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Fred Lynch

Johnny Appleseed and the Angel

Posted Monday, March 12, 2012, at 12:00 AM

David Hahs played Johnny Appleseed.

Ken Steinhoff played the angel.

March 10, 1956 Southeast Missourian

Learning dramatics early, these third graders at Trinity Lutheran Parochial School, under direction of their teacher, Miss Ruth Froemsdorf, are shown in the finale of their dramatization of the story of "Johnny Appleseed," one of the old folk tales of this region. From the left, front row: Mickey Smith, Peggy Buckner, Emma Jo Pensel, Patricia Johnson, Larry King, Mike Miller and David Blattner. Standing: Donald Kutscher, Don Sander, Ronnie Dost, Bonnie Strom, Della D. Heise, Cheri Huckstep, David Hahs, Kenneth Steinhoff, Kent Verhines, Terry Huckstep, Patti Haas, Judy Schrader, Carolyn Perr and Jerry O'Connell. Miss Froemsdorf, the teacher, stands at the left rear. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Trinity Lutheran - Third Grade

"Johnny Appleseed," a play with songs, was given by this grade for the Parent-Teacher Circle Tuesday night. David Hahs played the leading role of Johnny Appleseed. Others in the play were: Narrator, John Hilpert; angel, Kenneth Steinhoff; bear, Mickey Smith; rabbit, Emma Jo Pensel; squirrel, Patricial Johnson; skunk, Peggy Buckner; pioneers, Kent Verhines, Terry Huckstep, Bonnie Strom, Patti Haas, Don Sander, Ronnie Dost and Donald Kutscher; Indians, Larry King, David Blattner and Mike Miller. Everyone especially enjoyed the square dancing and the songs of Johnny Appleseed.

In a six-week spelling test of 50 words the following made perfect scores: Terry Huckstep, Mike Miller, Cheri Huckstep, Della D. Heise, David Hahs and Kenneth Steinhoff. The third graders have made very pretty and colorful kites to decorate their room for March.

Editor's Note:

Five years later, Ken Steinhoff would be acting in another role, this time for a "Frony production" to promote the city's annual paint-up and clean-up campaign.

Here is that photo in a previous blog.


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  • OK, Fred, I guess this is payback for all of the photos I dredge up of other folks.

    An angel, huh? THAT'S a role that had a short run.

    -- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 1:19 AM
  • Hahaha! Good find! You two crack me up!

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Mar 12, 2012, at 6:01 AM