Disgraced county clerk creates 'Third House'
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Disgraced county clerk creates 'Third House'

The life and times of James W. Whitney of Pike and Adams counties may be among the strangest of any in early Illinois history.

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Merchants expected new veterans home to boost business
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Merchants expected new veterans home to boost business

On Dec. 3, 1885, The Quincy Whig reported on celebrations in the city after the announcement that Quincy had been chosen as the location for the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home.

Obscure county clerk certified fraudulent Pike County election
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Obscure county clerk certified fraudulent Pike County election

John Wood considered his life's greatest accomplishment the part he played in beating back an effort to legalize slavery in Illinois.

Early years of the Adams County Medical Society
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Early years of the Adams County Medical Society

In 1850, there were 20 physicians in the city of Quincy and 30 who practiced in other communities in Adams County. In March of that year a committee meeting was held by six physicians with Dr. Samuel W. Rogers presiding. They sent out a call to physician

Major general 'got into the army and never got out'
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Major general 'got into the army and never got out'

It was Sunday afternoon, and Lt. Carl Grimmer excitingly wrote his parents that he had been "studying a French primer when who should ride up ... but Kenneth Bush." Grimmer exclaimed: "I surely was glad to see him. ..."

Protecting personal information a historical problem
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Protecting personal information a historical problem

In a time when privacy is an issue being hotly debated and defended through electronic media, we tend to forget how much some of our neighbors have always known about us.

Experimental classes in Quincy changed education
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Experimental classes in Quincy changed education

During the late 19th century, schools in Quincy and across the country relied largely on memorization through repetition, with teachers using primers for rote instruction.

Land rich in game later threatened by farm predators
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Land rich in game later threatened by farm predators

The area that eventually became Adams County had long been rich in game, including big game. Lima Lake, east of Meyer in Lima Township, was drained for farming about 1930.

Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis
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Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis

For all who observed such things, Col. William Ross' proclamation that his town of Atlas would be the star city in Western Illinois was much believed.

Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I
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Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I

Dr. C.D. Center took an unusual path when he served in World War I. He had been a respected doctor in Quincy for 17 years. He began his military career in 1905 as assistant surgeon for the Fifth Infantry of the Illinois National Guard.