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August 1, 2020


Did Ed O’Neill, long-time sports editor for the Hannibal Courier-Post, and Lester Dimmitt, long-time owner and publisher of the the Canton, Mo., Press News, perform with an orchestra before the Prince of Wales (David,...

July 25, 2020

This photo shows the east side of the 100 block of North Main Street in 1959. Sonnenbergs Department Store is at left, and Bowles Clothiers is adjoining. Photo by Kathy Threlkeld, from the Steve Chou collection. Republished in Chou’s boo...

July 17, 2020

This is believed to be a photo of the P. Van Evercooren dry goods and grocery store, located at 2205 Market St., Hannibal, circa 1917, Paul Van Evercooren is believed to be standing the third from the right. Photo posted on Findagrave by...

John DeLaporte Sr., left, owner of the DeLaporte Shoe Store at 1801 Market St., works with his nephew, Ray DeLaporte. CONTRIBUTED

 DeLaPorte Shoe store was located at 1801 Market St., Hannibal, Mo., during the 1940s and 1950s. CONTRIBUTED


July 11, 2020

Located inside the former grocery store at 1905 Market was a State Farm Insurance office, owned by Edwin S. Wilson. Mr. Wilson retired in 1980, and sold the buildings to the Missouri State Highway Department in the mid 1980s. The buildin...

July 3, 2020

This is a facsimile of the area north of Market Street where the late-night robbery of the Van Evercooren property took place in August 1892. The arrow points to the Van Evercooren house. Illustration by Mary Lou Montgomery based upon th...

June 27, 2020

This side-by-side comparison shows Hannibal’s Market Street fire station in 1905, at left, and the current building owned by Brad and Erika M. Walden, at 1634 Market Street. Note that in 1905, the front of the building was parallel to Ma...

June 20, 2020

Charles Wesley McIntyre graduated in 1920 from Dowagiac Union High School, Dowagiac, Michigan. (Yearbook photo accessed via Ancestry.com)


By 1918, agricultural experts in Michigan had made a clear connection between bla...

June 13, 2020

Current photo of 601 Union St., Hannibal, Mo. Photo contributed by Melanie Wasson. It was in this house (when it was just a one-story frame) where Rodolph Mitchick lived pre-Civil War. He was killed in action following the two-day Battle...

June 6, 2020

This photo, identified as Prosper J. Gillett, was originally shared to Ancestry.com by Shawn Hendrix.

Prosper Gillett received a U.S. Patent for his lifting invention on Feb. 23, 1864.



In February 1864, while General W...

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Walk of Fame

These individuals have been featured on this history website. Click on names to follow the links. If links fail, notify webmaster by clicking here.


Scott Anderson - MU Hall of Famer.

Elizabeth Barkley - Proud to be a nurse.

Joseph Bassen - German immigrant who found success in Hannibal.

Dora Betts -  Served in the Army Nurse Corps.

Bibb Twins - Dedicated members of Fifth Street Baptist Church.

Byrne E. Bigger, MU baseball standout, 1905.

Georgia Braxton - Her tombstone symbolizes Ralls County’s colorful history.

Louis Bright, World War II veteran.

Phillip Brown - a Hannibal moving company legacy.

Joshua Burton - Hannibal undertaker;  lived at Hannibal Masonic Home.

Mary Carter - In Her Own Words, Courier-Post files.

Elder E.B. Challenner - Christian Church minister.

Walt Chandler - Played the piano since the age of 4.

Stanley Clark - Soulful harmonica music.

Miss Frankie Connell, 50-year educator.

James W. Cox - Buried at Old Baptist Cemetery.

Charles W. Curts -  Noted Hannibal riverman.

John W. Dickson - Landowner and free man of color.

Homer Draper - World War II veteran.

Joe and Betty Farrell - Rail, mail, fire and newspaper memories.

Jim Featherstone - Learned lesson in self defense as a boy in Hannibal.

P.W. Fletcher - Transportation visionary.

