Midnight burglar alarmed West Side neighborhood
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Midnight burglar alarmed West Side neighborhood

Quite unexpectedly while all were sleeping, the dining room door — on the Bates Street side of the house — was thrust open with one blow of a battering ram. Standing in the doorway, between a startled Mrs. Van Evercooren and her baby sleeping in his crib — was a masked intruder with a revolver in each hand saying: “I want what money and valuables there are in the house — quick!”

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1891 Market Street fire reveals interesting West Side history
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1891 Market Street fire reveals interesting West Side history

Edward F. Nerlich, 27, by day a clerk for his father's grocery store, answered a fire alarm at midnight March 30, 1891, on behalf of Hannibal's Engine Co., No. 2, located at 192 Market

McIntyre's agricultural expertise pays big dividends to Hannibal
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McIntyre's agricultural expertise pays big dividends to Hannibal

By 1918, agricultural experts in Michigan had made a clear connection between black stem rust on grain and the common barberry bush

Both immigrants, Union Street neighbors killed during Civil War
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Both immigrants, Union Street neighbors killed during Civil War

Precisely 159 years ago – in mid June 1861 - two companies of Illinois troops, followed by two regiments of Iowa troops, arrived in Hannibal, Mo., and together with the Home Guard set up camp on Lover's Leap

P. Gillett's inventions contributed to Missouri's early rail foundation
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P. Gillett's inventions contributed to Missouri's early rail foundation

In February 1864, while General William Tecumseh Sherman's notorious “March Through Georgia,” was igniting the South, 47-year-old Prosper Gillett, a New England transplant to Southern-sympathizing Hannibal, Missouri, was focused on a better and more efficient means of installing railroad track

Balloon assistant painted pictures with words to share jobs of flight
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Balloon assistant painted pictures with words to share jobs of flight

Few could have imagined back in mid October 1907, what it would feel like to float in the basket of a hot-air balloon three quarters of a mile over the Midwest at dawn, and the associated sounds that could be heard of little towns waking up below

1907: Hannibal High football team couldn't beat archrival
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1907: Hannibal High football team couldn't beat archrival

Hannibal High School's first game of the 1907 football season began with a thumping by archrival, Quincy, Ill., on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12, 1907

Reflective glimpse into Hannibal's evolution as a shoe factory town
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Reflective glimpse into Hannibal's evolution as a shoe factory town

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 12, 1902, Hannibal's firefighters, led by Theron B. Parks — Hannibal's fire chief of long standing — were put to the test when an alarm sounded at Central Park, alerting the town to a fire at Hannibal's Bluff City Shoe Co. The fire was discovered at the rear of the factory's two-story building, located at 108 North Fourth Street, directly to the east of the park

A glimpse at the peak month of the 1918 Spanish Influenza
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A glimpse at the peak month of the 1918 Spanish Influenza

What did the Spanish Influenza look like in Marion County, Mo., during its peak month of October 1918? Newspapers provide some answers.

Historic house on roadway's curve contained generational memories
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Historic house on roadway's curve contained generational memories

Dr. F.W. Bush devoted his life to taking care of his patients living in and around Hannibal, particularly in the Mt. Zion neighborhood. Born at the turn of the 19th Century on the same farm where he would later raise his family, he remained true to his rural Missouri roots throughout his lifetime.