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Midweek Mystery: Jimmie Thompson'sPosted Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 1:20 AM
The group was photographed by G.D. Fronabarger in front of Jimmie Thompson's in the 1950s.
Jimmie Thompson's Drive-In Restaurant, 1923 Broadway, is listed in the 1954 and 1956 Cape Girardeau city directories. Owners listed are John F. and Chris C. Bond.
My guess is they are students and teachers at Cape Girardeau Central High School, which happens to be just a few blocks away.
McDonald's is currently located at 1925 Broadway.
Behind the group is the Cordelia Avenue street sign. It appears that Jimmie Thompson's was demolished and a strip mall was built in its place, where AAA Auto Club is now.
In the background on the far left side is Broadway Prescription Shop, 1900 Broadway, at Caruthers Avenue.
Jan. 14, 1955 Southeast Missourian Locals and Personals ad:
Sandwiches, all kinds, French fried onions. Curb service 4 p.m. to midnight. Jimmie Thompson's.
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