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Cecelia Schoknecht an expert stenographer and typewriter

Cecelia Schoknecht was pictured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 28, 1896. The Hannibal native was recognized for her expertise in her chosen field: as a stenographer and typewriter. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Cecelia Schoknecht, at the age of 21, was known as one of the “most expert stenographers and typewriters” in the city of St. Louis. In recognition of this distinction, she was featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on March 28, 1896. She was working at the time in a railway office on Broadway in St. Louis. “She is quite a brilliant musician. She is of the brunette type, with soft brown eyes, clear olive complexion and a wealth of rich brown hair,” the newspaper noted. The Post Dispatc

Boyle Muehring followed a remote path to the U.S.

It is presumed that this is the house built for Boyle Franken Muehring pre-1900 on his Ralls County farm, located south of Oakwood. Mary Hilkelina Muehring identified those pictured, from left, Oltman Kahlor, a cousin of Wilhelmina Muehring; Frank Muehring, his wife and child; Wilhelmina and Bohle Muehring; Lena Wiese and child; and a Negro family. Credit: The Muehring Genealogy by Mary H. Muehring 1976. Mary Lou Montgomery The best clues as to the complexity of people from the past include the memories which have been recorded, utilizing ink on paper. Mary Hilkelina Muehring – a life-long educator – was a preserver of history. Small in stature but large in accomplishment, she compiled a pri

Neighbors in life and death

This photo was found in a 1950s-era book produced by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company. It was promoting undeveloped industrial areas with access to the Burlington Lines. The property was bounded on the east by U.S. Route 61; to the north by the Paris Gravel Road and to the south by the CB&Q Railroad tracks. This photo was taken prior to the construction of the Bear Creek Dam. The railroad lines and Paris Gravel Road were relocated to make way for the dam’s construction. Western Printing Company was originally constructed on this industrial site. The land now hosts the General Mills plant. The arrow is pointing to what is believed to be the Aydelott/Evans homestead. John Ha

Nickens’ actions offer a glimpse into secret side of the community

At the time of Emma Hub’s death, Billy Nickens and his long-time wife Rebecca, lived at 122 Glasscock, a half block to the south of the well-known and respected Hofbauer drug store, located at 143 Market St. STEVE CHOU COLLECTION MARY LOU MONTGOMERY In April 1893, Billy Nickens of Hannibal had an encounter with the daughter of a German shoemaker that changed the course of not only Nickens’ life, but the German daughter’s life, as well. On Emma Hub’s deathbed, she signed a statement saying that Billy Nickens was responsible for the condition she was in, and that was all it took for law enforcement officers to go after Nickens for what they had suspected for awhile, but couldn’t prove: “Uncle

‘The Missouri Excitement’ of 1836; slavery issues worth fighting over

Little Union Cemetery is eight miles west of Palmyra on Route 168. Buried there are two men who were key participants in what became known as “The Missouri Excitement,” which took place in 1836. The men are William Muldrow, who died in 1872, and Dr. John Bosley, who died in 1849. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Union Township lies in the northeast portion of Marion County, Missouri, and is bounded on the west by Shelby County. The township itself was formed in 1837, carved from previously established Fabius, Warren and Round Grove townships. Among the early Union Township settlers were William Muldrow, born of Kentucky and featured in last week’s story; Rev. David Nelson, a Revolutio

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