Anti-smoking movement in Quincy waxed and waned
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Anti-smoking movement in Quincy waxed and waned

A few months before the American Civil War began; J.B. Harris of Quincy offered free seeds and advice to any Adams County resident wanting to grow tobacco. The military had long considered its use essential for fighting men.

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E.B. Montgomery was at one time oldest practicing physician in U.S.
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E.B. Montgomery was at one time oldest practicing physician in U.S.

According to the American Medical Association, Dr. Edmund Brewer (E.B.) Montgomery was the oldest practicing physician in the country when he died Dec. 8, 1954. His parents, Robert and Elizabeth, were from New Jersey and Ohio but moved west.

Counterfeiters passed a lot of bad coins in 1908
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Counterfeiters passed a lot of bad coins in 1908

Today when authorities warn of bad bills or counterfeit money it's usually 20 dollar bills. In 1908 the problem was bogus coins -- silver dollars, dimes and quarters.

Christmas 1913: Time of generosity, mayhem and a fire
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Christmas 1913: Time of generosity, mayhem and a fire

Christmas week in Quincy was a busy season a century ago with the hustle and bustle of shopping, school and church programs, mailing and receiving Christmas cards and packages.

Ross Brothers settle in Western Illinois, founding Pike County
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Ross Brothers settle in Western Illinois, founding Pike County

Micah and Sarah Ross and their six sons and four daughters lived in a small home in Pittsfield, Mass. The family had little means to accommodate and educate their children.

Adams County Medical Society's centennial celebration was a spectacle
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Adams County Medical Society's centennial celebration was a spectacle

In October 1950, the Adams County Medical Society celebrated its 100th anniversary. The organization and the Woman's Auxiliary to the society planned a four-day celebration from Saturday, Oct. 14 to Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Distillery was volatile business in more ways than one
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Distillery was volatile business in more ways than one

Long before Gardner Denver occupied its site, the land west of Indian Mounds Park was home to two distilleries. The first was Thayer's Distillery, an operation begun by two brothers, Sylvester and W.B. Thayer.

Payson Township: Two towns, many schools and fruit trees
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Payson Township: Two towns, many schools and fruit trees

Payson Township lies on the southern boundary of Adams County and contains only two incorporated communities: Payson and Plainville. Ill. 96 bisects the township diagonally, going through both towns. The township is drained by several large creeks.

84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry suffered severe losses
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84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry suffered severe losses

By Aug. 15, 1862, 10 companies that were to comprise the 84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry were camped at Quincy. When mustered into federal service on Sept. 1, the regiment numbered 987 men.

Distinguished early doctor also bought, sold real estate
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Distinguished early doctor also bought, sold real estate

Edward Gaggs Castle was born in Carlisle, England, in 1814. Carlisle is just 10 miles south of the border of Scotland. He earned his chemist (pharmacy) degree from King's College in 1841.