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."

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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.

Quincy often warmly welcomed the circus to town
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Quincy often warmly welcomed the circus to town

2017 will be the last year of operation for the famed Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Quincy had a rich and early connection with many traveling circuses that performed here.

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Emigrating from Germany could be long, arduous

The early German immigrants to Quincy and Adams County faced a long and arduous trip. Not only did the trip across the Atlantic present perils, but the usual trip up the Mississippi from New Orleans had its own dangers. In the 1830s, when these trips were

Well educated, well-traveled Quincy woman struggled late in life
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Well educated, well-traveled Quincy woman struggled late in life

Few young Midwestern girls in the early 1850s had the advantage of advanced education. Almira Jane Williams, born in Quincy on Feb. 23, 1838, was one of the fortunate adolescent females able to pursue further education.

Salvation Army came to town and wasn't always welcomed
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Salvation Army came to town and wasn't always welcomed

Although widely thought of as a social service organization, the Salvation Army is a Christian church.

Lost 19th century artworks of Edward Everett return to Quincy
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Lost 19th century artworks of Edward Everett return to Quincy

Eager for business when he arrived in Quincy from London with his family in 1840, Edward Everett, 22, did not consider himself an artist. In city directories and military records, he referred to himself as a mechanic and engineer.