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.
On Sunday, June 28, 1914, a Bosnian Serb, Gavrillo Princip, stood on a street in Sarajevo, waiting for the motorcade carrying the heir of the Austria-Hungary Empire, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, to go by.
Having "rushed into the open field and by his shouts and cheers," John Henry Cook's act of valor helped bring victory from what seemed inevitable defeat in a Civil War battle.
Mary Hill was a nurse from Lima, Ill., who left Quincy on Sept. 1, 1914, to help the wounded in Russia in World War I.