Each month, the Courier-Post takes a look at items and their back stories not often seen by the public from the archives of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum.
Marion Wolf gave the Mark Twain Museum a souvenir medal he found many years ago. Around the portrait of Twain is “23rd Annual Convention Missouri State Federation of Labor.” On the bar at top “Hannibal, MO September 1914.”
The Hannibal Courier-Post September 14, 1914, noted: “Officers of the local assembly . . . have asked all business houses in the downtown district, to decorate next week.” Large arches were put up over Main Street and Broadway to welcome the conventioneers.
The convention met in Eagle Hall of the Park Theater Building. During the convention, members passed a resolution sent to President Wilson asking for peace – to try to stop horrible European actions and war.
They also discussed workingman’s compensation, and heard suffragist Miss Caroline Finnegan.