Pictures of the Past #1
G.D. Fronabarger left the Missourian with boxes and boxes of negatives. What he didn't leave were IDs for them. For the past year, we've presented galleries of mystery photos to our viewers, and you've identified nearly 100 images. Today, we change gears slightly by presenting a gallery of photos that, while still largely unidentified, aren't complete mysteries. As with the Mystery Galleries, we encourage your comments. Contact librarian Sharon Sanders at email@example.com. Mystery Galleries may still be viewed on our History Page, http://www.semissourian.com/history/
Aviation Day was an annual event at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport. This crowd appears to be battling the glare of the sun to watch an aerial show.
Karen Campbell-Schmidt spotted her family in the photo: "What a nice surprise to see my family in the paper!! The photo is of my mother Betty Jo Campbell holding my brother George Campbell Jr. To their left is my sister Rebecca Campbell Everly. We cannot quite decide if that is dad standing behind them or not. At the time (about 1960??) my brother would have been about 3. We lived in Chaffee. Our family moved away in 1965, when there was much reorganization of the Frisco (now Burlington Northern) Railroad. Both of our parents have since passed away after returning to live in Cape after retirement in the mid-1980s. My brother is a very successful motivational speaker and screen writer. Our sister is a retired elementary school teacher. I am not in this picture but I do remember attending this event. I briefly retired from a 37-year career as an RN in Tulsa, Okla., and decided to move back to Cape. After a few months of retirement in Cape I returned to a great RN position."
Signs reading "Cessna for '61" indicate that this Aviation Day at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport was photographed in 1961.
We believe this musical entourage was photographed by G.D. Fronabarger in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau.
Jesse James of Ocala, Fla., identified his mother in this picture of the Cape Choraliers: "My mother, Dolly Ruth (James) Snyder, is the first women in the front row from the left."
G.D. Fronabarger likely took this picture to illustrate a story, or ad, about the comfortable waiting area at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport.
Just as they do today, women like to display their sewing skills at the SEMO District Fair. We believe this unidentified woman was showing off the afghan she made in this undated photo.
This farmer showed off the height of the corn he grew. Note the youngster sitting in second-story barn window.
Larry Schabbing supplied the story behind this photo: "This is a picture of my dad (Albert Schabbing) and myself displaying a brand of corn called Goliath that we tried and grew on our dairy farm one year. Normally, corn does not grow this tall, and we tried it on the basis of what it would do. The corn did grow to the height as shown in the photo, and I still can't recall how Dad got (G.D.) Fronabarger to come out to the farm and snap this photo. I certainly do remember when this picture was taking, but to time stamp the date is unknown. Mr. Fronabarger came to our farm and to the Campster 4-H Club and did several photo sessions to promote what was going on out in the rural areas. Thanks for showing this one particular picture... It is some of the few memories I still have growing up on our farm just west of the Walmart in Cape."
Robert Brinkopf of Effingham, Ill., identified this photograph as having been published in a booklet marking the 100th anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau in 1954.
Front row, left to right: Grace Baumann, Carol Rudert, Mrs. Irvin Rasche, accompanist, Mrs. William Luckmann, Norma Steinbach, Lena Weber, Mrs. Melvin Haertling, Mrs. Paul Gerlach, Patricia Parker. Second row: H.A. Krahn, director, Mrs. I.H. Crews, Mrs. Paul Brauer, Mrs. Alvert Hilpert, Laura Gerlach, Ida Daume, Ruth Froemsdorf, Mrs. Charlotte Davis, Lida Landgraf, Sally Edmonds. Third row: Martin Niedling, Clarence Bertling, Layton Keller, Don Popp, Carl Lehne, Albert Hilpert, Gene Popp, E.G. Rudert. Back row: A.E. Landgraf, Richard Dippold, Ronnie Hopper, Arthur Fischer, Gene Popp, Paul Brauer.
Brinkopf also observed that "Mr. Krahn was the eighth grade teacher and principal at the time. Miss Froemsdorf was a long time 3rd grade teacher at the school. Mr. Brauer, Miss Steinbach, and Miss Baumann were also teachers at the time."