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.

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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.

Obscure county clerk certified fraudulent Pike County election
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Obscure county clerk certified fraudulent Pike County election

John Wood considered his life's greatest accomplishment the part he played in beating back an effort to legalize slavery in Illinois.

Early years of the Adams County Medical Society
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Early years of the Adams County Medical Society

In 1850, there were 20 physicians in the city of Quincy and 30 who practiced in other communities in Adams County. In March of that year a committee meeting was held by six physicians with Dr. Samuel W. Rogers presiding. They sent out a call to physician

Major general 'got into the army and never got out'
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Major general 'got into the army and never got out'

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. ..."

Protecting personal information a historical problem
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Protecting personal information a historical problem

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.

Experimental classes in Quincy changed education
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Experimental classes in Quincy changed education

During the late 19th century, schools in Quincy and across the country relied largely on memorization through repetition, with teachers using primers for rote instruction.