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