Teen Age Club Meets Mayor

Teenagers filled the city council chambers in August 10, 1967 when members of the Teen Age Club met with Mayor J. Hugh Logan to ask for financial help in keeping the club on Broadview open. Sam McVay, an adult supervisor, said the club would be forced to close September 1 if additional funds were not found. He said that it took about $1,000 a month to run TAC, and that the club treasury would be empty after the August bills were paid.

Most of the club’s funding came from the United Fund. Other service clubs kick in, but they have no set pledges, so it’s hard to depend on their contributions.

There were 1,056 teenagers who paid a $2 a year membership fee, but this covered only one-sixth of the year’s operating expenses. Members also paid 50 cents each on nights when a band played, but this money went to pay the band.

Bands play for free

Four of TAC’s regular bands agreed to play for free in August; more would join in September if the club remained open.

The Missourian microfilm fades out on the right side of the page, so I couldn’t read all of the photo caption. Mayor Logan is on the left, in front of the window; the TAC representatives are Miss Pand?; Sam McVay, director, John Sheets and Walter Lamkin.

Other Teen Age Club links

Here are some other TAC stories:


The Seattle Seyers

One of the things Wife Lila had on her to-do list when we hit Seattle was to look up Ralph Seyer, one of her eight Seyer cousins. We were supposed to meet Ralph and his wife, Debbie, at their home at 4:30 for dinner. We were standing in line for a quick snack when Ralph said he had gotten home early and we could head up any time.

We decided to leave the restaurant in the south end of Seattle and head up to his place in the north end. I have been stuck in traffic before, but I have NEVER seen miles and miles of traffic backed up as far as it is here. It is such a normal occurrence that the Tune-to-XXX-for-a-Traffic-Advisory-When-Flashing signs weren’t flashing.

Seattle traffic worse than Atlanta’s

I looked at my GPS, which gives traffic conditions in near real time. Every alternate road we could take (and there aren’t many) was as red as the one we were on. I never thought I’d see a city with traffic as horrendous as Atlanta, but Seattle just bumped it out of first place.

Ralph and the GPS cooperated in getting us to the right address the first time, even though we were warned that the place normally doesn’t show up correctly.

The meal was worth fighting the traffic

I’m not going to pretend that I’m a foodie like my friend Jan Norris. In broad terms, we had grilled chicken; fresh asparagus wrapped in prosciutto put on the grill; seasoned carrots and potatoes baked in the oven, fresh corn on the cob, and fresh blueberries and strawberries for desert.

Food photography isn’t my specialty. I’m always too interested in eating than shooting. This is how it showed up on the table.

Helpful tourist tips

Ralph and Debbie gave us plenty of advice on what to see, what to avoid, how to get there and when we should go. Then they dropped a real time and money-saver on us: they offered us the use of their guest room for part of our visit.

We decided to stay in the south end of the world for the first part of our trip to go to places like Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier, then concentrate on attractions in the north while we take advantage of their hospitality.

Ralph LOOKS like a Seyer

Ralph picked the Northwest because he liked the variety of climate and terrain. “You can be in the mountains one minute and the ocean in the next.” He should work for the chamber of commerce. The first myth he dispelled was that Seattle is a rainy city: it gets a lot less rain than many of the other major cities (then he listed them). Seattle can be cloudy, gloomy and have a drizzling rain, but it doesn’t have the deluges like Florida experiences.

Looks a lot like Dan in the 60s

I was struck by how much Ralph of 2011 still looks like his brother, Dan Seyer, when he was playing with The Impacts at the Teen Age Club in 1966 or 1967.

Janette Seyer, Ralph’s sister, shows up at a “Nun Circus” at the old St. Francis Hospital.

Diane Seyer and friends

Here’s an unpublished photo of Margie Hoffman, Diane Seyer (Ralph’s sister), Lila Perry (Steinhoff) and Dorothy Magg.  (Margie, Lila and Diane are cousins.)

Ray and Rosemary Seyer

I spent the better part of a day with Wife Lila’s aunt and uncle (Ralph’s parents), Ray and Rosemary Seyer, last fall, talking about their experiences before Swampeast Missouri was drained. I have a massive video editing project in front of me before that’s ready to publish.

Ralph commented that his dad’s stories are remarkably consistent. “All of the facts may not be exactly right, but the stories haven’t changed a word over the years.”

Themis and Spanish Landmarks

This green stucco building at the northeast corner of Spanish and Themis was the Doyle’s Hat Shop I mentioned in the story about my grandmother, Elsie Adkins Welch. She would ride a wagon from Advance to Cape to buy a new bonnet there.

A Missourian column, Lost and Saved provides some historical background: The two-story brick stucco building, designed with Italianate influences served as the residence of Elizabeth Doyle and as her business, the Doyle Hat Shop. The hat shop was located in the southwest corner of the building with the house adjoining. Mrs. E.W. Harris, aunt of Doyle, started the hat shop in 1859 and, when she passed away in 1908, Doyle took over the family business. Doyle had a pet fox terrier named Dan and, when he died in 1922, it made the newspaper that she was in mourning over losing her beloved pet. When Doyle died in 1925, her daughter in-law, Mrs. E.M. Doyle, ran the business. The hat shop closed in 1960.

Teen Age Club

Teens from the 1960s will recall walking through this door and going up to the Teen Age Club located on the second floor.

Officials shut down dance

This is the building where the kids were gyrating so enthusiastically the floor started bouncing Officials shut down the dance before the building could collapse.

Dancing in the parking lot

Not to be deterred, the teens moved out to the bank parking lot at the corner of Broadway and Main. Follow the link to see more photos.

Common Pleas Courthouse

If you look up the hill to the west, you’ll see the Common Pleas Courthouse overlooking the downtown area.

TAC Swimming in Sound

A frame similar to this ran in The Missourian’s August 19 Youth Page with the following caption:


Teenagers were swimming in sound Thursday night at a special dance held to raise funds for the Teen Age Club. The Great Society Band played for free, and TAC cleared nearly $100, Cathy Rueseler, dance spokesman, said. Putting their all into it are, from left, Mary Beth Wrape, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Wrape, 2521 Allendale; Barbara Yaeger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Yaeger, 1429 Perryville Road, and Dana Kaiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Kaiser, 1323 Victoria.

Deputy Jon Knehans stops by

Deputy Jon Knehans pulled in to talk with a couple of the fundraisers. Jon was in a couple of my SEMO classes. We became friends because our jobs put us into situations that were a lot different than what most of our classmates faced.

Socks optional

Socks (and shoes) were optional at the dance.

Other Teen Age Club links

Here are some other TAC stories: