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Fred Lynch

Rush H. Limbaugh III in kindergarten

Posted Monday, July 26, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Radio personality Rush Limbaugh grew up in Cape Girardeau. He, like many, can count an encounter with One Shot Frony, who snapped a picture of Limbaugh's kindergarten class that was published in the Southeast Missourian on April 21, 1956. Limbaugh is inset below.

The photo caption leaves some doubt as to the identification order. With so many youngsters, taking notes must have been a daunting task after shooting the photo.

I checked with David Limbaugh, who is two years younger than his brother. He could identify most of the children in the photo and agreed that the order was confusing.

Here is the caption:

It's outside for kindergarten. Members of the morning kindergarten class at College Elementary School enjoy a morning of sunshine as they play in open air quarters, back of the school building on the State College campus. Here they ride a wooden train, play with a goat kid and use other vehicles in their play. Riding, from the left, are Charles Short, Tom Otto, Roger Rowan, Taylor Boyd, Eloise Phillips, Donnie Cotner, Rush Limbaugh III, Ann Mollenhour, James Kinder, Mar Harper, Martha Vogel, Mike Trickey and Jon Paul Hall. In foreground, Tom Mahy, Tim Tipton, Becky Blattner, Mary Kay Gerhardt, Alan Hecht and Bob Aubuchon. (Photo by G.D. Fronabarger)

Campus School garden - then and now


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  • I know James Kinder...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 9:34 AM
  • Not pictured - the teacher, Miss Gross - a major figure in molding the SEMO ethics espoused by Rusty and ingrained in many who attended kindergarten in the Home of the Birds.

    In one of her lessons she put a nail in a dish of Coke and placed it in the icebox overnight. When we returned the following day the nail was gone - "and Coke does the same thing to your teeth."

    I still don't drink it, or Obama Kool-aid.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 3:56 PM
  • who brought their dog to school? or is that a goat in the pic?

    -- Posted by TommyStix on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:30 AM
  • hahah nevermind i read the caption again ahahaha.. goats at school ahahahahaha

    -- Posted by TommyStix on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:31 AM
  • I'm surprised she didn't go one step further and do the temperance preacher's demonstration:

    He held up a glass he said contained the "Devil's spirits" and dropped a worm into it.

    The worm squirmed for a moment, gave a couple of twitches and dropped, dead, to the bottom of the glass.

    Triumphantly, and, obviously pleased with his object lesson, the preacher thundered, "What does this teach us?"

    "If you have worms, drink whiskey," came a voice from the back of the congregation.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 10:35 AM