f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

Tree of Lights 1959

Posted Friday, December 9, 2011, at 12:00 AM

Dec. 5, 1959 Southeast Missourian

The Salvation Army's annual Tree of Lights campaign, to raise funds for distribution of food baskets to families at Christmas time, was inaugurated Friday afternoon with a short program dedicating the tree, and attended by representatives of various organizations. From the left are Fowler Jones, Mayor Walter H. Ford, Ernest Robison, Herbert Schmidt, E.H. Scarlett, Paul Loiseau, David Graves, Archie Reid, Jon Roberts, Earl Kirchhoff, Robert Hemperly, Bill Reynolds, Capt. Lee Hickam, corps officer; Don McNeely and George Bader. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)

Editor's Note:

The tree was set up outside the old post office in Cape Girardeau which was situated at the southeast corner of Broadway and Fountain streets. The building was razed in 1967 and a new Federal Building was built.

Here is a previous blog with history of the old post office building.

The old post office had Cape Girardeau's first revolving door.


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  • I remember the Missourian used to print the names of every donor to the Tree of Lights. For weeks, we'd read their names next to the amount of the donation: $5, $10, etc.

    -- Posted by Peter Kinder on Wed, Dec 9, 2020, at 6:57 AM