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Fred Lynch

Hartung's Key & Repair Shop

Posted Friday, August 22, 2014, at 12:00 AM

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Hartung's began as a locksmith and gunsmith business by Gottfried Hartung in 1888. This photo by G.D. Fronabarger shows a later building, built in 1900, that was taken during the Cape Girardeau Sesquicentennial celebration in 1956.

Gottfried Hartung's son, William C. Hartung, owned the locksmith shop located at 600 Broadway until it moved to 240 N. Frederick St. in February 1965.

The next month, the vacant building on Broadway was damaged when a car was knocked into the structure. The building was torn down and a gas station was built on the site. Star Service Station opened Dec. 3, 1965.

From the Morgue by Sharon Sanders:

Meet Gottfried Hartung, gun- and locksmith


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  • Really nice image.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Aug 22, 2014, at 9:03 AM
  • Interesting image with all the elements to be seen. Notice the paving bricks and the streetcar tracks. Looks like a 1956 Oldsmobile 88 in the foreground and a 55 Chevy on Frederick. Notice their juxtaposition and similar paint schemes. Also the positioning of the parade spectators and participants. Judging by the angle I would bet Frony took the photo from the upstairs of Nowell's Camera Shop, 609 Broadway. A second grader then, I and my family watched the parade further up on Broadway.

    -- Posted by tomneumeyer on Fri, Aug 22, 2014, at 1:02 PM
  • Tom, I think you are right about Nowell's Camera Shop being the vantage point. I can see Frony conducting business there, then going up to shoot the photo. He was known for economy of movement.

    Here's what the corner looked like with Star Service Station there shortly after that (and what is there today).


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Aug 22, 2014, at 9:51 PM
  • Dang I'm getting old. I remember Hartung's and when they built the Star station. That old Star station would be a great spot for a Liquor store and smoke shop is it were not to close to a church.

    -- Posted by nocomment on Fri, Aug 22, 2014, at 9:56 PM