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Principal suspends boys for school-day pranks

A brand-new Hannibal High School building was first populated in 1905. The building, located at Eleventh and Broadway in Hannibal, consisted of four stories, including an indoor gymnasium on the top floor. The graduates in 1906 included: Misses Sadie Conlon, Pearl Cramer, Alleen Degarris, Leonie Dukes, Margaret Drescher, Katherine Eichenberger, Mary Logan, Edna Lavoo, Sarah Marshall, Frances Parks, Mabel Reynolds, Minnie Stein, Effie Seibel, Emma Delltheis, Bessie Tilbe, Carlotta Lovedow, Birdie Wilson, and Messrs. Byron Kauh, Charles Linstron, Sinclair Mainland, Harry Millard, Joe Nelson, Donald Nelson, Francis Riordan and Jay J. Smith. Principal was Miss Gertrude Ashmore. (Steve Chou Coll

Charles H Bower Sr.: A ‘traveling man’ and a poet

Archie Hayden graciously shares this 1930 photo from his collection, of children in the ‘swimming hole’ in Bear Creek, near the old covered bridge. The bridge was located on the old New London Road, south of Market Street. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY During the era before automobiles, there was a proud profession known as the “traveling man.” Men, with their sales kits in tow, would board a train at their home station, and ride the rails to each small town along the route, taking orders from customers along the way. These salesmen built up relationships – and clientele – for miles around, learning the names of the local merchants’ children and their children’s children, and doing business on the ba

Extended Glascock family gathered in Marion County, Mo., August 1911

"The Glascocks of Marion County, Mo.," was compiled and published by Mary Lou Spaun Montgomery and Robert Robinson Spaun in 1992. They contacted representatives of surviving descendants of Stephen Glascock (died in 1923) and Henry Etta Gentry Glascock (1849-1912) - - and asked them to send anything they had on their respective descendants. And they did. True to the era in which it was published, the result was a 324-page, comprehensively indexed book (10 pages of indexed names), created on a word processor, printed on a table-top printing press, and collated by family members in Mary Lou Montgomery's basement. Robert Spaun's bathtub doubled as the photo developing lab. Among the heritage

Hannibal, Mo.: 1884 night fire reshaped 200 block of Broadway

This photo, from Bobby Heiser’s collection, shows the Lackner building at the corner of Main and Broadway in Hannibal, Mo., which burned to the ground in 1884. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Montgomery.editor@yahoo.com J.F. Wollner, age 54, awoke at 2 a.m. March 4, 1884, to the frantic screams coming from the street below. His bedroom was filled with smoke. The frame, two-story building - where he both lived and worked - was on fire. The German-born Wollner escaped out the second-story window by walking across a narrow ledge, following that ledge to an awning and a post, and climbing down to safety. The building that housed Wollner’s store was located at 104 South Main St., and was one of three near th

McKee founded law-enforcement force, but couldn’t protect his son

W.W. Graves was the artist behind this illustration, which was published in the Marion County Herald at Palmyra, Mo., on July 14, 1909. Graves was the founder of the AHTA Weekly News, a newspaper with the purpose of recruiting new members to the Anti Horse Thief Association. The illustration represents how far the AHTA members would go in order to stop a thief. In this instance, a thief got on board a train in order to escape capture. So the AHTA members chartered another train in order to catch up with the man who was running from the law. NEWSPAPERS.COM David McKee, as illustrated by W.W. Graves, the founder of the AHTA Weekly News. It was published in the July 14, 1909 edition of the Mari

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