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1893: Startled horses take flight, leading grand charge down Broadway

300 Seventh Street, Hannibal, Mo., was where John Russell – a switchman for the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad - lived. On Nov. 20, 1893, Arch Leonard delivered groceries to Russell’s house. As Leonard was leading the horse team back toward Broadway, the horses were startled and began running full speed, knocking Leonard out of the spring wagon. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Arch Leonard was a 21-year-old delivery driver for Murphy and Lampton’s grocery store on the fateful night of Monday, Nov. 20, 1893. Sometime around 6 p.m., he picked up the merchandise to be delivered (the store was located on the southwest corner of South Third [later renamed South Main] and Washington stre

213 North Main, Hannibal, Mo.: Sidewalk in front of Central Hotel was scene of 1910 fatal stabbing

The building at 213 N. Main Street, Hannibal, once served as the site for the Central Hotel. Hannibal city directories accessed through the Hannibal Free Public Library, list the hotel at this location from 1885 through 1912. A murder took place on the sidewalk in front of the hotel in November 1910. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Jacob Belts’ life story is one of tragedy and sorrow. Born in Adams County, Ill., in the mid 1860s, the oldest child of Daniel and Eliza Renecker Belts ultimately wasn’t able to overcome the large stack of obstacles life thrust in his path. Around 1875, when Jakey (as the family called him) was a lad of just 10, his mother died. Without his mother’s influe

Dr. Toalson’s roots are deep in Mexico, Mo.

This photo of Dr. George F. Toalson is reproduced from the Mexico Ledger May 30, 1975. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Dr. George F. Toalson, born in 1865, was one of the eight children of Dr. Thomas Benton and Lucy Ann Gentry Toalson of Boone County, Mo. On the afternoon of St. Valentine’s Day, 1892, Dr. George Toalson donned his best black suit and in a private ceremony at his home married Miss Elizabeth (Lizzie) Allensworth. She was the daughter of the late Edward Allensworth, a wealthy farmer of Mackinaw, Ill., and his remarried widow, Julia E. Wigginton Allensworth Maus. The house where Dr. Toalson and his bride would live – on Clark Street in Mexico, Mo. - was a wedding gift to Dr. Toalson by his

Temple and Troutman: Two names, etched together in stone for 111 years

This inscription is etched in a manufactured stone just under the soffit on the eastern wall of the Scott’s Chapel United Methodist Church, corner of Hope and Griffith streets. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY The names of James Temple and Ada Troutman are permanently etched in stone just under the soffit on the east side of Scott’s Chapel United Methodist Church, located on the southeast corner of Hope and Griffith streets. The etching, dated Sunday, Aug. 5, 1906, has linked these two Hannibal youngsters together for the last 111 years. Who were they? In recent weeks we have learned that the bricks for the church were made at the construction site by J.H. Huss, a local granitoid cont

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