History Blog 

Please reload

January 2, 2016


The photo above was reproduced from the 1904 University of Missouri yearbook. The next year, Byrne Bigger was the captain of the university's baseball team.


The photo below was taken by William B. Spaun, personal friend of Judge Bigger,...

October 3, 2015


Cutline: John and Mary Waite are the owners of a Civil War era house encircled by the Pioneer Village subdivision. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY/FOR THE COURIER-POST




EDITOR'S NOTE: The information regarding the early occupants of a Civil War er...

September 19, 2015



Photo contributed by Jack Ramirez of Kansas City, Mo., descendant of Hiram McVeigh and Hiram M. McVeigh.



Hiram McVeigh moved from his homeland of Loudoun County, Virginia early in 1850 in search of a business climate suitable for rais...

September 12, 2015



Piano music, “Lover and the bird,” contributor A. Schuman, St. Louis Mo. Date of music, 1873. Library of Congress.


A noted singer spent part of her childhood in Hannibal, Mo., before gaining fame as a celebrated soprano in both St. Lou...

August 29, 2015


Sandy and Daron Caswell found a box of World War II-era letters in the attic of their garage located on Grand Avenue in Hannibal. The letters chronicle the courtship of Mary Ellen Hulse of Rensselaer and Richard Webster Trower of Hannib...

August 15, 2015



Walter Chandler was just 4-years old in 1935 when Hannibal – during the depths of the Great Depression - staged a monumental celebration marking the 100th anniversary of famed author Mark Twain’s birth.


An estimated 100,000 people eith...

July 9, 2015

Artwork from Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association program, Steve Chou's collection.


Power boaters from all over the United States converged on Hannibal  July 5-7, 1915 for the eighth annual Mississippi Valley Regatta. An estimated 1...

June 20, 2015



Locked inside of every adult is the spirit of a child. For Donna Toalson, the essence of her former self is a tomboy, captured on film and published by Look Magazine in the Sept. 3, 1957 edition.


A 10-year-old when noted writer Margery...

June 14, 2015

The Turner-Brown stone, at Bear Creek Cemetery, pictured, represents the family of Cathi McDade’s great grandmother, Eva Catherine Brown Turner, born Jan. 10, 1862, Marion County, Mo., and died June 20, 1954, Hannibal. Mrs. Turner was th...

June 6, 2015

Photo courtesy of J. Allen Ballard


Joshua Burton is at rest in Hannibal’s Robinson Cemetery.  Ninety-five at the time of his death in 1932, Burton witnessed much during his lifetime: The suffering associated with slavery, the tumultuous...

Please reload

6-page July newsletter
Click image to read
6-page August newsletter
Click image to read
Walk of Fame

These individuals have been featured on this history website. Click on names to follow the links. If links fail, notify webmaster by clicking here.


Scott Anderson - MU Hall of Famer.

Elizabeth Barkley - Proud to be a nurse.

Joseph Bassen - German immigrant who found success in Hannibal.

Dora Betts -  Served in the Army Nurse Corps.

Bibb Twins - Dedicated members of Fifth Street Baptist Church.

Byrne E. Bigger, MU baseball standout, 1905.

Georgia Braxton - Her tombstone symbolizes Ralls County’s colorful history.

Louis Bright, World War II veteran.

Phillip Brown - a Hannibal moving company legacy.

Joshua Burton - Hannibal undertaker;  lived at Hannibal Masonic Home.

Mary Carter - In Her Own Words, Courier-Post files.

Elder E.B. Challenner - Christian Church minister.

Walt Chandler - Played the piano since the age of 4.

Stanley Clark - Soulful harmonica music.

Miss Frankie Connell, 50-year educator.

James W. Cox - Buried at Old Baptist Cemetery.

Charles W. Curts -  Noted Hannibal riverman.

John W. Dickson - Landowner and free man of color.

Homer Draper - World War II veteran.

Joe and Betty Farrell - Rail, mail, fire and newspaper memories.

Jim Featherstone - Learned lesson in self defense as a boy in Hannibal.

P.W. Fletcher - Transportation visionary.

