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A Photograph of the Extended Attebery-Hocking Family

This photo shows the extended Attebery-Hocking family in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Sunday, October 19, 1947. The other small photos on this page show the newspaper report of this visit and modern photographs of the house.

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the extended Attebery-Hocking family in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on October 19, 1947
Pictured above left to right are: in the front row - William (Bill) Attebery, Raymond Attebery, and Johnie Baxter (Marie's husband); in the middle row - Ralph Attebery, Roy Attebery, Luvina Hocking (Mrs. W.O.) Attebery, and her brother, Ira Hocking who owned the house at that time; and in the rear row - Marie Attebery Baxter, Ermadene Attebery (not yet married to Gene Murray), Wilma Hocking (daughter of Loren Hocking, Ira's younger brother), Betty Rhea (soon to be the bride of Raymond Attebery), and Vera Hocking (sister of Wilma).

Fifty-six year old Luvina and several of her children, along with two of her neices, and a son-in-law, and a soon to be (in two months) daughter-in-law, drove just over 100 miles from their homes in Naylor, Missouri, and Corning, Arkansas, to spend the weekend with her older brother, Ira, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was 66 at the time and lived just 3 more years. Their brother, Wilbur Hocking, had died at the age of 62 the previous year.

Image on the right is from the newspaper story appearing in the Southeast Missourian of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on October 20, 1947, telling of the visit pictured above. This grand house at 129 South Lorimier which Ira Hocking used as a hotel/boarding house during this period is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the photos below attest to its grandeur.
The Ira Hocking house at 129 South Lorimier in Cape Girardeau, Missouri even as it looks 60+ years later is still a grand house with a sweeping drive up to the covered entry.
This modern photo taken from nearly the same location and angle at the family photo taken in October of 1947. Note the replacement smaller diameter posts on the front porch in the distance.

The massive brick Colonial Revival house with a sandstone foundation was built in 1897 for the Edward S. and Mary Annatolie Albert Lilly family by prominent local contractor Henry Ossenkop and local stone mason, William Regenhardt. Lilly came to town in 1871 as a partner in his Uncle Pliillip Reily's hardware store and after 1880 was sole owner of Edward S. Lilly & Co., considered one of the largest hardware stores in Southeast Missoui. Their home was the largest within the immediate area and one of the largest in the downtown area of Cape Girardeau. It was considered one of the "prettiest inthe city," at the time of construction.

On the first floor is a large entry foyer, living room, bayed out dining room, parlor (family room), large kitchen, laundry room, and a half bath, plus the wide front porch and covered carriage entrance. There are 5 bedrooms on the second floor and a complete set of rooms on the third floor including 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, and bath. The interior exhibits extensive Colonial Revival detailing and craftsmanship with 5 (of 6 original) fireplaces and several pocket doors. The original parlors are intact with Classical fireplace surrounds, plaster walls, woodwork, and hardware. The ornate door knobs and plates and pressed metal cornice and window hoods help differentiate the Lilly House from its neighbors and embody well the characteristics of the Colonial Revival style. Lilly erected a one and one-half story brick carriage house in the northwest corner of the property which still exists although converted in the early 1940's into a residence.
The stately fireplace with mirror reflecting golden chandlier and stained glass window.
The entry foyer with stained glass transome.
The staircase leading to the second and third floor bedrooms.

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