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November 21, 2015

Elwena Barrett Carr, president of the Class of 1939, Eugene Field Junior High School, is pictured in this 1939 photo of the girls' basketball team. She identified the following: Front row, from left, Addean Lankford, Rose Cousins, Alta W...

August 2, 2015



“Cleo Kennedy died on the South Side. I was the oldest sleeper and I got his regular job.


“When Chief Gwinner died,” Farrell said, “Roy Hastings and I were standing right beside him.” The firemen had answered an al...

August 1, 2015

Today's firefighters ride in enclosed cabs when en route to a fire. That wasn't the case back in the 1940s, when Joe Farrell was a Hannibal firefighter.

August 1, 2015

Joe Farrell, who joined the Hannibal Fire Department as a "sleeper" while still in high school in 1939, talks firefighting with Mark Kempker, current fireman, on July 31, 2015, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

August 1, 2015

Joe Farrell, former Hannibal firefighter, remembers when this old truck was in service on Hannibal's South Side. Joe said that the early fire engines didn't have windshields. "Cleo Kennedy was handy and he built windshields on all the ol...

July 31, 2015

June 1939


This photo of Hannibal’s firefighters was taken in June 1939, according to Joe Farrell of Hannibal. He was so new as a member of the department, he didn’t have a uniform, so someone found a hat for him to wear, and they positio...

July 31, 2015


 Joe Farrell, Hannibal firefighter hired in 1939, visits with Mark Kempker of the Hannibal Fire Department. The men discuss how firefighting techniques have changed over the years.



May 10, 2015

19th Century Ahrens Steam Pumper


Heather Gibson took this photo of a steam pumper at the Lincoln museum in Springfield, Ill.


The pumper was loaned to the Lincoln site by its owner, the Belle Plaine Iowa Volunteer Fire Department. It is s...

March 27, 2015

 The snorkle truck was used to fight a fire in the 200 block of Broadway during January 1969. Next to the snorkle truck is the Old General, circa 1936, which was still being used as a backup. HANNIBAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ARCHIVES. COURIER-PO...

March 20, 2015


The industry that evolved around ice harvesting and storage in Hannibal is indicative of the era before refrigeration. Ice harvesting photos taken during the early years of the 20th Century are a familiar reminder that Mother Nature uni...

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Walk of Fame

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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.