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Fred Lynch

Janet Street block party 1960

Posted Friday, August 24, 2012, at 12:00 AM

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Neighbors on Janet Street pose for a picture at a family block party that Frony photographed for the Aug. 22, 1960 Southeast Missourian.

Family Block Parties Popular; Janet Street Residents Gather

Neighborliness is spreading fast in Cape Girardeau and residents, among them many newcomers to the city, are joining in block, or street, parties to get acquainted. Another such party was held Sunday evening on Janet street in the northwestern part of the city where two years ago there was only the broad expanse of fields.

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  • I remember Janet Street well. It was one of the streets I delivered papers to as a 12-year-old. Worked as a sub making all of $2.50 a week (plus sparse tips) for throwing papers six days a week and collecting on Saturday.

    The Missourian eventually gave me a route of my own. I grew it from 90 subscribers to 300 and was dragging in $24 a week (almost exactly half of what I would make as a reporter a few years later). Being a reporter was a whole lot easier than being a paperboy, trust me.


    When I got back into cycling, one of the first things I did was was to ride my old paper route. The hills have gotten steeper, but low gears make it a better ride than on my old single-speed Schwinn.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 10:42 AM
  • ksteinhoff, Might want to recheck that link. :)

    -- Posted by Old John on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 12:33 PM
  • Old John, it goes to a piece I did on my bike blog about carrying papers in that neighborhood.

    I just clicked on it. Did it take you somewhere else?

    Tropical Storm Isaac just caused our lights to flicker and my Comcast Internet connection is down, so I may not see a reply. (I'm connected to the Internet with a Verizon wireless card, which seems to be OK.)

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff1 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 11:22 PM