Major general 'got into the army and never got out'
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Major general 'got into the army and never got out'

It was Sunday afternoon, and Lt. Carl Grimmer excitingly wrote his parents that he had been "studying a French primer when who should ride up ... but Kenneth Bush." Grimmer exclaimed: "I surely was glad to see him. ..."

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Protecting personal information a historical problem
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Protecting personal information a historical problem

In a time when privacy is an issue being hotly debated and defended through electronic media, we tend to forget how much some of our neighbors have always known about us.

Experimental classes in Quincy changed education
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Experimental classes in Quincy changed education

During the late 19th century, schools in Quincy and across the country relied largely on memorization through repetition, with teachers using primers for rote instruction.

Land rich in game later threatened by farm predators
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Land rich in game later threatened by farm predators

The area that eventually became Adams County had long been rich in game, including big game. Lima Lake, east of Meyer in Lima Township, was drained for farming about 1930.

Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis
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Atlas shrugged off as thriving Illinois metropolis

For all who observed such things, Col. William Ross' proclamation that his town of Atlas would be the star city in Western Illinois was much believed.

Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I
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Doctor thought U.S. proved its might in World War I

Dr. C.D. Center took an unusual path when he served in World War I. He had been a respected doctor in Quincy for 17 years. He began his military career in 1905 as assistant surgeon for the Fifth Infantry of the Illinois National Guard.

Pioneering pilot's missions carried her skyward
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Pioneering pilot's missions carried her skyward

The Aeronca Champion's Continental four-cylinder engine rattled the light airplane to life. Twenty-seven-year-old Creadell Johnetta Haley had dreamed of this moment from the day she saw an airplane soar above her.

Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 took its toll on Quincyans
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Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918 took its toll on Quincyans

In the autumn of 1918, with the U.S. military engaged in World War I raging in Europe, doctors and nurses at home were fighting another war against influenza.

Nurse didn't realize she'd signed up for the military
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Nurse didn't realize she'd signed up for the military

Virgene Ward's dedication as a nurse was recognized throughout her career.

Buzz wagons created quite a buzz rolling in Quincy
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Buzz wagons created quite a buzz rolling in Quincy

In the early 1900s, buzz wagons were controversial in Quincy but not taken too seriously. One explanation defined it as "… a large iron and rubber contrivance for transforming gasoline into speed, excitement, and obituaries.