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For decades, diners invited to "Eat A Meal With Old Fred Long"

This advertisement appeared in the “The Colored Directory 1929.” Accessed via the Hannibal Free Public Library. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Fred Long was a tall and stout man of color who lived out his most of his lifetime in Hannibal, Mo. He was born in June 1874, to Sam Long and Julia Long, both of Monroe County, Mo. As a small boy, he lived with the Jno. D. McCann family in Jackson Township, Monroe County, where his mother was working as a servant in 1880. In April 1908 he married Dollie Johnson. In 1910 he was working for T.B. Parks’ livery barn at 105-123 South Fourth Street. The census showed him living with his wife, Dollie, his mother, Julia (Long) Kelly, and his step-father, Sam Kelly, at 1

Young, vulnerable widow falls victim to two-timer

Adah Honeyman Quealy’s first husband, John J.A. Quealy, died at the age of 30 in 1875, and is buried at Holy Family Cemetery. PHOTO/MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Adah Byron Honeyman Quealy was but 27 years old when her husband, John J.A. Quealy, 30, was called to his eternal rest in Hannibal, Mo., at the end of August 1875. The daughter of R.D. Honeyman – a prominent Hannibal contractor – and daughter-in-law of the recently deceased W.J. Quealy, the well-known founder of the "Quealy Car and Iron Works of Hannibal," Adah was considered to be both handsome and accomplished, and was a favorite in Hannibal society. The death of her husband – who had recently concluded a term in the Mis

Fettes transformed farm into model apple orchard

Jennie Fette. Source: AncestryUK, johndouglas955 MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Jennie May Dubach was welcomed into the family of David and Emmaline Wells Bennett Dubach of Hannibal, Mo., during the most tumultuous period on this nation’s history. Her father opened a planing mill in 1858, and Jennie’s family was living on the north side of Center Street, between Fourth and Fifth as the Civil War progressed. Born in December 1861, hostilities were raging at the time of her birth, keeping residents on the edge as far as their own safety was concerned. In order to paint a picture of the frame of mind of Hannibal citizens at the time, excerpts follow from a letter written by a Hannibal resident, 16-year-ol

Edward P. Montgomery 69, of Hannibal

Edward (Eddie) P. Montgomery, 69, of Hannibal, Mo., died at 9:47 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at the Smith Funeral Chapel, 2619 St. Mary’s Ave., Hannibal. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 2 p.m. The Rev. Linda Spaun, Eddie’s sister-in-law, will officiate. Private burial will be at Grandview Burial Park. Eddie was born Nov. 7, 1947, at the tail end of World War II, in Linz, Austria, the first child of Patrick Montgomery, a native of Hannibal, Mo., and Julia Hold Montgomery, who grew up in Mainz, Germany. When he was one year old, Eddie and his mother came to the United States, where they at first settled in

Larry D. Harris: At age 6 or 7, I was the only colored, 'black' Catholic in Hannibal, Missou

Jean and Scott Meyer, owners of the Fette House on Palmyra Road, share this photo of their house, taken in the early 1900s. At the back of the house is a two-story servants’ quarters, with the kitchen on the first floor. During the restoration of this house, the Meyers have re-established the kitchen in this el. Lenora B. Harris (1898-1987) was a long-time cook and housekeeper for the Fette Family. PHOTO SHARED BY JEAN MEYER Miss Marian Fette – the well known and highly respected former Hannibal English teacher - and Mary Helen Harris were the best of friends during their teen years in the 1930s, even though it was a social no-no. Marian was Caucasian, and Mary Helen was light skinned, but c

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