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Fred Lynch

Midweek Mystery: Deer Hunters

Posted Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Frony photographed two well-dressed men with two deer on the hood of their car.

The date is unknown but was possibly taken in the 1940s.

The only clue is the sign on the building: Stubbs Beer Garden.

The 1942 Cape Girardeau city directory lists Stubbs Beer Garden, 1714 Broadway.

The 1945 directory lists Stubbs Beer Palace, 1720 Broadway.

The owners are listed as Thad L. Stubbs and W. H. Stubbs.

Could they be the men in the photo?

A possible scenario:

The men went hunting and drove home with the deer to change clothes. They called Frony to take a picture of them at Stubbs Beer Garden. Frony sold them a photograph or two. It might not have been published in the newspaper.

The Nov. 9, 1997 Southeast Missourian reported the obituary for Thad L. Stubbs.

Stubbs graduated from Blodgett High School in 1925. The family moved to Cape Girardeau and started Stubbs Root Beer Garden in 1925. After prohibition, the family ran Stubbs' Beer Garden from June 30, 1931, to June 30, 1974.


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  • The car is definitely a 1946 Mercury, since there are features of the front grill that are unique to that year. Looks like it's been on a hunting trip, too!

    -- Posted by stevenbrookins on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 9:13 AM
  • The beer garden was on the right side of Broadway going west right next to Ken's Cleaners where the open lot with all the logs stacked up is. It was a very nice place with gardens and a goldfish pond in the rear. The owner lived right across the street. I don't know who these hunters are. Could be anyone stopping for a beer.

    -- Posted by rockytop10 on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 9:42 PM