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.
Vivian Maud Howell was born on a farm in Liberty Township in Marion County, Mo., in 1883. Her father, William F. Howell, was a farmer who later became president of the Bank of Palmyra.
Disappointment spread across the face of Father Landry Genosky, a Franciscan friar who taught history at Quincy College, as he read--and reread--the letter. The priest was two years into a career at the college that would span 15 years.
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the U.S. Army was generally small, inexperienced and poorly equipped for warfare on the European front.
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.
Ida Bell Wells was born a slave in Mississippi six months before the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted in 1863.
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.
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.
George Rogers Clark was an important military leader in the Revolutionary War and is commemorated with an impressive statue in Quincy's Riverview Park.