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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.

Last Generation Sneak Peek

Edgar Dreyer - 11-13-2013I mentioned my Last Generation project on March 26. I’ve been working like crazy to get a video presentation done so I can talk with a SEMO historical preservation about shooting regional history (or something like that. I usually don’t know what I’m going to talk about until I get in front of a group).

I finally got it whipped into passable shape this afternoon. Some of the transitions between clips are a little rougher than what I like, but I think the stories Dorothy, Edgar and Myrtle are more important than the technical stuff.

Shooting video is a whole different ballgame than shooting stills, even if you have been shooting picture stories for years. For one thing, the audio is as important, if not MORE important than the images. The best segment of the three was with Edgar Dryer (shown above when he was 8 or 10). He was 78 last fall when I photographed him. I couldn’t have asked for better natural lighting. He was also the first person I used a wireless mike on. That made a world of difference.

The biggest challenge was getting all the audio levels to match when you are shooting different subjects in different places. Watching tutorials and reading the manuals to figure out how to do it was mega-nap-inducing. I got the levels within acceptable levels, but I’m sure someone who knows what he or she is doing could have saved me hours of work.

The Last Generation video

I hope you enjoy the video. I have at least another dozen Perry County folks to work on before the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society’s Third Biennial Immigration History Conference in Altenburg October 23-25.

By the way, if you want to enlarge the video, hover your mouse over the bottom right-hand side of the vido screen. You’ll see a square box that says Full Screen. That will make the video fill your monitor screen. Press ESC to get it back to normal size.

19 comments to Last Generation Sneak Peek

  • Harriett Smith

    What a remarkable video, Ken. It was an honor to hear it. It made me think of my Grandmother Mae Stein, who grew up with Only German spoken on a farm in that area. My father, Harry Stein, often spoke of the elders speaking only in German. Thank you for a priceless glimpse back in time!

  • Sally Dirks

    Ken, this video stirred so many emotions within me, because my Dad’s family was also German. My Grandfather and his sons would linger at the dining table and lapse into German as they reminisced about family life on the farm in Treloar, MO. Edgar’s subtle accent and German inserts made me long for those days. Due to the happenings of WWII, German lineage was not something one could boast about in the 1950’s, but to this day, it is comforting to be surrounded by Germans or people of German descent. It always reminds me of family.

  • Phyllis Hansen

    Excellent work, Ken! On this rainy, dreary day in Montana you took me back to my childhood and wonderful memories. Thanks for you work at preservation of a history that is my life.

  • Laura Dreyer Teague

    Love this, thank you so much for getting this history in a video. Love hearing my Dad tell the stories of him growing up.

  • Terry Hopkins

    Excellent work Ken and this is a subject video is perfect for, saving the memories and experiences of a passing generation. Good luck on this an s share with the class your experience please. Good on you Ken.

  • Kim Pooker

    I enjoyed this video. It was great to hear these stories. It reminds me of listening to my Grandpa!

  • Hi, Ken. I enjoyed that. Some of those stories sound familiar, as I’ve heard some like that in my family and Myra’s. It’s good that you have preserved them so well. I would have liked to hear more about what Edgar Dryer had to say about the effect the death his sister had on his parents. (Again, it’s a familiar story, sort of, though probably not one that’s easy to tell.) Like you say, the stories are what’s important, but it’s good that you’ve made them very watchable and listenable.

  • Cathi Popp smith

    Wonderful video. Thank you! My family comes from Germany also (dad’s side).

  • Susan Fee Means

    These are wonderful stories, Ken! I want to see more. Any chance your finished product will be available?

    • Susan, at this point, I’m working toward doing an exhibit and presentation at a conference at the Altenburg museum in October. I’m not sure what else I’m going to do with it. The raw, unedited interviews will go to the museum for future historians. The idea was museum director Carla Jordan’s. I’ve had to rephrase the way I describe the project: “I’m going up to Perry County to shoot some old Germans” got me too many strange looks.

  • Larry Bräuner

    What a wonderful video. I found Altenburg and extended family while doing genealogy several years back. How fantastic it is to see people I know and hear their stories. It reminds me of how grateful I am to have found the area and it’s wonderful people. It also reminds me of how good it will be to visit again.

  • Mary Dillon


    More – please make more!! These were some good choices and I’m certain that you will be able to find some more “old Germans” as you put it and preserve these precious oral histories for the rest of us who aren’t as privileged as you are to talk to them in person.

  • Susan Ludwig

    Glad to have seen this video and have watched it several times. My mother was from Frohna and also had to walk a long distance to school. She learned the catechism in English and German. Thank you Ken.

  • […] make a quick trip up to the Altenburg Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum to go over details for my Last Generation presentation this […]

  • Anola Gill Stowick

    Beautiful interviews, Ken.

  • […] get today is a copy of the poster to promote the project. I’ve made a lot of changes to the video I mentioned back in March, but it’ll give you an idea of what I’ve been working […]

  • Marla Hamlin

    Thank you so much for doing this project! You did a wonderful job of capturing the legacy of these 3 people! I especially will treasure my Dad’s part!

  • Mary Dillon

    I had forgotten about these videos and enjoyed them the second time around. Better be quick to get some more before everyone is gone. Please…..

  • My husband and I are German decent, enjoyed your story very much and inspired us to tell our story as well. We kept putting it off, but now it’s time to remember and reach for the pen. Thank you!

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