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McMechen affectionately known as ‘Dr. Mech’ to his patients

Dr. Harry Blaine McMechen. PHOTO POSTED ON ANCESTRY.COM BY TaniaAnnA MARY LOU MONTGOMERY George and Mildred Lacey McMechen worked hard during their lives so that their children were well prepared to leave a mark as free and educated citizens of their country. The McMechens, of Wheeling, West Virginia, died before their youngest son, Harry Blaine McMechen, reached manhood, but none-the-less they initiated – before their deaths – a plan to insure that he would have the financial means to attend college. When widower George McMechen, a plasterer by trade, penned his will prior to his death, he stipulated that after his debts and funeral expenses were paid, $400 was to be set aside to allow you

Tailoring was a proud craft In Hannibal during 19th Century

Olof P. Palmer. Photo posted on ancestry.com by tcarls51 who originally shared this on 21 Dec 2017 MARY LOU MONTGOMERY The 19th Century was an era recognized for the evolution of the garment industry. During the last half of the century, clothing production slowly evolved from custom made to mass production. The once proud craft of tailoring evolved as well, as cheap labor became favored over quality craftsmanship. In 1875, Hannibal’s population consisted of an estimated 25 tailors, or craftsmen who made men’s clothing. A number were first-generation immigrants to American, bringing with them their craft in the pursuit of economic independence. Olof Pehrsson Palmer was among those young and

Earliest Missouri settlers had deep Kentucky roots Judge Alfred Warner

The flat stone in the foreground honors Alfred Warner and his wife, Harriet. The pointed stone, behind the flat stone, is engraved with information on two Warner daughters, Martha, who died in 1857, and Ella, who died in 1849 at the age of 1. Alfred B. Warner was the only child of Alfred and Harriet who lived to adulthood. He died in 1917. He never married. His death notice indicates that he was buried at St. Jude’s cemetery in Monroe City as well. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Alfred Warner was among the many industrious Americans of the mid 19th Century whose relocation from Kentucky to Missouri shaped today’s landscape and population. A Kentucky manufacturer living in Lexington,

Hannibal physician lost life to late-night traffic mishap

Dr. Thomas H. Welsch is pictured next to his Ford coupe. He was a passenger in this vehicle when it was involved in a one-car crash in the early morning hours of March 1, 1926. He sustained a broken neck and died an hour after the accident. PHOTO COURTESY OF MELANIE WASSON MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Dr. Thomas Henry Welsch, a practicing Hannibal physician for 13 years, died as the result of injuries sustained in a one-car accident about 3 a.m. on the first day of March, 1926. He was a passenger in his own Ford Coupe, which was driven by his son, John Phillip Welsch. Dr. Welsch, who had previously practiced medicine in Center, Ralls County, Mo., suffered a broken neck in the accident. He died an hou

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