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.
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.
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.
Early settlers of Illinois from the east and south often followed and settled along waterways. Many settlers in Adams County had come down the Ohio River, then up the Mississippi to Quincy. Others came overland. But before the Ohio River was controlled by
Martha Dean Fitzgerald was born in Burlington, Iowa, on March 7, 1873. After high school graduation, she moved to Adams County to live with her grandmother. Other than a brief stay in Mattoon, she lived in Quincy for most of her life.
By JOSEPH NEWKIRK After 1785 when Dr. Benjamin Rush, the United States' leading physician at the time, published "An Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits upon the Human Body and Mind," the temperance movement became a mainstay of American life. It