Egbert Anson Van Alstyne
(composer of "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and other well-known songs of the World War I era) attended Centenary schools and lived in Saverton township, south of Hannibal, in his youth.
It is said that Van Alstyne attended school
with my great grandfather, Harvey Martin Snell, and that his famous song was inspired
by an apple tree growing on a hill in the
area of Centenary between Centenary and the
Mississippi River south of "Fools Creek".
Centenary is in the Saverton Township area.
About a mile 1 1/2 miles south of Saverton in
Ralls County, Missouri.
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