Children treated for polio in same institution as F.D.R.
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Children treated for polio in same institution as F.D.R.

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.

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Quincy High School Band at 100: Rich legacy continues
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Quincy High School Band at 100: Rich legacy continues

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.

World War I changed how Quincy residents ate
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World War I changed how Quincy residents ate

Wars profoundly change a nation's relationships with other governments and often its own domestic way of life. Far from the battlefields, the First World War incidentally affected what Americans ate and how they thought about food.

Early school music supervisors came and went
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Early school music supervisors came and went

Elizabeth Beckwith, born May 19, 1868, was Quincy Public Schools music supervisor for a short time, but she remained in the Quincy schools throughout her career. Beckwith graduated from Quincy Senior High in 1888.

Ex-Marine's latest challenge to conquer is bike race
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Ex-Marine's latest challenge to conquer is bike race

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.

Quincy High School Concert Band Turns 100
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Quincy High School Concert Band Turns 100

In March 1920, Paul Morrison, a Quincy Senior High School teacher, created the first Quincy Senior High Band with more than 30 students participating. Morrison posted a notice on March 1, 1920, asking for interested students to join.

Man hanged in 1865 for bushwhacking, various other crimes
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Man hanged in 1865 for bushwhacking, various other crimes

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.

Mid-1800s was time of bushwhackers, copperheads
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Mid-1800s was time of bushwhackers, copperheads

In the mid-1800s, Quincy sat on a boundary line between a slave state and a free state. This dividing line was the Mississippi River, and like most boundaries, it was porous.

Family's affection tested by scandal that rocked the state
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Family's affection tested by scandal that rocked the state

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.

Quincy playwright's fame burned brightly, then faded
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Quincy playwright's fame burned brightly, then faded

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.