Thousands of Mormons followed their leader, Joseph Smith, to Missouri to build their permanent city of Zion, resulting in conflict with the old settlers. In October, 1838, Missouri Gov. Lilburn Boggs ordered all Mormons to leave by spring.
Ida Bell Wells was born a slave in Mississippi six months before the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted in 1863.
The first Quincy police patrol was created in 1839. Since then, five officers have died in the line of duty. One of them was William H. Dallas. He was the first black police officer to lose his life in Quincy and the first in Illinois.
After war was declared in April 1917, 14 Adams County physicians volunteered for the reserve medical corps. Dr. Thomas Blackburn Knox was the first to receive a commission as a lieutenant and left for Fort Riley in Junction City, Kan., in July 1917.
George Rogers Clark was an important military leader in the Revolutionary War and is commemorated with an impressive statue in Quincy's Riverview Park.
President George Washington, a whiskey distiller himself, thought that distilled spirits were "the ruin of half the workmen in this Country."
One hundred years ago the world was at war, and the citizens of Quincy were making adjustments to their holiday plans. The young men were in hastily constructed Army training camps preparing to be sent overseas to join the war effort.
Her own small fingers fit perfectly the smaller keys of the pianoforte Anne J. Rowland loved so well. The possession of it was not a proxy for unrequited love, although Rowland died a spinster.