Category: History

Handbook of Missouri – Marion County

Marion County has an area of 434 square miles, embracing 277,760 acres of magnificent lands, with a population of 30,000, and having a Mississippi River front of thirty miles. The river is crossed by two magnificent iron...

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History of Palmyra & Hannibal, Mo.

An Extract from a Forthcoming Work to be Entitled “Twenty Four Years View of Palmyra and Marion County in Missouri” By J. P. Rutter Jan 1856 The general pressure that prevailed for several years during and succeeding...

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The Sny Levee Gives Way

Raising the Levees Race Between the Water and the Workmen at Hannibal Hannibal, Mo., May 16, 1888 At 6:00 o’clock p.m. the river was twenty-one feet, and four inches higher than in 1881 when the levee broke, and still rising....

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Cholera of 1833

In the summer of 1832 Asiatic cholera made its appearance in the west, and was especially severe in St. Louis. It, however, failed to reach Marion county that year. The cold winter of 1832-3 it thought had destroyed all the germs of the dread pestilence and when the spring, of the latter year came on but little apprehension was felt by the people of this county that the fearful scourge would visit them. They were so wrong. One 3 June cholera struck with a vengeance. By the 15th of June 1833, the contagion began to abate, and by the the 1st of July it had entirely disappeared. During its prevalence in Palmyra, out of a population of about 600, there had died 105 persons, of whom 50 were whites and 55 were blacks.

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1896 Train Collision in Hannibal Missouri

Fifteen Hurt in a Collision Engineer Disobeyed the Rules and a Wreck was the Result Feb 9 1896, Hannibal, Mo Fifteen persons were more or less seriously hurt, and one cannot recover, as the result of a collision at 12:40 o’clock...

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Fires Taking Place in Hannibal Missouri History

December 21, 1857 On Sunday, 21st, a fire broke out in Hannibal, in the large three story building of Dr. Anderson, on Main, near the corner of Hill street. The first efforts were to save the large and valuable stocks of goods...

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