Tag Archives: Hannibal

Earliest Recollections

Childhood memories of the steam engine and coal mining era in central Missouri Continue reading

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School Yard Buddies

When I was in the fifth grade at Eugene Field School, I met and made friends with Jim Tate, older brother of the slender little girl who would later become the love of my life. Jim was a pretty rough-and-tough … Continue reading

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Hannibal Railfanning

Wabash Railroad Trains were  colorful when I was growing up in the late forties and early fifties. Passenger train themes, locomotive paint schemes, freight car slogans,  and cabooses that were rolling billboards, left over from the “glamour era” of the … Continue reading

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Hannibal National Guard

I know there’s no such thing as the Hannibal National Guard, but when I was a boy, my dad was in the National Guard for almost all of my childhood, and we lived in Hannibal, so the name seemed correct … Continue reading

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Mississippi River Town

Living with Spring Flooding Hannibal, Missouri is a mid-western town located on the western banks of the Mississippi River, just south of Quincy, Illinois, and about one hundred miles north of St Louis. It  had already become an important river … Continue reading

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Camery Field Playground in Hannibal MO

   When I was a youngster, about 11 or 12, the families who lived in the Elzea Addition area of Hannibal, Missouri, gathered together to turn an overgrown field west of Lindell Avenue at Clark Street into a neighborhood park … Continue reading

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Bevier & Southern Railroad

One of my earliest personal memories is a visit to my grandparents’ house in Bevier, Missouri. My grandfather, William Thomas Vaughn, was pastor of the Baptist Church there. My family had traveled by a Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad steam … Continue reading

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Mother’s Recollections

Marjorie & Eugene Vaughn, 1974 In a note handwritten to me by my mother on January 11, 1994, she gave me her recollections of the Vaughn side of the family in as much detail as she remembered: When I met … Continue reading

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Field Ranger

Fifth Grade Buddies: Larry Vaughn, Sharon Lane, Jim Tate at Eugene Field School I don’t recall why Eugene Field School wasn’t part of the School Boy Safety Patrol, those students who served as crossing guards before and after school, but … Continue reading

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