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

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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.

Local artist made a name for herself in New York City
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Local artist made a name for herself in New York City

Thousands of talented young women from across the United States and abroad flocked to New York City during the nineteen-teens, in search of a lifestyle previously unattainable by their mothers and sisters back home

Charles H Bower Sr.: A 'traveling man' and poet
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Charles H Bower Sr.: A 'traveling man' and poet

During the era before automobiles, there was a proud profession known as a “traveling man"

Rev. Little's family witnessed Hannibal's history in progress
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Rev. Little's family witnessed Hannibal's history in progress

It was bitterly cold in Hannibal, Mo., on Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 1895, the high temperature for the day only reaching to 7 degrees above zero, as recorded by John J. Suter and reported in the Palmyra Spectator. The sky was cloudy and there was a snow cover on the ground.


Just as Hannibal's Trinity Episcopal Church choir began singing its first hymn for the morning service, a fire broke out in the front of the church. Smoke filled the building, and those inside escaped through the exits.


The fire source was soon discovered: A pipe connected to the furnace overheated, and ignited the carpet.


Congregants went to work shoveling snow onto the fire, extinguishing it before much harm could be done. The Quincy Daily Herald Whig, in its Feb. 5, 1895 edition, reported, “no special damage.”


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1907 prank, plotted in HHS boys’ bathroom, backfired
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1907 prank, plotted in HHS boys’ bathroom, backfired

Will Logan was the fullback on the Hannibal High School football team during the fall of 1906, and Walter Weisenburger was right guard. Two big guys, they carried their weight on the field, and their cockiness into the classroom

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Historians seek information on Marion County trailblazing novelist, attorney

History-lovers in Marion County are hoping that an appeal to the public may help shed some more light on Mary Anderson Matthews, a woman that local historians fear is at risk of being forgotten