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Home renovator finds a shoe hidden in wall of century old Hannibal house

Crystal Stephens recently found this shoe hidden in the wall of a house she is renovating at 2713 Chestnut St., Hannibal. The possibility is that the shoe was originally placed in the wall in order to ward off evil spirits. CRYSTAL STEPHENS PHOTO MARY LOU MONTGOMERY In 1910, Samuel Otis Basnett and his wife of nine years, Lyda Booker Basnett, moved with their two young sons and infant daughter into new house located on the south side of Chestnut, west of Hawkins street, now known as 2713 Chestnut. In April 1910, Samuel Basnett, a railroad laborer, and his wife had the means to purchase property in this neighborhood – with a mortgage. The seller was Willis S. Morgan, a contractor and painter.

Disloyalty a crime; ‘Be careful what you say’ Macon newspaper warns during World War

William Allen Rogers. Now for a Round Up. Published in the New York Herald, May 9, 1918. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (092.00.00) MARY LOU MONTGOMERY President Woodrow Wilson spoke at Washington, D.C., on Flag Day, June 14, 1916, charging that, according to a story the following day in the St. Joseph News-Press/Gazette of St. Joseph Mo., “foreign-born citizens of the United States are trying to levy political blackmail and to undermine the influence of the national government.” President Wilson told the thousands of people gathered at the foot of the Washington Monument: “There is a disloyalty active in the United States and it must be absolutely crushed.” War was rag

Life-long Democrat, Judge Murphy was always faithful to party’s cause

This photo of Cornelius J. Murphy was published in the July 1, 1914 edition of the Palmyra Spectator. Murphy served two terms, representing the eastern district of Marion County, Mo., in the county commission. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Cornelius James Murphy, after serving two terms as county judge (commissioner) of the Eastern part of Marion County, lost his bid for re-election in November 1914 to Evan T. Cameron, a Republican, by less than a half dozen votes. The Palmyra Spectator cried foul upon learning of the election results, as people came forward complaining that their votes hadn’t been counted. There were claims that absentee ballots hadn’t been tallied, and some railroaders at Old Monroe

Life and times of a county coroner

This photo is believed by this writer to be Rebecca and John L. Clayton. Clayton was elected Marion County Coroner in 1890 and again in 1900. A close look at this photo shows a nameplate above the front door, which appears to spell out “J Clayton.” In 1900, Mrs. Clayton purchased a house with a legal description corresponding to the 3100 block of Market Street. Their address in 1920 was 3109 Market, on the south side of Market between Singleton and Darr streets to the north. Anna Schnizlein photo/Steve Chou collection. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Rebecca Clayton, living at Oakwood in Marion County, Mo., answered a knock at her front door in mid August 1891, only to find a distraught woman of mid age

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