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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 27, 2015


This photo of the Fall Creek, Ill., depot was taken looking south so the line diverging to the right was the extension over to East Hannibal.  The other side of the depot was the main line going down to Hull, New Canton, Rockport, and c...

November 23, 2015

 Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad covered bridge near 1925 Market Street over Bear Creek. Taken 1903 by Anna Schnitzlein.


Archie Hayden has followed this thread and finds it a very fascinating  
story.  He wrote:


"One of the men on th...

October 31, 2015



Cutline: Archie Hayden of Hannibal shared this photo of the stone wall constructed along the bank of the Mississippi River between the Wabash bridge and Scipio. CONTRIBUTED/ARCHIE HAYDEN




Massive wall serves as reminder of stonemason’...

October 31, 2015

John McGuire, a native of Ireland, was a resident of Quincy for nearly a half century until his death in May 1900. McGuire helped construct the foundation for the old Q. passenger station, built in 1864 on Front Street between Hampshire...

Here's a clipping of interest I discovered during the research this morning.


Fatal railroad accident


QUINCY, ILL., AUG. 1, 1875 – The passenger train leaving Hannibal for Palmyra at 10 o’clock last ni...

July 10, 2015

Read about the first cross-state rails of the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad, circa 1857, as described in the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune on Feb. 11, 1929:


"Perhaps the track would cause the section bosses of 1929 to blush for their...

July 10, 2015

Cream Ridge, a long ago abandoned settlement about eight miles north of Chillicothe, Missouri, provided the setting for the ceremonial placement of the “golden spike,” on Feb. 13, 1859, connecting the final rails linking east and west fo...

Pictured on the deck on the Mark Twain Riverboat following their marriage on June 20, 2015, are my son and daughter in law, Brian and Tara Lambert Montgomery. Just beyond the obvious happiness in their faces, and the majesty of the Might...

June 25, 2015


I can't resist posting this video of a northbound BNSF coal train, passing through Hannibal on Friday morning, June 19, 2015. I live three miles from the river, and love to hear the echo of the trains as they circle around town headed f...

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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.