Steam governor led wide array of Quincy inventions
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Steam governor led wide array of Quincy inventions

At the end of the 19th century, Quincy had been established as one of the leading manufacturing centers in the Midwest.

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Impoverished Lincoln cousin lived in Quincy
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Impoverished Lincoln cousin lived in Quincy

Caroline Hanks Hall, The Quincy Daily Whig reported in 1904, "had eked out a miserable existence in her illy-provided flat at 212 North Fourth Street," even though she was Abraham Lincoln's cousin.

'Ruined' woman tragically takes law in her own hands
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'Ruined' woman tragically takes law in her own hands

A young woman from near Camp Point tried to gain justice in two states and finally resorted to serving it out herself. However, there is a price to pay for taking the law into your own hands. Lillie Booth became the second casualty of her actions.

Socialist accused of violating espionage act tried twice
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Socialist accused of violating espionage act tried twice

Floyd Dell was born in Barry in 1887 to an oft-unemployed Civil War veteran father and a former teacher. The Dell family lived a tenuous economic existence. Having lived on potato soup one winter, the 6-year-old Floyd realized the family was poor.

Women preferred working in factories to shops, homes
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Women preferred working in factories to shops, homes

In the late 1880s a curious labor shortage had reached newsworthy status. There was a distinct scarcity of domestic help. Women were declining to enter their assumed places in household service and instead opting to become factory girls.

Fred Wolf: From pillar of business to convicted felon
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Fred Wolf: From pillar of business to convicted felon

After immigrating to the United States from Germany in 1869 at age 18 and settling in Quincy two years later, Frederick A."Fred" Wolf began living the American Dream.

Multi-talented John Wall was in demand as an orator
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Multi-talented John Wall was in demand as an orator

John Edmund Wall was known around Quincy for many things. He was a printer, lawyer, orator, philanthropist, writer, political activist, poet, an influential citizen and a songwriter.

Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world -- Part 2
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Col. George Iles: Pilot from Quincy to the world -- Part 2

George J. Iles was born to Mr. and Mrs. George D. Iles of 1416 N. 14th in 1918. Although a few black children attended the various public schools, Quincy was largely a racially segregated city.

John Wood and Willard Keyes find their brides
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John Wood and Willard Keyes find their brides

Among his many talents, Quincy founder John Wood knew how to throw a party. They could be one-nighters like the Christmas party at his month-old log cabin. Or they could be life-changing events.

Quincy woman takes her life after seeing witch doctor
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Quincy woman takes her life after seeing witch doctor

On the morning of Sept. 26, 1904, Elizabeth Weisenberger of 328 State found her granddaughter, Bessie Bement, dying from poison ingestion.