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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....


Cathi Connor McDade submitted this 1947 photo of Robinson's Plumbing and Electric, which was located at 207 S. Main St., Hannibal. The man in the middle, in the entryway of the Robinson store, is her grandfather, Thomas C. Robinson. The...

September 26, 2015




Three German-born boys, each venturing to American on their own, stepped off the SS Koln at Baltimore, Md., on June 10, 1872. They had traveled together, steerage class, aboard the Atlantic steamer from Bremen, Germa...

September 19, 2015



Photo contributed by Jack Ramirez of Kansas City, Mo., descendant of Hiram McVeigh and Hiram M. McVeigh.



Hiram McVeigh moved from his homeland of Loudoun County, Virginia early in 1850 in search of a business climate suitable for rais...

September 3, 2015


Spit in his face


Excerpts from Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 6, 1880 newspapers.com


At noon to-day, (Feb. 6, 1880) Mr. Thomas H. Bacon, a brother of Mrs. Cruikshank, a lady whose character has been attacked by certain parties in the Hanniba...

August 1, 2015

Betty Curtis Mudd, a 1939 graduate of Hannibal High School, grew up on Bell Avenue in Hannibal and spent much time playing in Mahan woods behind her family’s house. She was the daughter of Bill and Nellie Curtis, and her father worked at...



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 newspapers.com, a sample advertisement is attached to t...

July 4, 2015

Brian Montgomery, great-great grandson of Thomas Robinson, co-owner of Robinson Bros. Paint and Wallpaper Co., 119 S. Main in 1920) married Tara Lambert, Heiser Jewelry Store (115 S. Main in 1920) owner Carl Heiser's great-great granddau...

June 24, 2015


Family gathered together Father's Day weekend for a glorious wedding aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat. As if the event had been planned at an exotic resort, guests were never at a loss for something to do in this historic town.


Of partic...

J.T. Brown is proud that he has been able to keep the legacy started by his grandfather, and continued by his father, alive and thriving. This week the firm's employees moved an antique safe out of one of Hannibal's historic buildings.



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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.