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Firemen thrill Franklin pupils

Posted Monday, March 19, 2012, at 12:00 AM

March 19, 1936 Southeast Missourian

Pupils of the Franklin School assembled on the campus the other day when firemen of the Cape Girardeau department demonstrated some difficult maneuvers as they attached a flag to the top of the high pole on the school ground. The firemen are shown in the above photo getting ready for the demonstration with the thrilled children standing by. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Editor's Note:

In the upper left corner is a white building with a front awning. This was Hitt's Grocery at 308 Louisiana, owned by Edward G. Hitt, according to a 1942 city directory.

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Interestingly enough, both Washington School and Franklin School had flag poles with ornate bases that looked identical.


I imagine the Washington School flagpole is in a landfill somewhere.

Franklin was the "school with no name," the only one in the district that was built without a name on the front of the building. The student council raised money in 1971 to put 8-inch-high plastic letters above the door.


-- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Mar 19, 2012, at 8:40 AM

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Fred Lynch has captured images for the Southeast Missourian since 1975, in that time moving from black-and-white to color, from film to digital and to video. The blog title is a nod to an earlier era of news photography and the 4x5 Speed Graphic: It's more important to be there for the shot than to worry about technical details.

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