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. ..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the autumn of 1918, with the U.S. military engaged in World War I raging in Europe, doctors and nurses at home were fighting another war against influenza.
Virgene Ward's dedication as a nurse was recognized throughout her career.
In the early 1900s, buzz wagons were controversial in Quincy but not taken too seriously. One explanation defined it as "… a large iron and rubber contrivance for transforming gasoline into speed, excitement, and obituaries.