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Fred Lynch

Kids meet Santa Claus at Town Plaza

Posted Monday, December 21, 2009, at 1:00 AM

Children line up to see Santa Claus at Town Plaza in Cape Girardeau, during the early 1960s, in this picture taken by G.D. Fronabarger.

Thad Bullock is standing at far right. He was the owner of Bullock's Piano Salon in the Arcade at the Town Plaza beginning in 1963 after moving his store from Broadway. Town Plaza opened in 1960.


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  • Does anyone remember if, Santa was sitting in a trailer or other type of building in the Plaza's parking lot? I seem to remember seeing Santa there, however when I saw him I thought he was sitting inside a small building outside of the Woolworth store. Does anyone remember having to pay to use the restroom inside of Woolworths?

    -- Posted by koss on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 7:47 AM
  • Fred, this is so wonderful; to see these pictures of my Daddy. I don't have either one of them; what an amazing Christmas remembrance for me. Thank you.................................

    -- Posted by hildalhobbs on Mon, Dec 21, 2009, at 12:47 PM
  • Any way I could get a print of this picture as this is My daddy?

    -- Posted by hildalhobbs on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 2:46 PM