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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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Wilkesville’s 4th of July

Long and Sons General Store - Wilkesville 02-17-1969Curator Jessica and I went to Wilkesville to see if Long and Son General Merchandise store was still around so I could update photos of it I had done of it on an icicle day in 1969. We didn’t see anything that looked like it on the main drag, so we stopped into a small diner where we had an excellent lunch and found out that the building was long gone.

On the way out, we saw a flyer for the Wilkesville Fourth of July parade. She gave a squeal of excitement.

I gave Miz Jessica my standard “Do You Know How Many Small Town Parades I’ve Covered?” speech, but she is not one to be denied. The next morning, I found myself getting up way too early to head to the Vinton County town.

They’ll have at least two spectators

Wilkesville OH 4th of July parade 07-04-2015“The good news for the town,” I told her, “is that we just freed up a spot for two more people to participate in the parade. A lot of these towns are so small they have to draw lots to see who will be spectators.”

Fourth of July photo gallery

I won’t tell Curator Jessica, but it was fun to see how everybody showed up with their homemade floats and flags. I have to say that I was a little discomforted by the casual way they treated the flags, but I guess the Flag Code isn’t something covered in school these days. Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys to move through the images.

3 comments to Wilkesville’s 4th of July

  • Terry Hopkins

    So..was the store still there? a nice bit of Americana for sure.

  • Phyllis Hansen

    Loved the 4th of July Parades and festivities in Clear Lake, Iowa when we were there. People actually put lawn chairs and blankets out 2 days before the parade to get a “choice” spot. No one would think of moving those chairs and blankets either!! This year people complained because the parade lasted 2 hours!!! The downtown was a huge midway of rides and games lasting 4 or 5 days. There were band concerts in the park in the town center by the lake. Fireworks over the lake were the best.

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