On the morning of Sept. 26, 1904, Elizabeth Weisenberger of 328 State found her granddaughter, Bessie Bement, dying from poison ingestion.
Willis Hardyman dreamed of becoming a sailor in the U.S. Navy. He had been born at home Sept. 4, 1897, the oldest of three children, to Charles and Edith Hardyman, and as a youngster carried newspapers for the Quincy Journal.
When President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, he stated the United States was joining the fight to bring world peace and declared: "The world must be made safe for democracy."
Pardee Butler was born in New York state and raised in Ohio two centuries ago. Becoming a man of steadfast conviction, he helped the growing United States stay free of slavery.
By the time he reached Quincy on that damp Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1858, Abraham Lincoln was exhausted.
As of Sept. 23, 1917, Harold Lewis was no longer a civilian volunteer, but a private first class in the U.S. Army. His pay was $36 a month.
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.