Families paved pathway that led to slaves' freedom
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Families paved pathway that led to slaves' freedom

Quincy's abolitionist network was in great danger after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. Under federal law, slave owners could visit free states and retrieve their human property.

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Quincyan's lifetime of service began in World War I
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Quincyan's lifetime of service began in World War I

The Herald-Whig proclaimed: "Red Cross Leader, Harold W. Lewis, 66, Attorney, Dies Suddenly." It was Monday evening, Jan. 6, 1964, when Quincy lost a devoted community servant and lifelong resident of the Gem City.

Quincy has reinvented its economy over time
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Quincy has reinvented its economy over time

One of the interesting statistics for Quincy and the surrounding area is that it has maintained about the same population over a long period of time.

Black physician who served in WWI was mover, shaker
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Black physician who served in WWI was mover, shaker

Dr. Hosea J. Nichols was one of the 104 doctors of African-American descent who were physicians in World War I. His father, William Nichols, who had been born a slave, served with the Union Army in the 59th U.S. Colored Infantry during the Civil War.

Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer
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Abby Fox Rooney was female physician pioneer

In 1874, Dr. Abby Fox of rural Adams County became the first female physician to be licensed in Illinois. Twenty-six years later, only 5 percent of physicians in the United States were women.

Bill Klingner transformed Mississippi flood control
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Bill Klingner transformed Mississippi flood control

Bill Klingner's work for the upper Mississippi River became a lifelong passion.

Black former principal became rich entrepreneur
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Black former principal became rich entrepreneur

Aaron Eugene Malone was born in Kentucky in 1867, a descendant of slaves in post-Civil War America. His family moved to Metropolis, Ill., where he met Annie Turnbo, a classmate he would reconnect with later in life.

World War I unleashed anti-German hysteria
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World War I unleashed anti-German hysteria

The United States' involvement in the Great War (later known as World War I) aligned our country with Allied forces fighting principally against Germany. It began April 6, 1917, and lasted until the war ended Nov. 11, 1918.

Quincy lawyer pushed for Grant presidency
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Quincy lawyer pushed for Grant presidency

He was, said presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant of Isaac Newton Morris of Quincy, "a lifelong friend."

Early lawyer known for hearing 'laughing cases' in court
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Early lawyer known for hearing 'laughing cases' in court

Calvin A. Warren was one of the earliest lawyers in Quincy. Born in Elizabethtown, N.Y., in 1807, he moved to Ohio in the early 1830s and married in 1835.