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Civil War physician relocated to Hannibal after war’s end

The Allen family graves are located in section C, Riverside Cemetery, just south of Hannibal. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY As the new year dawned in 1866, efforts were under way to repair the vast economic, social and structural damage caused by this country’s greatest internal conflict: The war between the states. In Quincy, Ill., a raffle was announced that would raise funds for the education of the children left orphaned by the conflict. A.H. Potter was the general agent in charge of the fund-raiser for the Soldiers’ Orphan School, and tickets – at $2 each – were available from DeDougal and Brown, located on the South Side of Hampshire St., between Third and Fourth Streets, in Quincy. Prizes inclu

Memories of the old, old South School, Hannibal, circa 1875-1890

Dale Hayes shared this early Hannibal photo of South Hannibal, Mo. Follow the arrow to view the old, old South School, which was located on what is now Missouri 79. After the new South School was constructed on what is now Fulton Avenue, the old, old school was converted into a four-plex of apartments. Archie Hayden remembers that Gene Wescott used bricks from this building in constructing a house along Old 79 back in the late 1970s. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY During the 1880s, two Hannibal men were heavyweights as far as South Hannibal property ownership was concerned: Henry C. Buchanan, executor of his father, Robert Buchanan’s estate, and Joseph C. Peyton, a local contractor. They both invested

Army nurse: During the Civil War, Eliza Dodd answered the Union call to duty

Eliza Dodd’s gravestone contains the proud inscription of Army nurse. She served during the Civil War. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Eliza Clark Dodd’s remains are peacefully at rest in a pristine burial ground situated on the far eastern edge of Adams County, Ill., just to the south of the small hamlet of Clayton. It is in this region where Mrs. Dodd spent the majority of her lifetime, caring for her husband and son, and immersed within the community of farmers and field hands, good cooks and talented seamstresses, blacksmiths and shopkeepers. Of particular interest during her lifetime was her active involvement in the Woman’s Relief Corps – an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the R

Dr. J.C. Hearne, despite tainted reputation, served Hannibal well

This photo of Dr. J.C. Hearne in his later years was added to his Findagrave digital file by Pat McArron. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY In 1882, Marcella Ellis Keating was a 26-year-old wife of a saloonkeeper and the mother of a 6-year-old son, William. Together, the family lived at 105 South Fifth St., Hannibal, Mo. During the evening of Sunday, Jan. 22, John J. Keating picked up a glass of what he thought to be water from the table. Instead of water, he gulped down cleaning fluid – containing ammonia – inadvertently left on the table by his wife. Within seconds, John Keating began experiencing a reaction from the tainted fluid. His throat swelled, as did his tongue. Breathing became a struggle. Soon

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