Judge's antislavery decision redeemed his reputation
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Judge's antislavery decision redeemed his reputation

Illinois' Constitution of 1818 started the evolution in the state's court system in which Quincy jurist Richard Montgomery Young figured prominently.

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Payson man first from Adams County to serve in WWI
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Payson man first from Adams County to serve in WWI

In May 1917 the war in Europe had been raging for almost three years while America officially remained on the sidelines. Americans were involved in private efforts to offer humanitarian aid and support.

Quincyans attempted to be peacemakers with Mormons
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Quincyans attempted to be peacemakers with Mormons

On Sept. 11, 1845, a large public meeting was held at the courthouse in Quincy, and a solemn resolution was passed. The city's leading men were appointed to deliver it to Nauvoo, the Mormon city 47 miles north in Hancock County.

Minister's son proved to be good Samaritan
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Minister's son proved to be good Samaritan

In 1837, Christopher S. Luce left Maine, came to Illinois, and settled in Adams County. The 29-year-old shoemaker arrived with his wife and two sons.

First American black priest on path to sainthood
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First American black priest on path to sainthood

Two cemeteries form a shroud at the small Catholic Church in Brush Creek, Mo., in which Augustus John Tolton was baptized in 1854. Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of Tolton, a slave who became America's first African-American priest and who to

Casper Ruff was first to brew lager beer
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Casper Ruff was first to brew lager beer

A group of glass plate negatives that had been taken by landscape photographer John Sanftleben were given to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County a few years ago. Among the photos were a few images of Quincy breweries from the 1870's.

Eber Brothers Brewery thrived, died, then revived
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Eber Brothers Brewery thrived, died, then revived

A group of glass-plate negatives taken by landscape photographer John Sanftleben were given to the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County a few years ago. Among the photos were a few images of Quincy breweries from the 1870s.

Bluff Brewery's beer was acclaimed for its purity
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Bluff Brewery's beer was acclaimed for its purity

Quincy has a robust heritage of German immigration that began as a trickle in the 1830s and widened greatly in the 1850s and 1860s.

Crocker brothers were colorful eccentrics of Payson
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Crocker brothers were colorful eccentrics of Payson

Julius F. Crocker was born in Payson in 1854, son of Dr. Henry A. Crocker, a physician who practiced in Hannibal, Mo., and moved to Payson before the Civil War. Julius Crocker also became a physician and lived in Payson and later in Melrose.

Camps proved to be great conservation experiment
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Camps proved to be great conservation experiment

It was 1933. Giles Carr, a recent graduate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois, was looking for a job. However, 1933 was no ordinary year for young job seekers.