In and Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

The first schoolhouse was built in the early 1800s in the south end of the district across a little brook on land owned by Mrs. Hozea Godfrey.

The second schoolhouse was built in 1859 near the present intersection of the 66 Road and Rochester Street.

In 1887, when Wesley Hendricks was trustee, it was decided to plant maple trees around the school. One of those who assisted in the planting was Alexander Morrell.  All the trees lived and provided cool shade for the playing students for many years thereafter.

Teachers who taught at Cain’s Corners for whom specific dates are unknown include:  Emma Pulcipher, Ada Wiltse, Aggie Phelps, Hattie Phelps, Carriew Blodgett, Rena Palmer, Nettie Sanders, Louise Kent, Emma Umstead, George Welling, Susie Byrne, Alvah Ketcham, Minnie Henthorn, Calista Osborn, Raymond Cooper, Ernest Cooper, Frank Marsh, Grace Atwater, Annabelle Wiltse and Clara Wiltsie.

Also: Etta Naracon, Frank Palmer, Bertha Clark, Georgia Thompson, Fred Cox, Alvah Palmer, Nellie Tilford, Nellie Fuller, Rosa Walker, Nellie Merrimen, Nina Barr, Libbie Kosboth, Estella Eldridge, Ella Doyle, Maggie McNamara, Nellie Shutts, Nellie Byrne, Clinton Tucker, Dora Gillis, and Cora Fry.

Other teachers for whom dates are known include: 1868-Sarah Powell, 1874 William Lund, 1875-Richard Smith, 1876 Elden Storms, 1877 Arthur Wiltse, 1892-3 Bert B. Collins, 1906 Maude Curtis, 1918-9Mrs. George Wiltsie, 1919-20 Grace B. Hawkins, 1920-22 Mrs. Fannie Perkins, 1922-24 Grace B. Hawkins, 1924-26 Mrs. Gertrude Kellogg, 1926-28 Grace B. Hawkins, 1928-30 Mrs. Madeline Adsitt, 1930-31Mrs. Frank Hewitt, 1931-2 Mrs. Earl Van Patten, 1932-3 Mrs. Lawrence Godfrey, 1933-4 Freida Wilke, 1934-41 Grace B. Hawkins, and 1941-49 Mrs. Mabler Robinson.

A lot of old Hannibal names in that list – mostly women and mostly for a year’s length of time.

Wonder why Grace B. Hawkins kept coming back!

The final closing exercises for the school were held in June 1949. The program featured an instrumental duet, Nancy Scott and Donald Wilde; recitations, Linda Scott and Jean Austin; vocal solo, Fred Austin; Reading ‘Si and I,’ Mrs. Mary Scott; solo, Mrs. Adelaide Lyons; solo, Gloria Sherman; accordion music, James Holsapple.

Everyone present spent an enjoyable evening and Mrs. Robinson received many good wishes for the future.

The schoolhouse was later sold and today has been converted into a private residence.

I can’t help wonder what information the ‘Mayor of Cain’s Corners would have to shed on this subject as I know his family forebears attended this school.


Former Hannibal Community Church organist, Able Searor, will be presenting an organ concert and carol singing at 3 p.m. at West Baptist Church, West Third and Mohawk, Oswego.  Able never fails to delight his audience.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or  play games or just some idle chit-chat.  Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

This week’s menu is:

Monday — Reuben noodle casserole, vegetable, juice, pudding

Wednesday — Cook’s choice menu (call for details)

Friday — Turkey sloppy Joe, baked potato, peas and carrots, orange juice, peaches


Monday — Blood pressure clinic and presentation on arthritis by Oswego Health

Wednesday — Bingo after lunch

Friday — Christmas craft (lighted jar decoration)

Kenney Middle School is holding a BoxTops for Education contest. Two students who bring in the most BoxTops in one week win free ice cream from the cafeteria.

Anyone who brings in five or more BoxTops in one week is entered in a drawing for a large cheese pizza from the Village Market.

The contest runs through Dec. 16.  The student who brings in the most BoxTops for the contest will win a bowling party.  Anyone who brings in five or more BoxTops during the contest will be entered in drawings for several prizes.

Each BoxTops is worth 10 cents to the school. We have raised more than $600 for the school so far this year. All money earns benefit programs for the students.

We also have a new collection box at the Village Market for your convenience.

Hannibal United Methodist Church will have an afternoon of entertainment with the Tri-County Singers performing a Christmas Cantata at 2:00 PM on December 8,2013. They will perform “On This Shining Night”.  It is a “FREE” performance with donations accepted. Refreshments served after. Plan to come and enjoy this wonderful local singing group.

Also on Dec. 8, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third (east side of the River) will hold an afternoon of music with the Hannibal Jammers beginning at 2 p.m.

The Village Market will host its annual Christmas Luncheon for Seniors at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.  This is free and no registration is needed. The high school music department will be providing music for your enjoyment.

The Hannibal Senior Band will present its Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature the jazz ensemble and the concert band presenting many familiar carols and winter songs. Audience members are asked to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.

Prior to the concert, band members will serve their annual complimentary lasagna holiday dinner for local senior citizens in the high school cafeteria beginning at 6:15 p.m. Community seniors wishing to attend should make a reservation by calling 564-7910 ext. 4132 before Dec. 9.

The Elderberry Christmas Dinner has been changed to noon Thursday, Dec. 12 at the American Legion.

The Elderberry luncheon will be catered by Brenda Fletcher. Call George Darling now and make your reservation today. Hope the change in date doesn’t inconvenience anyone too much.

I have it on good authority that Santa Claus is coming to Hannibal. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Dec. 13, he’ll be at the Hannibal Fire Department Firehouse on Oswego Street.

He’s keeping his eye out for all those good little boys and girls from birth to 10 years old and I understand from one of his elves that he’s put a few gifts in his bag. Kids of all ages are invited to share in refreshments.

Tis the season to be jolly…please e-mail me or give me a call if your organization has any special plans for the holiday season that you would like to invite your neighbors to.

Don’t you just love the outdoor lights coming on?

Rita Hooper

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