June 4, 2016


This illustration was published in the July 23, 1897, edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.




The nation was abuzz in 1897 with the news that gold had been discovered in a remote area of Alaska. Just as had occurred...

March 5, 2016

Cutline:  King Tanner’s tombstone in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Kansas. Photo on Find A Grave posted by Steve McCray.




For the Hannibal Courier-Post


King D. Tanner was barely a wisp of a man, standing at only five-...

November 7, 2015

Louis Bright of Hannibal, right, is pictured in uniform with his two brothers, Ora Hart, left, and Wallace Dixon, center. Ora served in Africa and Germany during World War II; Wallace served in Germany; and Louis served in the Philippine...

November 7, 2015

George Deason took this July 1985 photo of the Clarence Woodson American Legion Post 155 color guard marching in the Fourth of July parade. COURIER-POST FILES

October 24, 2015

 This photo shows the 1700 block of Market Street, which was located directly across the street from Levering Hospital. The row of buildings served as business sites and residences for many people of African American heritage during the...

October 7, 2015

Author: Mary Lou Montgomery

Originally published in the Hannibal Courier-Post Sept. 21, 2013

Black soil, sifting through his fingertips, sparked one of the most overwhelming moments of Larry W. Mccarty's life. As participant of an archaeol...

OE Estill
July 21, 1975

Sandy Luiperspeck
Courier-Post Women’s Editor

When O.E. Estill began his teaching career in 1927 at Douglass School he remembers his track team didn’t have a regulation track field to practice on, but he produced a...

September 26, 2015


Friday, Sept. 25, God crossed my path with Rev. Faye Vaughn's path, the two of us meeting for a 20-minute Jesus moment.


I've known Faye for at least 30 years; I wrote a food feature story on her when we were both just kids.


When discuss...

September 3, 2015

Any resident of the Fifth ward who does not know Alf. Doolin is not posted on local celebrities of color. Alf. Doolin is a civil rights brick of the West End. Doolin is a trump card on bottom work, and can fix your chair bottoms better t...

August 23, 2015

 1854, City of Hannibal map, adapted from the original map by Dave Thomson 2004.


Mary Cook was but nine years old when she left her birthplace in Richmond, Kentucky, and moved with her owner, Judge Alfred Warner, to...

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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.

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