March 26, 2016

This building on the southwest corner of Sixth and Broadway served as home to J.D. Bacon retail grocer in 1875. Two years later, M.E. Heuston had a grocery store in the same location. In 1881, M.A. (Mary A.) Deardoff and Son operated a d...

November 1, 2015


Steve Chou, Hannibal’s  master historic photo collector, recently shared this photo of the Little Cigar Shop in Hannibal on Facebook. He identified John Little, proprietor, in the center of the three men pictured in front of the store....

September 6, 2015

Babu Patel proudly shows off a third-floor room in the almost completed Best Western on the River hotel addition in downtown Hannibal. The rooms feature two king-size beds, an unusual characteristic in the hotel industry, he said. MARY L...

August 18, 2015

Photo date: 1948


As my regular history blog followers already know, I love to study a picture to see what stories it tells.


This photo, taken in 1948 by Otis Howell of the Hannibal Courier-Post (Steve Chou Collection) speaks to me. The b...



Today I'm focusing on William Cohen, who operated a jewelry store in Hannibal, Missouri, as early as 1849 and until his death in 1853. Thanks to digital archives available through, a sample advertisement is attached to t...

July 27, 2015


My favorite florists, Dan and Rich Griffen, sold me a dozen roses today for $5 - the same price when Griffen's opened their first flower shop in 1915. So I passed along the roses to my special friend, Sally Poole, for helping me with a...

July 21, 2015

Evans Fritz was first funeral home owner in the long lineage of the current Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal. This picture is shared by Delmus Anderson of Odgen, Utah, the great grandson of Mr. Fritz. He has been researching h...

July 4, 2015


Jack Kretzer of Yuma, Ariz., formerly of Hannibal, called with a memory about Smith Funeral Home, which is featured today on this website.


When Jack was in eighth grade he fell at a Boy Scout meeting, and the ball and socket of his left...

Robert A. Curts, in a photo accompanying his biography in "Mirror of Hannibal." Note that his teeth are visible when he's smiling. Virtually all of the photos in this book, which was published in 1905, feature men and women with their li...

In the 1950s, Roy D. Toalson of Hannibal attended a Budweiser Sales School in St. Louis. This photo, contributed by his son, Carey Toalson, shows Roy Toalson second from the left, next to the man with a dark coat. Roy Toalson is wearing...

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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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