Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer
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Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer

In 1874, Dr. Abby Fox of rural Adams County became the first female physician to be licensed in Illinois. Twenty-six years later, only 5 percent of physicians in the United States were women.

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Bill Klingner transformed Mississippi flood control
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Bill Klingner transformed Mississippi flood control

Bill Klingner's work for the upper Mississippi River became a lifelong passion.

Black former principal became rich entrepreneur
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Black former principal became rich entrepreneur

Aaron Eugene Malone was born in Kentucky in 1867, a descendant of slaves in post-Civil War America. His family moved to Metropolis, Ill., where he met Annie Turnbo, a classmate he would reconnect with later in life.

World War I unleashed anti-German hysteria
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World War I unleashed anti-German hysteria

The United States' involvement in the Great War (later known as World War I) aligned our country with Allied forces fighting principally against Germany. It began April 6, 1917, and lasted until the war ended Nov. 11, 1918.

Quincy lawyer pushed for Grant presidency
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Quincy lawyer pushed for Grant presidency

He was, said presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant of Isaac Newton Morris of Quincy, "a lifelong friend."

Early lawyer known for hearing 'laughing cases' in court
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Early lawyer known for hearing 'laughing cases' in court

Calvin A. Warren was one of the earliest lawyers in Quincy. Born in Elizabethtown, N.Y., in 1807, he moved to Ohio in the early 1830s and married in 1835.

World War I nurse proved to be unlucky in love
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World War I nurse proved to be unlucky in love

Nurse Grace McWilliams never lost her regard for the soldiers she had treated during World War I, even though one of them turned out to be an unfortunate husband.

Public library flourished under devoted leader's care
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Public library flourished under devoted leader's care

Margaret Ringier, head librarian at the Quincy Public Library, confronted her tobacco-chewing patrons. She posted signs around the library on Nov. 9, 1921, declaring: "Warning--No Spitting! Fine $2 to $20."

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.

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.