'Freedom papers' tell stories of people of color in 1800s
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'Freedom papers' tell stories of people of color in 1800s

In 1819, less than a year after Illinois became a state, the first Illinois General Assembly passed "An Act Respecting Free Negroes, Mulattos, Servants, and Slaves." The act, in 25 sections, outlined how free persons of color should be registered.

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Group created historical society to keep city 'treasures'
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Group created historical society to keep city 'treasures'

"Mr. S.H. Emery, Sr., is interesting himself in the organization of a historical society for Quincy," The Quincy Daily Whig reported on June 11, 1896. So begins the newspaper accounts of the origins of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County.

Quincy's location key to anti-slavery network flourishing
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Quincy's location key to anti-slavery network flourishing

Quincy was an ideal settlement for abolitionists on the expanding Western frontier after the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

Riding early streetcars could be an adventure
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Riding early streetcars could be an adventure

Quincy had some form of trolley transportation beginning in 1865 when the line began at about Fifth and Maine streets and went north for more than a mile to Locust Street.

Teenie Weenie Orchestra made big musical impact
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Teenie Weenie Orchestra made big musical impact

The Teenie Weenie Orchestra presented its first concert to the Round Table Club and other invited guests on Dec. 14, 1922, in the Webster School auditorium.

Anti-smoking movement in Quincy waxed and waned
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Anti-smoking movement in Quincy waxed and waned

A few months before the American Civil War began; J.B. Harris of Quincy offered free seeds and advice to any Adams County resident wanting to grow tobacco. The military had long considered its use essential for fighting men.

E.B. Montgomery was at one time oldest practicing physician in U.S.
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E.B. Montgomery was at one time oldest practicing physician in U.S.

According to the American Medical Association, Dr. Edmund Brewer (E.B.) Montgomery was the oldest practicing physician in the country when he died Dec. 8, 1954. His parents, Robert and Elizabeth, were from New Jersey and Ohio but moved west.

Counterfeiters passed a lot of bad coins in 1908
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Counterfeiters passed a lot of bad coins in 1908

Today when authorities warn of bad bills or counterfeit money it's usually 20 dollar bills. In 1908 the problem was bogus coins -- silver dollars, dimes and quarters.

Christmas 1913: Time of generosity, mayhem and a fire
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Christmas 1913: Time of generosity, mayhem and a fire

Christmas week in Quincy was a busy season a century ago with the hustle and bustle of shopping, school and church programs, mailing and receiving Christmas cards and packages.

Ross Brothers settle in Western Illinois, founding Pike County
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Ross Brothers settle in Western Illinois, founding Pike County

Micah and Sarah Ross and their six sons and four daughters lived in a small home in Pittsfield, Mass. The family had little means to accommodate and educate their children.