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December 19, 2015




Simultaneously published in the Hannibal Courier-Post December 19, 2015


An iron molder by trade, Arch Little made a name for himself locally as both a staunch Democrat and as a leader in the union movement of his day.


But the charisma...

November 15, 2015


  • Hannibal received a record-breaking snowfall for April on Easter weekend, April 3-4, 1920. It snowed for 27 hours straight, from 2 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday. Pictured is the 200 block of North Main Street, looking south. FRA...

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

September 8, 2015


For the Courier-Post


The number one concern of banking regulators is no longer a robber walking in through the bank’s front door and demanding money. Instead, it is cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is security efforts that...

August 30, 2015


Dr. Lawrence William Craigmiles conducted a dental practice in the Hannibal Fidelity Building, 617 Broadway, until he sold the practice to Dr. Ervin W. Harder in 1962.


The son of William Henry and Margaret Daisy Briscoe Craigmiles of Pl...

August 30, 2015

Here's a clipping from the Quincy Daily Whig, Sept. 3, 1919, regarding the move of the Prudential office in Hannibal to the Fidelity Building in the 600 block of Broadway.


To read more about this nearly block-long building in Hannibal,


August 29, 2015

This late 1950s photo of a Hannibal homecoming parade features the Fidelity building as a backdrop. This photo is part of Steve Chou's vast historic collection.

 The Mary Ann Sweet Shop, at 613 Broadway, was THE place to go for ice cream...

 Sanborn map: http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx?type=boolean;view=thumbnail;c=umcscsanic;rgn1=umcscsanic_ti;corig=umcscsanic;start=1;size=20;sort=umcscsanic_ti;q1=hannibal+missouri



The 1899 Sanborn map of th...


Welcome Buddy


This photo, part of Steve Chou’s vast collection, shows the businesses associated with the Fidelity Building in the 600 block of Broadway. The building is draped with patriotic banners and “Welcome Buddy” post-World War I...

August 9, 2015

The 500 block of Broadway was medical center of sorts in 1922, with nine doctors operating in buildings located in this one-block area. I recognize several of the names from past research and from my childhood. Do any sound familiar to y...

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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.