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.
Quincy resident Steve McQueen would have once been described as one tough hombre. He's still tough, but he's also more appreciative than at anytime in his life. Steve is a cancer survivor who's in remission after confronting Hodgkin's lymphoma.
In 1865 citizens of Quincy took justice into their own hands and hanged Thomas Rose from the Hanging Tree on 16th Street between Vine and Prairie for bushwhacking and various other crimes.
In the Illinois Governor's Mansion in Springfield on the morning of Nov. 27, 1856, Lydia Olivia Matteson sat stiffly on a horsehair-covered English Regency sofa.
One now-forgotten Illinois playwright who had a remarkable achievement is Charles T. Dazey of Quincy, who wrote the widely performed play "In Old Kentucky," as well as many others.