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J.B. Rightmire: Ever in search of the optimal opportunity

J.B. Rightmire was featured in an advertisement for Egg-O-See, a breakfast food produced by the Egg-O-See Cereal Company in Quincy, Ill., 1906. The caption read: “You wouldn’t wear a fur coat in summer? Yet when you eat greasy meats, and heavy, indigestible foods, you are heating the body as needlessly as if you were wrapped in bearskin. Change today to delicious, healthful, cooling Egg-O-See.” At the time, Rightmire and his son were operating a hat and fur store at 173 Wabash Ave., Chicago. (Photo by Jay Paull/Getty Images) MARY LOU MONTGOMERY John Baxter Rightmire wasn’t born or raised in Palmyra, Mo.; nevertheless, he considered the small Northeast Missouri town – Marion’s county seat – t

White Bronze monuments promised – and delivered - longevity

Jeanne Brosi of Hannibal Monument Co., took a photo of a White Bronze grave marker honoring Francis Richmond, born April 3, 1783, died Oct. 3, 1844, in Hannibal. The marker is at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal. Joshua Mitchell's headstone in Mt. Olivet Cemetery is White Bronze, which was popular in the 1880s. It is actually made out of zinc. The words on the headstone are as crisp and clear as they were when the monument was installed in January 1881. Photo courtesy of Donna Loy Brown. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Rufus E. Anderson, one of the most recognized attorneys in Northeast Missouri, served as executor for the estate of Joshua Mitchell, who was one of Hannibal’s pioneer businessmen. Mr. Mitc

Civil War-era house served as an eye-witness to history

The Mitchell/Anderson house, 1008 Broadway, Hannibal, Mo., is believed to have been constructed at the end of the Civil War. It was torn down to make way for the Schwartz Manor apartments. The apartments were constructed prior to 1998. Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator. Mitchell-Anderson House, Broadway, Hannibal, Marion County, MO. Retrieved from the Library of Congress. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY On the first day of May 1889, Margaret M.A. Thompson, 80, drifted into eternal slumber at the stately home of her daughter, Cornelia F. (Mrs. Rufus E.) Anderson at 1006 Broadway in Hannibal, Mo. Mrs. Anderson did what family members did during the era in which she lived; she took her aging moth

Quincy musician performs before British royalty in 1913

The Versatile Three musical group was featured on a promotional poster in 1917, by the Herman Darewski Music Publishing Company, London. Pictured are Gus Haston, Charles Wenzel Mills (of Quincy, Ill.) and Anthony Tuck. National Portrait Gallery, London. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY The Versatile Four, a musical group of American black vaudeville performers, entertained His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Connaught, grandson of Queen Victoria of England. The command performance followed Prince Arthur of Connaught’s marriage to Princess Alexandra, in October 1913. At the time of the command performance, the Versatile Four was the second of twelve acts on the bill at Collin’s Music Hall in London, Engla

Temperance candidate painfully learns alcohol abstinence unpopular with voters

This image, from the St. Louis Republic on Sept. 26, 1897 (genealogybank.com) represents Joel C. Richmond, a recognized Marion County attorney. Richmond was in Hannibal when John Marshall Clemens served as justice of the peace. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY A mass meeting was called for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1886, at the old courthouse in Palmyra, Mo., for the purpose of organizing a temperance party in Marion County, Mo., and nominating a full Prohibition county ticket for the November election. The Palmyra Spectator announced the Temperance convention in its Oct. 15, 1886 edition. “As the liquor traffic is the great source of poverty and crime of misery, degradation and taxation, and is the e

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