Within a few years of Quincy's settlement, the riverfront hummed with growth and commercial activity. Water Street, later known as Front Street or the "Levee," harbored a mix of steamboat passengers, tradesmen, speculators and ne'er-do-wells.
In 2019, when information is needed to make a purchase or repair, people turn to the internet. In 1918, Illinois citizens turned to specialized reference books.
2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. A preliminary meeting was held May 27, 1919, in Peoria, with delegates from 40 other Illinois cities attending.
Along our stretch of the Mississippi River, when the word "cave" is mentioned, most of the population thinks of Mark Twain Cave south of Hannibal, Mo. It is, however, not the only cave in the area.
As students returned to schools new and old throughout the city in August, those who are attending Baldwin Elementary at 30th and Maine are entering historic territory, in a school named for a native Quincyan and aeronautic pioneer, Capt. T.S. Baldwin.
Sarah Atwater Denman left an indelible social, educational and financial legacy to the Quincy community.
The first recorded polio epidemic in Illinois occurred in 1916. By 1917, Quincy newspapers were writing about the "war" on polio and the "plague" of polio.
In 1930, the Quincy High School Band attended the National High School Band contest, where 870 bands participated. New uniforms were again purchased, which were still being worn in 1940.