Quincyans sheltered Mormons run out of Nauvoo
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Quincyans sheltered Mormons run out of Nauvoo

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.

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Anti-lynching crusader draws huge crowds to Quincy
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Anti-lynching crusader draws huge crowds to Quincy

Ida Bell Wells was born a slave in Mississippi six months before the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted in 1863.

Black officer found haven in Quincy, only to fall
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Black officer found haven in Quincy, only to fall

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.

Quincyan writes of WWI battle: 'Oh, it was awful'
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Quincyan writes of WWI battle: 'Oh, it was awful'

President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, and asked for a declaration of war against the German Empire. Four days later, war was declared.

Quincy physician rose to major during World War I
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Quincy physician rose to major during World War I

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.

Statue brought honor to 'unnoticed' military leader
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Statue brought honor to 'unnoticed' military leader

George Rogers Clark was an important military leader in the Revolutionary War and is commemorated with an impressive statue in Quincy's Riverview Park.

Cures for drunkenness flourished in late 19th century
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Cures for drunkenness flourished in late 19th century

President George Washington, a whiskey distiller himself, thought that distilled spirits were "the ruin of half the workmen in this Country."

Educator fought for Quincy teachers' living wage
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Educator fought for Quincy teachers' living wage

As Edna Heidbreder took the podium June 6, 1919, she surprised members of the Quincy Board of Education with an itemized statement detailing the bare minimum living expenses for area teachers.

Christmas 1917 centered on soldiers instead of shopping
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Christmas 1917 centered on soldiers instead of shopping

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.

Spinster's beloved pianoforte still enchants in mansion's parlor
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Spinster's beloved pianoforte still enchants in mansion's parlor

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.