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Early Hannibal physician had unique distinction as being among the first of her gender to earn an MD

This portrait of Dr. M. Augusta Fairchild is included in: A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-seventy Biographical Sketches edited by Frances Elizabeth Willard, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore MARY LOU MONTGOMERY M. Augusta Fairchild was among the first woman in the United States to earn a degree as a medical doctor. Born in the state of New Jersey in 1834 or 1835, she graduated from the New York Hygeio-Therapeutic College in 1859 or 1861. In 1857, the school had been authorized by the New York State Legislature to confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine. It was one of the first medical schools in the United States to admit women candidates for the Doctor of Medicine Degree, and Dr. Fairchil

Hannibal woman answers ARC call to duty, serving with the Czecho-Slovak unit following World War I

Elinor Vere Tomlinson is pictured for her passport in 1918. Ancestry.com MARY LOU MONTGOMERY In April 1919, Elinor Vere Tomlinson’s brother Herbert was serving with the Hospital Corps at Savenay, France; her father (Hannibal photographer) Hubert was recently deceased; and she was in possession of a newly issued graduate nurse diploma. Patriotism resulting from the Allied victory in the war to end all wars just six months prior lured the 28-year-old Hannibal native into action. A June 1918 graduate of the Graduate School of Nursing and Health, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, the war on foreign soil had been ongoing during her entire three-year training. Nearly all Americans were touched by th

Dr. Baskett removed roach from Mrs. J.B. Adrian’s ear

This newspaper clipping shows Dr. and Mrs. J.N. Baskett on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1938. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Before homes had electric lights, indoor plumbing or telephones, Dr. J.N. Baskett was treating his Marion County, Miller Township patients with all the all the knowledge afforded to him during his extensive medical training. But when he was summoned to the home of Mrs. J.B. Adrian late one hot August evening back in 1887, he encountered a situation that left him stumped. It seems that a bug had crawled into Mrs. Adrian’s ear, and she was experiencing excruciating pain. He tried to remove the bug, without success. As Mrs. Adrian’s suffering continued, the foll

Masonic tombstone represents Cheever brothers’ lives cut short

The sloping hillside offering a spectacular view of the Mississippi River in Riverside Cemetery has long been the resting place for two brothers from Massachusetts who ventured west to settle in Hannibal, Mo. The stone is located just to the east of the Levering stone of the same era. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY A tombstone in Riverside Cemetery, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, represents the lives of two young Massachusetts brothers, who moved to Hannibal with eager anticipation during the midst of the war between the states. During their years in Hannibal they conducted a drug store on Broadway, which offered promise of prosperity during the post-war years. But their

Nick Booth: A dairyman all his life

Taken circa 1913, Nick Booth, on the right, is pictured at the L.C. Hendren farm, rural Marion County, Mo. Photo contributed by Linda Thompson. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY A grainy photo, circa 1913, represents a pair of boys together with a pair of puppies, posed upon a metal-wheeled barrow, beneath the wide expanse of a native tree on the Hendren homestead in Mason Township, Marion County, Mo. All living beings in this photo are well past their lifespan; the single remnant lies to the left of this time-treasured photo: The two-story, brick-clad Hendren home, still proudly preserving artifacts representative of the generations of lives well lived inside. Nick Booth, shown to the right in this photo

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