Drawing a conclusion from studying Sanborn maps and city directories, it is likely that Charles Lavoo’s meat market was the first occupant of the building at 2300 Market Street. Also, based upon the fact that he spent a number of years living upstairs over the meat market/dairy, one could surmise that he was also the owner of the building.

Born toward the middle of a dozen or so children reared by Peter and Mary Hunold Lavoo during the last half of the 19th Century, Charles David Lavoo (1875-1961) had no children of his own, but regardless left an imprint of the community where he lived.

Mary Lou Montgomery, retired as editor of the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post in 2014. She researches and writes narrative-style stories about the people who served as building blocks for this region’s foundation. Books available on Amazon.com by this author include but are not limited to: "The Notorious Madam Shaw," "Pioneers in Medicine from Northeast Missouri," "The Historic Murphy House, Hannibal, Mo., Circa 1870,” and “Hannibal’s ‘West End,’” 47 stories of the Market Street Wedge and on west to Lindell Avenue. Montgomery can be reached at Montgomery.editor@yahoo.com Her collective works can be found at maryloumontgomery.com.

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