These women standing at the Batjer sundial in Common Pleas Courthouse Park in Cape Girardeau are unidentified. G.D. Fronabarger took the picture and the date is unknown.
The memorial is inscribed:
"In memory of W.F.D. Batjer and in grateful recognition of his faithful service and happy inspiring leadership, the people of Cape Girardeau dedicate this sundial May 22, 1938."
Mr. Batjer came to southeast Missouri as director of the Southeast Missouri Agricultural Bureau, and later was farm director and then secretary of the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce.
Southeast Missourian, April 2, 1938:
Batjer Sun Dial Memorial Plans Made
A granite base on which the W.F.D. Batjer memorial sun dial will be placed, is to be set on a concrete foundation that has been built in front of the Public Library in Courthouse Park Saturday or Monday., Clinton Kimball, committee chairman, said today.
The shaft of Missouri red granite will be 28 inches high, and will be securely cemented on the base, with the dial to be placed there before May 22, when it is planned to have the dedication service. A fund to provide the memorial has been subscribed by Girardeans and others who were friends of Mr. Batjer, for a number of years secretary of the Chamber of Commerce. The Cape Girardeau Memorial Works is to build the dial shaft.