Family kept tight control of leading wheel company
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Family kept tight control of leading wheel company

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Quincy was a major manufacturing center of many industrial products.

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Quincy often warmly welcomed the circus to town

2017 will be the last year of operation for the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Quincy had a rich and early connection with many traveling circuses that performed here.

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Emigrating from Germany could be long, arduous

The early German immigrants to Quincy and Adams County faced a long and arduous trip. Not only did the trip across the Atlantic present perils, but the usual trip up the Mississippi from New Orleans had its own dangers. In the 1830s, when these trips were

Well educated, well-traveled Quincy woman struggled late in life
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Well educated, well-traveled Quincy woman struggled late in life

Few young Midwestern girls in the early 1850s had the advantage of advanced education. Almira Jane Williams, born in Quincy on Feb. 23, 1838, was one of the fortunate adolescent females able to pursue further education.

Salvation Army came to town and wasn't always welcomed
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Salvation Army came to town and wasn't always welcomed

Although widely thought of as a social service organization, the Salvation Army is a Christian church.

Lost 19th century artworks of Edward Everett return to Quincy
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Lost 19th century artworks of Edward Everett return to Quincy

Eager for business when he arrived in Quincy from London with his family in 1840, Edward Everett, 22, did not consider himself an artist. In city directories and military records, he referred to himself as a mechanic and engineer.

First baby born at Blessing remains a mystery
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First baby born at Blessing remains a mystery

In October 1952, Myrtle McAhren, administrator of Blessing Hospital, received a letter from Mary Eliza Bushnell McCoy of Wichita Falls, Texas. She claimed to be the first baby born in Blessing Hospital in 1875.

City played a role in Old West cattle drives
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City played a role in Old West cattle drives

Actors like John Wayne and Gary Cooper made the legends of cowboys part of American folklore.

Train met tragedy on Mississippi River railroad bridge
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Train met tragedy on Mississippi River railroad bridge

A railroad bridge was first built over the Mississippi River at Quincy in 1868. The bridge held one track but needed to accommodate travel in both directions across the river.

Six carriers first delivered mail in city in 1873
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Six carriers first delivered mail in city in 1873

Delivery of mail in Quincy started July 1, 1873, with six routes and six letter carriers.