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Remembering the Grand Army of the Republic

This undated photo represents the Grand Army of the Republic assembled together in formation. The man standing in front holds a Union flag. The men were Union veterans of the Civil War. The photo is copyright 2010 Carondelet Historical Society, reprinted with permission. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY By 1918, members of the fraternal organization, The Grand Army of the Republic, were dying off so rapidly that it became apparent that there soon would be too few veterans to continue the organization. Members included veterans of various branches of military who served on the Union side during the Civil War, including the Union Army, Union Navy, Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service. Capt. Wilbur F

Silas Osterhout Home In Hannibal Teems With Historical Backgroun

1952, Courier-Post New Home Edition reprinted in the Hannibal Courier-Post (MO) - Sunday, May 10, 2009 Author: Hannibal Courier-Post The Silas Osterhout home in the northwest part of Hannibal, long a show place and a rendezvous for young people going on picnics in the summer and skating parties in the winter time, still stands against a background of history which pierces the middle portion of the nineteenth century. Many Hannibalians, now in mature adult life holding responsible positions in many different phases of the business and professional life of the city, and others who have left the old hometown to seek their fortunes elsewhere, point back to the many gay times they have had on the

Court transcript introduces Hannibal man to his ancestor

Dana Riney of Hannibal stands by the graves of his grandmother, Bessie Rhodes Bartlett, and his great-grandparents, Minnie Melson Rhodes and James Edward Rhodes. He recently learned that his great-great-great grandfather, John Perry Bartraum, left behind his life story as told during a court trial in 1894. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Note: The name Bartraum has various spellings in print documents. This story uses the spelling preferred by John Perry Bartraum’s great-great-great grandson, Dana Riney. “The Notorious Madam Shaw” was published in 2016 by Mary Lou Montgomery. Attorney Thomas H. Bacon was the author of the history published in “Mirror of Hannibal.” Attorney George Mahan was the benefacto

Journalist chronicled important milestone in Hannibal’s history

Employees of the Hannibal Morning Journal newspaper gather outside the building on East Broadway circa 1900. This building was known as he RoBards Building. It would be razed in the 1960s. John F. Stichman, who would have been in his early 20s at the time of this photo, may be included among the employees. STEVE CHOU COLLECTION/BLUFF CITY MEMORIES, HANNIBAL, MISSOURI MARY LOU MONTGOMERY John F. Stichman of Hannibal went to work as a 16-year-old, learning the printing trade in the typical manner: via hands-on instruction from those experienced in the craft. Three years later, in 1896, young Stichman – the son of a Hannibal cooper doing business on Lyon Street, near the intersection with Marke

Rivalry between Settles, Pettibone carried weight in 1880 Hannibal

This photo, taken from the southeast corner of Main and Broadway circa 1866, shows the Settles & Helms dry good store, located on the northwest corner of the intersection. A.J. Settles partnered with Levy Wolfstein for a time - and later in succession Cyrus T. Helm, James B. Bowles and James Plowman - in the operation of a dry goods store at this location from circa 1866-1885. At left, on the southwest corner of the intersection, is the R.E. Lackner building, which was replaced in 1905 by the Farrell building, which still stands today. Note that on the northeast corner of the intersection, the building which now houses HNB Bank had yet to be constructed. (PHOTO: STEVE CHOU COLLECTION) MARY L

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