Quincy brothels, bootlegging flourished into 1930s
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Quincy brothels, bootlegging flourished into 1930s

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.

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Butcher, baker ... county directories listed them all
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Butcher, baker ... county directories listed them all

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.

Quincy minister adapted to exotic world of Burma
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Quincy minister adapted to exotic world of Burma

In 1917, James Lee Lewis stepped off a boat onto strange soil, farther away from home than he had ever been. This was the start of a 20-year long adventure that would forever change the young man's life.

Quincy leader urged creation of Illinois Chamber of Commerce
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Quincy leader urged creation of Illinois Chamber of Commerce

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.

Burton Cave, once picnic spot, now a protected bat site
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Burton Cave, once picnic spot, now a protected bat site

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.

Baldwin school's namesake was areonautics pioneer
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Baldwin school's namesake was areonautics pioneer

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.

Lieutenant lost his life as World War I ended
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Lieutenant lost his life as World War I ended

A week to the day after the armistice ending the World War I took effect; the Arends family received a telegram from the war department stating that their son, 1st Lt. Henry G. Arends, had died Oct. 25, 1918.

Early feminist Sarah Atwater Denman left enduring legacy
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Early feminist Sarah Atwater Denman left enduring legacy

Sarah Atwater Denman left an indelible social, educational and financial legacy to the Quincy community.

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.

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.