Payson Township: Two towns, many schools and fruit trees
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Payson Township: Two towns, many schools and fruit trees

Payson Township lies on the southern boundary of Adams County and contains only two incorporated communities: Payson and Plainville. Ill. 96 bisects the township diagonally, going through both towns. The township is drained by several large creeks.

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84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry suffered severe losses
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84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry suffered severe losses

By Aug. 15, 1862, 10 companies that were to comprise the 84th Illinois Volunteer Infantry were camped at Quincy. When mustered into federal service on Sept. 1, the regiment numbered 987 men.

Distinguished early doctor also bought, sold real estate
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Distinguished early doctor also bought, sold real estate

Edward Gaggs Castle was born in Carlisle, England, in 1814. Carlisle is just 10 miles south of the border of Scotland. He earned his chemist (pharmacy) degree from King's College in 1841.

Early photography in Quincy swiftly evolved
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Early photography in Quincy swiftly evolved

The affixing of a visual image on material, a process that later became known as "photography," dates from 1839 when French inventor Jacques Mande Daguerre created the first "daguerreotype."

Power of Quincy's press played role in Lincoln, Douglas debates
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Power of Quincy's press played role in Lincoln, Douglas debates

There was little either man could say that the other could not anticipate. Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln had been debating each other for 24 years -- from the day they met in early 1834 at the Illinois State Capitol in Vandalia.

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.

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.