J. Palmer Forrest  - Established St. Mary’s Pharmacy.

Rev. Wesley Foster - Eighth and Center Streets Missionary Baptist Church.

Evans Fritz  - A funeral pioneer.

Dan Griffen - Hannibal florist, who shares memories of the 1940s.

William Casper Grove, Hannibal's second fire chief.

Sue Hart  - A lifetime of living on West Ely Road.

Albert Haug - Noted Hannibal musician.

Bobby Heiser - Fifth generation Hannibal jeweler.

Louis and Lena Lackner Heiser - German Turner Society.

• Holland, Stephen T. - Former journalist, retraces steps as a Hannibal reporter.

Otis Howell – Winner of top MPA photography awards in 1961.

William Hunt - A story of financial largess and loss.

Dora Hunter - Early Hannibal businesswoman.

Lu Jaworksy - Life-long local newspaper supporter.

Livy Job - Lost to friendly fire at Hannibal during Civil War

John Keefe -  ‘America’s greatest yodeler’

George Michael Kilian - Early Hannibal butcher.

Jack Klotz - Privy digger.

Milton P. Knighton - Owner of White Star Laundry

Jack Kretzer - Remembers when funeral homes operated ambulance services.

Dr. Daniel Landau - Pediatrician to Hannibal's Baby Boomers.

Peter Lange - Operated a boat livery business at the foot of Bird Street.

Harry Lieberman and Doc Greene, checkers champs.

Otto Liepold, Hannibal businessman, walked to Quincy.

Ruth Linear - Shares memories of “Old Hannibal.”

Arch Little, a born promoter and entertainer.

Rev. Lena Mason - Hannibal native, turned famous evangelist.

Larry W. McCarty - Descendant of John Quartle's slave, Daniel

Hiram McVeigh - Failed at business, but left a lasting legacy.

William Scott Meyer - Son of Hannibal, prominent businessman

Len Moss - Chronicler life with pencil and watercolors.

Betty Curtis Mudd  - Remembers neighborhood of her youth.

W.A. Munger - Former Hannibal mayor.

Firmin T. O'Dell - a Hannibal visionary.

John O'Donnell tells of growing up in Hannibal; Central Park was his backyard.

Babu Patel - Veteran hotel man, modern day immigrant.

Fannie Peake - Noted soprano.

Richard and Martha Poole – Restoring legacy house at South Fifth & Church.

John B. Powell - Journalist Paid a high price for outspoken views.

John Pratt - Hannibal Courthouse’s first janitor.

Dr. O.C. Queen - Prominent Hannibal physician of color.

Martha R. Ray - Long-time Hannibal educator.

Leolia Reynolds - Respected Hannibal educator

Essie Turner Robinson - Left as a legacy, notes of Bear Creek Church’s founding.

Dr. Mary S. Ross served patients from her home and office at 500 Broadway.

Lula Mae Kimberley Rothweiler, a noted elementary educator.

William H. Russell, Hannibal native, baseball team owner.

R.B.D. Simonson  - Hannibal school superintendent

Pink Snyder - Operated a grocery store in the Chestnut Street neighborhood.

Gurniss Tapley and his horse, Colonel, spent their retirement years working on Franklin Otten's dairy farm.

King Tanner, a man of color, fought for his country during the Civil War.

Donna Toalson - A real tomboy.

Emilie Treat - First female court reporter for Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Richard Treat - Lost his life during Korean Conflict.

Mary Ellen Hulse and Richard Webster Trower - Married during World War II.

Oscar Tucker - A lifelong shoemaker.

Brad Tutor - Continuing family’s milling legacy.

Lynne McGee Tutor - Cemetery researcher.

Kathy Herring Walley - Grew up in a photo studio.

Dixie Ward – The force behind the Hull (Ill.) History Museum

Lute F. West - Left behind a journal from the 1880s.

Mary Wiehe - A member of a proud blue-collar family.

Brad Willet - Repurposed old Hatch Farm lumber into his own home.

Miss Sadie Withers - Early 20th Century nurse.

Bob Yount – Grew up on the Hatch farm.