f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Broadway line for Pancake Day

Posted Friday, March 19, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Lions Club members in Cape Girardeau have been flipping flapjacks since 1939.

Here is the scene on Broadway as published in the Southeast Missourian, April 3, 1947:

Waiting for pancakes was a pastime indulged in by many Girardeans Wednesday who stood in line in order to sample the products turned out by the Lions Club during their ninth annual Pancake Day. The photograph was taken at the height of the noon rush hour in front of the Millikan Motor Co. salesroom, where the event was held. Several times during the day the waiting line extended out Broadway for the length of the block. Tabulation revealed that 632 servings were made, including 340 which were paid for at the door. Nearly 4300 tickets were sold in advance, it was reported, making the total sale close to 4800. As a result, the Lions will realize approximately $1200, from which expenses will be deducted. The final amount will be a relief fund. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

Lions Club Pancake Day locations:

1939-42 Himmelberger-Harrison Building, Broadway & Fountain

1943 421 Broadway

1944 Vedder Building (adjoining the Missourian Building)

1945-48 Millikan Motors, 817 Broadway

1949 Flentge's Appliance, 14 N. Sprigg St.

1950 Statler Implement Co., 10 N. Sprigg St.

1951-55 Frissell Building, 6-8 N. Spanish St.

1956-59 617 Good Hope St., former Orpheum Theater building

1960-present Arena Building

Editor's Note:

Jackson Pancake Day mystery photograph was identified by Jim Rapp.


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  • That stretch of Broadway looks like it was fairly residential back then, and look at those street lights! Great photo.

    -- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 12:29 PM