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Fred Lynch

Mystery photos solved 5/16/2012

Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 12:00 AM

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Jim Rapp identified the teenager in the first photo of Mystery Gallery #1 as James Brune. He said the white-haired man standing in front of him was his father. He thought the photo was either an FFA or Farm Bureau event from the early 1960s.

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Judy Sneathen provided the following information about this photo from Mystery Gallery #2 of the children in the garden:

"I believe that the picture is of Miss Louise Gross, supervisor of the kindergarten at College Elementary School at the University. The playground was next to what is now Brandt Music Hall. These flowers were planted in front of the playground. The "gum tree" there now would have been a part of her garden. I attended her kindergarten for both 4 and 5 year olds, however, I do not recognize any of the children in the picture."

JTL comments:

"Based on the age of the folks in the photo, the Campus School Kindergarten shot was taken c 1955. Besides the iconic Miss Gross, some of those pictured are: Cyndi Shoss, Walter Lamkin, Jabe Sheets, John Ruesler and Fred Naeter. Still working on the other two. Miss Gross was the living embodiment of "all one ever needs to know, they learn in kindergarten." To this day, and despite numerous trips to company headquarters, I've never had a Coke - because of an experiment she performed."

Editor's Update

We have found this photograph was published May 19, 1956. Here is the caption:

Youngsters start early in Cape learning about garden care. This kindergarten group, supervised by Miss Louise M. Gross at College Training School, are weeding and trimming out the flower beds. In the photo are Tom Otto, John Sheds, John Rueseler, Walter Lamkin, Fred Naeter, Cynthia Shoss and Martha Vogel.

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Craig Watkins of Justin, Texas, provides this information on the photo of the archers:

"Good morning,

Today while looking through the SE Missourian, I stumbled on to this photo.

It's a photo of the winners of one of The Bootheel Bow Hunters events in the mid to late 50's.

The man on the left is Ellis Trickey. The woman is my mother, Annabel S. Watkins. The man on the right is W.T. "Bill" Watkins, my father. He owned the Watkins Shell Station on the S.W. corner of West End Blvd. and Independence. About the same time he and T. J. Mulkey started The Country Store on West End next to the Sunny Hill Dairy.

I recognize the two men next to my father, but not sure I have their names correct."

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Nancy J. Wilson provided information about this picture from Mystery Gallery #3:

"I believe that picture number 3 of group 3 of the young man and a small dog is a photo of Bill Fronabarger, the son of Garland Fronabarger. Garland and my father Carey Jenkins were first cousins. Bill now lives in Arizona.

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Rick Horrell provided information about this photo of the school cafeteria in Mystery Gallery #3:

"The layout of the cafeteria line reminds me of the one at the old Notre Dame, on Ritter Drive. I guess most school cafeterias look similar, and it's been over 30 years since I've been there, but even the tile on the floor looks familiar to me."

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Jean Freeman provided information about this photo from Mystery Gallery #5:

"The picture of the contestants for the swimming suit at the Fair:

Back row, 2nd to left is Gloria Sue Baker.

First person, first row is Rita Williams.

They were from Cape. The others I don't know or can't see well enough to know who they are. Gloria Sue Baker graduated with me at Central High, Class of '62."

Janice Oliver offered the following, also about this photo:

"My daughter called me on Tuesday, May 1st and said "Mom, I think there is a picture of you in the SE Missourian." Well, it wasn't in the paper, but it was online. This was a picture of the contestants in the Miss SE Missouri District Fair contest taken in September, 1961. I was one of the contestants. I believe I remember the names of a couple of the contestants, Jerretta Seabaugh and Sheile Leible. I believe the girl that won was Lana Vickery of Chaffee, but I am not positive. She could have been the winner from the previous year. Of course, these were their maiden names. Hope this helps."

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Jamie Burger, Scott County Presiding Commissioner, provided information about this photo of the felled tree in Mystery Gallery #5:

"The three men by the large downed tree.

Standing on tree Danny Burger from New Hamburg, Mo.

Man in the middle Alex Burger Jr., on his left Alex Burger Sr., both are deceased.

Picture taken around 1960 or so, south of Lone Star cement, possibly in Diversion Channel floodway.

Keep posting old pictures, enjoyable."

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Jim Rapp identified the tall man (second from right) in this photo as Lee Olson from Mystery Gallery #6 of a telephone switchboard. Rapp said Olson worked for the telephone company in Cape Girardeau. Rapp believes this is the back entrance of the telephone company building.

Roy L. Beck adds this:

"The man on the very left is Alan Baker and the tallest man on the right (2nd from right) is Lee Olson, employees of Southwestern Bell Telehone. I am not sure where or when the picture was taken."

From Mary Spell:

"The lady standing in the photo is Berniece Chasteen. She worked for the old Bell Telephone Co. for many years. The woman working the switchboard may be her sister, Gladys O'Ferrell."

Mystery Gallery #1

Mystery Gallery #2

Mystery Gallery #3

Mystery Gallery #4

Mystery Gallery #5

Mystery Gallery #6

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  • Based on the age of the folks in the photo, the Campus School Kindergarten shot was taken c 1955. Besides the iconic Miss Gross, some of those pictured are: Cyndi Shoss, Walter Lamkin, Jabe Sheets, John Ruesler and Fred Naeter. Still working on the other two.

    Miss Gross was the living embodiment of "all one ever needs to know, they learn in kindergarten." To this day, and despite numerous trips to company headquarter, I've never had a Coke - because of an experiment she performed.

    -- Posted by JTL on Thu, May 17, 2012, at 7:06 PM