Lima nurse treated wounded in Russia in World War I
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Lima nurse treated wounded in Russia in World War I

Mary Hill was a nurse from Lima, Ill., who left Quincy on Sept. 1, 1914, to help the wounded in Russia in World War I.

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Hearses provided final exit for busy buggy firm
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Hearses provided final exit for busy buggy firm

E.M. Miller Co. was a major Quincy industrial firm, operating 74 years and employing 300 men at its peak.

Accomplished Quincy man was unlucky in love
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Accomplished Quincy man was unlucky in love

For 46 years, Quincy was home to Addison Langdon, a man of many accomplishments, and by his own account, who had terrible luck with women.

Antebellum dining in Quincy could be exotic experience
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Antebellum dining in Quincy could be exotic experience

Turtle and oxtail soup made hearty meals for traditional restaurants like Merchant's Dining Saloon in a basement at 5th and Maine streets, but more exotic culinary experiments were on the menu at several Quincy businesses.

Livestock was lucrative business in late 19th century
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Livestock was lucrative business in late 19th century

Herds of Texas cattle were driven to New Orleans, California and Missouri -- and occasionally to Quincy before the Civil War. The cattle drives from Texas to Quincy via the northern branch of the Shawnee Trail ended by 1860 when the Civil War began.

Bicycle clubs flourished, then faded in Quincy
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Bicycle clubs flourished, then faded in Quincy

In 1817, German Baron Karl von Drais invented a prototype of the modern bicycle called a "velocipede" and nicknamed in English "hobbyhorse."

Governor got undeserved credit for Civil War skirmish
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Governor got undeserved credit for Civil War skirmish

It was, as a writer described its appearance before 1850, "a pathless sea of grass ... a few small farms in the edges of the timber ... no improvement visible in any direction."

Photograph reveals little of nurse's life story
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Photograph reveals little of nurse's life story

Images can be iconic and indicative of their era, but sometimes the lives of the subjects are difficult to determine without research and perseverance. Such was the case with the portrait of Gertrude Simmons.

Farmer awarded Medal of Honor for role in battle
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Farmer awarded Medal of Honor for role in battle

Joseph Wartick was unmarried and 24 years old when the Civil War broke out. He was born and grew up in Pennsylvania, but in 1854 the family came west to Illinois, settling in Camp Point Township.

Family kept tight control of leading wheel company
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Family kept tight control of leading wheel company

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Quincy was a major manufacturing center of many industrial products.