Readers have identified some of our mystery photos which can be viewed here:
Mystery photo galleries
Susan Cole contributed a partial ID on photo 2: The lady in the picture examining the painting in photo gallery number 27 is Alice Lewis. The man is not her husband. Alice and her husband, Freeman Lewis, live at Saxony Village.
Alice Lewis responds after recognizing herself in this photo:
Alice R. Lewis, examining a painting at the Cape Girardeau Public Library with the head librarian, Gene Martin. At that time, patrons were allowed to check out paintings.
About photo 1, Dorothy Ross March of Cape Girardeau wrote: Dr. and Mrs. Bryce March were happy and surprised to find the photo of their two children in the Mystery photo gallery, published in the Southeast Missourian on Sunday, November 4, 2012. The children, Melissa Lu March and her younger brother, Stephen Ross March, appear to have been 6 and 5 years old, respectivly, when they were enjoying those flapjacks at Pancake Day which was being held at the Arena Building.
(Surely their older sister, Merri Gaye March, was seated next to her siblings, but not in the photo).
Melissa currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., and is a travel consultant with Explorations Travel Agency. She and her husband, Stephen Gallant, have two daughters, Danielle and Madison.
Stephen resides in Webster Groves, Mo. He is with the Boeing Company in St. Louis, working with the Employee Involvement Team. Stephen and his wife, the former Jennifer Haman, also have two children: Meredith and Taylor.
Thanks for printing the picture.
Susan Koen recognized herself and some of her classmates: Photo 5 from Mystery Gallery #31 is of my 4th grade (I'm pretty sure of the grade) class at Jefferson School in 1958/59. Mrs. Barks was our teacher. The photo was taken in the gym/cafeteria and we were having some kind of a Mexican fiesta with food, dances, etc. I am the girl at the right end of the middle row with the flower in her hair.
I remember a lot of the girls' names and a couple of the boys' names. All of them look familiar.
Back row is ?, Pat Rhodes, ? Karen Mecham, ? (the sister of the first girl in middle row), Mary Jane Hazel, Don Riley, Barbara Seabaugh, ?, Marsha Haman, and ?.
Middle row is Nancy---, Janet Alberts, Henrietta ---, ?, Pam Beard, ?, ?, Linda ---, Tricia Foster, ?, and me, Susan Koen.
Front row is ?, Frank Berry, ?, ?, ?, ?, Jerry Nelson, and Jim MacCauley.
I have written to you before from Terre Haute, IN but have recently moved back home to Cape. And as always I enjoy the Mystery Galleries, but this is the first time I have seen myself. Thanks again for running this feature, I really enjoy it even when I don't recognize anyone.
Ken Steinhoff took time away from his own blog to provide information about photo 7: The photo taken on the bus might have been a Trinity Lutheran School tour. The man with the buzz cut looks like Allen Wehmeyer, seventh grade teacher at Trinity. Not positive about the spelling of his name off the top of my head.
The kids weren't my age, but I see some faces that look like younger brothers and sisters.
Concerning the same photo, Marty Hente volunteered: In photo #7 of the gallery, I recognize the teacher with the flattop haircut and glasses as Mr. Weyhmeier (sp?) of Trinity School. I believe he taught 7th grade. I graduated in 1960, but I don't recognize any of the students.
Phil Davis identified himself and his siblings in photo 4: The picture of the two siblings looking at their brothers 1st birthday (cake) is me, Phil Davis, with my brother Jerry and sister Mary Jane looking on. Jerry Davis owned McDonald's in Cape and was killed in an airplane crash in 2003; sister Jane died of breast cancer in 2001. Frony (G.D. Fronabarger) was a friend of my father W.E. Davis, former mayor of Cape Girardeau.
Shannon Davis, son of Jerry D. Davis, sent IDs for the same photo: The pic is from left to right, Jerry D. Davis, my father, deceased; Phil M. Davis, lives in Cape; Jane Davis Kohler, deceased.
Phyllis Hansen of Billings, Mont., found her aunt in photo 5: The lady on the left is my aunt, Esther Grebing Aufdenburg. She was on several bowling leagues and won many trophies.
Ray Nichols of Arnold, Mo., confirmed an identification of a subject: Picture 7 of 8 in Mystery Photo Set #34 was indeed Bill Burlison. See the Missourian Thursday, March 17, 1960, p. B1, col. 1.
Using the reference provided by Nichols, we have the full cutline information for this picture:
"Bill D. Burlison, left, president of the Toastmasters Club, receives a novel podium, built for the club by the State College Industrial Arts Club. The presentation was made by Dean Burns, center, president of the club. Looking on is Dean E. Tollefson, administrative vice president of the Toastmasters. The lecturn is adjustable to fit the height of most speakers, with 10 adjustments. There is a light on the stand to illuminate the speaker's notes. Mr. Tollefson holds the remote control lever that controls the warning lights. A green light flashes to warn that speaking time is almost up, and a red light flashes when time is up. Lights are visible only to the speaker."
About photo 2, Charlie Herbst queried: That looks like John Bradshaw on the left?
Former Cape Girardeau attorney Gerald Johnson agreed with him: John Bradshaw, lawyer, on left. Luther Hahs, insurance agent, second from right.
Mary Essner responds:
In the photo of the men with the framed print of the United States Costitution, the man on the far left is indeed John P. Bradshaw. He's my Dad and I would recognize that face anywhere. I'm guessing the year to be 1958 or so?
David McFarland adds:
The man holding the frame on the left is Edward J. Gilbert, and the man on the far right is Robert G. Brady. Mr. Gilbert was principal at Training School and Mr. Brady was an attorney.
