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Cornelius Keith played prominent role in NEMO grocery store management

The Cornelius S. Keith grocery store, 2207 Market, Hannibal, Mo., featured a cross in its front window, made of Rupp Bakery rolls in honor of Easter. March 27, 1934 Herring photo; Allen Ballard collection MARY LOU MONTGOMERY During the years between the World Wars and deep within financial chaos of the Great Depression, feeding a family was an all-consuming task. Grocery stores literally dotted every neighborhood throughout the town of Hannibal, Mo., as entrepreneurs converted their living rooms into sales floors, selling basic items to their neighbors and earning a needed income for their families. Grocery store operators of that era who have been featured in this author’s historic series

Hehmeyers left imprints on local business climate

The Hehmeyer family is pictured in front of their house, which is located on what was once known as Lot 45 of the Hehmeyer Subdivision. It faces Palmyra Road, and directly across Palmyra Road is Central Avenue. The Hehmeyers sold the house and adjoining 10 acres of land in 1917 for $2,000. According to the notation on this picture, it is believed that Walter Hehmeyer is pictured on the fence post, at left. Photo contributed by Linda Hehmeyer Shields. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Prussia-born Clamor Frederick Hehmeyer, 28, a skilled craftsman in the art of wagon making, moved his young family from LaGrange, in Lewis County, Mo., to Hannibal circa 1887, where he went to work for John Hollyman & Son. Th

Documentary rekindles first-person recollections of Amelia Earhart’s last visit to Atchison, Kan.

Bob Noll – as a 9 year old - collected Amelia Earhart’s autograph during her last visit to their mutual hometown of Atchison, Kan., on June 7, 1935. CONTRIBUTED Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937. Photo credit/Smithsonian Institute MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Eighty-two years ago, then 9-year-old Bob Noll, a son of Atchison, Kan., had the presence of mind to ask for an autograph when he met the woman who was hailed by his hometown newspaper as the most famous woman in the world. That woman was Amelia Earhart, the guest of honor on June 7, 1935, for the Kansas Editorial Association’s convention held in Atchison. Not coincidentally, Atchison

Building at 722 Broadway served as Hannibal bakery for 105 years

Zims Bakery, photo taken in 1952 by Otis Howell of the Hannibal Courier-Post. Steve Chou collection. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY As Ancestry.com continues its quest to enlighten individuals on their ethnic heritage, it also offers an opportunity to examine how the blend of cultures creates a lasting legacy upon individual communities. Henry Zimmerman was born in Germany circa 1867, and emigrated with his parents (Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Zimmerman) circa 1875. He first lived in Quincy, Ill., and ultimately found his way to Hannibal, Missouri. Working as a moulder for the Duffy Trowbridge company prior to the turn of the century, he switched careers, and by 1903 was the owner of Zimmerman’s Bakery, loc

Noted Hannibal barber started career as a harness maker

Ona Weedman Beadle operated a barber shop at 2221 Market Street, Hannibal, Mo., for more than 20 years. His grandson, Dan Bledsoe, of Las Vegas, formerly of Hannibal, has fond memories of getting a haircut from his grandfather, then a nickel for an ice cream cone across the street at the Community Dairy. Mr. Beadle died in 1964. He is pictured at the front of the shop, wearing suspenders. Photo contributed by Dan Bledsoe. Dan Bledsoe of Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Hannibal, Mo., shares a photo and memories of his grandfather, Ona Weedman Beadle, who operated Beadle’s Barber Shop at 2221 Market Street when Dan was a boy. The shop was across the street from the Community Dairy. Ona Beadle wa

Irish settlers rest upon the land they deeded for cemetery use

Just under two acres of land for the original section of Holy Family Cemetery (first known as Immaculate Conception, and later renamed St. Mary’s Cemetery) was given to the Catholic Church by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quealy, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy. The deed, which awarded a 32-foot-square plot to each the Quealy and Murphy families, was signed in 1869. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY By 1870, William Murphy and William J. Quealy, each about 57 years old, were well established in Hannibal’s growing business community. Both born on Irish soil, they each left their homeland in County Kilkenny the 1840s, started their respective families in New England and moved west across the continent as the hos

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