A grand Hannibal ceremony launched a short-lived marriage
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A grand Hannibal ceremony launched a short-lived marriage

Wearing a floor-length gown of Ottoman silk, custom made at a dressmaker's shop in St. Louis, Miss Mary Pettibone of Hannibal, Mo., at about the age of 23, exchanged wedding vows with Col. James Tilly Barber, 37, at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1884, at the Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal

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Bowles Clothiers: A Hannibal legacy
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Bowles Clothiers: A Hannibal legacy

John J. Bowles and his brother-in-law, James P. Traynor, partnered circa 1892 in a business venture on Hannibal's North Main Street

Rev. T.C. Fox launched church from Market St. grocery store
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Rev. T.C. Fox launched church from Market St. grocery store

When the Rev. Thomas C. Fox began his ministry at Hannibal in the fall of 1919, a grocery store served as the sanctuary, and a dry goods box was the altar

Nerlich family businesses continued for nine decades
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Nerlich family businesses continued for nine decades

For some 91 years — beginning at the end of the Civil War — the Nerlich family operated a grocery/hardware business on the southwest corner of Market and Arch streets in an area of Hannibal, Missouri, known as the West End

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!”

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