Frony took many pictures of school children ready to take their first train ride. Frisco passenger train service at Cape Girardeau began June 1, 1904 and ended Sept. 17, 1965.
Groups would board the train at the depot in Cape Girardeau and ride to Chaffee where parents would pick up their children for the ride back home. For some groups, chartered buses would take them back to Cape Girardeau. Sometimes the procedure was reversed.
The picture above and the one below were published in the Southeast Missourian on May 27, 1956:
Franklin School second graders, in two groups, made train trips the other day. One group, headed by the teacher, Mrs. J.E. Palsgrove, and mothers, boarded a noon train here and went to Chaffee where a waiting bus brought them back to Cape. Another group and the teacher, Mrs. I.E. Beard and accompanied by Mrs. Ralph Maupin, went by bus to Chaffee, first visiting Municipal Airport, then returned to Cape by train. Mrs. Beard is shown with her group, (above) and in the other picture, (below) from the left, are Mrs. George Miller, Mrs. Wayne Boswell, Mrs. Raymond Harris, Mrs. Earl Hartline, and Mrs. Palsgrove.
May 19, 1956 Southeast Missourian
It was a great day Wednesday in the lives of these third and fourth graders of May Greene School as the small fry, accompanied by their teachers, Mrs. Loy Barks and Mrs. Ruth Deevers, took a Frisco train ride to Chaffee. The trip was the climax to a unit of study on transportation.
Here are more pictures of unidentified groups: