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Dr. Lucke looked over health concerns of Marion County

Dr. Lucke is pictured leaving the Maddox house on Hope Street in Hannibal in 1947. He had affixed a quarantine sign to the front door when young Tommy Maddox contracted scarlet fever. MADDOX FAMILY PHOTO MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Hired in the spring of 1926 as Marion County’s new health officer, 36-year-old Dr. Eugene M. Lucke started a crusade which would continue throughout his lifetime: Improving health conditions in the county where he was born and raised. The youngest son of H.A. and Louise Lucke was born in 1890, and educated in the schools of the county, attending primary grades at Todd School, and high school at the old Centenary Academy in Palmyra. Following his graduation from the academ

1947: Sister Kenny's treatment plan cured young Hannibal polio patient

Gov. Dwight Green of Illinois, holds 7-year-old Margaret Carenen of Hannibal, Mo., as he visited the recently established Sister Elizabeth Kenny Clinic at Centralia, Ill., on Feb. 11, 1948. Looking on is Miss Ethel Burns, Kenny technician. Margaret (Peggy) suffered an acute attack of polio recently, but at the time of this photo was a convalescent. The governor expressed himself well satisfied with the operation of the clinic. (AP photo) Front page, Hannibal, Mo., Courier-Post Feb. 14, 1948 Note: Peggy Carenen and the author this article, Mary Lou Montgomery, are half-sisters, both daughters of Mary Louise Robinson Carenen Spaun. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Sister Elizabeth Kenny’s name is often spo

Picture tells story of business half-block destroyed by fire in 1898

This map, based upon a Sanborn Fire Map of 1899, shows where the businesses that burned were located. ILLUSTRATION BY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Edwin Richard Gifford was a young man of just 25 in 1896, married to his blushing bride, Mary Jane Wilson Gifford, then aged 19 and a native of Edina, Mo., when they opened a magnificent jewelry store at 207 Broadway, two doors to the west of the Farrell Building, 200-203 Broadway. Mary Jane invested her own money into the establishment of the store, and their continued success as a Hannibal jewelry family might have earned them a long-time place in the business annuals of their adopted community of Hannibal. But such was not to be. Dur

Fascinato, who taught music in Hannibal, went on to become musical director for The Tennessee Ernie

Link to Ford singing "Sixteen Tons" at the end of this story. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY The finger-snapping, pencil mustached, baritone singer known as Tennessee Ernie Ford provided entertainment for millions of fans worldwide beginning in the second half of the 20th Century. And even today he is a big draw to classic YouTube listeners. Ford’s performance of his most popular hit, “Sixteen Tons,” touched the hearts and souls of those of his generation. While it is Ford’s face and voice associated with this classic song, it is the influence of a Northeast Missouri native that helped raise this tune to top selling status. Jack Fascinato, born at Bevier, Mo., in 1915, was named musical director of “Th

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