In And Around Hannibal: April 14, 2012

Jim Hooper shares his expertise in geocaching with members Ann Palen, Marlene Sutcliff and Barbara Gifford of the Hannibal Elderberries. Hooper designed the geocaching trail along the Seaway Trail. He works in the 4-H department of Ontario County Co-operative Extension where his GPS 4-H club has mapped fire hydrants locations for a local community and historical markers for another.

by Rita Hooper

A few weeks ago I did a column on characters of Hannibal. Jane Spicer has added the “rest of the story” concerning Ed Blythe to that little tidbit that I wrote.

Many thanks Jane and if anyone has a character to add to my list or corrections or deletions I would be happy to share it with my readers.

Edward K. Blythe was born in 1914 and married his wife Louise in 1934. Louise was born in 1910 and passed away in 1990. They had two sons; Fred has passed away and Kenneth lives in New Mexico.

Louise worked for many years at the Canning Factory. They lived on Wiltsieville Road. Louise was known for her beautiful peonies in all colors every summer.

When quite young, Ed worked at the Gleason Farms. Then he worked at the Chocolate Works (Nestle) for a short while.

After Ed lost his driver’s license, he would walk to and from Hannibal most times between 7 and 8 in the morning; usually he would catch a ride home around noon.

Most times he would walk into town with a bag of something to sell. In the spring, parsnips and horseradish would be in the bag – the rest of the time it would probably be something else from his garden.

One winter when we had a lot of snow and really cold weather, Ed froze his hands. He went to a house by the Old Railroad Tracks.

The woman who lived there was a nurse and she helped him and his hands. His hands were so bad, they turned black and stayed black.

In the winter, Ed would shovel the snow in front of the post office and drugstore (the dog grooming place now.) He also dug graves at the Hannibal Cemetery.

Ed liked to read and he could be seen reading in the living room window early in the morning.  People would give him books or he would borrow them from the library.

Jane relates that the last few years her son Lyle Fuller went to school, Ed would come over and put him on the BOCES bus. He was given cigarettes or beer for doing it.

He especially liked Jane’s sour cream cookies and even learned to bake them himself.

Ed died in 1987 and left many friends who remembered him fondly.

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The second S.O.S. FEST (Save Our Students) will be held July 20-22 at the Hannibal Firemen”s Field.  Tonight, Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of God’s Vision Christian Church, there will be a “big meeting” to share ideas, details, etc. The church is on the corner of Route 3 and West Street in Hannibal.

Your church, youth group, club, or organization, are invited to come and have a booth. If you are a crafter or a vendor you are invited too. There is a charge to rent a space but you keep all your profits.

Senior Meals program continues with lunch at noon at the Center in Hannibal Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The Senior Center opens at 10 a.m. with news and coffee at the library on Oswego Street.  They will be playing Bingo Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

The week’s menu features chicken cacciatore Monday, Swedish meatballs Wednesday and open-faced turkey sandwiches Friday.

Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation.

The Jammers will be in full swing Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street. They play until 10 p.m. with refreshments about 8:30 p.m.

The free chili/soup lunches are continuing Thursdays at the Hannibal United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come enjoy good food and fellowship.

The Hannibal Free Library Board of Trustees will be holding its annual meeting and election of three, three-year term board members Monday, April 16.

Voting for the three open positions on the board will take place at the library Monday, April 16 from 10 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. The voting will end as the annual meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. All are invited to attend.

The Hannibal Board of Education will be meeting April 18 at the High School Board Room.

The Hannibal High School play will be Thursday and Friday April 19 and 20 – more info next week.

The Methodist Church in Hannibal will be holding a craft show April 21, with a bake sale and luncheon. Crafters are needed.  Call Debbie at 591-8621 for more information.

Saturday, April 28, there will be a Butterfly Walk for Hannah Crego at 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Central School Track.

Hannah was born with an extremely rare genetic disease affecting 200-300 people worldwide and is believed to be the only person in New York State with this syndrome.

Hannah and her family will be traveling to California this summer for a convention and retreat for people affected by this disorder.

It gives both the children and their parents a chance to meet others who have the same concerns. Cockayne Syndrome is characterized by poor growth, microcephaly, premature aging, sensitivity to sunlight, developmental and neurological delays and shortened lifespan.  Donations can also be made online at

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