J. Palmer Forrest  - Established St. Mary’s Pharmacy.

Rev. Wesley Foster - Eighth and Center Streets Missionary Baptist Church.

Evans Fritz  - A funeral pioneer.

Dan Griffen - Hannibal florist, who shares memories of the 1940s.

William Casper Grove, Hannibal's second fire chief.

Sue Hart  - A lifetime of living on West Ely Road.

Albert Haug - Noted Hannibal musician.

Bobby Heiser - Fifth generation Hannibal jeweler.

Louis and Lena Lackner Heiser - German Turner Society.

• Holland, Stephen T. - Former journalist, retraces steps as a Hannibal reporter.

Otis Howell – Winner of top MPA photography awards in 1961.

William Hunt - A story of financial largess and loss.

Dora Hunter - Early Hannibal businesswoman.

Lu Jaworksy - Life-long local newspaper supporter.

Livy Job - Lost to friendly fire at Hannibal during Civil War

John Keefe -  ‘America’s greatest yodeler’

George Michael Kilian - Early Hannibal butcher.

Jack Klotz - Privy digger.

Milton P. Knighton - Owner of White Star Laundry

Jack Kretzer - Remembers when funeral homes operated ambulance services.

Dr. Daniel Landau - Pediatrician to Hannibal's Baby Boomers.

Peter Lange - Operated a boat livery business at the foot of Bird Street.

Harry Lieberman and Doc Greene, checkers champs.

Otto Liepold, Hannibal businessman, walked to Quincy.

Ruth Linear - Shares memories of “Old Hannibal.”

Arch Little, a born promoter and entertainer.

Rev. Lena Mason - Hannibal native, turned famous evangelist.

Larry W. McCarty - Descendant of John Quartle's slave, Daniel

Hiram McVeigh - Failed at business, but left a lasting legacy.

William Scott Meyer - Son of Hannibal, prominent businessman

Len Moss - Chronicler life with pencil and watercolors.

Betty Curtis Mudd  - Remembers neighborhood of her youth.

W.A. Munger - Former Hannibal mayor.

Firmin T. O'Dell - a Hannibal visionary.

John O'Donnell tells of growing up in Hannibal; Central Park was his backyard.

Babu Patel - Veteran hotel man, modern day immigrant.

Fannie Peake - Noted soprano.

Richard and Martha Poole – Restoring legacy house at South Fifth & Church.

John B. Powell - Journalist Paid a high price for outspoken views.

John Pratt - Hannibal Courthouse’s first janitor.

Dr. O.C. Queen - Prominent Hannibal physician of color.

Martha R. Ray - Long-time Hannibal educator.

Leolia Reynolds - Respected Hannibal educator

Essie Turner Robinson - Left as a legacy, notes of Bear Creek Church’s founding.

Dr. Mary S. Ross served patients from her home and office at 500 Broadway.

Lula Mae Kimberley Rothweiler, a noted elementary educator.

William H. Russell, Hannibal native, baseball team owner.

R.B.D. Simonson  - Hannibal school superintendent

Pink Snyder - Operated a grocery store in the Chestnut Street neighborhood.

Gurniss Tapley and his horse, Colonel, spent their retirement years working on Franklin Otten's dairy farm.

King Tanner, a man of color, fought for his country during the Civil War.

Donna Toalson - A real tomboy.

Emilie Treat - First female court reporter for Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Richard Treat - Lost his life during Korean Conflict.

Mary Ellen Hulse and Richard Webster Trower - Married during World War II.

Oscar Tucker - A lifelong shoemaker.

Brad Tutor - Continuing family’s milling legacy.

Lynne McGee Tutor - Cemetery researcher.

Kathy Herring Walley - Grew up in a photo studio.

Dixie Ward – The force behind the Hull (Ill.) History Museum

Lute F. West - Left behind a journal from the 1880s.

Mary Wiehe - A member of a proud blue-collar family.

Brad Willet - Repurposed old Hatch Farm lumber into his own home.

Miss Sadie Withers - Early 20th Century nurse.

Bob Yount – Grew up on the Hatch farm.