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Thomas Luck contributed to town’s best-dressed list

MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Fashion tip: “When choosing a suit, the editors of the Men’s Togs Catalog of 1910 cautioned buyers: ‘In selecting a fashion … careful consideration should be given to the fact that extreme novelty styles are suitable only for young men, and that double-breasted styles look best on slender forms. Corpulent (overweight) men should adhere strictly to stripe effects in fabrics.’” (Source: vintagedancer.com) Hannibal tailor The year 1910 marked Thomas Claud Luck’s transformation from a clerk for Johnson Bros., grocery store on Hannibal’s South Side to an entrepreneur in the merchant tailoring business. Luck, by opening The Glasgow Tailors store on the southeast corner of Main

Stolen jewelry recovered from nearby cistern: 1898

MARY LOU MONTGOMERY The home of the Rev. J.H. Jackson, 511 N. Fifth, Hannibal, Mo., was burglarized the evening of Thursday, Aug. 18, 1898, and a collection of jewelry was stolen, including an opera chain and some rings. Few clues were left behind as to who might have committed this evil deed. Rev. Jackson came to Hannibal about 1895, assuming the pastorate of the Park Methodist church, located on the northwest corner of North Fifth and Center streets. He brought with him his West Virginia-born wife, Ella, and two young children, Ella Susan and Frank Wells Jackson. Rev. Jackson’s firstborn, Johnnie, died in June 1895 at the age of 12. Upon their arrival in Hannibal, the Jackson family settle

James Porter Allen tallest U.S. mail carrier in 1901

MARY LOU MONTGOMERY When 30-year-old James Porter Allen of Hannibal accepted a position as substitute letter carrier in 1901, the tailors at a uniform company went to work in order to provide him with appropriate attire. The Palmyra Spectator reported on June 5, 1901, that Mr. Allen had received correspondence back from the uniform company. He measured, in stocking feet, 6 foot 5 inches, “and he has been informed … that he is the tallest mail carrier in the employ of the government.” A typical male of that era was 5-foot-6 inches tall. By the year 2000, the average height had gone up to 5-foot-10. Arriving in Hannibal James Porter Allen first moved from his native Michigan to Hannibal around

A grand Hannibal ceremony launched short-lived marriage

MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Wearing a floor-length gown of Ottoman silk, custom made at a dressmaker’s shop in St. Louis, Miss Mary Pettibone of Hannibal, Mo., at about the age of 23, exchanged wedding vows with Col. James Tilly Barber, 37, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1884, at the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal. Details of the nuptials are few, but newspapers of the day determined the wedding and subsequent reception to be the society event of the season. The wedding represented the uniting of two lumber families in a community where lumber was significant economic contributor. Mary Pettibone, an 1882 graduate of the prestigious Smith College in Northampton, Mass., was the daughter of Albe

Ed O'Neill: Veteran Hannibal sports writer ‘was on the field to feel the wind, cold, rain, mud,

MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Did Ed O’Neill, long-time sports editor for the Hannibal Courier-Post, and Lester Dimmitt, long-time owner and publisher of the the Canton, Mo., Press News, perform with an orchestra before the Prince of Wales (David, who later as King VIII abdicated the thrown in order to marry American divorcee Wallace Simpson) in London, England, in 1926? Maybe … What is known is that Eddie O’Neill and Lester Dimmit, both of Shelby County, Mo., were members of the Missouri University Quadrangle Orchestra, which performed at the Kit Kat Club in the Haymarket, London, England on or about Sept. 24, 1926. And among the notable members and frequent guests of the club was David, the Prince o

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