Over the years, I asked Mother to take me around to all the cemeteries that contain family members. In 2010, we visited Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which she always called “Tillman Cemtery,” named after the tiny Stoddard county community that had been there. It had a post office from 1883 to 1906.

It was also called Tilman, with one “L,” probably for John Tilman, the first postmaster.

W.M. and Mary O. Adkins

The stone Mother is standing behind marks the final resting place of W.M. and Mary O. Adkins. Willis M. Adkins was born in Indiana in May 13, 1858, and died March 3, 1923. Mary Ollie Overbey Adkins was born May 8, 1863, and died July 6, 1938.

I’m assuming they were her grandparents on her mother’s side. I sure wish I had paid more attention while we were walking through the cemetery.

5 comments to W. M. Adkins Family c 1883

  • ken,
    When my mother died we were left with a plastic file tote with lots of genealogy information. I organized everything into a structured book so that all family members now and in the future will have the material. If you want one, I will send you one complimentary. It might give you some ideas in the event that you decide to do the same thing. I just need your address or you can call me and give it to me. 319-621-3059
    Don Beussink

  • Curator Jessica

    It looks like the date is 1893, but it’s hard to tell. What a great image!

  • I’ve always spelled it “Tillman,” but it might actually be “Tilman.” I can never pin Juanita Holder down…
    One good thing, Ken–We don’t ever have to worry about this cemetery flooding, since it’s securely located on Crowley’s Ridge!

  • Virginia Kerr West

    I love these old pictures and have some that I have no idea who they are, or where it is ? My family has mostly all passed on !

  • Marian Sewart

    Does anyone know anything about George G. Overbey, Mary’s brother, and/or a picture of him? Marian

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