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July 21, 2017

The Hehmeyer family is pictured in front of their house, which is located on what was once known as Lot 45 of the Hehmeyer Subdivision. It faces Palmyra Road, and directly across Palmyra Road is Central Avenue. The Hehmeyers sold the hou...

June 10, 2017

Sadie Withers poses in front of her house at Withers Mill. Photo used for illustration in this story.

Taxpayers in South River township, Marion County, Mo., May 1901, the number of acres each tax payer owns is given as a matter of informa...

June 10, 2017

 Photo used for illustration; Rigney family photo collection.

Miller Township acreage 1901

Reprinted from the Palmyra Spectator May 8, 1901

Taxpayers in Miller townships, the number of acres each tax payer owns is given as a matter of infor...

March 18, 2017

This undated newspaper clipping shows the old Stockyards Hotel, which served southwestern cattlemen in the 1870s, 1880s and beyond. Stock was unloaded at the stockyards, watered and fed, while en route to the Chicago market. This hotel w...

February 11, 2017

Jennie Fette. Source: AncestryUK, johndouglas955


Jennie May Dubach was welcomed into the family of David and Emmaline Wells Bennett Dubach of Hannibal, Mo., during the most tumultuous period on this nation’s history. He...

November 25, 2016

Dr. Lucke is pictured leaving the Maddox house on Hope Street in Hannibal in 1947. He had affixed a quarantine sign to the front door when young Tommy Maddox contracted scarlet fever. MADDOX FAMILY PHOTO


Hired in the sp...

October 1, 2016

In 1895, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad tracks cut a diagonal line across the Charles F. Ellis’ farm, located near Barkley Station in northwestern Miller Township. Some three miles to the north was Palmyra. And 10 miles to t...

September 16, 2016

This photo, taken by Anna Schnitzlein, shows what is believed to be oil drilling operations on Dr. Fred Vernette’s property circa 1902. The creek in the foreground would have been Minnow Creek, long before the construction of U.S. 61. Ne...

July 30, 2016

This magazine clipping is reproduced from the Aug. 9, 1919 edition of Country Gentleman magazine. William A. Rinehart, as of that date, had lead a tile crew in installing 2,500,000 pieces of tile in order to transform swampy farmland nor...

July 23, 2016

The rock dam that stops the flow of Charles Bay from direct entry into the Mississippi River has protected the prime farmland of the bay area since 1904. It is near this spot that Thomas Jefferson (Norm) Goodnight drowned while crossing...

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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.