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...

August 18, 2015

Long-time Hannibal Courier-Post sports editor Ed O'Neill is photographed by co-worker Otis Howell in 1949 at the newspaper office, which was located at 300 Broadway.


Betty Farrell, who worked with O'Neill in her capacity as women's edito...

August 17, 2015

The Hannibal Congregational church committee, under financial duress, had locked the doors to the magnificent church structure at Lyon and Sixth streets, and subsequently sold it to the Catholics on July 18, 1880. The church was ultimate...

July 17, 2015

Steve Holland of Iowa City, Iowa, who served as the Hannibal Courier-Post sports editor during 1974 and 1975, has fond memories of long-time, award-winning photographer Otis Howell.
He discussed these memories during a recent trip back...

After reading of the Missouri Press Association photography awards that Otis Howell won as Courier-Post photographer in 1961, Ginger Bleigh Dunn, now of Phoenix, Arizona, but originally from Hannibal, shared two photos Otis took her her...

Otis Howell, photographer for the Hannibal Courier-Post, won high honors in the Missouri Press Association’s 1961 Better Newspaper Contest.


Howell, a World War II Pearl Harbor survivor, won three awards:


Best use of local pictures, daili...

July 4, 2015


Smith Funeral Home on Broadway, Hannibal, 1953. The home was located directly to the east of the Marion County Courthouse at Hannibal. Otis Howell photo




Standing reliably as a steady hand and level head during time o...

June 11, 2015

The Courier-Post moved into the building at Center and Third streets, downtown Hannibal, in 1952. Otis Howell, newspaper photographer, took a photo of the parking lot, which featured an old Standard Oil filing station. When Standard Oil...

May 15, 2015

Delorise Vark became the bride of Otis F. Howell on Feb. 13, 1949, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hannibal. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Vark, 206 North Sixth Street. Howell is the son of Mrs. Dolly Bailey, 1706 Chest...


First aid training - Members of Boy Scout Troop 117, sponsored by the Kings Men Class of Broadway Methodist Church have been receiving first aid training sessions from Bob Cutsinger, kneeling, right, of the Mark Twain Emergency Squad. T...

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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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