In And Around Hannibal: September 22, 2012

by Rita Hooper

“For Brave Men and Adventurous Women,” a play written by Hannibal resident John Donohue about the famous Yukon Gold Rush will be performed at St. Clare’s Theater, 812 N. Salina St., Syracuse, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are discounted if you’re in costume.

What was Hannibal like in the times of the Yukon Gold Rush?

The population of Hannibal Town was 2,148 people.

Hannibal Fire Co. was incorporated in 1910; Rienza Bradt was the first fire chief and remained in that position until 1923. He operated a flour and feed store in the Village. They purchased a two wheeled, hand drawn, chemical cart for $500 from American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. Jay Campbell put it in a Ford Chassis.

Joel Sprague was master of the Golden Sheaf Grange #587, which had been formed in 1889 with a charter membership of 40 “in response to the deep felt need of many people of Hannibal and vicinity for a more abundant social and intellectual life.” The Hannibal Center Grange formed in 1912.

James V. Burt was president of the village.

Teachers in rural school districts were lucky to be paid $2 a day

Harry Wheeler, Rockwell Powers and Melzar Van Auken were the rural route mail carriers serving Routes 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

The Masonic Lodge in Hannibal was about 85 years old and W.C. Matteson was the Master of the Lodge and JR Chamberlain secretary.

World War I had not yet happened but Hannibal was still suffering the effects of the Civil War. The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization of Civil War veterans. O.A. Kipp was the Hannibal commander.

Other officers were A.L. Elridge, John Kennedy, Dr. D.F. Acker, and John H. Baker.

The GAR Auxiliary was organized about 1902. Helen Tucker was its first president. In order to be a member you had to be a wife or daughter of a Civil War veteran. Their meetings were held over Cooper’s store, later owned by William Shutts and operated as a restaurant…some of my older readers may have childhood memories of this!

About 400 men served in the Civil War from Hannibal. The majority of these soldiers nationally were under 18. Twenty-five of them under 10, 105,000 were 15, sounds more like children to me!

Harry Lockwood was the town’s outstanding athlete. “He acted as the spark plug for his teammates.” In 1910 and 1911, he played first base for Hannibal; in 1942 he coached Hannibal’s team onto a 18-2 record. World War II cut into his plans for a future career. During the ‘48 season he had a .320 batting average and 12 home runs. He later went on to play for Geneva in the Border League, Wilkes-Barre in Class B and later played in the Canadian League.

During this period of time, the Presbyterian Church was served by Rev. W.A. McKenzie DD an Rev. B.A. Matzen. The Baptist Church was served by Rev. Paul Brown. The Baptist Church later federated with the Presbyterian Church in 1926 forming the Community Church

The Baptist Church is the current library.

In 1910, Rev. Beldin E. Pratt was appointed pastor at the Hannibal Methodist Church, “as he was the only resident pastor, there was plenty of work for his to do.”

S.R. Lockwood was principal of the Hannibal Village School and oversaw the building of the current high school after a fire destroyed the previous one. The average graduating class size for this period was 5 – 6. I think the school colors at the time were red and black – did they become purple at centralization? One of my readers must have the answer!

Vocational agriculture and academic housemaking courses were introduced, with Hannibal being one of the very first in New York State and one of the oldest in the US.

Lena Cox Hewitt was alumni president in 1912. The Alumni Association was formed in 1904.

Electricity had not yet come to Hannibal. The roads were not paved.

The NY Central railroad served Hannibal with 3 daily trains west and 4 east. The Hannibal Agent was Lincoln Stopellben (1905 – 1938.)

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Now back to the news – the current news!

There will be no school on Monday – Superintendent’s Conference Day

The Hannibal Senior Meals program will meet this Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon for lunch. Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee. They meet at the Community Center (Library) on Oswego St. To make your reservation, please call Rosemary at 564-5471.

By the way, Rosemary is busy preparing for the Hawaiian Candlelight Dinner, set for Oct. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fire Department, with a great menu, entertainment and door prizes. This year’s theme is a Hawaiian one – Remember it’s always fun to dress for the occasion.

The Hannibal Historical Society will begin its 2012 – 2013 program season on Monday, Sept. 24 at the Hannibal Community Center, located across from the firehouse on Oswego Street in Hannibal. The group will meet at 6 p.m. for a business meeting, followed by the evening’s program, which will begin at 7 p.m. Kirk Coates, an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego, will speak about “Reconstruction – America’s Second Civil War.” The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Hannibal Historical Society is planning on offering another Christmas ornament for sale this holiday season. This one is pewter and will feature the Baptist Church/Community Center on it. Its delivery is expected soon and once inspected they will be available for  purchase – hopefully by the Sept. 24 meeting. It’s not too early to be working on your Christmas list – it will help you cut down on the holiday anxiety and let us remember the reason for the season.

The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester St.

TOPS will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Good food and good people to talk with. Take-outs available.

Hannibal Music Boosters will be meeting at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the High School Library on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The Hannibal Fire Company’s next breakfast buffet will be Sunday, Sept. 30 beginning at 8 a.m at the Hannibal Firehouse, Oswego Street, Hannibal.

The menu includes pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast, sausage gravy, biscuits, and beverages.

Oct. 7, from noon until 5 there will be a benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project at the American Legion. Included will be a spaghetti dinner and entertainment and a motorcycle ride to several other American Legion Posts in the afternoon for those so inclined.

Oct. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m., the Municipal Building will be open for people to register for voting.

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding a book and bake sale Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be hundreds of books, videos, and CD’s for all ages and interests. There will also be a wide variety of baked goods for sale. For more information please call Faith at 564-5192.

Don’t forget too include the food pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center on your shopping list. Lend a hand to your neighbors who need a hand up – remember some day it could be you! The center is located in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary’s rectory across from the High School.

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