Harold Hager of Cape Girardeau provided a partial ID of the people in photo 5: Looks like the Trinity Lutheran Church Council meeting in the old church office building, which was formerly the parsonage at 535 Themis. Front row: L. H. Landgraf, ? [maybe Albert Suedekum], Walter Moeller, a Mr. Vogel, Marvin Schrader. Second row: Pastor Wilbert Koenig, Ed Rudert, John Beaudean. Ed Hilpert, Irvin Rasche, Clarence Haertling, ? .
Ken Steinhoff again recognized Trinity School kids in photo 2: Another bunch of Trinity Lutheran School pupils.
Cheerleaders. Back row, left to right (pretty sure), Pat Johnson, Judy Schrader, Della Heise, Cheri Huckstep. Front row,
Bonnie Strom, maybe Anne Kinder or something like that, maybe Emma Jo Pensel.
You can compare them with the ones here:
Jim and Phyllis Hansen provided a few more names from photo 2: These are cheerleaders at Trinity Lutheran School year 1960-61. Back row left to right: 1.---, 2. Judy Schrader, 3. Della Dee Heise, 4. ---.
Front row left to right: 1. Bonnie Strom, 2. Jean Seimers, 3. ---- Pensel (Penzel).
Finally, Judith Lueders wrote in about photo 2: Cheerleaders for Trinity Lutheran School, 1959-1960. Front row: Bonnie Strom; ?? Siemers, Emma Jo Pensel. Back row: Pat Johnson, Judy Schrader, Della Heise, Cheri Huckstep.
Mary Spell of Cape Girardeau, retired lifestyle editor for the Southeast Missourian, commented about photo 3: I... think that it is Billie O'Neal, the old P.E. instructor at SEMO with all those college girls in the center.
Mary Spell also provided information about photo 4: I'm pretty sure of the identity of two of the girls in the photo of three in front of a school. I think it is the late Ruth Ann Drum, who later married to Cletus Hannebrink. And the girl in the middle I'm pretty sure is June Fingerhut, who was married to Don Slinkard at one time... Anyway, I went to school in the '50s at Central with both of those girls but don't recognize the third girl. We all have a good time looking at these old photos...just like Frony not to ID anything. Thanks for keeping up with the history of this area.
Elmer Schetter, a retired ad executive for the Southeast Missourian, emailed a comment about photo 7: I think the lady second from the right is Marty Hecht's wife.
Several people wrote us about photo 7.
From Gary Neihart: That would be the Schade family, the kids are John and Dewey. John is the younger on the right.
From Ford Phillips: I believe the youngest boy in photo number 7 in this series is John Schade; I went to high school with him. The man in the photo is his father, and I think he was a long-time Missourian employee....I grew up in Cape Girardeau and have an online subscription to the Missourian. I enjoy the Mystery Photo Galleries. This the first time I have ever seen anyone I knew. Keep up the good work.
From Bill Stone: One of your recent photos in gallery 38 photo 7 is the Rueben Schade family, Dewey is the older son and John is the younger. I don't think I ever met Mrs Schade. I do not know her name. Mr Schade worked for the Missourian.
From David Cargle: Mr. and Mrs. Schade and their sons Dewey, on the left, and John on the right. I think Mr. Schade's name was Reuben.
Keith Huckstep spotted himself, as well as his brother, in photo 3: That is at Trinty Lutheran School. The old building that sat on the now north parking lot. On the front row, the two boys on the right are brothers Keith and Lee Huckstep.
Photo 5 elicited the following from David Cagle: I think that is Lydia Bunch Meier in the first row on the left, and next to her is Sue Springer Thornton. In second row, third from left, is Donna Sides Price.
Kathy Swan wrote in about photo 3: On photo number 3, the Girl Scout photo delivering Christmas wreaths: Martha Foster is second from the right. Karen Hale is the tallest girl on the left.
"I think the 3rd girl from the right in Photo 3, Gallery 40, is Donna Hitt."
Rob Lewis provided information about photo 6: I believe we can help you with photo 6 in Mystery Gallery Number 40. This is a photo of Grace Methodist Church women cooking apple butter as an annual fund raiser. The woman on the far left is my grandmother, Lois Regenhardt. My uncle, Don Regenhardt, has identified the woman next to her as Mirta McBride, mother of Gordon McBride. This may have been on the lawn of the church property, southwest corner of Sprigg and Independence. The buildings in the background may front on Independence. My guess is this was taken in late 1950s.
A number of readers wrote to tell us about photo 1.
Barbara Popp of Jackson identified this young farmer as her husband, John Popp Jr., in a photo taken about 1958 or 1959 at their farm near Oak Ridge. Popp had a herd of between 250 and 300 sheep. In addition to shearing his own sheep each spring, Popp, who was handy with the shears, was called on to tend the sheep of his neighbors as well. The Popps farmed near Oak Ridge for about 122 years.
From John Simmons: I do not know this for a fact at all...... But that sure looks like a young John Popp with the lambs.
From GJL: The young farmer looks like John Popp, who owned Lee Avenue Warehouse in Jackson.
From Gerald Jones: I am sure it is John Popp, who was married and lived on a farm in Cape County north of Cape city. He had a younger brother, George Popp.
Regarding photo 6, Jim and Phyllis Hansen offered: Patty Wietop is the lady on the left. I should know her married name, but I can't recall it right now.
About photo #6. Don't know who the three ladies standing behind the car are, but the picture was taken in a Buick Dealers showroom sometime between Sept. 1960 and and Aug. 1961. Note the lanoleum on the floor and the lettering on the showroom windows. The suit cases in the trunk of this 1961 Buick were probably put there by the dealer to illustrate the luggage carying capacity of this land barge.
Also from Jim and Phyllis Hansen, concerning photo 8: Looks like the SEMO University clothing lab in the early to mid '60s. Don't recognize any people though.