118 North Ellis Street

118 North Ellis 09-03-2015I didn’t find any stories that told when the house at 118 North Ellis Street was built, but there were plenty of stories and briefs about the people who have lived there over the years. From the pages of The Southeast Missourian:

  • April 30, 1924 – For Rent – 5 rooms, modern, 118 North Ellis.
  • [In the same paper was an ad that read “To the Colored People: The Marquette Cement Plant Boarding House under new management. Colored employees seeking a refined boarding house will find this a good home, as there will positively be no lawlessness tolerated. Just as the plant has been improved, so has this boarding house. Board, room, short orders, sandwiches, soft drinks and ice cream served. Don (Blue) Hubbard Manager]
  • August 4, 1925Mrs. Pattie Sexton of Malden motored to Cape Girardeau Sunday to spend a few days here as the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Emory.
  • June 8, 1933 – Seven Negro children, whose plight was reported last week when they were living in a darkened room at the Kimmel barn on North Spanish street north of Broadway, are now housed with their parents in more comfortable quarters. They are living in a small house owned by Mrs. Minnie Meystedt, 118 North Ellis street, in the rear on the 500 block on North Sprigg street. They have been permitted to live there until something permanent can be done about their situation. The family was driven from the barn last Friday when Allan Kimmel, owner of the barn, tore away the doors and windows to the room.
  • July 15, 1935Mrs. Howard Templeton, a surgical patient, was discharged from Southeast Missouri Hospital.
  • June 9, 1936Mrs. Jewell Miller and Harvey Meystedt were re-married by Rev. Wm. H. Hackman at the Grace Methodist parsonage, 17 South Sprigg street, in a single ring ceremony Saturday night. Mrs. Meystedt is a daughter of Mrs. Mary Davidson of Fornfelt. He is the son of Mrs. Minnie Meystedt, 118 North Ellis street, and his occupation is that of plumber.
  • June 26, 1948 – In the presence of relatives, Miss Betty La Don Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burette O. Davis, 626 South Benton street, became the bride of Bill F. Jackson, 118 North Ellis street, this morning. He is employed at the Marquette Cement plant, and she by the F.W. Woolworth Co.
  • October 1, 1949 – A building permit was issued to W.H. Meystedt for a 3-car concrete garage, asphalt shingle roof. Cost was $700 and the size was 18 by 20 feet.
  • January 10, 1950Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Cook, who with their son, Bobby, will move this week to West Frankfort, Ill. Mr. Cook is territorial manager in southern Illinois for the B.F. Goodrich Tire Co. Bobby has been attending St. Mary’s School where he is in the seventh grade.
  • May 17, 1969Delmar W. Karger, son of Mrs. Ernest Karger, has been named a Ford Foundation professor of management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N.Y.

The Ray Tibbles Family

118 North Ellis 09-03-2015The Ray Tibbles family garnered lots of ink in The Missourian.

  • March 3, 1953Mrs. Wayne Tibbles and daughter were dismissed Monday from St. Francis Hospital. The child was born February 25.
  • October 19, 1953Gail Patricia Tibbles celebrated her fifth birthday with her a party at her home Saturday afternoon. Guests included Diane Hunze, Sandy and Johnny Headricks, Amanda Ashby, Martha and Timmy Blattner, Judy Schlimme, Chuckie Dockins, Diane Meystedt, Jo Etta Lewis and Judy Hengst.
  • May 20, 1954 – Ray Tibbles went to Salem, O. for a training session at the Deming pump manufacturer. He is a salesman for the N.O. Nelson Co.
  • July 25, 1960 – Leaving Sunday for 12 days at Girl Scout Camp Latonka at Lake Wappapello were Gail Patricia Tibbles and Mary Karen Lail, 806 Themis, members of Troop 1
  • June 18, 1964 – Miss Gail Tibbles, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tibbles, and Miss Linda Schumacher, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Schumacher, 1613 Kurre lane, will leave on Sunday for Camp Bear Creek on Kentucky Lake, near Benton, Ky.
  • May 18, 1968 – Bethany Baptist Church was the setting last Saturday for the afternoon wedding of Miss Gail Patricia Tibbles and Michael Adam Smith.

Okay, Who Did It?

I’ve already done a page on the Red Dagger’s My Sister Eileen and Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, so when I discovered these frames stuck in with a fire I shot in Ohio, I almost relabeled them and stuck them back in the file. Then I saw something that piqued my interest.

Whose car is this? Who did this nefarious deed? Their timing was good. I see one of the pages is from The Missourian’s Achievement Edition. That was usually the biggest paper of the year. Gaining entry to the car wouldn’t have been difficult. Most folks didn’t lock the doors and about half of them left the keys in the ignition.

Surely these guys didn’t do it

Principal Fred Wilferth and custodian James Criddle were on this roll of film, which means they were in the vicinity of the hooliganism, but they don’t have the guilty look of someone who has just stuffed someone’s car with a week’s worth of papers.

By the way, this film was in pretty bad shape, so I had a choice of spending hours spotting out all the flaws or pretending that the practice took place during a snow storm. I opted for the latter. In one frame there IS a cup flying through the air and water or some other liquid frozen by the strobe flash.

Gallery of the usual suspects

If I was a cop, I’d round up this gang of suspects from My Sister Eileen. I’m pretty sure that at least one of them would crack when you shined the bright light in their eyes. I bet you wouldn’t even have to bring out the rubber hoses. Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the photo until you find the guilty person or persons.

Anola Gill Stowick was kind enough to provide a cast list when I ran the other story. I’m having the names run right now for wants and warrants. We should have this wrapped up in a matter of hours.

Chuck Dockins, Sally Wright, Sherry Harris, Larry Loos, Pat Sommers, Tom Spitzmiller, Steve Crowe, David Reimann, John Reimann, Rick Meinz, Jane Randol, Mike Daniels, Pam Parks, Mike Seabaugh, Steve Folsom, Anola Gill, Lee Dahringer, Don Mowery, John Magill, Preston Foster, Kenny Fischer, Vicky Roth, Jim Stone
Faculty Director – Kitty Hart, Jerrette Davis, Carl Meyer, Becky McGinty, Steve Strong, Marsha Seabaugh, Janice House, Hilda Hobbs, Martin Hente,  Bill Kuster, Tom Holt, Ralph Frye, Shari Stiver, Cheri Huckstep, Tana Austin, Diane Siemers, Betsy Ringland, Francie Hopkins, Ruth Ann Seabaugh, Beth Hayden, Judy Dunklin, Peggy Estes, Judy Brunton, Terry Hinkle, Robin Kratz, Marcia Maupin, Sally Nothdurft, Toni Starkweather, Bunny Blue, Mary Sudholt, Cheryl McClard, Emma Pensel, David Stubbs Ron Hill, Gwynn Sheppard Mary Rickard, Mary Jean Rodgers, Carol Klarsfeld, Dean Kimmich, Donna Eddleman, Marsha Harris, Martha Mahy, Paul Schwab, Amanda Ashby, Della Heise, Don Sander, Anne Buchanan, Ronnie Marshall, John Mueller, Pat Johnson.

Red Dagger Play, Which One?

We haven’t had a mystery post in quite awhile, so here’s the question: What is the name of the play? I thought it was My Sister Eileen, but I couldn’t find anything in the Google News Archive for 1964-1965 in either The Missourian or The Southeast Weekly Bulletin that supported my guess. Ditto my Girardots.

Was it Our Hearts Were Young and Gay?

Vicky Roth wrote a piece for The Missourian’s Youth Page on Feb. 15, 1965, headlined Casting for Red Dagger Production Is Completed.

Cornelia Otis Skinner will be portrayed by Miss Sally Wright, senior, and Miss Sharon Stiver, who is also a senior, will enact the part of Emily Kimbrough. Cornelia’s father will be played by Albert Spradling, and Mrs. Skinner will be characterized by Miss Mary Sudholdt. The two young women’s romantic interests, Leo McEvoy and Dick Winters, will be portrayed by John Magill and Lee Dahringer.

On a cruise to Europe, Cornelia and Emily have amusing encounters with the ship’s company, among them the steward, Gary Fischer; the purser, Steven Crowe; the stewardess, Miss Frances Hopkins; the admiral, Wm. East [Editor’s note: The Missourian had a style quirk that said to abbreviate William as Wm.]; and the inspector, Miss Marcia Maupin. The two girls also meet two English girls, Harriet St. John and Winifred Blaugh, portrayed by Miss Norma Wagoner and Miss Ann Buchanan, respectively.

During the Paris visit, Cornelia and Emily conquer their living problems with the aid of Madame Elise, Miss Yyonne Askew, the landlady, and her daughter, Therese, played by Miss Sheila Kirchoff. Cornelia also attempts acting lessons with the “great” French actor, Monsieur De La Croiz, who will be portrayed by Ronald Marshall. During the confusion and laughter, the window cleaner, Grant Holt, adds his comments to the hilarious events. The play is under the direction of Mrs. Wm. Busch.

It STILL sounds more like My Sister Eileen

When I read a synopsis of My Sister Eileen, it sure sounds like the characters I see in the photos, up to and including the pack of Portuguese Merchant Marines and their conga line, led by Sherry McBride.

I started to put names on the pictures, but then decided, hey, if I don’t even know the NAME of the play, what are the odds that I’m going to get the names of the cast right? So, I’m going to throw up a gallery of photos, some of which have names (some of which might even be correct); the rest are going to be fill-in-the-blanks.

Gallery of high school play

Click on any image to make it larger, then click on the left or right side to move through the gallery. Good hunting.